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Have your say  Australian Orthopaedic Association wants you on Steering Committee

Thu 02, Nov 2017

Are you a Consumer Representative who has a particular interest in contributing to health research which benefits the wider community? Have you have had some exposure to joint replacement surgery? Are you in touch with a wider network of other consumers with similar or related experiences?

The AOA is the peak professional organisation for orthopaedic surgery in Australia. It provides high-quality specialist education, training and continuing professional development for Australian orthopaedic surgeons. The AOA commenced the National Joint Replacement Registry (AOANJRR) in 1999.  The Registry receives information from all hospitals that undertake joint replacement surgery in Australia and this is currently well over 300 hospitals. Since mid-2002, the Registry has received information on almost all hip and knee replacements undertaken in Australia.

The AOA is establishing a pilot (trial) project within the Registry to collect information from patients about how they are feeling, their physical capabilities and expectations prior to their joint replacement surgery and again at a selected time point after surgery. This type of data is referred to as Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs). The aim of the PROMs pilot project is to check whether the data can be collected accurately, efficiently and affordably and also to gauge the interest of stakeholders. If the pilot project is successful, the AOA and the AOANJRR will review the possibility of collecting PROMs long-term and incorporating the data with outcome information already collected by the AOANJRR.

Consumer engagement is critical to the success of the PROMs program because it is important to understand the issues and barriers which affect patient participation. Therefore, the AOA is calling for expressions of interest from consumers who would like to participate on the PROMs Steering Committee. The role of Steering Committee members will be to provide support, guidance and oversight of the pilot project.

The Consumer Representative will be reimbursed for all travel expenses and will be paid a sitting fee. The committee will meet four times per year (eight times over the two-year project). The first meeting will be face-to-face held in Sydney on the 4th December 2017 and all subsequent meetings will be by tele/web conference.

We are looking for a Consumer Representative who has a particular interest in contributing to health research which benefits the wider community. It would be advantageous if you have had some exposure to joint replacement surgery and are in touch with a wider network of other consumers to ensure that the health concerns of the wider community are represented on this project.

To request additional information about this project or position please contact Grace O’Donohue on (08) 8128 4682 or by email godonohue@aoanjrr.org.au.

To apply, please send a summary of your experience and statement, outlining how you believe you would be suited for this committee to Grace on the email provided above.

Applications will close on Friday 17th November

 


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