Local Health District’s Top Quality Awards

Local Health District’s Top Quality Awards
The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) recently held its second Quality Awards Ceremony. The aim of these awards is to recognise the innovative, sustainable improvements that have real life impacts on the quality of healthcare provided to our communities.

In his opening address Malcolm Marshall, Deputy Chair of the NNSW LHD said “The LHD encourages its staff to submit entries into the Quality Health Awards. The projects represent the work of clinical teams in facilities located between Tweed Heads and Grafton as well as Community Health and Health Promotion teams.”

“They recognise the work of staff that is often taken for granted, or undertaken behind the scenes and their dedication and determination to improve the quality of health service delivery. As well, they demonstrate our ability to develop partnerships both within the LHD and with external organisations and the community, to improve the quality of the health services we provide.”

“The Awards are sponsored by Bennett Constructions and I extend my sincere thanks to Bennett’s for their continued and generous support,” Mr Marshall said.

Annette Symes, A/Chief Executive said, “There were eight categories covering a wide range of health issues and winners of the categories have the potential to be submitted for the 2012 NSW Health Awards.

This year the Overall Winner was the submission from Category 3 – Empowering Patients titled – Advanced Care Directives in Ballina Renal Service by Terri Battese, Registered Nurse (RN)/Project Officer and Malcolm Dougherty, Nurse Unit Manager from Ballina Renal Unit.

The project involved making Advanced Care Directives (Living Wills) available to the patients, to provide them with a say in advance about what treatment they are provided medically if an acute event does occur and they are unable to indicate their wishes at the time.

There were 24 submissions across the eight categories, following are the Quality Award Winners for 2012:
  • Category 1 – Keeping People Healthy to Avoid Unnecessary Hospitalisation titled – Screening Drug and Alcohol Clients for Mild Cognitive Impairment and was presented by Kate Willock, Senior Case Manager and Shannon White, Case Manager from Magistrates Early Intervention into Treatment (MERIT).
  • Category 2 – Improving Access to Timely Quality Health Care – The Emergency Respite Pathway Project was presented by Isla Attewell, RN/Project Officer and Ken Lee, Area Coordinator of Carer Support Program.
  • Category 4 – Improving Primary Health Care in the Community – Helping Dads Helping Kids was presented by Shannon White and Kate Willock from MERIT.
  • Category 6 – Building the Health Workforce – Dementia Care Resource and Training Network eLearning Program was presented by Anne Moehead, Nurse Practitioner Psychogeriatrics and Michael Moriarty, Manager Information Systems Development.
  •  Category 7 – Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections titled – It’s a Bugs Life was presented by Maree Carroll, Infection Prevention and Control Clinical Nurse Consultant from The Tweed Hospital.
  • Category 8 – Improving Patient Safety titled Using Pharmacy Interventions to Improve Patient Safety was presented by Peter Hill, Director of Pharmacy, Lismore Base Hospital.
In closing the Quality Awards evening Ms Rosie Kew, NNSW LHD Board Member and Chair of the Health Care Quality Committee said “the community are the real winners on the night, as the initiatives showcased, are already improving the quality of the healthcare that our Clinicians provide.”

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