Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) connects primary health care providers with specialists and professional experts via regular telehealth sessions.

Why Project ECHO is important

Ensuring western Victoria’s primary health practitioners provide effective support and information to their patients is essential. However, accessing the latest data, research and health care developments can be particularly challenging for practitioners in rural and remote communities.

TeleECHO sessions help meet this challenge by linking multiple primary care clinicians with inter-disciplinary specialist teams. Through these digital sessions, experts mentor and share their knowledge via case-based learning, enabling primary care clinicians to treat patients with complex conditions in their own communities.

These regular virtual meet-ups help clinicians achieve best practice processes while promoting consistency in care and practice. In turn, this ensures patients receive high-quality care when they need it close to home.

The ECHO model

 

Project ECHO Western Victoria flowchart

Victorian Opioid Management ECHO

Opioid misuse treatment is an unmet need in Victoria particularly in regional and rural areas. Victoria has a small number of addiction medicine specialists, most of whom are based in Melbourne.

To fill this significant gap in accessing expert consultation and care within western Victoria, Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) partners with the Victorian Pharmacotherapy Area Based Networks and St Vincent’s Health to deliver Opioid Management ECHO sessions.

Weekly sessions run on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 – 8:30am. Clinicians can join in from their home or office.

Future Project ECHO initiatives

WVPHN is investigating expanding the Project ECHO platform to deliver support and education in other areas of need.

Further information will be available as these initiatives progress.

More information

Contact WVPHN Program Lead Pharmacotherapy and AOD Gabrielle Watt

Last modified: 27 October, 2019