Meet the winners of this year’s CORE Awards

The photo wall has come down, the social media posts have gone live and 17 trophies have found their homes on bookshelves across the District. But On the Pulse is keeping the celebrations going by shining a spotlight on this year’s CORE Awards winners.  

Much like the work we do in SESLHD, our winners and their achievements are incredibly varied. We have digital health extraordinaires, equity and prevention advocates, and workplace culture champions.  

St George Hospital (SGH) ICU specialist, Dr Behnoosh Samadi (pictured second from left) is certainly a workplace champion. After cultural issues impacted the team, Dr Samadi and her colleagues have implemented changes that have been transformational. For this, her team has won the People and Culture award.  

The ICU Doctors Welfare Committee was created, which introduced measures such as the ‘Awesomeness Anonymous Program’ and the anonymous JMO feedback forum.   

“These initiatives have come together to create a much improved workplace culture, psychological safety, improved productivity and ultimately better patient care,” Dr Samadi says.  

Thanks to our Digital Health team who worked on the Biomedical Device Integration Project (BMDI), Prince of Wales Hospital will be the first NSW Health facility to allow all vital signs and bedside monitors to be integrated with electronic medical records (eMR).   

Andrew Cook, a Project Manager with Digital Health, says “The BMDI solution is really innovative. And the fact that we can scale this across SESLHD is fantastic.”  

“There was nothing on the market that aligned with clinical workflows. The team had to design a solution to meet our requirements for device integration.”  

The Mindgardens Functional Neurological Disorders (FND) Clinic has won the Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services award. FND significantly impacts on patients’ ability to engage in normal activities with symptoms such as seizures, cognitive issues, chronic pain and fatigue.  

Dr Jackie Curtis, Executive Director of the Mindgardens Neuroscience Network, has just been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to medicine, particularly as a mental health clinician and researcher.   

Jackie says ED and GP attendances have decreased among Clinic attendees: “It’s been incredible to see the impact this program has had on people living with this complex and often under-recognised disorder.”  

Finally, the winner of our Patient Safety First award is the team behind Airways First: An innovative and sustainable approach to patient safety. The ‘At-Risk Airway Alert’ concept is designed to flag patients deemed at-risk due to altered airway anatomy in a concise and consistent way.   

Associate Professor Julia Maclean, Speech Pathology Clinical Specialist at SGH, says: “There’s two major benefits: the first to the patient. We can reassure them that the information the clinicians need will be readily available to them so they can provide the right treatment.”  

“Also for our clinicians. These patients come in out of hours, so knowing there is one single place they can find the information they need has been really reassuring.” 

Keep an eye on our social media channels, and our next edition of On the Pulse, where we will continue profiling our CORE Awards winners.   

St George ICU team wins a CORE Award