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Stroke initiative success at the 2014 Premier’s Public Sector Awards

Stroke initiative success at the 2014 Premier’s Public Sector Awards

The Quality in Acute Stroke Care (QASC) Implementation Project has just been awarded the 2014 NSW Premier's Public Sector Award for Improving Performance and Accountability. 

The Premier’s Awards recognise excellence in the delivery of public services to the NSW community by the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and private businesses. The Awards comprise six categories which link to the strategies set out in NSW 2021, the Government’s agenda for change in NSW

The QASC Project was the winning submission in the Improving performance and accountability category, which recognises initiatives and projects that aim to strengthen existing systems, or enhance efficiency, accountability, workforce capacity, and community confidence in the public sector. Three other pioneering projects were finalists in the category, covering a diverse range of public health sectors including Health, Justice and Transport. 

The QASC Implementation Project was led by researchers at the Nursing Research Institute (NRI), a joint initiative between St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University. The project is a collaboration between the NRI, the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, the National Stroke Foundation and 15 Local Health Districts that demonstrated significant and clinically important improvements in stroke care across NSW.  Specifically, the project successfully translated evidence from a randomised controlled trial into all 36 NSW stroke services and improved the management of fever, raised sugar levels and swallowing difficulties in the first 72 hours following stroke.

“This is outstanding recognition of an innovative project that highlights the importance of partnerships, translational research and evidence-based stroke patient care,” said Sandy Middleton, Director of the Nursing Research Institute, St Vincent’s Health Australia (Sydney) and Australian Catholic University.

“Local Health Districts should be commended for working with organisations such as the NRI, ACI and National Stroke Foundation to improve the experience and quality of care patients receive,” she said.

For more information on this project, visit the QASC Implementation Project page on the Australian Catholic University website or view the poster from the 2014 NSW Health Innovation Showcase.

For more information on the 2014 NSW Premier’s Public Sector Award, visit the event website and post on the project. 

For more information on the Nursing Research Institute, visit the NRI website.

QASC in the News 

ABC. Acute stroke care. Health Report. 24 November 2014