Excellence in Strengthening Partnerships - SA Health Awards 2019
Winner — Community Paramedics Program - Ceduna
SA Ambulance Service
Indigenous people from remote communities are significantly improving their own health management and avoiding hospital and emergency admissions, thanks to SA Ambulance Service community paramedics. Community paramedics in Ceduna are working with indigenous agencies to deliver health checks in accessible and culturally familiar settings, building trust with people who have previously not engaged well with health services, and working closely with other agencies to coordinate care for this vulnerable group.
Finalist — Child Development Unit Collaborative Project Team
Women’s and Children’s Division, Lyell McEwin Hospital, NALHN
The child development partnership facilitates timely autism and complex developmental assessment in NALHN by redirection of referrals on the waiting list to Adelaide Paediatrics Elizabeth for medical, allied health assessment, leading to early NDIS referral and intervention. This initiative is funded and supported through the Primary Health Network to ensure there are no costs for families. Results have exceeded expectations in this genuine commitment to early intervention for northern children.
Finalist — Individual Placement and Support Program
Western Community Mental Health Services, CALHN
A new program supporting individuals with a mental illness to gain employment has helped 29 people find a job this year. Delivered by an innovative partnership between Western Community Mental Health Services and disability employment service provider, Community Bridging Services, it benefits individual recovery with increased self-esteem, improved quality of life, better control of symptoms, decreased substance abuse, reduced reliance on mental health service support and improved financial situation.