Four teams from St Vincent’ Private Melbourne had the opportunity to present their case as finalists at the SVHA 2018 Innovation and Excellence Awards last night, at Marketplace, Melbourne.

Congratulations to Karen-Leigh Edward on her nomination for the Catholic Identity and Mission and nursing practice case study.

To Michelle Battye and the Infection Prevention team for winning the “best people in health and ageing” category award for the implementation of sharp harm minimisation strategies which includes; incident investigation, collaboration with key stake holders, safety alerts, education and product review and development.

To Leisa Powel-Wicki, Penny Clarke and Michelle Walsh for winning the “growth and sustainability” category award for the Embrace Program; an innovative midwife/obstetrician shared-care model. The model is unique in the private sector, providing an alternative pathway for families to access our service.

And to Ruby Crane, Christine Holland, Charmayne Thompson and the Neuroscience Nursing department at Fitzroy for winning the “clinical improvement” category award for the implementation of Patient Rounding; a systematic proactive nursing intervention to anticipate and address the needs of patients whilst in hospital during regular hourly visits to reduce fall rates and increase patient satisfaction.

That’s two awards more than last year. Well done and let’s keep up the good work we all do! Here’s hoping we’ll do as well or even better for next year’s award ceremony.

Congratulations again to all those who entered the 2018 Innovation and Excellence Awards and especially those who won their category.