Change Day – your opportunity to make a professional New Year’s Resolution

My Health Career is pleased to support Change Day, and publish a guest blog post from its Australian founder Mary Freer. Health practitioners can take the opportunity to make a pledge on how they will improve their practice in 2014. Anyone who cares about the quality of health care in Australia can pledge too!

“This blog is really about how immensely powerful we all are. Margaret Mead has been famously quoted as saying:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”

In Australia there is a quality improvement revolution happening, it’s gaining momentum and attracting the interest of people all around the world. Change Day 2014 is set to be the biggest quality improvement campaign ever held in Australia and its success rests with people just like you.

The genesis of Change Day came from the NHS Change Day 2013 held in England. The NHS event started with a single tweet shared between a group of young improvement leaders in the summer of 2012. They began talking about how they could improve their health service and make patient care even better. Before long this developed into a shared vision about bringing together staff across the NHS and its supporters to produce positive change and improvement.

I’m pledging to improve the early recognition and detection of deteriorating patients, resulting in the reduction of cardiac arrests and hospital mortality in NSW hospitals”

This led to the very first NHS Change Day held on 13th March 2013. Its shared purpose was to organise a grassroots movement of people to take a specific action to improve the outcomes and experience of care for patients on a sustainable basis. The initial goal was to mobilise 65,000 people – 1,000 for each year since the NHS was established.

In fact, it generated 189,000 online pledges of action and subsequent actions for change. Put simply: it was a phenomenal success. NHS Change Day will be held in March 2014 to coincide with the Australian event. You can find out more about NHS Change Day at www.changeday.nhs.uk

Australia, along with a number of other countries, were invited by the NHS to become involved in 2014 and a small group of clinicians and health leaders answered the call with a resounding YES!

I pledge to ask my colleagues ‘are you ok?’ and take time to listen to the answer.”

Our goal in Australia in 2014 is to mobilise 50,000 people to participate in Change Day by making online pledges of action (agreeing to do one thing differently to improve the health and wellbeing of others) and committing to make a
positive difference.

“I’m pledging to work to reduce the gap between research and practice.”

On 6th March 2014 Australia will join with the UK and create a global link for change. We are aiming for 50,000 pledges by 6 March 2014 from people who work to improve health outcomes.

You might be right at the very start of your career or studying to be a nurse or social worker or doctor or physiotherapist. You might be in high school wondering which health discipline you’d like to pursue. You could be an administrator, a researcher, a dentist, a podiatrist, a leader, a patient or resident in an aged care facility, or a hospital cleaner – whoever you are, if you care about better patient and client outcomes and you want to see quality improvement across our health care system – Change Day is for you and your team.

“I pledge to immerse myself in the evidence relating to user-centric policymaking to ensure my work as a policymaker is closely connected with the interests of patients and carers.”

Change Day is a social movement not a big business. It runs on energy and creativity. We are just like you – we want to be the change!

“I’m pledging to get others in my local community to hit the road on their bikes.”

Making a pledge is your way of letting everyone know about the action you will take to contribute to this social movement. There are so many things you can pledge to do, every day we are surprised by the creativity of people who want to change the world. We publish pledges every day, so take a moment to visit the site to get some ideas.

“I’m pledging to stand up every 45 minutes and do something active”

Being the very best version of yourself and creating great outcomes is free – simply visit www.changeday.com.au and make your pledge then tell others about it and encourage them to do the same. Follow us on Twitter @ChangeDayAus or Facebook: ChangeDayAus

“I pledge to walk along side my clients from the waiting room, rather than ahead of them.”

Here’s what we are asking you to do.  4 easy steps to be the change you want to see in the world.

  1. Visit our website www.changeday.com.au and make a pledge ( you can make a group pledge).
  2. Let your colleagues and friends know about your pledge by sending them a link to the website and encouraging them to join in.
  3. Visit our Facebook page and share it with others www.facebook.com/changedayaus and follow us on Twitter @Changedayaus
  4. Go on our mailing list so we can keep in touch and let you know how Change Day is growing, then you can send our emails onto others.

Making a pledge is your way of letting everyone know about the action you will take to contribute to this social movement. Being the very best version of yourself and creating great outcomes is free – simply visit www.changeday.com.au and make your pledge then tell others about it and encourage them to do the same. Follow us on Twitter @ChangeDayAus

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