WA Health Excellence Awards winners

The WA Health Excellence Awards were held at a gala dinner in Perth on 8 November 2017. These Awards recognise innovation and excellence in service delivery across eight project categories, plus another three individual awards.

Winners were chosen from an impressive field of high-calibre finalists which highlighted the outstanding work taking place throughout the health system. Congratulations to all winners and finalists.

Minister for Health’s Award

Winner: Joint recipients Dr Diane Mohen and Dr Dan O’Donnell

Dr Mohen was recognised for a career spanning 30 years, throughout which she was a tireless champion for maternity services across country WA.

Dr O’Donnell was acknowledged for three decades of service to socially disadvantaged patients from the South Metropolitan corridor, as well as to the rural and remote communities in the Christmas and Cocos Keeling Islands and the Kimberley.

Director General’s Award

Winner: Diabetes Telehealth program

Established by the WA Country Health Service in partnership with Diabetes WA and the WA Primary Health Alliance, the Program has improved health outcomes and reduced the burden of travel for rural Western Australians, while also using health resources more efficiently.

Jill Porteous Memorial Award for Safety and Quality

Winner: Stephanie Waters, WA Country Health Service Tele-stroke Program Manager

Ms Waters won this prestigious award for her pivotal role in developing stroke pathways between rural and metropolitan hospitals.

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Category winners

Category 1

Managing resources efficiently and effectively

Project: Pharmacy compounding service improvement
Team: Pharmacy Department, Fiona Stanley Hospital – South Metropolitan Health Service

By bringing chemotherapy medication production in-house, the Fiona Stanley Hospital Pharmacy Department is cutting excessive spending and improving chemotherapy patient’s experience.

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Category 2

Engaging with consumers, carers and the community

Project: Child development – clinical service re-design
Team: Metropolitan Child Development Service, Child and Adolescent Community Health – Child and Adolescent Health Service

A new approach to service provision at the Metropolitan Child Development Service is enabling earlier and more tailored interventions for children at risk of developmental delays or difficulties.

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Category 3

Achieving better outcomes for Aboriginal people

Project: Moorditj Djena (Strong Feet)
Team: Community and Population Health Services – East Metropolitan Health Services

Moorditj Djena outreach service sees Aboriginal people benefit from education to prevent and manage high risk foot conditions in relation to diabetes.

Category 4

Developing sustainable solutions for out-of-hospital healthcare

Project: Health navigator service for chronic conditions
Team: Strategy and Reform, Southern Inland Health Initiative – WA Country Health Service and Silver Chain

The Health navigator telehealth service is increasing access to support services in rural and remote communities for better care coordination and client self-management of chronic conditions.

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Category 5

Overcoming inequities

Project: Diabetes telehealth
Team: Strategy and Reform, Better Health Improvement Program (BeHiP) – WA Country Health Service

Regional Western Australians are benefitting from appropriate and timely diabetes education closer to home thanks to the Diabetes Telehealth Service.

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Category 6

Innovative approaches for improving safety and quality

Project: Rapid response to clinical deterioration
Team: Intensive Care Unit, Armadale Kalamunda Group – East Metropolitan Health Service

Patients have been the big winners at Armadale Hospital where new procedures for responding to patient deterioration have been followed by an 85 per cent drop in the number of heart attacks.

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Category 7

Preventing illness and injury and keeping the community healthy

Project: Kalgoorlie meningococcal W outbreak response
Team: Population Health, Goldfields Population Health Unit, WA Country Health Service and Communicable Disease Directorate and Disaster Preparedness and Management Unit, Public and Aboriginal Health – Department of Health

An outbreak of meningococcal disease in Kalgoorlie prompted an urgent public health campaign to raise vaccination rates and halt the transmission of this infectious disease.

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Category 8

Workforce initiatives to improve service delivery

Project: Theatre efficiency reform
Team: Surgical Division, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – North Metropolitan Health Service

By using service improvement methods and engaging with operating theatre staff, the surgical division of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has met its impressive targets.

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More information

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Phone: 9222 6425
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