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Major gong for Ballina health service

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AN "innovative" program that empowers renal patients at Ballina has been awarded the NSW Health Minister's Excellence Award at the NSW Health Awards, the State Government has announced.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner has rewarded the efforts of staff from the Ballina Renal Service for their project, Advanced Care Planning in the Ballina Renal Service. 

"The establishment of Advance Care Planning Directives is a very challenging area in healthcare and the process Ballina staff have put in place allows those special conversations to take place with patients, their families and carers," Mrs Skinner said.

 

Shadow Minister for Health Jillian Skinner officially opens Park Beach Plaza’s Family Medical Practice yesterday as part of a whirlwind trip to Coffs Harbour.
Shadow Minister for Health Jillian Skinner officially opens Park Beach Plaza’s Family Medical Practice yesterday as part of a whirlwind trip to Coffs Harbour. Bruce Thomas

"Empowering patients and their families to make informed decisions about end of life medical management is a confronting area but the Ballina Renal Service has done a wonderful job by ensuring the needs and wishes of their patients come first."

 

The 14th NSW Health Awards were held in Sydney last night with 160 entries to the awards this year in more than 12 categories.

"These awards recognise the outstanding work of our state's doctors, nurses, allied health professionals as well as the hard-working staff who support these teams to save lives and keep the community healthy," Mrs Skinner said.

"This special event is an opportunity for us to applaud innovation in our health sector."

Ballina MP and Minister for the North Coast Don Page congratulated staff at the Ballina Renal Service for their well-deserved win.

"This is a real pat on the back for the Ballina Renal Service staff and the wider Local Health District for the emphasis they have put on providing quality care for local patients and their families," he said.

"In what is challenging work, the Ballina Renal Service has designed a local, personalised model of care to ensure patients and their families are comfortable at a difficult time in their lives."

 


NSW HEALTH AWARDS 2012: FULL LIST OF WINNERS
 

  1. Award for Keeping People Healthy to avoid unnecessary Hospitalisation

Active Play at Playgroup Childhood Obesity Prevention by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Active Play at Playgroup is an innovative health promotion project that has provided opportunities wellbeing for more than 1500 children and their families to improve their health. It aims to reduce obesity risk factors in young children and their families by increasing the number of supported playgroups promoting active play.

  • Award for Improving Access to Timely Quality Healthcare
     

Preventing the Next Osteoporotic Fracture by Sydney Local Health District

Osteoporosis affects more than 50 per cent of postmenopausal women and 30% of men over the age of 60 years. Preventing the Next Osteoporotic Fracture aims to improve the care, quality of life and life expectancy for patients with osteoporotic fractures through reducing the high incidence of re-fractures.

  • Award for Empowering Patients

Advanced Care Planning (ACP) in the Ballina Renal Service by Northern NSW Local Health District

The use of advanced care directives gives patients a voice in their ongoing medical management especially in life-threatening situations. Advanced Care Planning has been introduced as a standard component of the model of care in the Ballina Renal Unit. The aim of the project is to empower patients by heightening awareness of advanced care directives.

  • Award for Improving Primary Healthcare in the Community

Resi - DENTAL Care Program by Hunter New England Local Health District

The Resi-DENTAL Care Program seeks to provide regular dental services for residents living in aged care facilities. It has been introduced to improve the oral health care of residents of aged care facilities through the education and training of staff and the improvement of access to dental services.

  • Award for Collaboration Working as a Team

Tiny Infant + Mighty Nutrition = Healthy Beginning by South Eastern Sydney and Northern Sydney Local Health Districts

Many newborn infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units are unable to feed orally and as such intravenous feeding becomes the standard practice. Tiny Infant + Mighty Nutrition = Healthy Beginning aims to develop nutrient intakes for neonates.

  • Award for Building the Health Workforce

A Stitch in Time - Nurses Suturing Post Neurosurgical Drain Removal by South Western Sydney Local Health District

This innovative project is the first of its kind within Australian neurosurgical units. It focuses on the timely removal and suturing of drain sites in surgery by providing nurses with education and training to perform suturing and improve patient outcomes.

  • Harry Collins Award for Achievement in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections

Antibiotic Stewardship it's as EASY as eASY by Northern Sydney Local Health District

Antibiotic stewardship is necessary to combat the growing problem of multi -resistant bacteria. The eASY project seeks to reduce healthcare costs associated with the management of multi-resistance organisms and improve patient outcomes.

  • Clinical Excellence Commission Award for Improvement in Patient Safety

Waterlow Wednesday - Preventing Pressure Injuries by South Western Sydney Local Health District

Waterlow Wednesday aims to reduce the occurrence of pressure injuries for hospital inpatients. The introduction of the program has improved compliance and reduced hospital acquired point prevalence for pressure injury from 13 to nine per cent in the 12 months, with a further reduction to eight per cent a year later.
 

  • Cancer Services Award for Excellence in the Provision of Cancer Services

Medication Incident Reduction at Illawarra Cancer Care Centre by Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

The Medication Incident Reduction has seen a dramatic reduction in incidents where patients have had adverse reactions to medications at the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre.

  • Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) Award for Excellence in Health

Enhancing Clinical Capacity of Hunter New England Pharmacy Services by Hunter New England Local Health District

Hunter New England Pharmacy Services has improved workforce flexibility by encouraging workflow modifications, education and support for staff undertaking varied roles. Existing technology has been utilised to collate resources and make them available to promote excellence in clinical pharmacy services.

  • Volunteer Service of the Year Award
     

A Burns Support Program by the Agency for Clinical Innovation

S.H.A.R.E. is a formalised peer support program for patients with a burn injury. Burns survivors are paired with burns patients based on certain selection characteristics. Talking with a survivor in the context of peer support can assist patients in finding strength, hope, new meaning and validation through this sharing of experience.

  • The Minister for Health (Mental Health) Award for Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services

Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) Inspections by Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

The Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre (PECC) Inspections aim to ensure informed decisions are made regarding inpatient care by relating to the stories of others. This process aims to alleviate anxiety and concerns regarding inpatient admission and treatment in psychiatric care. 

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