Celebrating the teams making us healthier

The inaugural Achievements in Integrated and Community Excellence (AICE) Award winners (from left) Rachael Graham, Louise McKeon, Joanne Campbell, Michelle Nolan and Alicia Kenyon.

Sexual assault survivors across the state are getting the medical care they need thanks to work being done out of Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD).

The project to develop a nationally-accredited training program was one of three winners of the inaugural Achievements in Integrated and Community Excellence (AICE) Awards hosted at Westmead Hospital last week.

Executives from the district gathered with Integrated and Community Health (ICH) staff at Westmead and Blacktown Hospitals to celebrate their achievements over the past 12 months.

ICH general manager Luke Felicetti said there was great energy and excitement for the annual showcase, and he was impressed by the high quality work on display.

The annual showcase gives staff the opportunity to celebrate their achievements and share what they learned along the way.

“We really look forward to this time of year because it’s a rare chance to stop, take a step back and reflect on the good work being done,” Luke said.

“The showcase is a time for teams to share and reflect on their achievements and the lessons learned, and for people to ask questions, so it really is an interactive event and everyone takes something away from it.

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the success of Integrated and Community Health as one team of people from diverse backgrounds and specialities.”

The AICE Award first prize winner was ‘It Takes Two’, a collaborative approach between Blacktown City Council and WSLHD to bring the Munch & Move healthy eating program to every childcare centre operated by the council.

Those childcare centres now have much healthier menus as NSW Health looks to reduce the rate of childhood obesity by 5% in the next five years.

In second place was the Graduate Certificate in Medical and Forensic Management of Adult Sexual Assault, led by Education Centre Against Violence director Joanne Campbell.

The graduate certificate is the first of its kind in Australia, providing accreditation in sexual assault response, multidisciplinary work, Aboriginal cultural competency, trauma-informed response and injury interpretation. So far there have been 94 graduates and the training is helping to equip more sexual assault nurse examiners in rural and remote areas.

The third place winner was ‘Food for Thought’, a district-wide effort to promote healthy food and drink options at the food outlets within WSLHD facilities.

Within one year the project raised the district’s compliance with the NSW Healthy Food and Drink framework from below 20% to 100% – a remarkable effort by the team led by Health Promotion operations manager Michelle Nolan and program coordinator Rachael Graham.

All three winners were among seven ICH projects entered into the WSLHD Quality Awards, the district’s annual red carpet night, to be held at Western Sydney University Rydalmere campus on September 27.

ICH claimed four of the 11 awards up for grabs last year and is hoping for a similar level of success in two weeks’ time.