We were approached late in 2019 to deliver our subacute care learning program to staff who work in both public and private wards at St John of God hospital in Mount-Lawley.

Staff and management had identified some challenges in the way care was delivered especially in relation to person centred goal setting. We have now delivered three full day sessions and met most of the staff from the rehabilitation and restorative care wards.

TRACS WA delivered four modules: Principles of Rehabilitation, Person-centred care, Goal setting and Motivational Interviewing modules to three groups of highly enthusiastic clinicians. Staff were really pleased to be coming together to ensure that consistent, evidence based, and person centred approaches will be delivered to all those in their care. Some comments from participants about their ‘main learning’ are included below:

"Knowing that there is always hope, setting goals whether they are small or big, they can be achieved with enough motivation and support."

"Ask my patients to verbalise their goals each shift as these may change compared to on admission"

"Becoming a good listener to motivate patient back again to their life."

"Becoming a change agent by giving more positive feedback."

"Allowing patients to participate in they goal setting, encourage and enabling then to achieve those goals."

"Taking that time - even if it’s three minutes to discuss and actively listen to my patient’s goals in relation to their personal values."

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