New screening initiatives Rataora RapidReferral

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

What we’re talking about:
New screening initiatives Rataora RapidReferral

George Morris in Northland gave us interesting new feedback on Rubicon's recent trial of supporting referrals through the Rataora RapidReferral screening app. Rubicon has been receiving referrals provided by the Emergency Department, wider Hospital, and the Police via their ipads, which are connected to RapidReferral through an app.

The app been has developed using the latest screening, brief interventions and Referral-to-Treatment research, and has previously been deployed in Wellington Hospital’s Emergency Department. Over 1200 patients there were identified as having Alcohol User Disorder by medical staff using the app, who then referred these patients to a connected network of services, including community based providers like Rubicon.

In Northland, the Rubicon team found no problem in using the new SACS ABC Brief Delivery approach to review incoming referrals, and hope to review its effectiveness later in treatment. The team also hope to develop networked services support for youth should the pilot lead to a roll out, especially for schools and communities such as Whangarei, Kaipara and far North.

One key finding however, has been in coming across referrals affected by complex trauma and the team now hope to investigate ways to respond. This also highlights the need for many of our services to be aware of trauma, and trauma informed care.


The SACS ABC Brief intervention is available free on our Opt for Wellbeing site, click here to download.

If you or some of the networks you work with can benefit from understanding more on Trauma Informed Care, click here see our FREE eskills modules

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