Graylands team wins Rotary Award

A team of Graylands Hospital allied health professionals and nurse specialists has won the Excellence in Innovative Practice Award in the Rotary Allied Health Team Excellence Awards 2017.

Six members of the award-winning Innovative Practice team in front of one of the raised vegetable gardens
Photo Caption: Six members of the award-winning Innovative Practice team in front of one of the raised vegetable gardens that Graylands consumers helped plant and continue to tend and harvest.

Rotary Award winners must demonstrate ‘service above self’, which is the principal motto of Rotary.

The Innovative Practice Award category calls for ‘significant innovation in practice in providing allied health services, and ongoing commitment to promoting innovation in allied health and service delivery’.

The Graylands team has introduced contemporary and progressive mental health practices which have involved creating opportunities for meaningful occupation for consumers in order to provide purpose, identity, mastery, ownership, health and wellbeing.

Their aim has been to empower consumers to take ownership of their recovery journey, even while in hospital, through instilling in them a sense of hope and belonging.

The award-winning team includes:

  • Andrew Miller – Senior Occupational Therapist 
  • Jessica Dennis – Social Worker
  • Petra Elias – Community Development Officer/ Senior Social Worker
  • Patricia Tran – Peer Support Worker
  • Ruth Hill – Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Rob Miller – Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Doreen Sanyika – Clinical Nurse specialist
  • Barbara Murray, Jess Darmody, Jo Varne, Alan Stone – Allied Health Assistants – Occupational Therapy

All category winners are now in the running for the Overall Award for 2017 Team of the Year to be announced at the Awards Ceremony in October 2017.