New awards for Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards
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This year’s Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards will be bigger and better with four new award categories presented at the 31 October awards presentation dinner.
 
The new awards are for excellence shown in community-based and older people services, administration, ancilliary services and a special award for a first year nursing graduate.
 
Nominations open on 2 July, with application packs available to interested groups on the WDHB website from that time. Awards are open to any health or disability service provider working to improve the health and wellbeing of residents within the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) region.
 
Organising committee chairperson Judith Bothma said last year’s awards were very successful, with a wide range of entries and a well attended presentation dinner. “We expect to receive even more entries this year,” says Ms Bothma.
 
The 2011 Supreme Award winner was the Whanganui Regional Primary Health Authority’s (WRPHO) Dr John McMenamin and Chloe Newton for their ABC Alcohol programme which developed a methodology for GPs to use when talking with patients who abuse alcohol.
 
“While a relatively small project in terms of inputs, it illustrates well what a small team in the health and disability sector can develop,” Ms Bothma said. “We urge all services within our region to consider how they are improving the quality of what they are doing and enter the awards.”
 
The new award categories have been introduced to recognise the diversity of work that contributes to improving the health and wellbeing of people throughout the Whanganui region.
 
The BUPA-sponsored Excellence in Community Based and/or Older People Service Award for community services and/or aged care providers, recognises the specific contribution these services make to the people they support.
 
Fuji Xerox has sponsored the Excellence in Administration Award to recognise an administrator who uses their organisational leadership and enhanced customer focus skills to enhance the efficiency of their team.
 
An award for Excellence in Ancillary Services within the health and disability sector is being sponsored by Spotless Services to recognise the importance of ancillary services such as housekeeping.
 
The final award is the Marie Jarden Memorial Award to recognise the excellence of a first year graduate nurse. “Marie’s death earlier this year shocked and saddened those who knew and worked with her,” says Ms Bothma. “Marie was a great nurse and a valued colleague at Wanganui Hospital so it is fitting that her family have chosen to remember her by creating this award in her memory.”
 
Workshops will be held in July to provide assistance to entrants who would like to enter and require help to complete the application.
 
Applications for this year’s Quality Awards close on 7 September 2012 with the presentation gala dinner held on 31 October.
 
For more information visit www.wdhb.org.nz, contact Anne Phoenix on 06 348 3459 or email qualityawards@wdhb.org.nz