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Health board recognises innovation and quality

Media release 12 August 2003

Health board recognises innovation and quality

Health workers involved in improving quality and reducing risk have formally been recognised by the Waitemata District Health Board at its annual clinical achievement awards.

Held at North Harbour Stadium on Friday, August 8, the awards were organised by the DHB’s clinical board and attracted nearly 70 entries from all areas of the organisation.

Winning entries included a Warfarin medication project, a diabetes care support service for GPs, a medication management project, management of severe patient injury, Asian health support initiatives and the Waitakere Hospital wayfinding project.

Clinical board chairman Dr Stephen Burmeister says he was impressed by the high standard of entries and the diverse range of activities they represented.

“The awards are all about improving quality, reducing risk, making systems safer and encouraging innovation. It is heartening to see that many staff from all areas of the organisation are working hard to improve our overall care of patients.”

The awards, which were sponsored by the Ministry of Health and various industry suppliers, were divided into two categories: poster and oral presentations displaying clinical improvement projects.

Winners were:

Poster Presentations

1st prize of $1500 (sponsored by Astrazeneca Limited) awarded to Avril Lee and Elizabeth Brookbanks for their project “Warfarin – paint a better picture.”

2nd prize of $1000 (sponsored by Health Support Limited) awarded to Dr Rick Cutfield, Karen Pickering, Marg Rodgers and Eileen Howard for their project “Diabetes Care Support Service for GPs in Auckland.”

3rd prize of $500 (sponsored by MedXus) awarded to Marilyn Crawley and David Ryan for their project “Medication Management in the Perioperative period.”

People’s choice prize of a fax machine (sponsored by Onesource) awarded to Ritu Pawan Singh for her project “Exercise Therapy for depression and other neurotic disorders.”

Oral Presentations

1st prize of $2000 (sponsored by Dr Dwayne Crombie, Waitemata DHB CEO awarded to Robin Youngson, Kay Hogan and Rachel Haggerty for their project “Open disclosure, healing and trust – management of a severe patient injury.”

2nd prize of $1500 (sponsored by Janssen Cilag) awarded to Sue Lim for her project “Asian Health Support Services – initiatives in 2002-2003.”

3rd prize of $1000 (sponsored by Alaris Medical Systems) awarded to Stuart Manning and Nicole Bassett for their project “Waitakere Hospital Wayfinding Project.”

Dr Burmeister acknowledged the five judges for the awards, who were chosen because of their respective expertise in health research and quality management.

About 330 people attended the awards evening, which included guest MC Michael Hurst, Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson, Rodney district councillor Wayne Walker and North Shore MP Dr Wayne Mapp.

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