Collective, multidisciplinary leadership as a catalyst for change in aged care

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In developed countries worldwide studies report the effectiveness of multidisciplinary teams in delivering a higher standard of care in an economic way.  By its nature the aged care sector relies on a multidisciplinary approach to embody person-centred principles, enhance quality of care and meet the needs of our older citizens.  In Australia, studies on leadership influence have mostly focused on residential aged care, where they have been linked to governance and been driven by corporate and clinical models with a primary focus on achieving safety and quality improvement.   This leadership framework has been endorsed by the National Safety and Quality Health Care Standards, however in the wake of the Aged Care Royal Commission recommendations it is time now to move on from a focus on minimum standards to a more aspirational vision of what might be achieved.

 

The aged care sector is a highly dynamic and challenging workplace where traditionally change has happened slowly.  We are now at a crossroad where we must decide to continue as we are or, through collective and transformational leadership, commit to re-inventing our purpose and open space for new innovations.  These innovations must be truly multidisciplinary, involving not just healthcare workers but public servants and sector leaders to foster new models and modalities.  Multidisciplinary teams, because of their diverse views and expertise, can inherently drive innovation, shaping new models of practice through a human-centered lens. 

 

Whether on an individual level or shared across a team the role of leadership has been found to be critical for nurturing high quality, compassionate care for older people and their families.  Leaders from across the sector can draw upon models of collective leadership to foster new ways of thinking and capacity building by sharing knowledge and transforming the way in which care is provided.  Leadership responsibility then can involve and be shaped by all stakeholders to ensure compassionate, quality care is the norm.  This important transformation is incumbent on all sector leaders.

Period29 Sep 2021

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  • TitleCollective, multidisciplinary leadership as a catalyst for change in aged care
    Media name/outletAustralian Ageing Agenda
    Duration/Length/Size400 words
    Country/TerritoryAustralia
    Date29/09/21
    Description"The role of leadership has been found to be critical for nurturing high quality, compassionate care for older people and their families".
    Producer/AuthorMarguerite Bramble
    URLhttps://www.aag.asn.au/documents/item/4423
    PersonsMarguerite Bramble