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The Northern New South Wales Local Health District (NNSWLHD) recently held its annual awards ceremony to celebrate innovative local health projects.

Programs to help mental health clients to be more physically active, increase the leadership capacity of nurses and midwives, and process referrals using artificial intelligence were among the initiatives showcased at Northern NSW Local Health District’s annual Quality Awards.

Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, congratulated the nine finalists across five team categories, as well as several individual award winners who picked up their awards at the ceremony in Goonellabah on June 21.

Great work on display

‘Our communities and our staff are the real beneficiaries of the great work on display at our awards night, and I want to congratulate every one of our colleagues who contributed to these improvement projects,’ said Ms Weir.

‘We have an incredibly innovative workforce, who are always striving to improve the care we provide to our patients, and the way that patients experience our health services.

Ms Weir said it was a pleasure to acknowledge nine teams this year for their hard work across a variety of categories including mental health care, research and innovation, and patient safety.’

Individual staff members and volunteers honoured

Individual staff members and volunteers were also honoured, with the Collaborative Staff Member of the Year Award going to Gerald May, Community Engagement Manager, for his ongoing commitment to engaging community in co-design activities and health service improvement programs.

Diane Johnson, President of The Tweed Hospital Pink Ladies received the Volunteer of the Year Award, while Lismore Base Hospital Quality and Safety Manager Melissa Ingram was awarded a Chief Executive Special Acknowledgement Award for her work in embedding a culture of excellence in patient safety across the hospital.

Winners of the NNSWLHD awards will be nominated for the state-wide 2023 NSW Health awards, which will be held in October.

Here is a full list of this year’s category winners:

Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services
Winner: Water-Based Activity: Keep Your Mental Health Afloat – Leah Everingham, Angie D’Elboux and Inika Reinhardt, Tuckeroo Sub Acute Mental Health Unit, Byron Central Hospital

Health Research and Innovation
Winner: Faxed Referral Handling in the Cloud with AI – faster, more accurate, secure and scalable – Tim Marsh, Vish Sapaliga, Olaf Wrieden and Matthew Woods

Patient Safety First
Winner: Reducing Hospital-Acquired Falls and Pressure Injuries in Clarence Health service – Sharon Wright, Bianca Reimer, Craig Archer, Belinda Simpson, Rebecca Stanton, Narelle Robison, Jennifer Barton, Jane Kulas and Deb Jansen

Runner up: Lismore Base Hospital – timely patient risk screening, assessment, and management to improve patient safety – Melissa Ingram, Narelle Gleeson, Sandra Vidler, Joel Organ, Leanne Seiffert, Charmaine Murphy and Nicola Scanlon

People and Culture
Winner: Optimising Leadership: Informed, Interactive and Sustainable Gateway – Louise Thurston and the Nursing and Midwifery Unit Manager Leadership Academy

Runner up: Education Transformation – engaging the workforce in Clarence Health Service – Fiona MacCallum and Deb Jansen

Transforming Patient Experience
Winner: Mo’s Journey – Amanda St Clair, Lea Mcallister, Dr Naomi Pickford and the LBH security team

Runner up: Specialist Palliative Care After Hours Support – Michelle Bridges and the

Palliative Care Team
Runner up: Through Our Eyes: Improving hospital experiences for people with disability -Ged May, Amanda McRae and consumer representatives Andrew Graeme-Cook, Catherine Graeme-Cook, Debra Perger and Zac Perger

2023 Collaborative Staff Member of the Year:
Gerald May, NNSWLHD Community Engagement Manager.

2023 Volunteer of the Year Award:
Diane Johnson, President, The Tweed Hospital Pink Ladies.

Chief Executive Special Acknowledgement Award:
Melissa Ingram, Lismore Base Hospital Safety and Quality Manager


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