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 7.30-8.30am, 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:
16th May. Presentation Topic: Malodorous Wounds – Improving Patient Dignity by Wayne Naylor. Wound malodour can be one of the most distressing symptoms for people living with a chronic, non-healing wound, especially malignant fungating wounds. This short presentation will review the causes of wound malodour, and provide practical advice on a range of options for the control of malodour, including pharmacological, non-pharmacological and complementary approaches.

20th June. Presentation Topic: Diabetes Management
Presented by Evelyn Gerrish, Advanced Trainee, Hospice Waikato

18th July. Presentation Topic: Deprescribing
Presented by Dr Debbie Barham, Hospice Waikato
A practical approach to rationalising medications towards the end of life, with consideration of appropriate options when the oral route is no longer possible, and what medications might be more important not to stop.

• 15th August. TBC
• 19th September. TBC
• 17th October. TBC
• 21st November. TBC

Click here to view past recorded sessions.

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.

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.

Project ECHO

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.
To find out more about ECHO please click here.