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The Excellence in Non-Clinical Services Award 2023

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This award recognises those that provide outstanding support, advice and direction in non-clinical services. It acknowledges improved policies, processes and efficiencies that support the delivery of high-quality health care.


Staff Wellbeing in the NICU

Created by NICU staff, this group encourages, teaches and empowers colleagues to take care of their own mental health while also supporting each other. The group has improved relationships with EAP services, developed a robust debrief system and created a sense of wellness for NICU staff that has been beneficial during hard times. The group provides support which includes normalised hot and cold debriefs and organised activities outside of work.


Management and Leadership Development Program

This program supports leadership development across the Network. It recognises the critical role leaders play in inspiring staff to live our CREATE values. This translates to improved workplace culture where staff feel valued, supported and better able to meet the complex demands of improving the health and wellbeing of families and communities. Over 300 individual leaders have participated in at least one of the leadership or management programs.

Knitting for Wellbeing for Patients with Eating Disorders

This program was implemented on our Adolescent Ward, based on evidence that demonstrates the benefits of knitting to reduce stress and anxiety after meals for patients with eating disorders. Patients reported a reduction in feelings of distress and anxiety and the benefit of satisfaction in making items for others. The goal of reducing distress also had a flow on effect to other patients and staff.