23 November 2018
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The outstanding commitment, dedication and teamwork of Melbourne Health staff and volunteers has been recognised at the 2018 Celebrating Excellence Awards, held tonight, Friday 23 November, at the Park Hyatt Melbourne. 

Over 360 people attended the annual awards night, which had a record number of award submissions this year – with 69 in total across 12 award categories.

Thirty-three individuals and 36 teams were recognised for living our organisational values, making a difference to the way we work and improving outcomes for our patients and consumers.

“Congratulations to all of our staff and volunteers who were nominated for this year’s Celebrating Excellence Awards,” said Christine Kilpatrick, Melbourne Health Chief Executive.

“Our Celebrating Excellence Awards are a fantastic opportunity to come together and celebrate our people and our values, and the inspiring work our people do every day to make a positive difference to the lives of our patients and consumers.”

Congratulations to the following winners and highly commended:

The Melbourne Award

Winner:

Dr Jenepher Dakis, Head Consultant Psychiatrist, John Cade Unit
With more than 20 years of service at Melbourne Health, Dr Dakis has displayed a constant drive to provide the best possible care for mental health consumers, while empowering her team to strive for the same excellence in care. Dr Dakis is passionate about the delivery of quality care in acute psychiatry. She volunteers her time to other inpatient units across the country, reflecting her commitment to improving mental health care Australia-wide. Over her years of service, Dr Dakis has provided care for approximately 10,000 consumers and her kindness and compassion for each of those consumers has been exceptional and inspiring.

The Melbourne Clinical Researcher of the Year

Proudly supported by Healthscope

Winner:

Associate Professor Bruce Campbell, Consultant Neurologist and Head of Stroke, RMH
Associate Professor Campbell designed and led the EXTEND-IA randomised trial, which helped establish endovascular clot retrieval as a new standard of stroke care globally for patients with large vessel occlusions. His research has pushed the boundaries in stroke treatment, for the benefit of the patient, the health system and broader society.

The Melbourne Research Team of the Year

Proudly supported by Healthscope

Winner:

Cowie Group, The Doherty Institute
The expertise of this research team spans a range of epidemiological research and public health programmes. Through translation of research into policy and programmes in Victoria, nationally and overseas, the team’s work is having significant impact on public health approaches and patient care across the globe.

Chief Executive’s Healthcare Innovation Award

Proudly supported by Smartsalary

Joint winners:

The Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit: Reducing disability and saving lives, Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit Team
The Melbourne Mobile Stroke Unit (MSU) is the first pre-hospital stroke service in Australia and is having a remarkable impact on outcomes and survival rates for acute stroke patients. The MSU is treating more patients, and in a faster time than the Australian average, reducing time to treatment by almost one hour.

Telehealth: To the moon and back, Telehealth Team
The Telehealth team have developed a robust standard operating environment and policy and governance frameworks to support sustainable, scalable telehealth activity within the specialist outpatients setting. Their service delivers value to patients by actively supporting them to attend specialist visits securely using mobile devices, with minimal direct cost to the patient.

Highly Commended:

Clinical Haematology: Building excellence through innovation, Clinical Haematology Team

Chief Executive’s Commitment to Learning Award

Proudly supported by Smartsalary

Winner:

7B: Striving towards excellence through continuous learning, Ward 7B
The Ward Governance model adopted by 7B has encouraged continuous learning and empowered frontline staff to implement quality improvements. 7B has demonstrated a commitment to improving team culture, patient experience and staff wellbeing though learning and incorporating quality improvements into practice.

Highly Commended:

Cardiothoracic Advanced Life Support (CALS), CALS Team

Excellence in Allied Health Award

Proudly supported by BankVic

Winner:

Advancing Musculoskeletal Healthcare: Everyday extraordinary care through leadership and innovation, RMH Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Team
The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Team works tirelessly to provide the highest standard of evidence-based musculoskeletal health care across the continuum of care from Emergency Department presentations, through to inpatient stays and outpatient and community care.

Highly Commended:

Leading through a culture of excellence, Emily Cross

Transformer, motivator and nurturer: What an Allied Health professional should aspire to be, Felicity Megee

Excellence in Medicine Award

Proudly supported by Daniels Health

Joint winners:

Professor Andrea Maier, Divisional Director, Medicine and Community Care
Professor Maier is an outstanding leader in aged care and has contributed a wealth of knowledge to the aged care field on a global scale. Her research is driven by her passion to unravel ageing mechanisms and the interaction of ageing and age-related diseases, with a focus on sarcopenia.

Associate Professor Jeffrey Presneill, Deputy Director, Intensive Care Unit
Associate Professor Presneill is a prime example of a patient-centred clinical academic. His positive attitude, outstanding clinical skill and generosity of spirit results in all staff he leads on ICU ward rounds delivering care of the highest standard.

Excellence in Mental Health Award

Proudly supported by First State Super

Winner:

Enrolled Nurse Champion, Robyn Garlick, Senior Nurse, Aged Persons Mental Health Program
For the past 10 years, Robyn has been a champion for Enrolled Nurses and is committed to their ongoing professional development and training. Robyn has successfully obtained a number of grants from the Department of Health and Human Services to further Enrolled Nurses’ skills in mental health, diabetes and aged care.

Highly Commended:

Dr Lorelle Drew, Consultant Psychiatrist, NWMH Triage

Secure Extended Care Unit Diversion Program at NAMHS, Secure Extended Care Unit Diversion Team

Excellence in Nursing Award

Proudly supported by Daniels Health

Winner:

Excellence in leadership, Nicola Taylor
Nicola has been instrumental in transforming the RMH Day Medical Centre from a small, under- resourced and under-valued service into the busiest day medical unit in Victoria that provides excellent care to a diverse group of patients. 5WDMC consistently receives positive feedback from patients and families, medical staff and referrers.

Highly Commended:

Mandy Graham, Arrhythmia Nurse, Cardiology

Sternal Wound Dressing: Be Wound Aware, Mark Stewart

The Melbourne Supporting Great Care Award

Proudly supported by S.O. Asher

Winner:

Carmelo Falcone, Manager, Patient Appliance Centre
Carmelo has been the manager of the RMH Patient Appliance Centre for 15 years. Carmelo always gives patients and families a sense that they are the most important priority for him and that he has time for them, even when busy. He is always kind and empathetic in his dealings with others.

The Melbourne Supporting Great Care Award – NWMH

Proudly supported by S.O. Asher

Winner:

NorthWestern Mental Health Tackling Tobacco Initiative, Tackling Tobacco Implementation Group
Since 2015, NWMH has partnered with Quit Victoria to improve smoking cessation care at four NWMH pilot sites and reduce the health and social inequities driven by smoking. At each of the pilot sites, Tackling Tobacco has now been successfully incorporated into routine practice, with staff regularly having conversations with consumers about smoking and ways to quit.

Highly Commended:

Innovative client-focused community mental health care in the face of adversity and change, Mid-West Community Outer Team

Volunteer of the Year Award

Proudly supported by De Bortoli Wines

Winner:

Keith Donohoe, Allied Health Consumer Representative
Keith has been a consumer since 2014 and his volunteer consumer representative work has had a diverse and powerful impact on patients and their families. His contribution has ranged from sitting on recruitment panels to advisory committees and the National Standards working group.

Highly Commended:

Nazih Salama, Melbourne Health Volunteer

More information about each award, the Highly Commended and nominees is available in the 2018 Celebrating Excellence program book.

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