Oct 30
Health District Finalist At Nsw Health Awards Symposium

The Western NSW Local Health District is proud to announce that it will be represented in three categories at the prestigious NSW Health Awards this Friday night, 31 October 2014 at Sydney Showground.

The NSW Health Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of the NSW Health workforce and volunteers to quality, innovation and excellence and are part of the annual NSW Health Innovation Symposium. This year’s theme is “iCan: iDeas inspiring innovation”.

The Award nominations are as follows:
• Patients as Partners category Bathurst Health Service ‘Yanagagi Numbadil Nurbul - Walking together in friendship’*
• Integrated Care category Western NSW Local Health District ‘Breaking down silos through integrated care’*
• Collaborative Leader of the Year Karen Smith, Clinical Nurse Consultant Intensive Care Unit Western NSW Local Health District

Western NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Scott McLachlan said that the three nominations are a great testament to the work taking place in our Health District.

“We are very proud and delighted that these programs and people are being recognised at this level to be judged among some other great nominees,” he said.

Two of the nominated projects, ‘Yanagagi Numbadil Nurbul - Walking together in friendship’ and Breaking down silos through integrated care’ will be showcased at the NSW Health Innovation Symposium on Friday prior to the Awards.

Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, and Jai Rowell Minister for Mental Health and Assistant Minister for Health, will be joined by consumers, clinicians, academics, managers and support staff at the Symposium to discuss ground-breaking health initiatives which harness new ideas, new technologies and new approaches to the delivery of care.

Western NSW Local Health District received three awards at last year’s NSW Health Awards.

“Our Health District has a reputation for leading the way in innovation in health service delivery, so it’s fantastic to see this being recognised again by our peers and State health leaders at the Symposium and Awards,” said Mr McLachlan.

Media Contact: Vanessa Delaney 0417 511 738

Background information about the programs nominated: Bathurst Health Service: ‘Yanagagi Numbadil Nurbul - Walking together in friendship’ Bathurst Health Service (BHS) was one of eight NSW Hospitals to participate in the Aboriginal Identification Hospital Quality Improvement Project (2013). The goal was to improve the patient journey for Aboriginal people attending the Emergency Department (ED), review why Aboriginal patients did not wait, left at own risk and discharged against medical advice in the ED. There is a direct correlation on Aboriginal identification and attendance in ED on receiving appropriate follow up care. A Local Steering Committee was established, consisting of multiple stakeholders including local Aboriginal community. A partnership of trust and mutual respect was established. Partnering with the Aboriginal community and other key stakeholders has been the key to enabling sustainable outcomes, gain community trust and support and changing the way we do business.

Western NSW Local Health District: ‘Breaking down silos through integrated care’ The Healthy Kids Bus Stop Project (HKBS) is a community-based integrated care partnership between Royal Far West, Western NSW Local Health District, Western NSW Medicare Local, and Ronald McDonald House Charities to address the gaps in child health needs in rural NSW. It provides a comprehensive ‘whole of child’ health assessment based on the blue book utilising multidisciplinary staff from partner agencies and a coordinated pathway to care for children and their family. The pilot assessed 65 children, which saw 59 (91%) of these children as having significant health concerns, resulting in 122 referrals into the partner agencies. The project delivered an innovative integrated care model that fostered strong collaborative partnership that provided a pathway to care for children resulting in measurable child health outcomes.