Jessica Dawber
Principal Project Officer, Senior Occupational Therapist – Division of Rehabilitation, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Metro South Health

Jessica Dawber BA MOT MPH is Principal Project Officer with ABI SCI Connect, excellence and integration in brain and spinal cord injury health services and Senior Occupational Therapist in rehabilitation at Gold Coast University Hospital. Jess has worked both clinically and in health service design and development in areas of brain injury, spinal cord injury, trauma, telehealth, suicide prevention, child and youth health and assistive technology. Her work focuses on quality improvement and systems design for enhancement of outcomes and the patient experience. Prior to commencing with ABI Connect Jess lead projects, Tele-Recover: innovation for connected trauma recovery and A realist evaluation of allied health management in Queensland: what works in which contexts and why. Jess also enjoys opportunities to share learnings from her work through teaching students and providing education to clinicians. She has presented at conferences both locally and internationally.

Presentation Title
Successes and challenges in statewide brain injury service development: a process synopsis and project update

Short Abstract
The Adult Brain Injury Rehabilitation Health Service Plan 2016-2026 presents an opportunity to enhance the brain injury rehabilitation service system for the benefit of people living with brain injury, their carers and families. However, implementing change and service improvement is complex and challenging. Collaboration is key to the statewide approach and is underpinned by clinical leadership from the Acquired Brain Injury, Clinical Advisory Network (ABI-CAN) and engagement with consumers, clinicians, health service executives and planners. The ABI SCI Connect project team has used the following strategies to drive implementation:

– baseline assessment of services
– prioritisation and rationalisation of activity
– multimodal communications
– workshop and forum facilitation
– surveying of clinicians
– establishment of working groups
– commencement of development of service profile, clinical protocols and guidelines

Findings from work to date, progress against objectives and plans for the future will be presented.