SMHS collective efforts recognised at WA Health Excellence Awards

Winners of a 2018 WA Health Excellence Award accept their award on stage
Members of the oral liquids opioid project accept their 2018 WA Health Excellence Award in the 'Improving safety and quality' category.
November 9, 2018

South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) is celebrating after a few big wins at the 2018 WA Health Excellence Awards.

Our teams took home three project category wins and played a significant role in a further three award wins at last night’s statewide awards ceremony.

SMHS Chief Executive Paul Forden was proud to see staff recognised for their continued contribution to health care. 

“Our continued focus on achieving the best outcomes for our patients was reflected in all of the SMHS projects named as finalists and as winners in this year’s awards,” Paul said.

“Our winners and all of our finalists exemplify our vision of ‘Excellent health care, every time’.”

Fiona Stanley Hospital’s (FSH) Intensive Care Unit won the ‘Managing resources effectively and efficiently’ award for their project to reduce clinically unnecessary pathology testing. The project empowered consultants, junior doctors and clinical nurses to adopt a ‘clinical needs only’ testing culture.

FSH’s Pharmacy Department is celebrating back-to-back wins in the WA Health Excellence Awards, taking out the ‘Improving safety and quality’ category for its oral liquid opioids project. The department developed a pod that can be filled with a pre-set volume of opioid liquid corresponding to a typical single dose, which has improved the management of controlled drug liquids, reduced time spent resolving discrepancies and improved staff confidence in product quality.

The Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention project, conducted at FSH and Rockingham General Hospital emergency departments, took home the ‘Promotion of preventative health’ award. The project was initiated by SMHS Clinical Service Planning and Population Health in response to the impact of alcohol-related ED presentations and inpatient admissions on the health service, with the aim of reducing alcohol-related harm.

FSH Nephrology Unit shared the win in the ‘Achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people’ award for the kidney care – closer to home project with the WA Country Health Service.

SMHS was part of the team for the improving access to hepatitis C in WA prisons project, which won the ‘Overcoming inequities’ category, which also took out the Director General’s Award as the overall winner on the night.

A huge congratulations to our winners and all of our teams who were finalists.

See the full list of WA Health Excellence Award winners (external site).

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