Jul 29
Annual Health Awards Recognise Quality Projects

The annual Western NSW Local Health District (LHD) Health Awards will be presented at the Health Awards Expo in Dubbo on Friday, 1 August. The Awards Expo will showcase excellence in health care and formally recognise projects and initiatives that have led to improvements to health outcomes and patient care.

Western NSW LHD Director of Clinical Governance, Di Wykes, said the awards recognise the significant contributions made by healthcare teams towards improving patient safety, clinical quality and health system performance.

“The awards give the District the opportunity to formally recognise the invaluable efforts made by health teams to improve the quality and safety of care and services provided,” she said.

“There has been significant work undertaken across the Health District over the last 12 months which address the health needs of our communities into the future and will go a long way in securing a sustainable health future.

“This work underpins our Strategic Services Health Plan which is based on the Health Needs Assessment and really focuses on integrated care that is patient focused”.

Ms Wykes said outstanding projects and initiatives will be showcased at the Awards Expo, with some also nominated for the 2014 NSW Health Awards. The 11 finalists were selected from 22 entries across seven categories.

The 2014 finalists are:

• The secret to our success (Dubbo Health Service)

• Innovation in outreach clinical dentistry (Dubbo Community Dental Health)

• Walking in Friendship – “Yanagagi Numbadil Ngurrbal” (Bathurst Health Service)

• Healthy kids bus stop – Breaking down silos through integrated care (All District in partnership with Royal Far West )

• Future proofing regional paediatric care services (Dubbo Health Service)

• Closing the Gap - Empowering Aboriginal Women to access Colposcopy (Condobolin Community Health)

• Volunteer Grandparent Group (Orange Health Service)

• Re- implementing Aboriginal 48 hour follow up (Orange Health Service)

• Jannawi Kids Club – Leaving the clinic behind to team up against violence (Dubbo Community Health)

• Enhancing team collaboration in G Ward (Dubbo Health Service)

• Practice Makes Perfect – Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections (Dubbo Health Service)

Mrs Carrie Marr, Executive Director Organisational Effectiveness, Western Sydney Local Health District is the guest speaker at the Awards Expo and is also an Awards judge.

Mrs Marr will be discussing her experience with Scotland’s journey to quality health improvement, a project she played a significant role in.

“We are very excited that Carrie Marr will be joining us the Awards, as she has had a long and varied career in healthcare with many years of experience in patient safety and improving systems,” said Ms Wykes.

“We congratulate all finalists and look forward to presenting the Awards and showcasing the projects on Friday”.