31st July 2012

APA endorses Specialist Management Services patient information brochures

The Australian Patients Association (APA) has teamed up with Specialist Management Services (SMS) to promote informed patient consent and communication through the endorsement of SMS’s INFOrm4U library of 300 detailed surgical information brochures.

The brochures, which are used by the Western Australia Department of Health, Royal Hobart Hospital and Southern Health (Victoria’s largest health service), are designed to be used alongside a consultation to help patients consider the risks, benefits and alternatives to procedures in order to make informed decisions about their treatment. They can also be taken away and re‐read before an operation, helping to target conversation about concerns and subsequently shortening consultation times and reducing calls to the hospital.

Stephen Mason, Chief Executive Officer of the APA, said, “A primary aim of the APA is to educate patients about the risks involved in operations and procedures, and for them to become more heavily involved in managing their own health and health care decisions. The availability of these excellent information brochures furthers these aims. It is for these reasons we are happy to endorse SMS’s library.”

Brendon Tudor, Business Development Manager at SMS, said, “One of our key objectives has always been to encourage the use of high quality, clear patient information to aid the informed consent process ‐ for the mutual benefit of patients and surgeons. This endorsement indicates the APA’s willingness to work with SMS to improve overall patient care and health outcomes.”

To find out how to access SMS’s INFOrm4U library of 300 detailed surgical information brochures, call 1800 211 511 or contact us through this website.

Notes to Editor:

  • Specialist Management Services is the Australian distributor for EIDO Healthcare, publishers of INFOrm4U patient information brochures.
  • The Australian Patients Association is dedicated to championing and protecting the rights and interests of patients, and improving overall patient care and health outcomes. For more information please visit www.patients.org.auFor further information please contact:Jeanine Purdie | Tel: 03 9867 2526 or Mobile: 0408 944 859 | Email: jpurdie@patients.org.au