New Benchmarking Initiatives

As children’s health services strive to continuously improve their care & services, so CHA strives to continually enhance our Benchmarking Program and the insight it can generate to support service & clinical leaders provide the best care possible to children & their families.

Learn more about some of our new benchmarking initiatives:

Improving Care & Outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children & Young People, their families & communities

The annual Closing the Gap report (produced by  the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s community controlled national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research) highlights the resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations across Australia in the face of ongoing inequities in access to and outcomes from healthcare services.   

CHA has been supporting member services to share expertise & innovations in their approaches to improving care and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities.  We host a dedicated network of indigenous and non-indigenous clinicians and service leaders sharing strategies for codesigning and co-delivering culturally safe and effective healthcare services for children.   

Now we are embarking on designing benchmarking dashboards to help better identify those services that are providing exemplary care, and to help them showcase their achievements and approach with other children’s services across Australia.   

Access to CHA Datasets for research & analysis

Through CHA, children’s services across Australia and New Zealand share a vast quantity of data about children’s access to and use of hospital based healthcare services.  While we work hard to utilise this data effectively to help improve the design, delivery and outcomes from paediatric services, there is vast potential for further expert analysis of these data in order to learn more about what is working, what is not, and what’s changing.   

For this reason, CHA is currently developing a new service in consultation with our members, the aim of which is to provide access to our data for ethics approved research projects.  There are many steps to this journey to ensure robust governance of our datasets, protection of the privacy of children & families, and rigor in the assessment and approval of applications.   Consultation with member health services, as trusted Custodians of their patient’s data, is also critical.   

There is potential for significant benefits to children and families from this new program.  By providing qualified access for approved researchers, we aim to accelerate the discovery of new knowledge about the changing needs of children and families, which approaches to care are best meeting their needs, and how we can improve the equity and effectiveness of existing services.   

Please register your interest in being kept informed about the opportunity to apply for access to CHA’s datasets for research

To find out more about our Benchmarking Program

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