Record number of Country Health SA award finalists

Tuesday 14 November 2017

A community vaccination program in Ceduna, technology to improve the lives of people with chronic disease across the state and co-ordinated mental health support for Whyalla residents are among the Country Health SA initiatives in the running for this year’s 2017 SA Health Awards.

Country Health SA (CHSA) Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said this year a record 13 CHSA finalists featured among a field of 33 individuals, teams and programs from across the State’s public health system.

“The awards are a great way to highlight the wonderful work done each and every day in country health, in all corners of our state,” Ms Geraghty said.

“All our finalists are a shining example of the amazing staff, programs and services that are leading the way in healthcare across country South Australia.

“I wish all finalists the best of luck at next week’s awards ceremony and congratulate all who submitted entries this year.”

This year there will be a dedicated award which acknowledges the efforts of hardworking staff and innovative services for regional patients. The 2017 Dr Peter Chapman Excellence in Country Health Award is named in honour of the late Dr Chapman, former Country Health SA Chief Medical Adviser.

The 2017 SA Health Awards winners will be announced at a special gala ceremony in Adelaide on Friday, 24 November.

For more information on finalists, visit Videos of all winners and finalists will be featured on the website following next week’s awards.

The CHSA finalists are:

Premier’s Award – Our Community

Whyalla Mental Health Crisis Response Stepped Model of Care

In anticipation of increased demand for assistance following Arrium entering voluntary administration in early 2016, CHSALHN Mental Health services took the lead in ensuring government and non-government health services were well positioned to support the Whyalla community at this difficult time.

Minister’s Innovation Award

South Australian Virtual Emergency Service (SAVES)

Videoconferencing technology is used to provide remote clinical consultations to 16 country hospital emergency services between 11pm and 7am, seven days a week. An experienced rural GP is available to answer calls and video link into SAVES sites.

Out of Hospital Strategies and Care

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Service for Country Health SA

The service delivers high quality evidence-based wound care for clients living with complex chronic wounds throughout country SA. By increasing clinical knowledge and skills, country patients are spending less time in metropolitan hospitals and receiving treatment closer to home.

Building and Strengthening Partnerships

iREWARDS streamlining clinical responsiveness

A CHSA and UniSA collaboration to streamline the clinical intake process for children by guiding clinicians to swiftly identify a child’s developmental needs via conversation. The process has resulted in a 57 per cent reduction in waiting times for early intervention services.

Ceduna Meningococcal W Community Vaccination Program

Following a meningococcal W outbreak in Ceduna early this year, a community-wide vaccination program was co-ordinated between CHSA, SA Health, Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Services and the Aboriginal Health Council of SA. The program vaccinated more than 3,400 locals.

Excellence in Non-Clinical Services

Partnership approach to reducing work-related injuries

CHSA has implemented an approach to prevent and manage work-related injuries which has resulted in significant outcomes over the last three years, including a 28 per cent reduction in work-related injury claims.

Country Health SA Integral Leadership Program

This initiative has improved performance by developing the skills of 200-plus leaders across CHSA, through workshops, coaching and action-learning. This has shifted mindsets, motivating managers to think and act differently, building a positive culture.

Young Professional of the Year

Holly Campbell

Holly Campbell is an Occupational Therapist who oversees transitional care programs across 42 CHSA sites and is the burns link therapist for Port Lincoln. She has shown outstanding clinical, communication and business management skills, coupled with an exceptional commitment to patient care.

Excellence and Innovation in Aboriginal Health

Healing Together

The CHSA Yorke Peninsula Aboriginal Health Team together with the Yorke Peninsula Mental Health Team (YPMHT) improved the mental health wellbeing of the Aboriginal community by holding joint, weekly clinical meetings to plan for clients, upgrading the videoconferencing facilities and having a visiting psychiatrist.

Partnering with Consumers, Carers and Our Community

Service Matters – Going the Extra Mile

The Flinders and Upper North region of CHSA partnered with the local community to design, develop and deliver the ‘Service Matters – Going the Extra Mile’ patient-focussed training program.

The 2017 Dr Peter Chapman Award for Excellence in Country Health

Renal Dialysis Truck

The Renal Dialysis Truck began operating in early 2014 and provides respite dialysis services in remote towns and Aboriginal communities, allowing people with kidney disease to return home for short periods of time to reconnect with family and community. More than 600 treatments have been provided.

Overcoming health service barriers with clinical planning

Through a telephone cardiac rehabilitation program and the support for those with chronic disease through the Virtual Clinical Care program, CHSA has been able to reduce mortality from Acute Coronary Syndrome and improve patient health outcomes after cardiac events.

CHSALHN BloodMove Program

The BloodMove program has significantly reduced blood and blood product wastage and has increased the ability to mobilise blood/blood products to country sites. This has resulted in patients receiving their care closer to home as well as an ability to deliver blood resources to remote sites in cases of need.

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