The TRACS WA Subacute Care Learning Program delivers an inter-professional learning and development program suitable for all WA Health medical, nursing, allied health and support staff working in rehabilitation, and geriatric evaluation and management services.

The aim of the Learning Program is to improve patient outcomes in Subacute Care through delivery of evidence based, coordinated care by embedding a culture of clinical excellence within SAC services and developing workforce skills and knowledge.

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The content of the program includes PowerPoint presentations, individual reflection tasks, workshop based activities, and a resource folder of supporting worksheets, handouts, activities and references for future use in the workbook. A newly developed e-learning accompanies the Principles of Rehabilitation module, which takes about 45 minutes to complete prior to the face to face learning.

There are flexible schedules for delivery, tailored to meet individual site needs. The modules are delivered in a workshop style format, 1.5 or 2 hours each. This means they can be delivered as standalone sessions, as a series of 1.5 lunchtime lessons, as 3 half day sessions or one full-day and a half day option. The Aboriginal Person-Centred Care module is a 3 hour long module. We are always happy to be flexible to find the best way that suits your service requirements.

The learning is suitable for any allied health, nursing, medical and support staff working in subacute care. It will provide an opportunity to learn, share ideas, tools, resources and experience in the above topic areas. We encourage all team members to workshop together. If you would like your health service to receive this training contact TRACS WA via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (08) 9431 2351.

Objectives of Modules

Principles of Rehabilitation

- Understand subacute care and the role of the clinician
- Understand the overarching principles of rehabilitation
  • Principle 1: Person Centre Care
  • Principle 2: Holistic Care
  • Principle 2: Goal Directed
  • Principle 3: Co-Production
- Understand how to deliver best practice rehabilitation including components of:
  • High intensity, repetitive
  • Functional, task specific
  • Enriched environments
  • Evidence based practice
Person Centred Care

- Acknowledge the "human factor" in person centred care
- Practice person centre skills
- Understand principles of person centred care
- Explore strategies to improve person centred care within the workplace

Goal Setting

- Understand person-centred value based participatory goal setting
- Understand SMARTAAR goal setting
- Review your team processes with goal setting
- Gain knowledge of tools and resources to improve goal setting practices
- Reflect on goal setting processes within your teams and identify opportunities, priorities and strategies for improvement

Evidence Based Practice

- Understand the principles of evidence based practice (EBP) and how to integrate into the workplace
- Understand processes to support quality improvements in the workplace
- Understand Lean Principles and to eliminate waste in the system

Interprofessional Team Building

- Recognise how learning styles can contribute to team functioning
- Exploration of team roles
- How to work together to achieve greatest benefits
- Understanding of resilience and resilience strategies

Emotional Well-Being

- Understand virtues and values and how they contribute
- Strategies for self care
- Understanding the impact individual emotional well-being has on service and organisation.

Motivational Interviewing

- Understand how our values shape our motivation
- Identifying stages involved in behaviour change
- Understand ambivalence and resistance to change
- Understand the main concepts of Motivational Interviewing
- Practise the core skills of Motivational Interviewing

Aboriginal Person-Centred Care
(aligned with the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework 2015-2030)

- To increase cultural knowledge and understanding
- To understand challenges faced by Aboriginal patients
- To challenge own worldviews of Aboriginal people and health
- To engage staff through story telling
- To develop our workforce to improve individual capability
- To optimise the Department of Health's capability and capacity in people and organisational development functions