Innovation Awards winners announced

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Six outstanding individuals and projects that help our patients and clients have been recognised in the 2013 Lake Maintenance Innovation Awards 2013.

The work showcased is testament to the hard work, dedication and motivation of all staff across the DHHS, Tasmanian Health Organisations and community services sector.

This year saw the introduction of the Lake Maintenance Gold Award – the top award for excellence in person centred care.

Congratulations to THO-South's Home Dialysis Therapies First project which won the top award.

The Home Dialysis Therapies First project has seen the Royal Hobart Hospital's Renal Unit develop a model of care that promotes independent dialysis and in some cases dialysis in the home.

It encourages empowerment and flexibility because the majority of independent patients are able to dialyse in the evening, allowing them to live normally during the day and continue with work and family life.

This year also saw the 'Leadership Award for working in new ways with community services' dedicated in honour of experienced DHHS manager Mike Willie who suddenly passed away earlier this year.

Mike was a dedicated, passionate and senior member of the Children and Youth Services team and the leadership Award presented in his memory is symbolic of everything Mike stood for.

Donna Evans who has voluntarily facilitated the Family Support Practitioner Network since 2011 took out this year's award. The Network was set up as part of the 2009 reforms of Children and Disability Services and allows practitioners to meet every eight weeks to network, discuss and provide peer support.

Congratulations to all our winners - read the full list of winners here