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Health awards

Monday, 5th August, 2019

From left: People’s Choice Award winners: Eureka Van Der Merwe, Dr Sarah Wenham and Janet Masters. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson From left: People’s Choice Award winners: Eureka Van Der Merwe, Dr Sarah Wenham and Janet Masters. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

The Far West LHD Health Innovations Awards were held on Friday with the major accolade going to a project aimed at ensuring all NSW residents, their families and carers have access to the best possible end of life and palliative care.

The Far West Palliative Approach Framework won the 2019 Far West LHD Health Innovation Award - Eagle (Large Project) Category. The project was presented by Sarah Wenham, Specialist Palliative Care Physician.

The Hawk (Small Project) Category was won by ‘Increasing the use of ENOCC system to prevent hospitalisation’. This project was presented by Carrie Barlow and Sue Cooper, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dareton Primary Health.

The Agency for Clinical Innovation Award was won by ‘From little things big things grow - collection of stories’. This was presented by Eureka Van De Merwe, former Essentials of Care Coordinator and Janet Masters, Safety Culture Coordinator. The award was presented by Jenny Preece, Network Manager from the ACI. 

The People’s Choice was shared by two projects and awarded to ‘Far West Palliative Approach Framework’ and ‘From little things big things grow - collection of stories’.

The FWLHD Health Innovation Awards recognise the excellent work of clinicians, staff and service partners to improve patient safety, clinical quality and health system performance across the Local Health District.

“On behalf of the health service, I wish to congratulate all the award winners, the finalists and all the nominees,” said Ms Dale Sutton, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery/Director Clinical Governance, Far West LHD.

The winning projects and all those nominated demonstrate a commitment from our staff to improve the ways services are delivered, said Ms Sutton.

“The awards acknowledge and highlight the great innovative work that is being done across the LHD, all with the purpose of helping to ensure great health outcomes for our consumers.”

All the finalists will be entered into the NSW Health Awards to be held in Sydney later this year.

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