In 2009, the Emergency Triage Education Kit (ETEK), was published by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (the Department), to provide a nationally consistent training framework for triage to support emergency clinicians. To ensure relevance and continued value for Australian emergency clinicians, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) will review the ETEK. The project is funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care and will take approximately 12 months.
Aim of the review
The project aims to update the ETEK so that it is a contemporary, evidence-based learning resource that supports the nationally consistent use of the Australasian Triage Scale at Emergency Department triage.
The Commission will consult and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, including state, territory and Australian Government health departments, nursing and specialist colleges, clinicians and consumers.
ETEK Project Advisory Group
The Project Advisory Group provides strategic guidance, leadership, and clinical input to support the review and revision of the ETEK.
The membership of the Project Advisory Group includes representatives from peak bodies across Australia, consumers, and clinical and academic topic experts.
The Project Advisory Group provides:
- Technical and operational advice to support the successful achievement of the project
- Guidance of the ETEK project to ensure alignment with the current context
- Advice on potential risks and mitigation strategies
- Support for engagement with relevant stakeholders (e.g., clinicians, consumers, government agencies, academic institutions, and software vendors)
- Review and feedback on project outputs, including supplementary resources and materials
- Advice on the practical application of the ETEK
- Advice on the development of project plans and processes, as applicable
- Advice on stakeholder management
ETEK State and Territory Liaison Group
The State and Territory Liaison Group is comprised of clinicians and health department representatives. There are 2 representatives from each state and territory - 1 policy advisor and 1 Registered Nurse with triage experience.
The State and Territory Liaison Group provides:
- Information on practical application of the ETEK
- Information on triage processes in each state and territory
- Support for engagement with relevant stakeholders (e.g., clinicians, consumers)
- Feedback on draft content, including supplementary resources and materials
|Part 1 - Discover
- Rapid review of the literature and data to identify risks and issues for triage
- Clinician survey and focused interviews about the current state of triage education, how the ETEK used and what needs to be considered for the revised version
- Engagement with consumers to understand and incorporate the consumer voice
- Review the current content
|Part 2 - Revise
Using the findings in the discover stage
- Update current content
- Develop new content
|Part 3 - Consult and release
- Consultation with key stakeholders
- User testing