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1 December 2011

WA Health Awards showcase the best in health

An innovative employment program, which is helping to retain and attract Aboriginal people to the health sector, and an online public health initiative promoting awareness and testing of chlamydia were among 11 winners at last night's 2011 WA Health Awards.

The awards, now in their sixth year, recognise individuals and organisations who have demonstrated best practice in Western Australia's health system.

Health Director General Kim Snowball said the diversity of this year's nominees demonstrated the strength of Western Australia's public health system.

"More than 50 nominations were received across 11 categories that represent key priorities for WA Health including, hospitals, primary health care, workforce and public health," Mr Snowball said.

"Our winners will help inspire other health professionals to make a positive contribution to the public health system."

The Indigenous Employment Program took out the Director General's Award for its role in helping Aboriginal people gain employment in the health sector in the Pilbara.

In the past 12 months, more than 30 people have been employed in the health sector and the program's scholarship program has supported local Aboriginal people to undertake further studies.

In presenting the Director General's Award, Mr Snowball said the whole health system was challenged to embrace the approach taken in the Pilbara as a fundamental step in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal Western Australians.

The Online Chlamydia Program, run by the South Metropolitan Area Health Service, took out the top honour in the Excellence in Prevention, Promotion and Early Intervention category.

The Program uses the Internet to appeal to its target population of youth aged 16 to 29 years, providing a discreet online testing service.

Mr Snowball said the WA Health Awards were a highlight of the health calendar.

"Award programs such as these play a vital role in recognising the outstanding work that is carried out by WA Health staff on a daily basis," he said.

"As with every year, judges had a difficult task choosing winners from such a strong field of finalists.

"I congratulate all winners and finalists and thank them for their contribution to our vibrant health system.

2011 WA Health Awards winners

Director General's Choice Award Sponsored by HESTA

Winner:
Indigenous Employment Program, WA Country Health Service Pilbara.

This program is implementing innovative workforce strategies aimed at closing the gap in health through Aboriginal employment.

Highly commended:
Dementia: Osborne Park Hospital Guide for Occupational Therapists in Clinical Practice

Conference Partner Award Sponsored by St John Ambulance

Improving Kimberley patients access to tertiary hospital care: A WA and NT collaboration, WA Country Health Service Kimberley.

A partnership between WA Country Health Service and Northern Territory Health provides patients with life threatening injuries faster access to tertiary care.

Health Consumer, Carer and Community Engagement Award Sponsored by Paradigm

Living with Aphasia A guide for carers, North Metropolitan Area Health Service.

This guide helps carers deal with communication problems and the rehabilitation process.

Excellence in Resourcing Award Sponsored by AIM UWA Business School Executive Education

CoNeCT Improving care across the continuum, North and South Metropolitan Area Health Services.

This project provides tailored care coordination to complex patients to help them better navigate the health care system to get the care they need.

Excellence in Partnerships Award Sponsored by Silver Chain

A Multi-Agency Root Cause Analysis, WA Country Health Service.

This project was undertaken following a sentinel event in a rural setting. It involved a number of agencies working together to jointly review the event and plan quality improvements.

Excellence in Service Delivery Award Sponsored by Curtin University

Improving services for victims/survivors of sexual assault in regional and remote WA, Sexual Assault Resource Centre, North Metropolitan Area Health Service.

This innovative forensic nurse training program has improved services for victims and survivors of sexual assault in regional and remote Western Australia.

Excellence in Human Resources (Peter Baldwin Memorial Award) Sponsored by Australian Institute of Management

Tim Turner, Indigenous Employment Program, WA Country Health Service Pilbara.

Tim has played a pivotal role in the development and implementation of the Indigenous Employment Program in the Pilbara. He has provided coaching and mentoring to Aboriginal staff, managers and senior executive members.

Excellence in Prevention, Promotion and Early Intervention Award Sponsored by MercyCare

Online Chlamydia Program, South Metropolitan Area Health Service.

The Online Chlamydia Program project uses the Internet to improve access to chlamydia testing within the target population.

Improvement in Primary Health Care and Care in the Community Award Sponsored by Medibank Health Solutions

CoNeCT Improving care across the continuum, North and South Metropolitan Area Health Services.

This project provides tailored care coordination to complex patients to help them better navigate the health care system to get the care they need.

Improvement in the Workplace Environment Award Sponsored by GESB

Joint Winner:
Indigenous Employment Program, WA Country Health Service Pilbara; and RoStar eLearning, Health Corporate Network.

The RoStar eLearning training package allows easy access to innovative and high quality training. The Indigenous Employment Program is implementing innovative workforce strategies aimed at closing the gap in health through Aboriginal employment.

Improvement in the Patient Journey Award Sponsored by Department of Health Performance, Activity and Quality Division

Joint Winner:
Paediatric Buckle Fracture Pathway putting evidence based protocols into practice, Child and Adolescent Health Service; and Pre-Admission Clinic Pharmacist Project, South Metropolitan Area Health Service.

The Paediatric Buckle Fracture Pathway recommends treatment of forearm fractures in children where they could be safely treated by using splints instead of plaster casts. The Pre-Admission Clinic Pharmacist Project has improved health outcomes for elective surgery patients at Fremantle Hospital through improved medication management.

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