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Rural Urgent Care Nursing Program

Below are a number of useful clinical practice guidelines relevant to UCCs:

The Primary Clinical Care Manual – 10th edition (PCCM)

The PCCM is the principal clinical reference and policy document for health professionals working in diverse and rural and remote health service settings and contains clinical guidelines and Health Management Protocols. The PCCM supports best practice in rural and remote health care

The Primary Clinical Care Manual

Victorian Adult Burns Service

Each year, over 5,000 patients present to Emergency Departments throughout Victoria with burn injuries. Approximately 400 of these injuries are transferred to the states’ two specialist burns services at the Alfred and Royal Children’s Hospital for specialist care.

As the majority of these injuries are managed by clinicians outside of the states two specialist burns services, the two services have developed the Victorian State Burns Management Guidelines that provide rapid, user friendly access to information to direct health care professionals caring for people with burn injuries in the primary care setting in Victoria.

Victorian State Burns Management Guidelines

National Health and Medical Research Council

This guideline portal provides a single-entry point for access to clinical practice guidelines developed for use in Australian health care setting.

The Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)

RCH has partnered with the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, Queensland Health Clinical Excellence Division and Safer Care Victoria to form the Paediatric Improvement Collaborative (PIC). One of the main aims of the PIC is to reduce unwarranted variation in clinical care via the development, endorsement, publication and promotion of evidence based paediatric clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) that outline best practice clinical management of high volume and high risk paediatric clinical conditions.

Royal Children’s Hospital Clinical Practice Guidelines

Therapeutic Guidelines 

Therapeutic Guidelines provide clear, concise and evidence-based recommendations for patient management, and features over 3,000 clinical topics and 3,500 drug recommendations.

Each guideline is developed by Australia’s leading medical experts, who work in multi-disciplinary teams with skilled editors to evaluate the literature, including clinical trials, systematic reviews, and drug information, to ensure that clear and practical recommendations are developed based on the best available evidence.

Therapeutic Guidelines

Trauma Victoria

These guidelines are recommended for assessing and managing major trauma and specific adult trauma presentations. Major trauma referral guidelines are also available within these guidelines.

Trauma Victoria Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Royal Woman’s Hospital

The Royal Woman’s provide clinical practice guidelines in line with best clinica practice based on thorough evaluation of evidence,.  These guidelines have been developed and managed according to the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The Royal Womens Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital 

Useful clinical practice guidelines for common eye and ear conditions.

Eye and Ear Hospital Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC)

ARC produces Guidelines to meet its objectives in fostering uniformity and simplicity in resuscitation techniques and terminology.

The ARC Guidelines

Safer Care Victoria

In 2017, the Victorian government established safer care Victoria – a statewide healthcare quality and safety improvement specialist network. Safer Care Victoria’s clinical networks comprise health professionals, academics, health organisations and consumers. Their role is to provide quality and safety leadership, champion change and drive improvement.

The Emergency Care Clinical Network brings together clinicians who deliver emergency care within urgent care centres, emergency departments and through Ambulance Victoria to improve the quality of care and patient experience in Victorian emergency care settings. The network supports and facilitates frontline clinicians in a number of evidence-based improvement projects and undertakes best practice projects in caring for vulnerable groups, patient safety and patient-centred care.

Emergency Care Clinical Practice Guidelines 

Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victorian Paramedics are supported in their clinical practice with access to clinical practice guidelines (CPGs). The CPG development and review methodology is informed by the AGREE II Instrument, an internationally recognised tool which guides and evaluates the development and quality of clinical practice guidelines.  The review and development process includes analysis of performance data, published evidence presented in international guidelines and systematic reviews, internal and external targeted consultation (including paramedic consultation), and consideration of context specific requirements and risks. This process is supported by the Ambulance Victoria Clinical Practice Guideline Committee and Medical Advisory Committee. A full description of the guideline development process can be requested by contacting the guideline department.

Ambulance Victoria Clinical Practice Guidelines

* Additional guidelines will be added as they become available.