2013 Innovation Awards Winners

Innovation Awards 2013

Health Award Winners

Award: Service excellence (Lake Maintenance Gold Award Winner)

Applicant: THO-S Renal Unit

Project: Home Dialysis

The Royal Hobart Hospital’s (RHH) Renal Unit developed and implemented a philosophy of Home Dialysis ‘First’. Literature has shown the benefits of self-management in chronic disease patients and of home dialysis in comparison with in centre (three times per week) treatment. Patients are empowered, have improved quality of life, travel less for treatment, can dialyse longer and more frequently, have the flexibility to dialyse at a time that suits their lifestyle and experience improved health outcomes. These patients experience less hospitalisation (with reduced cost burden on the health system) and can return to and maintain a productive working and family life.

The project supports a different model of care that promotes independent dialysis and self-management as the preferred dialysis option.

Award: Leadership Quality and Safety

Applicant: THO-South Safety and Quality Unit

Project: Life Guard – Early Recognition and Response to Clinical Deterioration

Serious adverse events such as cardiac arrests and unplanned Intensive care admissions can occur due to unrecognized or under treated clinical deterioration.

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard nine (9) is recognising and responding to Clinical Deterioration and this project meets the requirements of this standards.

The broad objectives of the project have been to improve systems, processes and behaviours to recognise patients whose condition is deteriorating and responding to their needs in an appropriate and timely way.

Award: Leadership New Ways of Working

Applicant: Service Planning and Design, System Purchasing and Performance

Project: Telehealth Consultation Pilot, North West Tasmania

Redressing inequities of access between rural and remote and urban populations is a national policy priority in the National Strategic Framework for Rural and Remote Health. Seed funding was made available through the TAZREACH office of Service Planning & Design to support a telehealth pilot to address these inequities.

This project aims to demonstrate that more equitable access to safe, effective, affordable, patient-centred care can be achieved through telehealth (video-linked) medical specialist consultations

The project aligns IT and clinical capability with population need and patient readiness, is managed through telehealth-specific policy and administrative processes and supported by adequate funding.

Community Services Award Winners

Award: Best contribution for service excellence in community services

Applicant: Peer Education Project Team

Project: Elder Financial Abuse (You’re Worth it)

The You’re Worth It team has developed the program specifically to address financial elder abuse in Tasmania. The program is based on a peer education model where the educator is someone who shares common characteristics (such as age or interests) with their audience. As a result, peer educators have credibility with their audience and this helps to open channels of communication. The use of a peer education model in the context of financial elder abuse is innovative and the program has potential to expand within the state, interstate and overseas.

Award: Leadership Award for working in new ways with community services (Mike Willie Award)

Applicant: Peer Education Project Team

Winner: Donna Evans

Donna has voluntarily facilitated the Family Support Practitioner Network (FSPN) – South since it began in 2011. Set up as part of the 2009 Children and Disability Services reforms, the network is comprised of Integrated Family Support Services (IFSS) and other family support practitioners and meets every eight weeks to network, discuss issues of interest and provide peer support.

Donna’s initial enthusiasm and ongoing commitment to the Network ensures that Practitioners are constantly improving their working knowledge and understanding of the service system so as to provide the best quality support to their clients – children and families.

Award: Leadership Award for safety and quality in community services

Applicant: St Michaels Association Inc.

Project: Personal Duress Alarm System

St Michaels Association Inc. is a not-for-profit non-government disability support organisation, providing accommodation and support to special needs clients with intellectual and or physical disabilities for over 47 years.

Within the disability sector a high proportion of support workers have sustained injuries whilst at work caused by the special needs clients in their care. Those more at risk are clients and support staff that work remotely, in a one-on-one environment or whilst participating in activities in the community.

After discussing this issue with staff and other service providers it was clear that there were no other systems being used within the disability sector and whilst providers acknowledge that the safety of their clients and staff is paramount the perceived cost and logistics of implementing this type of system was prohibitive.

The community (clients, carers, support workers, volunteers and management team) have embraced the Personal Duress Alarm System and utilise it on a daily basis.