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:

18th July. Presentation Topic: Diabetes Management
Presented by Evelyn Gerrish, Advanced Trainee, Hospice Waikato

15th August. Presentation Topic: Recognising and responding to spiritual suffering presented by Andrea Dobbs, Hospice Waikato
Spiritual care is an integral aspect of the palliative approach. The primary goal of this model of care is to optimise quality of life (MacLeod & Macfarlane (2019) and relieve suffering in all dimensions of human life in order to facilitate a “good death” (Kemp, 2007) for patients and their families. Often spiritual care is considered the role of a chaplain, priest or other religious or cultural representative. However, according to Hudson and Richmond (2000, p. 138), “when spiritual care is left to the chaplain [or priest alone], the spirit of the person is split from the whole person.” Rather, spiritual care is the role of every person in the health-care team. In order to practice such care requires being familiar with the spiritual coping and needs of patients/residents, along with recognising when distress is due to spiritual suffering.

• 19th September. TBC
• 17th October. TBC
• 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.

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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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