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The projects in this collection have all been winners or finalists in the NSW Health Awards. Visit the NSW Health Innvation Showcase to find out more about the NSW Health Awards and Innovation Symposium.

Caring for Our Carers

Caring for Our Carers

Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital (Blacktown Campus) added Carer Zones to single rooms in its new Clinical Services Building, so carers can stay at the hospital overnight in comfort.
Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital (Blacktown Campus)
Added: 24 July 2017|Last updated: 8 August 2017
In Safe Hands: Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds

In Safe Hands: Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds

The structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds (SIBR) project involved a restructuring of the Medical Unit at Orange to allow care to be delivered via daily interdisciplinary patient and family-centred rounds delivered in plain English with collaborative care and goal planning involving patient, family and the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Orange Health Service
Added: 10 September 2014|Last updated: 11 November 2016
Restoration of Voice for Tracheostomy Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

Restoration of Voice for Tracheostomy Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

Royal Prince Alfred Hospital implemented the first randomised controlled trial in the world that demonstrated the benefits of using an in-line speaking valve in an Intensive Care Unit, to restore the voice of mechanically-ventilated tracheostomy patients.
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Added: 10 June 2016|Last updated: 27 June 2016
Community Integration Team: At Risk Youth Mental Health

Community Integration Team: At Risk Youth Mental Health

The Community Integration Team is a cohesive statewide health service that coordinates care for young people who have mental health problems and/or problematic drug and alcohol use, while they are in the juvenile justice system and three months after their release.
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network
Added: 2 May 2016|Last updated: 23 May 2016
Novel Approaches to Promoting HIV Testing

Novel Approaches to Promoting HIV Testing

SLHD promoted a community HIV testing service called a[TEST] in Newtown, through a digital marketing strategy and advertising in public spaces.
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 23 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
My Recovery: The Consumer-led Journey

My Recovery: The Consumer-led Journey

The Mental Health Recovery Unit (MHRU) implemented an eight-week program that used the Mental Health Recovery Star tool to help consumers set recovery goals and manage their own recovery reviews.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 8 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
Mighty Germ But Tight Plan Can Send The Baby Home

Mighty Germ But Tight Plan Can Send The Baby Home

The Royal Hospital for Women conducted an audit to measure the success of an early discharge policy that was implemented in January 2011.
Royal Hospital for Women
Added: 23 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
The Many Colours of Blacktown and Mount Druitt

The Many Colours of Blacktown and Mount Druitt

The Arts and Culture Program at Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals creates welcoming and safe spaces by collaborating with local artists and community groups.
Western Sydney Local Health District
Added: 24 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease in Aboriginal People

Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease in Aboriginal People

Northern NSW Local Health District developed an algorithm that was applied to the electronic medical records of patients at Bugalwena General Practice, to identify whether they had early-stage chronic kidney disease.
Northern NSW Local Health District
Added: 18 January 2016|Last updated: 8 April 2016
Healthy Mouths in Hospital

Healthy Mouths in Hospital

This project implemented a more effective method for cleaning dentures in hospital and delivered education session to staff and patients on the link between oral health and systemic infection.
Southern NSW Local Health District
Added: 18 March 2016|Last updated: 4 April 2016
Nurse Practitioner for Outreach Rapid Response Acute Aged Care Service

Nurse Practitioner for Outreach Rapid Response Acute Aged Care Service

This project implemented a nurse practitioner led service that delivers care to older people in the community within residential aged care facilities or at home.
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 29 February 2016|Last updated: 14 March 2016
Strong Fathers, Strong Families: The Possum Cloaks Project

Strong Fathers, Strong Families: The Possum Cloaks Project

An eight-week parenting program was developed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers, which included lessons on carving culturally and personally significant artworks onto possum cloaks for their babies and children. The program was fully funded by the Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Added: 23 February 2016|Last updated: 9 March 2016
Southcare Outreach Service (SOS)

Southcare Outreach Service (SOS)

The Southcare Outreach Service is a new model of care that delivers a rapid response, multidisciplinary team to clients aged over 65 years in their home to prevent presentations to the emergency department.
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Added: 19 February 2016|Last updated: 7 March 2016
Rapid Access Colonoscopy: Faecal Occult Blood Test

Rapid Access Colonoscopy: Faecal Occult Blood Test

This project designed and implemented a rapid access colonoscopy service for positive faecal occult blood test referrals in HNELHD.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 24 February 2016|Last updated: 2 March 2016
Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections

This project developed nurse-led protocols for the insertion, removal and management of indwelling urinary catheters at John Hunter Hospital.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 8 February 2016|Last updated: 26 February 2016
A Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Engagement Strategy for BreastScreen NSW

A Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Engagement Strategy for BreastScreen NSW

BreastScreen NSW engaged Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, through art workshops that allowed participants to visually express their feelings about breast screening.
Cancer Institute NSW
Added: 1 February 2016|Last updated: 15 February 2016
Singing to Health: A Choir for People with Neurological Communication Disorders

Singing to Health: A Choir for People with Neurological Communication Disorders

The War Memorial Hospital Waverley created a weekly social choir led by a volunteer music therapist, for outpatients with chronic communication impairments due to acquired and progressive neurological deficits. The choir supported the health of individuals, by building partnerships and facilitating continuity of care.
War Memorial Hospital
Added: 27 January 2016|Last updated: 10 February 2016
Transforming Acute Stroke Care Locally and Globally

Transforming Acute Stroke Care Locally and Globally

John Hunter Hospital implemented advanced computed tomography (CT) imaging, which allows patient profiling, prognostic accuracy and personalised acute stroke care.
John Hunter Hospital
Added: 18 January 2016|Last updated: 1 February 2016
Your Health Link: Information the Right Way

Your Health Link: Information the Right Way

Your Health Link is an online gateway to a broad suite of health information, linking the community, patients, carers, teachers and students to over 500 Australian health-related organisations and services chosen by health professionals. Through accessible website design and a comprehensive linking program, Your Health Link has enabled 90.5% of users surveyed to get the information they were looking for....
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 6 January 2016|Last updated: 20 January 2016
A Public-Private Rural Physiotherapy Service

A Public-Private Rural Physiotherapy Service

This project established a partnership between the local health district, Primary Health Network and private physiotherapists, to pool resources and deliver physiotherapy services in rural communities.
Murrumbidgee Local Health DistrictMurrumbidgee Primary Health Network
Added: 18 January 2016|Last updated: 18 January 2016
Smoke-free Commercial Outdoor Dining for NSW

Smoke-free Commercial Outdoor Dining for NSW

A NSW Health public notice campaign was implemented using stakeholder engagement and social marketing strategies, to increase awareness of the smoking ban in commercial outdoor dining areas enacted on 6 July 2015.
NSW Ministry of Health
Added: 7 January 2016|Last updated: 7 January 2016
Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Expansion Project

Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Expansion Project

This project implemented consumer engagement activities including steering committees, working parties and community forums involving consumer representatives, clinicians and architects, to seek input into the design and development of the Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital (BMDH) Expansion Project.
Health InfrastructureWestern Sydney Local Health District
Added: 21 November 2014|Last updated: 13 November 2015
Teamwork the Mid North Coast Way: From ED to Urgent Care Centre

Teamwork the Mid North Coast Way: From ED to Urgent Care Centre

Wauchope District Memorial Hospital transformed its emergency department into an Urgent Care Centre, which is equipped to treat patients with minor illness or injury. Patients that require emergency care for serious or critical conditions are transferred by NSW Ambulance directly to Port Macquarie Base Hospital. The successful transition was underpinned by a comprehensive communications strategy made possible by the formation of a dynamic team which included key representatives from health and the community....
Wauchope District Memorial Hospital
Added: 21 October 2015|Last updated: 4 November 2015
Triple CCC Project - Care, Communication, Coordinate

Triple CCC Project - Care, Communication, Coordinate

The project team redesigned and implemented a new care coordination model which has transformed care delivery on the medical respiratory ward, improving safety, patient, carer and staff satisfaction.
Shellharbour Hospital
Added: 7 August 2015|Last updated: 4 November 2015
Improving Management of Long Stay Patients

Improving Management of Long Stay Patients

Liverpool Hospital implemented a sustainable process for monitoring, management and early escalation of long stay patients. The goal was to provide a structure for helping clinical teams develop appropriate and high-quality patient management plans.
Liverpool Hospital
Added: 8 July 2015|Last updated: 4 November 2015
Vertebrae Fractures: Rural Management Adaptions

Vertebrae Fractures: Rural Management Adaptions

This project developed clear management plans with standardised clinical products and processes, formal education and training, and enhanced clinical governance.
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 27 May 2015|Last updated: 27 May 2015
Let’s Be Free of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

Let’s Be Free of Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

The project implemented measures to deal with nosocomial infections, including increased swabbing, improved cleaning services, cleaning surveillance tools, personal hygiene packs and patient questionnaires.
St George Hospital
Added: 25 May 2015|Last updated: 27 May 2015
Quality in Acute Stroke Care Implementation Project (QASCIP)

Quality in Acute Stroke Care Implementation Project (QASCIP)

Following results of a successful trial, the QASCIP implemented three clinical protocols to manage fever, hyperglycaemia and swallowing in stroke (the Fever, Sugar, Swallow (FeSS) clinical protocols). The Nursing Research Institute partnered with the ACI, 15 local health districts, clinicians and the National Stroke Foundation to implement the FeSS clinical protocols in all 36 NSW stroke services.
St Vincent's Health Network
Added: 27 May 2015|Last updated: 27 May 2015
Keep Them Safe and Whole Family Teams - An Integrated Partnership Approach to Health Care

Keep Them Safe and Whole Family Teams - An Integrated Partnership Approach to Health Care

Whole Family Teams (WFTs) include mental health and drug and alcohol clinicians working together in multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive mental health, drug and alcohol and family assessment and evidence informed individual and family in-home interventions for approximately six months. The model of care was informed by the best available evidence regarding interventions for families with complex mental health and drug and alcohol needs and the impact of these problems on the safety of their children. The central theme of...
Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office (MHDAO)
Added: 18 February 2015|Last updated: 5 March 2015
Standing Balance Classes: improve balance and function for rehabilitation inpatients

Standing Balance Classes: improve balance and function for rehabilitation inpatients

This project demonstrates the effective implementation of best evidence to improve patient outcomes in a rehabilitation setting. Patients consistently report poor balance as a significant factor in their recovery. Focusing on patient centred care, clinicians within the physiotherapy department performed an evidence based review aiming to identify the most effective way of improving balance.
Bankstown Lidcombe HospitalCamden Hospital
Added: 16 February 2015|Last updated: 17 February 2015
Rapid HIV and Sexually Transmissible Infections Testing

Rapid HIV and Sexually Transmissible Infections Testing

Sydney Sexual Health Centre with partners ACON and the Kirby Institute, developed outreach testing models staffed by peer educators and a specialist nurse. a[TEST] models included after-hours testing at community organisation premises, a mobile testing caravan at Taylor Square for World AIDS Day, and a Darlinghurst shop front for the Mardi Gras Festival 2014. High rates of consumer satisfaction with the models and success in accessing gay men who had never had a HIV test or were testing infrequently was...
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Added: 16 February 2015|Last updated: 16 February 2015
Save the Date to Vaccinate Campaign

Save the Date to Vaccinate Campaign

The Save the Date to Vaccinate campaign is part of a long term strategy to improve childhood vaccination rates in NSW. The key message of the Save the Date to Vaccinate campaign focuses on ‘on time’ immunisation, addressing a lack of understanding about the importance of vaccinating children in line with the recommended immunisation schedule.
NSW Ministry of Health
Added: 16 February 2015|Last updated: 16 February 2015
Kitted Out for Blood Cultures

Kitted Out for Blood Cultures

To reduce blood culture contamination rates at Campbelltown Hospital, a blood culture kit was introduced to the adult departments. The project foundation is built on getting it right the first time and reducing unwarranted clinical variation by implementing one standardised kit with one set of instructions. This has embedded better practice focusing on aseptic technique.
Campbelltown Hospital
Added: 11 February 2015|Last updated: 16 February 2015
A Safe Benzodiazepine Guideline for Elderly Inpatients

A Safe Benzodiazepine Guideline for Elderly Inpatients

This project was a result of the Junior Medical Officer Quality and Safety Committee. While defining its role in its pilot 12 months, concerns regarding the prescribing of benzodiazepines in the elderly inpatients were identified and acted upon by way of two audits, guideline creation and education packages.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 5 February 2015|Last updated: 11 February 2015
Active Kyogle

Active Kyogle

Active Kyogle was a three-year federally-funded chronic disease prevention project which relied on the community to decide the health priorities and collaborative partners to plan and deliver the interventions. Active Kyogle empowered the community to implement a health promotion program to prevent chronic disease focusing on projects that increase healthy eating, physical activity and reducing social isolation.
Northern NSW Local Health District
Added: 5 February 2015|Last updated: 11 February 2015
eCommunicating Patient Feeding Assistance Needs

eCommunicating Patient Feeding Assistance Needs

In 2013 a modification to electronic medical record (eMR) diet ordering was initiated to communicate patient feeding assistance requirements electronically at the time of ordering a patient diet. This modification now triggers a bright marker on the patient’s meal tray to clearly indicate their eating assistance needs at every meal.
Prince of Wales Hospital
Added: 11 February 2015|Last updated: 11 February 2015
Healthy Kids Bus Stop (HKBS) Project

Healthy Kids Bus Stop (HKBS) Project

The Healthy Kids Bus Stop (HKBS) Project is a community-based integrated care partnership between Royal Far West, Western NSW Local Health District, Western NSW Medicare Local, and Ronald McDonald House Charities to address the gaps in child health needs in rural NSW.
Western NSW Local Health District
Added: 31 October 2014|Last updated: 28 January 2015
Yanagagi Numbadil Nurbul - Walking Together in Friendship

Yanagagi Numbadil Nurbul - Walking Together in Friendship

Bathurst Health Service was one of eight NSW Hospitals to participate in the Aboriginal Identification Hospital Quality Improvement Project. This initiative has considered the needs of Aboriginal people as outlined in the NSW Health Impact Statement to ensure a significant focus on quality improvement and partnering with Aboriginal patients and community.
Western NSW Local Health District
Added: 31 October 2014|Last updated: 19 December 2014
Electronic Patient Journey Boards

Electronic Patient Journey Boards

The Electronic Patient Journey Board is a highly visible interactive touch screen, able to feed data directly from the electronic medical record and patient administration system. It is designed to facilitate multidisciplinary handover meetings with information displayed in a highly visual medium with graphic icons and colour schemes to discretely share clinical, financial and demographic information.
Central Coast Local Health District
Added: 17 December 2014|Last updated: 17 December 2014
In the Hand of Our Clinicians

In the Hand of Our Clinicians

A mobile phone viewable website allows clinicians ready access to assist in the safe, appropriate and timely prescribing of antimicrobials, thus decreasing the risk of healthcare associated bloodstream infections.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 15 December 2014|Last updated: 17 December 2014
Enhanced Scope of Practice Model of Care

Enhanced Scope of Practice Model of Care

The ESOP Model of Care was designed along with a supporting clinical governance structure, n education and training program and clinical pathways which define the scope of the ESOP Nurse. By developing the current rural nursing workforce to ensure that patients in small communities were able to receive appropriate treatment, by an appropriate person, at the appropriate time, without having to be transferred to larger facilities some distance away....
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 15 December 2014|Last updated: 15 December 2014
The Angelina Effect: the Personal Risk Assessment Clinic

The Angelina Effect: the Personal Risk Assessment Clinic

The development of a Personal Risk Assessment (PRA) Clinic was established to offer women accurate and personalised breast cancer risk advice and assessment
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Added: 21 November 2014|Last updated: 15 December 2014
Electronic Chest Pain Pathway (eCPP) in the eMR

Electronic Chest Pain Pathway (eCPP) in the eMR

The seamless, person-centred Electronic Chest Pain Pathway (eCPP) was developed to be compatible with all other pathways. It provided continuous care for patients with deteriorating health and developed key partnerships between the project teams that co-designed the easy to use evidence based tool.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Added: 21 November 2014|Last updated: 15 December 2014
Paediatric Bereavement – The Experience of Families

Paediatric Bereavement – The Experience of Families

Videos and resources have been developed to support families who have experienced the death of a child. These resources also educates health professionals on the experience of grief and loss, improving the service provided to emotionally isolated families.
Sydney Children's Hospital Network
Added: 21 November 2014|Last updated: 15 December 2014
Holistic Health for Mental Health Clients

Holistic Health for Mental Health Clients

The co-located General Practice clinic has cared for over 100 consumers who had not seen a General Practitioner in the last 12-18 months. In partnership with existing metal health services, the co-location model ensures community mental health services work collaboratively with the GP to improve the health status of community mental health clients, providing seamless and continuous care. This initiative increases community access to GPs, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and other Allied Mental Health Professionals for Mental Health Care....
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 21 November 2014|Last updated: 21 November 2014

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