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Hawkesbury District Health Service wins national safety award

Hawkesbury District Health Service has won a National Safety Award of Excellence for overhauling its approach to staff safety at the hospital.

Hawkesbury District Health Service national safety award

18 October 2019

The hospital won the best continuous improvement of a workplace health and safety management system category for its safety program which has led to the introduction of a range of initiatives to reduce safety issues and improve the wellbeing of staff.

Hawkesbury District Health Service Acting Chief Executive Officer Belinda Mott said the hospital was honoured to receive the recognition for its efforts to take a proactive approach to improving safety over the past three years.

“Everyone at our hospital has really taken on the challenge of improving our health and safety,” she said.

“With their input we have upgraded our equipment and ensured all of our caregivers take part in manual handling and violence and aggression training – we even had caregivers involved in training at midnight to ensure no one missed out."

These changes and other preventative measures have significantly reduced the hospital’s injury rates from having two to three staff injuries each month to regularly having no injuries over the last two years.

“Everyone at Hawkesbury District Health Service is really proud of our achievements. Good occupational health and safety is only possible with input from everyone and an understanding that we are all responsible for each other,” Ms Mott said.

“We don’t want anyone going home with an injury and this award demonstrates to our community that we have a culture of safety and caring for our caregivers and patients alike at Hawkesbury District Health Service.”

St John of God Health Care Group Director Workforce Rita Maguire congratulated Hawkesbury District Health Service on the award.

“This award is great recognition of the work done to improve health and safety at the hospital and of the positive change in the safety culture that is now ingrained in the hospital,” she said.

“To see this level of focus and excellence in occupational health and safety really sets the standard for our organisation and supports our core purpose to provide safe and exceptional patient care.”

The awards were presented on Thursday 17 October 2019.