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19 Sep 2019


Achieving safety and quality improvement in our healthcare services is the driving force behind this year’s submissions for the 2019 Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Quality Awards.

NBMLHD Chief Executive Kay Hyman says she is incredibly proud of the nominees and the outstanding quality and safety projects they have implemented.

“Every one of the projects nominated are delivering remarkable outcomes for the District. They are helping our patients get healthy and are enhancing the quality of services we provide to our community,” says Mrs Hyman.

A record 53 projects nominated in the 2019 Awards highlighted staff expertise and dedication, innovative practice improvement, research; and the delivery of high quality healthcare.

A comprehensive Pre-operative Exercise and Prehabilitation Program (PrEPP) that reduces complications for patients who have undergone major abdominal and thoracic surgery received the Chief Executive’s Award.

PrEPP, provides patients with pre-operative physiotherapy and through additional educational resources and group exercise classes has helped reduced the length of stay for patients and patient readmissions.

The Agency for Clinical Innovation has also recognised the program, the first of its kind in NSW, as an innovative model of care.

The Chair’s Research Award acknowledged a study that assessed patient’s attitudes toward the use of photography in the forensic documentation of sexual assaults.

Between 94% and 99% of participants in the study supported the use of forensic photography and did not regret participating in the collection of forensic evidence.

NBMLHD Board Chair, Peter Collins says innovations in practice help us to overcome the challenges we face in providing care for the large and diverse community in our District.

“These projects are evidence of our ambition to provide excellent, research-based health care solutions. The talent displayed at the Awards confirms our staff are driven to be at the forefront of health care,” say Mr Collins.

Other Quality Award winning projects include:

  • Improving the Patient Experience
    Managing challenging behaviours in substance withdrawal: the value of an MDT approach

  • Patient Safety First
    Hip Replacement x-ray exposed! 

  • Integrated Care

    School based dental assessment program

  • Supporting our People

    Indoctrination - upskilling doctors in real world settings

  • Patients as Partners

    Maternity in the OT - bringing baby earthside

  • Excellence in the provision of Mental Health services

    Feasibility of DBT skills group in the community

  • Safe and Healthy Workplace

    Get on track challenge 2018

  • Keeping People Healthy

    PrePP - pre-operative exercise and prehabilitation program

  • Collaborative Team
    Intergenerational playgroup at Portland Tabulam Health Centre