Regionalisation Committee

The Regionalisation Committee is 
focused on supporting activity at a national level to improve the lives or people with a fragility fracture. 

Each country has a different health care system which results in its own unique challenges and opportunities for providing care for patients who have sustained a fragility fracture. FFN, through the Regionalization Committee, works with leaders within each country to leverage the local expertise and align with the national associations to support dissemination of knowledge, clinical improvement projects and policy change. 

Organizational Structures  

The focus of the work at a national level is planned activity to improve care for patients. Therefore, the Regionalization Committee works with leaders in each country to identify the organizational structure that would best support implementation of local improvement initiatives. This can include:

  1. National FFN: In many countries there is no organizational structure to support the management of fragility fracture patients. FFN will work with leaders to set up a National FFN. A document has been created “Guide to Formation of a National FFN” to support each country in developing a national FFN that will meet their needs.
  2. Established organizations: In countries where an organization is already established to address the needs of fracture patients, FFN will work with this organization as appropriate.
  3. Collaborations:
    1. Organization: In some countries, a number of organizations currently exist that support evidence-based care of patients with fragility fracture across the parts of the health care continuum (E.g. surgery/acute care and rehabilitation, secondary fracture prevention etc.). In these cases, FFN will support these organizations to develop and implement projects to improve multidisciplinary care through an agreement such as a Memorandum of Understanding.
    2. Leaders: FFN acknowledges that many large countries or those without a national coordinated health system may require a more regional approach within a country. The focus of FFN is to support improving care for patients with fragility fracture so FFN will work with leadership in different regions, or with different professionals to implement local change. As each case is unique, FFN will work with the individuals and/or organizations to decide how best to structure the relationship to achieve their goals.


Regionalisation Committee Activities

The Regionalisation Committee brings together activists and thought leaders through Regional Expert Meetings aimed at leveraging the global community to increase the uptake of knowledge. The focus of this work for FFN is to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan, specifically the first two strategies of Ortho geriatrics and implementing best practices, at a country level.

Activities to support clinical change require the dissemination of evidence-based resources, including tools. Increased awareness is achieved through educational events, such as webinars, and access to multidisciplinary, multi-professional education tools and programs for use at the national level to enable workforce development.

FFN supports local change by sharing information and facilitating knowledge exchange both within and between countries within a region and across the globe.

For anyone interesting in finding out more about how to create a national FFN a Guide to the Formation of a National FFN has been developed which provides information on the steps required.

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