CEDRiC is an exciting initiative available here on the Sunshine Coast. Established as a result of a grant through the Department of Social Services, CEDRiC is an innovative model of service delivery involving a collaboration between Sundale, Nambour General Hospital, Central Queensland Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast PHN and the University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University and QUT.

CEDRiC aims to strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector to deliver high quality aged care, to improve care for older adults in the ED and improve interaction between Sundale and both primary and secondary healthcare sectors. It is hoped that this in turn may improve the satisfaction with care as well as the physical and mental health outcomes for older people.

What this means for you as a GP.

The HIPS Nurse Practitioner Candidate, Ms Kaye Coates is at Sundale, working across the Nambour, Burnside and Palmwoods sites and is available Monday to Friday 7am until 4pm and may be contacted on 0418 745 447. Kaye will work with you to avoid the admission to hospital of Sundale residents whenever possible. Kaye can assess Sundale residents on referral by you or the facility nurse. Residents may also self-refer. Other roles of the NPC include:

  • Education of residents at Sundale and their families upon request.
  • Working with you, the GP, and/or Geriatrician to determine an appropriate plan of care
  • Assisting the RACF to provide an advanced level of care in order to avoid hospitalisation when possible
  • Coordination with Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) team if transfer to NGH necessary
  • Assisting with the care of the resident post discharge.

The NPC role is supported by a Clinical Nurse, working on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

The GEDI Nurses (CNs) are available Monday to Sunday between 7am and 5.30pm and may be contacted by phone on 5470 6235.The benefits of GEDI Nurses in the ED include:

  • Single point of contact
  • Specialist assessment by geriatric ED nurse
  • Reduced length of stay in ED for patients
  • Fast tracking of patients through ED
  • Improved ED discharge planning
  • Updates on the patient’s condition and progress can be provided to you on request
  • Improved communication between ED and the GP

There are four Clinical Nurses working as part of the GEDI Nursesteam in Emergency led by the CNC, Andrea Taylor.

If you have any further questions regarding either the Nurse Practitioner Candidate at Sundale or the Geriatric Emergency Department Initiative, please contact either Kaye or Andrea, or send feedback via our form using the link above.