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Media Release: 14 September 2016 - NSW health facilities win international health awards
NSW health facilities win international health awards
14 September 2016

NSW health staff and facilities have won a number of awards in the Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Award at this year’s APAC Forum being hosted in Sydney by headline sponsors the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) and the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI).

The Ko Awatea International Excellence in Health Improvement Awards are a highlight of the APAC Forum each year and are designed to shine a light on health services with a determination to innovate, transform and improve health systems.


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Media  Release: Janine Shepherd ‐ recovery, resilience, and the power of healthcare staff - 17 August 2016
APAC Guest Speaker Janine Shepherd
17 August 2016

When Australian former cross country skier Janine Shepherd was lying paralysed in a spinal unit scared of an uncertain future, a simple act of kindness changed everything.

She’d commented on an orderly’s novelty attire – a children’s hospital gown with ducks on it. And so off he went and fetched her a couple – one with ducks and the other little teddy bears.

For the next six months in hospital she rotated those gowns. “And it gave me my humanity back,” Janine says.


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Research Aims to Improve Blood Use During Childbirth - 16 May 2016
Research Aims to Improve Blood Use During Childbirth
16 May 2016

Australian blood researchers have completed a four-year study to improve the medical treatment of mums  who bleed during childbirth. In Australia, one in 10 mums bleeds excessively during childbirth, with 15 per cent of those mums receiving a transfusion.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service, the University of Sydney and the Clinical Excellence Commission have just completed a study that will help doctors better identify when, and to who, they should give blood transfusions.


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Young Leaders Mentored by Patient Safety Experts
22 April 2016

In an Australian first, young doctors, nurses and medical students passionate about patient safety are meeting with global experts for an intensive workshop modelled on the renowned Telluride Summer Camp.

NSW Clinical Excellence Commission Director of undergraduate quality and safety education Prof Kim Oates said about 30 emerging leaders from across the nation were carefully selected for the Roundtable for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety, which is being run with the support of Telluride’s parent organisation, the International Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety.


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Media Release: NSW hospitals unite to reduce infections - 18 February 2016
NSW hospitals unite to reduce infections
18 February 2016

A state wide program and the release of new resources and tools aimed at reducing catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) was launched today by the Clinical Excellence Commission in Sydney. Senior doctors and nurses from across NSW gathered to learn more about the burden and impact these infections can have on patients and how to better avoid them.

The launch of the resources follows strong support for the tools during their pilot phase in 18 NSW hospitals over the past 2 years


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Media Release: 12 February 2016 - Clinical leaders from across NSW graduate Clinical Excellence Commission program
Clinical leaders across NSW graduate CEC program
12 February 2016

A group of more than 35 senior clinicians from 21 local health districts and specialty health agencies graduated the Clinical Excellence Commission’s (CEC) Executive Clinical Leadership Program today, Friday February 12, 2016.

CEC Clinical Director Healthcare Improvement Dr Sarah Dalton said more than 2,200 health workers from across NSW were now proud graduates of the Clinical Excellence Commission’s Executive and Foundational Clinical Leadership Programs. “The graduates came to this program supported by their local health district and wanting to realise real improvements for the millions of patients seen across NSW public health facilities each year,” Dr Dalton said.


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Media Release: 13 September 2015 - Sepsis improvements saving lives
Sepsis improvements saving lives
13 September 2015

NSW Public hospitals are driving down response times for patients with sepsis and saving about 150 lives a year. The finding comes as the international clinical community warms up for World Sepsis Day 2015 this Sunday, September 13 2015.

Clinical Excellence Commission Medication & Deteriorating Patient Programs Director Dr Harvey Lander said NSW's strong sepsis response was set to be further bolstered by a new 'sepsis alert' in the electronic medical record system being piloted at Blacktown Hospital. The 'sepsis alert' is expected to further reduce response times when it rolls out across NSW public hospitals next year.


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Media Release: 27 April 2015 - Research shows care for dementia patients improves with carer involvement
Care for dementia patients improves with carer involvement
27 April 2015

A major clinical study has revealed care for hospitalised patients with dementia can be significantly improved by incorporating advice from carers, with the TOP 5 program resulting in increased carer satisfaction and reduced risks for patients.

The Clinical Excellence Commission’s research into the TOP 5 program began in 2012 and is today published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care. The program involves a patient’s primary carer sharing five tips about the patient with clinicians on admission. The tips are then used by the hospital team to develop a strategy to better manage patient care. The program takes about 20 minutes to implement for each patient.


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Media Release: 15 April 2015 - GP takes lead on reducing COPD re-admissions
GP takes lead on reducing COPD re-admissions
15 April 2015

Hunter region GP Dr Fiona Van Leeuwen has developed a care model to identify and improve care for patients at high risk of preventable, recurrent hospital admissions as part of her study in the CEC's Clinical Leadership Program. Dr Van Leeuwen is using nurse led clinics to manage high risk patients with a serious lung condition, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), to improve overall care and then reduce hospital readmissions.

CEC Clinical Leadership Program Director Dr Sarah Dalton said it was the first time a GP had taken part in the program, usually offered to hospital based clinicians, and it had proved enormously beneficial and opened new doors as the health system aimed to work together more effectively across the GP, primary care and hospitals sectors.


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Media Release: 31 March 2015 - Safety advice after paramedics called to 7411 falls a month
Safety advice after paramedics called to 7411 falls a month
31 March 2015

People with confusion including those suffering dementia and delirium due to illness are the focus of the 2015 April Falls Day theme: Don't let confusion cloud the risk of falls.

NSW Ambulance has joined the Clinical Excellence Commission in its annual campaign to halt the number of falls, particularly in seniors.

Michelle Shiel, NSW Ambulance Manager, Low Acuity Care, said falls constituted the most common medical response attended by paramedics.


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