Primary Health Awards winners announced

Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) announced the winners of the 2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards at its Annual General Meeting in Sale on November 20th.

The awards recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better health to the Gippsland region and in its second year, exceeded all expectations with quality applications in four categories including:

  • Innovation
  • Integration and Partnerships
  • Improved Access to Health Services
  • Cultural Appropriate Support for Indigenous and other Diverse Communities

Applications were received from General Practitioners, Allied Health providers, community services, dentists, mental health professionals and Aboriginal medical services.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Amanda Proposch, said the quality of the projects featured within the applications was testament to the commitment of our local health professionals throughout Gippsland.

“The entries we received showcase the significant and quality of work being delivered by individuals and teams in Gippsland caring for our communities. Their work truly aligns with the Gippsland PHN vision of a measurably healthier Gippsland,” Ms Proposch explained.

A unique aspect of the application process was participants submitting their projects in a creative way that best told their story of success. These included a video, poster, PowerPoint presentation or report.

“Some of our key objectives at Gippsland PHN are to increase the access to, the efficiency and effectiveness services for patients, particularly those most vulnerable and at risk of poor health outcomes” Ms Proposch said.

“The 2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards allows us to get fabulous insights into how these objectives are being met by our members.

The winners are to be congratulated for their efforts and should feel proud their projects are getting the recognition they deserve.” 

Improved access to health services –
Pictured (from left) are National Rural Health Commissioner, Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, winner Ronnie Clarkson from Yarram Medical Centre, Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch and Gippsland PHN Chair, Dr Sinead De Gooyer.

Integration and Partnerships – Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association (LEAHA) and Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH)
Pictured (from left) are National Rural Health Commissioner, Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, winners Kerrilee Kimber, Jane Christie and Paula Morgan from Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association (LEAHA) and Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH), Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch and Gippsland PHN Chair, Dr Sinead De Gooyer.

Innovation – Developing Minds Psychology
Pictured (from left) are National Rural Health Commissioner, Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, winner Sandra Massey from Developing Minds Psychology, Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch and Gippsland PHN Chair, Dr Sinead De Gooyer.

Culturally Appropriate – GEGAC
Pictured (from left) are National Rural Health Commissioner, Emeritus Professor Paul Worley, winner Josh Tuiono and Adam Stanley from Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd (GEGAC) Dental, Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch and Gippsland PHN Chair, Dr Sinead De Gooyer.

 

 

 

 

2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards Winners: 

Category

Winner

Innovation

Developing Minds Psychology – Calm Kids Central

Based in South Australia, Calm Kid Central uses technology and cutting edge health information delivery methods to provide online child mental health services. This overcomes both child psychology workforce shortages and traditional barriers to treatment, while increasing child well-being and connections to other services.

Integration and Partnerships

Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association (LEAHA) and Gippsland Lakes Community Health (GLCH) – Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team Gippsland (TIS)

Over the past eight months, joint winners LEAHA and GLCH have engaged in a successful smoking prevention program in primary schools. Children are now champions of the cause with staff manning a photo booth capturing over 150 people posing in large decorated frames to take a stance against smoking. These photos were printed, framed and taken home on the day.

Improved Access to Health Services

Yarram Medical Centre – Chronic Disease Management

Dr Ivanoff at Yarram Medical Centre realised the importance of employing a registered nurse to concentrate on Chronic Disease Management. Employing a dedicated health professional to manage the program has seen a marked increase in patient compliance with treatment, medication and taking a greater role in self-management.

Culturally Appropriate Support for Indigenous and Diverse Communities

Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd (GEGAC) Dental – GEGAC Dental

GEGAC Dental has worked hard this year to establish and grow its outreach program and is already seeing improvements in access and engagement with the service across the different sites. Having treated nearly 400 patients in an outreach setting already this year, GEGAC Dental hopes to maintain and grow the culturally appropriate oral health support it provides to communities across East Gippsland.