DUBBO Hospital has taken out the Patient Safety First category for it’s Intensive Care Unit Governance Framework at the Western NSW Local Health District Living Quality and Safety Health and Innovation Awards.
The Intensive Care Unit project aimed to introduce a model to ensure recommended standards for the safe and efficient delivery of care in Level 4 Intensive Care Units were implemented.
Underpinning the aim is the development of a local ICU operational and strategic leadership governance structure to support service delivery to meet the critical care needs of the community and the Local Health District.
Dubbo Health Service partnered with the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) to implement core principles of best practice for Level 4 Intensive Care Units.
The Bourke’s Multipurpose Service was recognised as a category winner in the excellence in MPS rural facilities for Tailoring access to specialised sexual assault services in a remote MPS.
Bourke’s United Hospital Auxiliary treasurer and committee member Gwen Davis was also announced as the volunteer of the year.
Gwen was awarded Volunteer of the Year for her tireless dedication to the Auxiliary since the 1950s and her commitment and passion for the Bourke community.
Brewarrina Health Service Community Health Team Leader/Audiometry Service Registered Nurse Judith Caswell was also announced as a joint winner of the Studer Group Staff Member of the Year along with Karen Beattie from Bathurst.
Award finalists were presented during a ceremony where special guests Dr Fiona Kerr and Ben Austin OAM shared their individual stories to help motivate managers and staff from across the district.
Dr Fiona Kerr has over 30 years of experience in the areas of complex organisational strategy and transformation across the public, private and tertiary sectors and within various industries.
Born in Wellington, Ben Austin is one of Australia’s most successful and recognised Paralympian swimmers.
Over 100 submissions were received this year, including 77 projects across 10 project award categories and 29 individual submissions received.