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The Excellence in Non-Clinical Services Award

WCHN Awards 2022 feature

The Excellence in Non-Clinical Services 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.

Winner:

Supporting Improved Mental Health in Schools Program, Hospital School SA and CAMHS

Returning to school after a hospital presentation can be challenging for the mental health of paediatric patients.

Hospital School SA and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) collaborated to develop a comprehensive framework that equips teachers to provide support to young people experiencing mental health challenges with a transition to their school environment.

The program highlights the positive impact of a strong school connection towards mental health and its importance to patient rehabilitation.

Finalists:

Linda Torbet, Play Therapist, Kate Hill Ward

Linda supports paediatric patients at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital through distraction therapy, education and positive engagement, while often alleviating angst about upcoming surgical procedures.

In addition to building relationships with patients and families, Linda’s natural compassionate, fun and nurturing demeanour is an asset to staff culture on the ward.

Kylie Davidson, Play Therapist, Adolescent Ward

Kylie is being recognised for the significant impact she brings to the Adolescent Ward at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Her ability to quickly build rapport, trust, and positive relationships with young inpatients helps to reduce the stress of their hospital stay and allows for more effective care.

Kylie engages with patients through personalised activities and approaches her role with positivity, happiness, and a genuine advocacy for her patients.