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.