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The Enhancing Hospital Care Award

WCHN Awards 2022 feature

The Enhancing Hospital Care Award recognises those who have contributed to enhancing hospital care through one or more of the strategies below:

  • Provide a coordinated hospital system.
  • Improve health outcomes, and safety and quality, for people in hospital care.
  • Improve efficiency and effectiveness of hospital care.
  • Reduce dependency on hospitals.
  • Provide an attractive learning environment for health professionals.
  • Improve the overall consumer experience.


South Australian Paediatric ECLS (ExtraCorporeal Life Support Service)

ECLS is a highly complex, life-saving treatment for paediatric patients suffering from heart and lung failure at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. This team is being recognised for the extraordinary body of work and collaborative efforts required for its recent and successful implementation.

The service is the only one of its kind in South Australia and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the Australasian Critical Care community.


Emergency Mental Health Service (EMHS), CAMHS

With a 25-30% increase in emergency mental presentations at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital since COVID-19, EMHS practitioners successfully evolved their model of care to face the many complexities that arose.

The service is being recognised for their adaptability and commitment to the mental healthcare of young South Australians.

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Program

Led by the Rehabilitation and Neurosurgical teams, this program uses a minimally invasive surgical procedure to reduce spasticity and pain in children with conditions such as cerebral palsy.

The program is being recognised for the successful implementation of the procedure and improved health outcomes of their young patients, which ultimately enhances their quality of life.