Debra began her career in the health industry as a medical receptionist and after gaining a Practice Management Certificate through University of New England (UNE) Partnership managed a General Practice and Psychology Practice.
She completed a scholarship through the Primary Health Care Research and Evaluation Development Program (PHCRED) at Sydney University’s Clinical School in Balmain.
She currently is the After Hours Program Manager at Sydney North Primary Health Network.
She works with other stakeholders on projects and also manages commissioned services that contribute to preventing avoidable ED presentations. In her private time she enjoys playing tennis and netball.
Identifying and managing a deteriorating resident— education and resources to support RACF staff
Saturday 1 September | View program for more details
A lack of confidence and knowledge of RACF staff in identifying and managing deteriorating residents may contribute to potentially avoidable emergency department presentations. Previous attempts to address this included development of flipcharts for RACF staff, but these had not been LHD-wide and were not rolled out with specific training on identifying and communicating about unwell residents. Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN) partnered with Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) hospital avoidance teams to develop a region-wide accessing deteriorating resident training utilising the flipcharts and provide access to an online training module to support Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) staff.