How we can help you

Point of Care ACE Program - testing in progress

We can help you to:

  • Establish a new POCT field program in your health service or community
  • Provide advice and expertise to optimise the scope and application of your POCT
  • Evaluate a POCT device
  • Partner with you to develop a new application for an existing POCT device
  • Collaborate to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals.

If you would like to discuss ways you can partner with our Centre, please contact our Director, Mark Shephard or our Business Development Manager, Nicola Robinson.

We have relationships with a wide range of industry, government, university and professional organisations within Australia and around the world. Find them on our Partners page


Field Programs – the services we provide

1. Help you choose a POCT device

  • Provide you with a list of issues to consider when making a purchase.
  • Help you select a POCT device(s) that best suits your needs.
  • Provide you with information on a range of devices we have evaluated. Read our publications.

2. Train POCT Operators

Local point-of-care testing device operators (nurse practitioners, medical practitioners or health workers) are trained in the principles and practice of point-of-care testing through:

  • face-to-face training
  • self-directed learning using live web-streamed video presentations
  • skype and/or videoconference training
  • hard-copy poster and training manuals.

3.  Assess the Competency of Operators

Following training, we oversee competency assessment of POCT operators and:

  • issue competency certificates
  • establish and maintain a register of competent POCT operators.

 

4. Quality Framework

  • Support you to implement a quality program to ensure that point-of-care testing conducted on the POCT devices is of a standard equivalent to a pathology laboratory.
  • Develop training and hard-copy reference guides for operators to undertake Quality checks of the POCT devices.

5. Reporting

Provide communities with regular feedback reports on:

  • management statistics based on the volume of patient and quality testing
  • evidence-based patient outcomes
  • a summary of analytical performance of the POCT device.

6. Help-desk assistance

  • Provide help-desk assistance with common technical issues and errors.

7. Research

  • Collaborate with partners to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals on program results and community health outcomes.

What to consider when deciding whether POCT may be suitable for your health centre or community.

  • Do you have a high burden of chronic, acute or infectious disease?
  • Are you prepared to allow health professional staff sufficient time to undertake continuing training for POCT, conduct routine POCT on patients and participate in quality testing procedures to ensure analytical validity of your POCT device?
  • Do you have strong clinical and management support for the POCT device operator team?
  • Do you have funding to cover the costs of:
    • the annual management fee for our services (our Centre is self-funded).
    • purchasing the POCT device
    • purchasing testing cartridges.

If you answered yes to these questions and you are interested in partnering with us please contact our Centre’s Director, Mark Shephard.