Whanganui's 2015 Health and Disability Awards winners announced

15 June 2015
It was a big night for the Whanganui District Health Board’s (WDHB) Māori Health Services team who took home the Supreme Award at last week’s Whanganui Health & Disability Awards.
They won with their entry for the Te Hau Ranga Ora Haumoana Services introduced to Whanganui Hospital last year.
Māori Health Services director Rowena Kui says she and her team are “absolutely delighted” and feeling very humbled and grateful for the recognition received for the work they do. “For us, it’s been about supporting the kaupapa of quality improvement,” Mrs Kui says.
WDHB’s Māori Health Services team with their Supreme Award for the Te Hau Ranga ora Haumoana Services introduced to Whanganui Hospital last year.
Awards organiser and WDHB patient, safety and quality manager Lucy Dunlop says the awards received 31 entries across seven categories - one of the highest number of nominations received to date.
Awards were presented in the following four categories:
  • Excellence in Integration and Collaboration: Multi Interventional Approach to Polypharmacy
  • Excellence in Quality Improvement: First Equal – Acute Stroke Unit Development and Te Hau Ranga Ora Haumoana Services
  • Excellence in Innovation and Development: Red folder, Red Bin Project
  • Excellence in Service Delivery Award: Piki Te Ora
In addition, the judging panel presented a special award to Stanford House for three projects they said deserved special recognition. And the WDHB Communications Department received the inaugural Chief Executive’s Award established by chief executive Julie Patterson for the department that has made an outstanding contribution to the DHB’s image and reputation.
Master of Ceremonies for the night was MediaWorks Radio breakfast announcer and programme director Craig Hanford, with Wanganui Enterprises manager Andy Lynn the keynote speaker. Health Quality & Safety Commission chief executive Janice Wilson presented the Supreme Award.
WDHB board chair Dot McKinnon says the awards are a wonderful way to recognise quality and excellence in the Whanganui district health and disability sector where she knows a lot of exciting, innovative work is taking place.
“Our communities can take comfort in knowing that their health sector is in good heart and that Te Oranganui, the Whanganui Regional Health Network and the WDHB are all working well together.”
Mrs McKinnon thanked the organising committee, the sponsors, photographer Chris Hollenback and the Wanganui Floral Society for the valuable contribution they had made to the awards evening.