Project ECHO

Project ECHO

Project ECHO transforms the way education and knowledge is shared, by connecting healthcare professionals in the Waikato area, especially those in our more remote communities.

Each monthly session runs from 2.00-3.00pm, with 10-20 minutes of education presented by a topic expert, followed by one case-based interactive discussion. Each TeleECHO clinic is facilitated by a multidisciplinary specialist hub team.

2019 sessions dates:

19th September. Presentation Topic: Lymphoedema in palliative care.
Presented by Madeleine Fiddes, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Hospice Waikato
Lymphoedema is a distressing chronic condition prevalent in some metastatic cancers. It occurs when lymphatics are obstructed by a tumour, causing protein and water to accumulate in the tissue spaces distal to the blockage (Thomson & Walker, 2011). In Palliative Care Lymphoedema is many times multi-factorial. Mixture between oedema and lymphoedema. Management of lymphoedema includes non-pharmacologic interventions such as elevation, massage techniques, skin care, remedial exercise and application of external pressure with compression bandages and compression garments. For palliative patients the goal is to ensure the treatment does not exasperate discomfort or cause extra pain. The power of touch is interwoven with the complex and challenging management of lympoedema.

17th October. Presentation Topic: Palliative Approach Tool Kit
Presented by Julia Ward and Debi Austin, Hospice Waikato Clinical Nurse Specialists and ARRC Liaisons
The Palliative Approach Toolkit introduces a pathway and supporting processes to assist aged related residential care (ARRC) facilities embed the palliative approach, palliative care and end of life care into their facilities. In general, a palliative approach is started when aggressive curative treatments are no longer appropriate for the resident and the focus of care is on symptom management, quality of life and comfort.

• 21st November. TBC

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What is ECHO?
• It is an educational model, not a patient care clinic
• Case-based learning; real life cases (anonymised) with subject matter experts to facilitate learning and sharing knowledge from all participants
• Each case is presented using a standard template, discussed with everyone attending with recommendations given at the end.
• ECHO is particularly suited to general practice teams, district nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals and other healthcare providers.
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What equipment will I need to join?
You can participate from anywhere within the Waikato using your computer or a smart device. Your computer/device needs to have a camera, microphone and speakers. We use Zoom video conference software. For larger groups who would like to participate, the type and quality of equipment required is dependent on your room size and the number of participants.

How to join a TeleECHO clinic
To attend any of our clinics please contact There is no cost associated with joining an ECHO session. Once registered you will be sent a video conference link and case studies for discussion at the next session. If this is your first time registering to attend, we will do quick five minute check to test your connection, unless you have used Zoom software previously.

Presenting a patient case:
Do you have a patient case that you would like to present at one of our TeleECHO clinics? If so, we would like to hear from you. You will be sent the case study template to fill out and instructions on how to present your case, all patient identifying information must be removed. Recommendations from the session will be sent to you after the TeleECHO clinic. For learning purposes we will record and publish the TeleECHO clinic session on our website.
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