The second stage of the Improving Care for Older People (ICOP) program operated in Victoria from 2010 to 2013. Across Victoria, 35 public health services participated in the initiative, including all metropolitan health services. As part of the program, they were required to undertake initiatives to minimise the risk of functional decline in older patients and improve the provision of care in four areas:
- Evidence-based environmental improvements
- Organisation-wide policy development that provides a framework for improving care for older people across the organisation
- Embedding the evidence base contained within The Toolkit to inform models of care to minimise functional decline for older people, with a focus on acute settings
Professional development activities to support workforce capacity building to better respond to the needs of older people in hospital settings
Outlined is a snapshot of the types of initiatives taken by health services relating to a range of clinical topics.