Northern NSW’s top health projects awarded

Northern NSW’s top health projects awarded
The cream of the many innovative health care projects developed locally over the past year have competed for honours in the annual Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) Quality Awards. The projects represent the work of clinical teams in diverse settings, including hospitals, community health and specialised services such as mental health, dementia care and the management of hepatitis C.

Team finalists in the awards came from across the region – Tweed Heads, Lismore and Kyogle Hospitals, Mullumbimby Community Birthing Service, the LHD Drug & Alcohol and Donate Life teams, and other services. The finalists competed in categories that parallel those of the statewide NSW Health Innovation Awards.

The winners

Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services

“Excellence in Cognitive Screening of the Older Person” – Psychogeriatrics & Dementia, and Tweed Aged Care Assessment Team. This award winner also won the “best of the best” Overall Winner category, which was judged on the night.

Patients as Partners

“Allowing natural death – Development and evaluation of an innovative model for end of life care in a rural setting (Kyogle Community Health), and “Women with midwives with women – a publicly funded model of care offered by Mullumbimby Community Birthing Service” – joint winners.

Integrated Healthcare

“Hep C Matters” – HARM and HIV team, NNSW LHD Drug & Alcohol Service.

Healthy Living

“Patient Care Area Air Quality” – The Tweed Hospital.

Building Partnerships

“Community Health in Schools” – Paediatric Speech & Family Coordinator team, Tweed-Byron Network.

Collaborative Team

“Donate Life and give our people a second chance of life” – Organ & Tissue Donation, and Bugalwena Aboriginal Health Service.

NNSW LHD Board Chair Dr Brian Pezzutti said, “The range and quality of these projects indicates the NNSW LHD’s close involvement with the community’s health care needs at every level… from the designing of preventive health programs through to the delivery of acute and primary care services. The standard of the award entries are a great testament to our innovative and highly professional staff.”

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