The AROC Annual Report - the state of rehabilitation in Australia and New Zealand in 2009
This is the sixth Annual Australasian Rehabilitation Outcome Centre (AROC) Report to the Faculty and the second year AROC has reported both Australian and New Zealand data. AROC commenced its operations on the first of July 2002, a joint initiative of the Australian rehabilitation sector and the Faculty. The prime objective of AROC is the collection of a standardised data set against each and every rehabilitation episode of care. Now, eight years on, AROC has more than 400 000 episodes of Australian inpatient care in its database, collected from 162 of the 170 known rehabilitation units in Australia and some 2,500 episodes of New Zealand data, collected from 13 of the estimated 35 rehabilitation units in New Zealand. AROC provides six monthly reports to all its members – both facilities and payer organisations. A key feature of these reports is the comparison of facility data with an appropriate benchmark group.This paper will present summary data from the core AROC dataset for overnight episodes in 2009, as well as some trend data over the time period of data collection. Also highlighted will be the industry derived impairment specific outcome targets (#NOF, Stroke, Brain Injury, and Reconditioning) and any available summary data from the adjunct datasets collected against some impairments (Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Reconditioning). The future of AROC looks bright. Membership of Australian units is almost at 100%, New Zealand membership is growing, and tentative approaches have been received from other Australasian countries. AROC is offering increasing support to rehabilitation research by providing access to investigators to the data contained in its significant database, and by the continuation of the impairment specific outcome target setting workshops. The expansion of AROC into the ambulatory sector continues to grow with the roll out of the AROC ambulatory dataset.
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