The work of the University of Tasmania’s Health Services Innovation Tasmania (HSI Tas) has been recognised with two short listings for the Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Awards 2016.
The awards are part of the internationally recognised APAC Forum, which will be held in Sydney from 12-14 September.
Organised by Ko Awatea, the centre for health system innovation and improvement at New Zealand’s Counties Manukau District Health Board, the APAC Forum is one of the largest healthcare improvement conferences in the world bringing together around 2,000 health professionals.
HSI Tas was established in 2014, as part of The Faculty of Health, to work with the Tasmanian health system to help improve healthcare delivery in Tasmania’s hospitals, for the benefit of patients.
Since then staff across the state have been trained and have worked together to implement a range of clinical redesign solutions to improve patient care and hospital efficiency.
Some resulting initiatives in hospitals have included the introduction of an emergency department navigator role to ensure better patient flow, visual cue management to assist clinicians with their work and daily multi-disciplinary meetings to better coordinate care throughout a patient’s hospital stay.
HSI Tas co-director Associate Professor Craig Quarmby said the shortlisting for these prestigious awards was testament to the reputation HSI Tas had developed over the past two years facilitating Tasmanian healthcare staff with improving the health system.
“Congratulations to the many involved,” Associate Professor Quarmby said.
“Our nominations are a tribute to the collective efforts of the many people across our health system and the University who have worked tirelessly to improve how we deliver health services, on the frontline and through professional development of Tasmania’s health workforce.
"Evidence supports improved health outcomes when Universities and health organisations work closely together and I am delighted for all who have worked with us that our collective achievements have been recognised.”
The final award winners will be announced at the forum on 14 September, 2016.