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Congratulations to the VHA Award winners!

Posted 09 October 2015

A big congratulations to Manningham Community Health Services and Wimmera Health Care Group for taking home the 2015 VHA Awards for their innovative approaches to care. The VHA awards, sponsored by First State Super, are about gauging the innovative practices being delivered by health services every day, looking at their success and transferability and sharing them with the rest of the sector so that perhaps one day people across Victoria can access their benefits.

VHA Annual Award

Wimmera Healthcare Group - Wound Improvement Program

The Wound Improvement Program is a multidisciplinary and uniform approach to managing pressure wounds and is seeing significant improvements in patient care at Wimmera Health Care Group.

The program has changed the way patients are assessed, monitored and treated both upon admission as well as throughout their stay at the health service. As a result the rate of pressure injuries has dropped by more than 20%; reducing the amount of discomfort experienced by patients and improving their quality of life, particularly for nursing home residents.

The introduction of an education program on risk management and early detection of pressure injuries for staff across multiple disciplines, the appointment of a wound clinical nurse consultant, and the allocation of ‘Wound Champions’ across the health service have been key to the program's success.

Wimmera Health Care Group has reported: 

  • the time required between dressing changes has increased from two days to four days 
  • an 8% reduction in skin tears
  • a 25% decrease of pressure injuries acquired within their care
  • 100% of patients with pressure injuries have a wound chart in place.

Apart from inproving quality patient care, an additional significant benefit of the Wound Improvement Program has been cost savings allowing for the purchase of new pressure reducing equipment and the permanent appointment of the wound clinical nurse consultant.

Members Choice Award

Manningham Community Health Services - The Biggest Winner: It’s about Well-being, Not Weight

The Biggest Winner Project was developed in response to the increasing rates of obesity and chronic disease in the local community.

Rather than simply focusing on weight as a treatment method, the Biggest Winner project adopts a weight-inclusive approach that is welcoming, empowering and aims at optimising health and wellbeing, regardless of a person’s size.

Some of the treatment methods of a weight-inclusive approach include:

  • Developing positive attitudes towards food
  • Developing positive body image
  • Promoting self-care
  • Recognising internal cues for hunger and fullness
  • Developing eating awareness

Since the implementation of the Biggest Winner project, Manningham Community Health reports a doubling of referrals to their dietetics service.

Thank you to First State Super for sponsoring the VHA awards and supporting public health services to share their innovative approaches to care with the health community.

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