2010 Innovation in Practice Awards Winners

The Winners of the Innovations in Practice Awards 2010 were announced at an Awards Presentation Ceremony on Friday, 21 May 2010 in Launceston. The Chief Nurse and Allied Health Unit would like to congratulate the following:-

Client / Patient Care

Statewide Bone Marrow Transplant Service - submitted by Gil Sheldon-Collins, Rachel Prall, Scott Ragg and John Bertram representing Medicine and Nursing Services, Royal Hobart Hospital and WP Homan Clinic, Launceston General Hospital.

In 2009 the Statewide Bone Marrow Transplant Service was established as part of Tasmania's Clinical Services Plan. This integrated service incorporates the Bone Marrow Transplant Service and Stem Cell Laboratory at the Royal Hobart Hospital and collection facilities at both the Royal Hobart Hospital and Launceston General Hospital, facilitating equity of access for patients in all Tasmanian Area Health Services.

Amazing Mates - submitted by Rosemarie Baker representing Disability Services, South.

Amazing Mates is a social skills and friendship development program for people with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities presented in a game show format. The game show format, including opening theme music and a host to introduce sessions and prizes, is used to engage and motivate.

Client / Patient Safety

Cardiac Rehabilitation in the Community - submitted by Helen Courtney-Pratt representing Practice Development Unit, Nursing Services, Royal Hobart Hospital.

The project is a pilot of a Cardiac Rehabilitation program for use by members of the Huon Valley community. The rehabilitation program is based on Self-Management strategies which will consist of a 2 hour, weekly session for seven weeks. Each week focuses on one of the health behaviours categorised by the SNAPPS (smoking cessation, nutrition, alcohol, physical activity, psychosocial and symptom management) model which was developed by one of the team members.

Balance Group - submitted by Lauren Richardson representing Physiotherapy Department, North West Area Health Services.

An exercise group designed to improve static and dynamic balance as well as strength and power in those clients identified by a physiotherapist as being as risk of falls.

New Ways of Working

Momentum-Mobile Phone Telehealth Solution - submitted by Kathy Kirby and Sandy Carmichael representing Southern Tasmanian Area Health Service and Central Highlands Community Health Centre.

This project involved using mobile phones for video-conferencing during visits by community nurses. The nurses visually link up with other members of the client's health care team. One person or multiple additional health professionals can be involved in the conference from anywhere around the State.

Improving Aged Care within the Emergency Department (The Nell Williams Unit)
- submitted by Ian Nethery representing Surgical Nursing & Services, Medicine Nursing & Services, Physiotherapy Department, Speech Pathology Unit - Royal Hobart Hospital.

Older people are among the most "at risk" group to attend an Emergency Department (ED). They may or may not have a cognitive deficit. Aged patients are of greater risk of falls, a further decline in cognitive function, dehydration, under nourishment and boredom which can manifest on behavioural problems. Older patients' family and carers often feel "unwelcome" in ED. Due to the specific physiological, and social needs of older people, the type and quality of emergency care is different for this group of patients than that for other age groups. The Nell Williams Unit has been designed to address these issues.

Prize Donor Awards

Australian Nursing Federation Awards

  • Diabetes in Pregnancy Multidisciplinary Clinic - submitted by Ruth Young, NW Diabetes Service
  • The Development of the Multidisciplinary RHH Tracheostomy Support Team - submitted by the Tracheostomy Support Team – Martin Nettle, Cindy Weatherburn, Julia Davies, David Carter, Kristin Fulton, Cameron Hunter
  • Team comes together to reduce waiting list for Holman Clinic Radiation Therapy patients - submitted by Anne-Marie Avery

Australian College of Midwives, Tasmanian Branch Award

  • The establishment of Maternity Satellite Clinics – opportunities, challenges and lessons learnt along the way - submitted by WHC Maternity represented by Becky French