Enhancing Hospital Care

Winner: Country Cancer Services Project

Country Health SA Local Health Network

The Cancer Services Project has led the establishment of 15 Chemotherapy Units in Country South Australia. This project has guided services in providing; leadership, education and clinical support, ensuring each unit meets statewide and national safety and quality requirements for patients, staff and the environment. The patient journey between metropolitan and country services can often be complicated and challenging, the model of care implemented ensures that country patients are able to receive their chemotherapy and supportive treatments in a coordinated, safe manner, closer to home, reducing the need for travel during times of illness.

Finalist: Closing the Pathology Gap with Point of Care Pathology Tests

iCCNet, Country Health SA Local Health Network

55 country hospitals don't have laboratories to provide timely pathology results for patient care. This was identified by the Integrated Cardiovascular Clinical Network (iCCnet) through discussions with country health professionals as a major barrier to practicing evidence-based cardiac care. In addition, lack of timely pathology testing has resulted in patients requiring regular blood tests being transferred to regional or metropolitan hospitals.

To address this gap, a nationally acclaimed point-of-care testing pathology service has been implemented. This includes a test for diagnosing heart attacks and has been an integral component to reducing deaths from heart attacks by 22% across country SA.

Finalist: Sharon Barlow

MS Clinical Practice Consultant Nurse, Flinders Medical Centre

Sharon Barlow is the Clinical Practice Consultant Nurse for the Flinders Medical Centre Multiple Sclerosis (MS) service in the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network having co-established (with Dr Mark Slee) this service in 2007. She has been instrumental in revolutionizing the care of MS in the region.

The service is the only one of its kind in South Australia, now managing over 400 patients with MS from across the state. Through development and implementation of evidence based treatment protocols, including acute hospital avoidance strategies in this relapsing disease, Sharon has co-developed a service that meets the needs of people with MS whilst reducing the impact of this disease on the acute hospital system.

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