A world-first early detection diabetes test and collaboration with western metropolitan health services are among the Royal Melbourne Hospital finalists in the 2023 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

The RMH is a finalist in seven categories, including two projects that reflect strong collaboration with partners in the Parkville precinct and community.

Led by the Department of Health, the annual awards celebrate the achievements of healthcare workers, public health services and volunteers across the year.

The RMH is proud to celebrate:

  • The Straight and Marrow project with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, for patients and their families undergoing Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, finalist in Partnering with consumers to improve patient experience
  • Type 1 Diabetes at-home blood test, a world-first for early detection and timely treatment, finalist in Celebrating innovation in health care
  • The Choosing Wisely Emergency Department (ED) program, which assesses and reduces unnecessary patient tests and interventions, finalist in Creating a sustainable and climate resilient health system
  • Medical Support Officers, another ED program that employs senior medical students to perform simple technical tasks to reduce nursing pressures and provide professional development, finalist in Celebrating a strong and sustainable workforce
  • Enhancing patient access to timely care: Colorectal Outpatient Liaison Nurse role, which has reduced waitlist breaches by 72 per cent, finalist in the Safer Care Victoria Award for Safety Improvement
  • West Metro Health Service Partnership with Mercy Health and Werribee Mercy Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital, Western Health and the North Western Primary Health Network, a finalist for Health Service Partnership of the Year.
  • The RMH Chronic Pain Service is also a finalist in Care Closer to Home. This service is offered by Merri Health in conjunction with the RMH services.

The winners will be announced in November. Visit the Department of Health website for more.

A/Prof John Wentworth with child and mother from type 1 diabetes study
Associate Professor John Wentworth (left) with study participants
Mobile Stroke Unit with Ambulance Victoria paramedic and the RMH Stroke team
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