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The projects in this collection have all been winners or finalists in local Innovation Awards.

Mirrabrook: A Truly Smoke Free Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Mirrabrook: A Truly Smoke Free Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Mirrabrook Mental Health Unit introduced a new policy to help nicotine-dependent consumers quit smoking during their inpatient stay. It was supported by staff training, nicotine replacement therapy and carbon monoxide monitoring.
Shellharbour Hospital
Added: 29 May 2017|Last updated: 16 June 2017
Enhancing Remote Physiotherapy Services for Consistent Patient Care

Enhancing Remote Physiotherapy Services for Consistent Patient Care

Hay Physiotherapy Service implemented a telehealth model of care for appropriate patients, to better manage its waiting list and allow patients across vast geographical regions to access physiotherapy services in a timely and convenient way, particularly during service interruptions.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 6 April 2017|Last updated: 21 April 2017
Mali Marambir Ngurang Lachlan: To Make Better Place Lachlan

Mali Marambir Ngurang Lachlan: To Make Better Place Lachlan

Lachlan Health Service incorporated Wiradjuri language and culture into the redevelopment of Forbes and Parkes hospitals, including Wiradjuri gugaa (goanna) totem designs on the main entry doors and Wiradjuri signage throughout the hospitals.
Lachlan Health Service
Added: 13 March 2017|Last updated: 28 March 2017
Lone Ranger: Maintaining Staff Safety

Lone Ranger: Maintaining Staff Safety

Hospital staff who work on their own outside the Hospital environment are always at some risk of harm. If they have an accident or fall victim to violence while out in the community, co-workers may be unaware for some time. To address staff safety concerns, CAPAC began using the Lone Worker Service. The service allows the lone worker to receive regular calls from an automated control centre to which they must respond. If there is no response, the Lone Worker...
The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Added: 21 February 2011|Last updated: 21 October 2016
Please Let Me Out: a standardised capacity testing process for confused patient

Please Let Me Out: a standardised capacity testing process for confused patient

This project developed a standardised capacity testing and guardianship application process for confused patients, with a multidisciplinary approach to support decision making in the hospital environment.
Coffs Harbour Base Hospital
Added: 4 July 2016|Last updated: 19 July 2016
The End of Life Project

The End of Life Project

This project implemented a new End of Life Care Plan at Concord Repatriation General Hospital, including end of life care guidelines, staff education and resources for families and carers.
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 29 April 2016|Last updated: 16 May 2016
Pregnancy Family Conferencing Program

Pregnancy Family Conferencing Program

The Pregnancy Family Conferencing program provides early engagement and interagency care planning for pregnant women and families, where there are serious child protection concerns and a risk of placing the newborn in out of home care at birth.
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 23 February 2016|Last updated: 8 April 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
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
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
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
Kidney Dialysis Vascular Access: A Vascular Surgeon and CNC-led Access Clinic

Kidney Dialysis Vascular Access: A Vascular Surgeon and CNC-led Access Clinic

A vascular clinic with an integrated health approach was established, to address the high number of emergency procedures and prolonged hospitalisations incurred by haemodialysis patients.
Prince of Wales Hospital
Added: 6 January 2016|Last updated: 20 January 2016
Reducing Anxiety in Cancer Patients Using 3D Videos

Reducing Anxiety in Cancer Patients Using 3D Videos

Hunter New England Local Health District staff volunteered their time to develop information videos incorporating 3D animation for patients undergoing radiation therapy. Patient engagement led to videos that were tailored to specific treatment situations and information needs.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 6 January 2016|Last updated: 20 January 2016
Kempsey Patient Transport Project

Kempsey Patient Transport Project

MNCLHD upgraded the Patient Transport Service and expanded its capacity to provide after-hours services. It also educated emergency department (ED) staff on how to use these services most effectively.
Mid North Coast Local Health District
Added: 6 January 2016|Last updated: 20 January 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
Early Start Early Success

Early Start Early Success

SNSWLHD provides speech pathology students with the opportunity to complete their placements within childcare centres, where they can provide speech pathology services, health education initiatives and early intervention as required.
Southern NSW Local Health District
Added: 27 November 2015|Last updated: 11 December 2015
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
The Safety Huddle: Preventing repeat falls and near miss falls

The Safety Huddle: Preventing repeat falls and near miss falls

Camden Hospital implemented a multidisciplinary review meeting (Safety Huddle) following all inpatient falls and near miss falls, which developed strategies in consultation with the patient to prevent the incident from reoccurring.
Camden Hospital
Added: 23 October 2015|Last updated: 9 November 2015
Management of Hip Fractures in the Older Patient

Management of Hip Fractures in the Older Patient

Port Macquarie Base Hospital reviewed its fractured femur care pathway, based on the ACI's Minimum Standards for the Management of Hip Fractures. This resulted in a formalised orthogeriatric model of care that addressed factors including multimodal pain control, time to theatre, time to mobilisation and refracture prevention.
Port Macquarie Base Hospital
Added: 21 October 2015|Last updated: 9 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
 Rural/Remote Recruiting and Retention Value-Based Redesign (R5) Project

Rural/Remote Recruiting and Retention Value-Based Redesign (R5) Project

This project addressed factors that had a significant impact on vacant full-time equivalent positions, staff turnover, length of vacancies and the quality of consumers’ experience and engagement in care.
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 12 October 2015|Last updated: 26 October 2015
Tweed Opioid Treatment Program

Tweed Opioid Treatment Program

This project gathered feedback from clients, clinicians and case workers to define a single set of criteria used to assess when clients are eligible to receive medication to take home and consume the next day (called a one-off takeaway).
The Tweed Hospital
Added: 12 October 2015|Last updated: 26 October 2015
Enhanced Management of Orthopaedic Surgery Program

Enhanced Management of Orthopaedic Surgery Program

Coffs Harbour Health Campus implemented this program which involved pre-operative planning, intra-operative optimisation, post-operative strategies and post-discharge follow-up.
Coffs Harbour Base Hospital
Added: 9 October 2015|Last updated: 24 October 2015
Let’s get STARTed: Managing Urinary Tract Infections in the Residential Aged Care Unit

Let’s get STARTed: Managing Urinary Tract Infections in the Residential Aged Care Unit

This project created a new model of care to educate staff on how to manage the symptoms of urinary tract infections (UTIs) with alternative therapies, rather than multiple antibiotics.
Grenfell Multi-Purpose Service
Added: 8 October 2015|Last updated: 23 October 2015
Improved Management of Miscarriage

Improved Management of Miscarriage

This project created a flowchart to guide clinical staff on the correct procedures for storing, viewing and testing products of conception. Staff education and a new patient feedback process was also implemented.
Tumut District Hospital
Added: 9 October 2015|Last updated: 23 October 2015
Coordinated Discharge Package in Medical Assessment Units

Coordinated Discharge Package in Medical Assessment Units

This project provided a Coordinated Discharge Package, including a discharge summary and follow-up call, to patients discharged from Medical Assessment Units (MAUs) at Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
Coffs Harbour Base Hospital
Added: 8 October 2015|Last updated: 22 October 2015
Improving Clinical Communication at the Aged Care Emergency Service

Improving Clinical Communication at the Aged Care Emergency Service

This project trained residential aged care facility and emergency department staff in the Identify, Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation (ISBAR) clinical handover tool to enhance the effectiveness of the Aged Care Emergency (ACE) service.
Hunter New England Local Health DistrictHunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network
Added: 6 October 2015|Last updated: 21 October 2015
Far West Chronic Disease Prevention Group

Far West Chronic Disease Prevention Group

A monthly Chronic Disease Group was established in Broken Hill, where clinicians tested participants for chronic disease risk factors and provided group education sessions that empowered participants to manage their own health.
Far West Local Health District
Added: 21 September 2015|Last updated: 20 October 2015
Intangible Storytelling Project

Intangible Storytelling Project

A multimedia project which tells the stories of inspirational carers and the vital role they play in the community.
Far West Local Health District
Added: 27 August 2015|Last updated: 10 September 2015
Move2Music

Move2Music

The project established a Move2Music program, which encouraged participants to dance and play games during a two-hour session with staff from Dareton Primary Health Centre
Dareton Primary Health Centre
Added: 8 July 2015|Last updated: 4 September 2015
PleDG: Please don’t go, it’s worth the wait

PleDG: Please don’t go, it’s worth the wait

Health outcomes are poorer for patients if they disengage from a service before receiving or completing care. This project is working to ensure that at the Broken Hill Health Service emergency department: patients receive the right care at the right time and in the right place; patients needing access to emergency care can access it when they need it; patients will remain engaged with the emergency services to achieve optimal management of their medical conditions; staff can focus on their...
Broken Hill Base Hospital
Added: 20 August 2015|Last updated: 26 August 2015
Yhunger: Skills for healthy eating

Yhunger: Skills for healthy eating

Yhunger has developed educational resources and training workshops for youth workers that focus on ‘hands on’ skills development with young people.
Sydney Local Health District
Added: 15 July 2015|Last updated: 30 July 2015
Sapphire Coast Graduate Physiotherapy Program

Sapphire Coast Graduate Physiotherapy Program

This project created an informal public-private partnership with collaborative recruitment, joint management and shared education for new graduates.
Bega Valley Health Service and Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy
Added: 14 July 2015|Last updated: 28 July 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
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
Coordinating Mental Health Transfer of Care

Coordinating Mental Health Transfer of Care

Essential to seamless transfer of care is the engagement of and communication with relevant clinicians from the inpatient and community settings, as well as the consumer or carer during discharge planning. This project has highlighted the real issues underlying care coordination, which have persisted and become more complex as local services have evolved. An objective analysis of these issues has occurred with focused strategies and an implementation plan that places the patient at the centre of care....
Murrumbidgee Local Health District
Added: 31 March 2015|Last updated: 17 April 2015
Video Examples of Speech Pathology Activities - VESPA

Video Examples of Speech Pathology Activities - VESPA

VESPA was created as a medium for centre staff and parents to easily and conveniently access video demonstrations of Speech Pathology activities. Data collected over a six month period indicated steady viewing of the resources. This model is readily adapted to other services.
North Coast Medicare Local
Added: 11 March 2015|Last updated: 25 March 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
NSW Emergency Department Airway Registry Project

NSW Emergency Department Airway Registry Project

A prospective observational study of the practice of endotracheal intubation in NSW Emergency Departments (EDs) with subsequent development of practice improvement guidelines and training.
Royal North Shore Hospital
Added: 15 October 2014|Last updated: 29 October 2014
Outpatient and Visitor Buggy

Outpatient and Visitor Buggy

The outpatient and visitor buggies provide less mobile patients and visitors with a safe, accessible and enjoyable method of transport along main pedestrian corridors of Westmead Hospital while maintaining dignity and respect. Volunteers at Westmead Hospital recognised that many less physically mobile outpatients and visitors experienced difficulties walking from the main entrances of the hospital to their destinations, over 200 metres away. Transport by orderlies using wheelchairs was not suitable for many of these people. After an extensive planning and...
Westmead Hospital
Added: 9 April 2013|Last updated: 16 October 2014
CIAP Champion Program

CIAP Champion Program

The project objective is to support clinicians to continually improve clinical practice through the introduction of a "CIAP Champion Program". The Clinical Information Access Portal (CIAP) is the NSW Health website of clinical information and resources to support evidence-based practice. The program aims to have at least one CIAP Champion on each ward/unit to support staff to use CIAP effectively at Central Coast Local Health District. The outcomes of this program demonstrate that supporting clinicians to access and use evidence-based...
Central Coast Local Health District
Added: 30 November 2012|Last updated: 9 October 2014
RED - Real Education Delivered

RED - Real Education Delivered

Real Education Delivered (RED) is an adaptable education program that delivers professional support, information and learning opportunities to members of the multidisciplinary health care team within their working environment.
Wyong Public Hospital
Added: 8 October 2013|Last updated: 9 October 2014
Aspiration and Ambiguity

Aspiration and Ambiguity

Globally, there has been attention given to addressing the workforce shortage in nursing. One strategy to respond to this has resulted in a renewed emphasis on the development of career and education pathways for students in the final years of high school. School students in NSW are able to apply to undertake a School Based New Apprenticeship (SBNA) during their last two years of high school and complete a vocational qualification. For the Certificate III qualifications related to health and...
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 24 May 2012|Last updated: 8 October 2014
POWERInG

POWERInG

This project aimed to compare the results of limiting weight gain in pregnancy to recommended levels (5-9kg) and the perinatal outcomes between the interdisciplinary model of the group antenatal care (POWERInG) and routine midwifery care for obese women. The results demonstrated that the Women who participated in this innovative new service had high levels of satisfaction with the service and particularly enjoyed the support and friendships that the group provided to assist them in limiting their weight gain, and that...
Central Coast Local Health District
Added: 20 November 2013|Last updated: 8 October 2014
Boomerangs Parenting Program

Boomerangs Parenting Program

The Boomerangs Coolamon Parenting Program is based on the Circle of Security™ and Marte Meo programs. It aims to provide culturally appropriate camps/workshops that improve positive parenting outcomes.
Gunawirra
Added: 2 June 2009|Last updated: 8 October 2014
Campbelltown Hospital Aboriginal Workforce Program

Campbelltown Hospital Aboriginal Workforce Program

Campbelltown Hospital has significantly increased the representation and retention of Aboriginal employees across the Hospital's services which has led to it's recognition as an employer of first choice with many local Aboriginal people. A key aspect of delivering quality health services is a workforce which is skilled and which reflects the local population. As at July 2010, Campbelltown Hospital employs 29 Aboriginal people, representing 2% of its workforce; and is well on the way to reflecting the 2.7% local Aboriginal...
Campbelltown Hospital
Added: 17 August 2010|Last updated: 7 October 2014
Caring for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia Patients

Caring for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia Patients

Following the closure of the dedicated Confused and Demented Elderly unit on the Central Coast, the Behavioural Assessment (BA) team was formed to address the gap identified between community, hospital and residential aged care facilities (RACF) in the management of residents with Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). The BA team changed the model of care to an In- and Out-reach service specialising in the management of the most difficult clients in the most appropriate environment. This means that...
Central Coast Local Health District
Added: 26 July 2011|Last updated: 7 October 2014
Chlamydiastic!

Chlamydiastic!

Chlamydiastic! is a resource developed increase the capacity of youth workers and other professionals to talk about sexual health with young people. The purpose of Chlamydiastic! is to: demonstrate the asymptomatic transmission of Chlamydia inform young people about the importance of condom use create opportunities for discussions on sexual health. Chlamydiastic! was developed by Sydney Sexual Health Centre (SSHC), a facility of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), located within Sydney & Sydney Eye Hospital. The original version of...
Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Added: 13 December 2012|Last updated: 7 October 2014
Resi-Dental Care Program

Resi-Dental Care Program

The Resi-Dental Care Program, based on primary care principles encompasses provision of oral health education for carers and residents and also works collaboratively with private dental practitioners to coordinate and support the provision of dental care in the residential care setting. Oral disease impacts on general health, causing pain, difficulty eating and quality of life issues. Older people in residential care are especially vulnerable to oral diseases as their ability to maintain oral hygiene lessens. Access to dental care for...
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 8 April 2013|Last updated: 30 September 2014
Flag and Track

Flag and Track

The aim of the Flag and Track program is to provide the opportunity for stroke patients to be reassessed for suitability to undertake a rehabilitation program to improve their quality of life. The program was implemented to follow up patients (approximately 8-12 weeks post stroke), to assess if any natural recovery had been made and the opportunity for an inpatient rehabilitation program was deemed appropriate. Some patients who had suffered a severe stroke were not given an opportunity to participate...
Hunter New England Local Health District
Added: 8 May 2012|Last updated: 30 September 2014

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