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Cooperating social and healthcare professions

Follow-up report on the Community Social & Healthcare Symposium

The two-day Community Social & Healthcare Symposium at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences devoted itself this week to the question of how help in the community can be organized in the future so that people reach an appropriate place with their concerns.

The focal point of the conference was the cooperation between social and healthcare professions. Experts from Europe and the United States reported on their experiences.

Integrated training models

On the first day, the Ilse Arlt Symposium named after the pioneer of science-based social work, devoted itself to the need for interdisciplinary collaboration between social and healthcare professions: in order that among other things, social work or primary care centres can unburden or support the area of acute medical treatment.

"Integrated training models of nursing and emergency services are often international. Professional social work can offer support through telephone clarification processes or through on-site outreach work with psychosocial issues such as homelessness or excessive demand on care giving relatives: by assistance in the search for their own resources at and in the surroundings of the affected persons or by mediation and referral to other social or healthcare facilities. Hospital admissions as a solution for non-medical issues could thereby be reduced", explained Christoph Redelsteiner, UAS lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and organizer of the symposium.

Connecting healthcare and social professions

On the second day, the Peter Safar Symposium named after the discoverer of modern cardiopulmonary resuscitation, dealt with the preclinical aspect of community care. Experts presented international attempts at an integrated care along the rescue chain.

The Lower Austrian Healthcare and Social Fund (NÖGUS) supported the Peter Safar Symposium with a focus on emergency care. "We need up-to-date education and continuing education. Lower Austria has accomplished pioneering work Austria-wide with the study programme 'Healthcare and Nursing' at St. Pölten UAS. Thereby, for the first time a bridge between nursing and emergency care was created. Thus, in an emergency, care experts can assure rapid and qualified help in clinics or in future primary care centres ", emphasised NÖGUS Executive Director Elfriede Riesinger.

Workshops and international speakers

Experts from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden and the United States presented projects on conference topics: emergency nurses from Sweden reported on their training and an emergency service from the United States presented its strategy for dispatching social workers to specific persons seeking help.

The Community Social & Healthcare Symposium is an event of Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research at St. Pölten UAS. The Peter Safar Symposium was held in cooperation with the Lower Austrian Healthcare and Social Fund.

Community Social & Healthcare Symposium

  • 21 September  2016: Ilse Arlt Symposium - focus, social work
  • 22 September 2016: Peter Safar Symposium - focus, paramedic