Westmead Hospital up for top state mental health award

‘Saving lives: Priorities in action’ won the Patient Safety First category at the 2019 WSLHD Quality Awards.

A Westmead Hospital project to support teenagers through a mental health crisis is a finalist in the 2019 NSW Health Awards.

As part of the project, a new nurse aimed to see any young person with mental health issues within an hour of them presenting to the ED, and link them with support services in the community for immediate follow-up if they are not admitted into hospital.

The results were so successful in reducing anxiety and re-presentations that the pilot has now been expanded to two fulltime nurse navigators in Westmead and Blacktown EDs.

The project ‘Saving Lives: Priorities in action’ has been nominated for the NSW Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services award.   

‘Saving Lives’ project lead Lynda Kramer (second from left) with Westmead Hospital emergency department staff.

The annual NSW Health Awards recognise innovative and sustainable programs to improve the lives of patients and the whole community.

This year NSW Health received 193 nominations from 25 health entities. The finalists are chosen from 12 award categories, each of which are based on NSW Health’s Strategic Priorities and CORE values.

Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Clinical Governance acting director Heather Doolan congratulated every team who entered the awards, and in particular the teams behind Saving Lives project: WSLHD Perinatal, Child and Youth Mental Service and the Western Sydney Public Health Network.

The project is also a finalist in the WSLHD 2019 Quality Awards, with the ceremony to be held on Friday 27 September 2019 at 6.30pm at Western Sydney University, Rydalmere campus.

Free limited seats are still available so come along and support your teams.  To obtain an invitation email WSLHD-Corporatecomms@health.nsw.gov.au

The NSW Health Awards will be held on 10 October 2019.  For more information click here.