eHealth for the Wide Bay community

St Stephen's Hospital provides high quality and safe services that are world class.  

The St Stephen’s Hospital eHealth initiative also provides the Fraser Coast community with:

  • Linkages to other healthcare providers, including: 
  • - Queensland Health
    - Pathology and radiology provider
    - Specialist services at UnitingCare Health’s metropolitan hospital
    - Local General Practitioners and specialists (to share important medical information about patients and provide services otherwise not available in the area, including electronic referrals, discharges, orders and results.)  
  • The infrastructure and technology for a larger range of local healthcare services
  • Transparent performance data    
  • Opportunities for employment through increased health service
  • Opportunities for education through linkages with the universities and tertiary healthcare facilities in Brisbane. 

Community partnerships

As part of our approach, St Stephen's is committed to establishing partnerships that will help create a more complementary, streamlined healthcare system in the region, improved training and education, as well as improved communication between public and private healthcare providers.

St Stephen's has partnerships with:

  • Consumer advisory groups
  • The public hospital
  • Schools and universities
  • Wide Bay Medicare Local
  • Community groups
  • Peak bodies
  • Local community groups
  • Local, State, and Federal Governments

These partnerships will enable us to undertake a range of activities that include:

  • Working with representatives of primary and community care providers (general practitioners and aged care facilities) to improve the flow of critical patient information between care settings.
  • Closing the gap through indigenous and cultural awareness strategies.
  • Developing training programs that up skill healthcare workers to ensure they can successfully engage with, support, inform, and educate community groups.
  • Implementing an engagement plan to inform the community of available services and benefits.
  • Examining best practice to move towards improved standardisation and quality care outcomes.
  • Exploring the feasibility of a population health pilot in the Wide Bay Area that would work towards greater connectivity between public and private hospitals, general practitioners and aged care facilities.

In addition to this, St Stpehen's Hospital has a Consumer Advisory Group to ensure the views, needs, and experiences of our patients and the community are incorporated into our immediate plans and long-term vision. This group is made up of members of community organisations with specific health interests, as well as members who represent a range of health consumers. Please contact St Stephen's if you would like to become involved.