Laughter and fun overall winner
Saturday, 18th July, 2015
A project representing a major innovation in connecting rural and remote communities and providing access to health information has won the 2015 Far West LHD Health Innovation Award.
The awards were held yesterday and featured a presentation by each of the six finalists.
The overall winner was:
Laughter and Fun: Community Mental Health Month Concerts. This project used comedy shows and talent quests in Wilcannia, Menindee, Dareton and Broken Hill to connect communities and share health messages. Indigenous entertainers were engaged to either perform or act as Master of Ceremonies. Using entertainment as a vehicle, the concerts are a community engagement strategy for promoting mental health literacy in regional communities. The concerts also address community connectedness, social inclusion, healthy eating and general good physical health.
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. Ten projects were submitted for the awards in categories based on the NSW Health Innovation Awards.
In addition to the overall winner, the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) award was presented, as well as the People’s Choice award.
The ACI award was presented to:
“Schools Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships - SBATs”. The establishment of the Far West LHD SBATs Program represents the successful collaboration across 14 organisations from the health and education sectors across Far West NSW and Victoria. The scope and depth of the Program is a precedent for NSW Health and provides employment opportunities and development of skills of young people in our communities. It creates pathways for young people wanting to pursue careers within the health sector and builds the future workforce of the Far West LHD, service capacity, and community engagement.
The People’s Choice award was voted by attendees based on posters presented by the nominees.
The joint winners of the People’s Choice award for 2015 were:
Schools Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships - SBATs; and
Orthopaedic Wellness Waiting List Program (OWWL), a group education programme designed to empower people on the waiting list for joint replacement surgery to prepare for surgery. The group education session provides dietary advice from a dietitian, exercise advice from a physiotherapist to strengthen the joint before surgery, surgical preparation by the pre-operative clinic nurse and ways to set up the home in preparation for going home after surgery from an Occupational Therapist. This program makes use of the wait time for surgery by engaging people in their health care and surgical preparation.
“We were very pleased with the quality and the number of submissions and the presentations on the day. The finalists were selected based on innovation and originality as well as improved outcomes as a result of changes implemented,” said Ms Zandra Corey, Director Clinical Governance, Far West LHD and one of the judges.
“The entrants in the Innovation Awards have worked hard with their teams to improve the quality and safety of services delivered by the LHD.”
The winners will be entered into the NSW Health Innovation Awards for 2015 to be held later this year.