- 2016 WA Health Excellence Awards recognise wide-ranging achievement
- Professor Jack Goldblatt AM wins prestigious Minister for Health Award
Professor Jack Goldblatt AM has capped a stellar career as a Western Australian pioneer of genetic services by winning one of WA's top health honours, the Minister for Health Award.
Announcing the 2016 WA Health Excellence Awards last night, Health Minister John Day said Professor Goldblatt had made an indelible mark in the area of human genetics during his 27-year career at WA Health.
"As the director of Genetic Services for nearly three decades, Professor Goldblatt has grown a modest team of three into a world-class organisation of 30 people, recognised and respected across the globe for leading the way in genetics innovation," Mr Day said.
"His commitment to increasing the knowledge and evidence base in this increasingly important field has helped secure more than $22 million in research grants, countless scientific articles, and representation on numerous advisory committees and boards in Australia and overseas.
"He has also participated in the education of hundreds of budding clinicians, and has been an integral part of the leadership team at Women and Newborn Health Services."
The Minister said Professor Goldblatt, who is retiring this year, was both a superb clinician and a fearless leader, possessing extraordinary vision and great advocacy skills.
Also honoured at the WA Health Excellence Awards was the WA Trachoma Program - a collaborative initiative on track to eliminate the potentially blinding bacterial eye infection from Aboriginal communities in rural and remote WA by 2020.
"This program is changing lives and cutting the risk of blindness. Nearly one-quarter of people in rural and remote Aboriginal communities had the trachoma infection when the program began 10 years ago," Mr Day said.
"That is now down to less than three per cent, thanks to a co-ordinated approach and greatly increased screening."
- The annual WA Health Excellence Awards honour top achievements in health service planning and delivery across WA
- This year, eight projects, one team and three individuals were singled out for their outstanding contributions to better health outcomes for West Australians
- For more information on winners, visit http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Our-performance/WA-Health-Excellence-Awards
Minister's office - 6552 6200
Project Category Winners
Improving service delivery
Project: Ngatti House
Team: North Metropolitan Health Service - YouthReach South and Life Without Barriers
Managing resources effectively and efficiently
Project: Clinical Engagement Achieves Sustainable Change
Team: South Metropolitan Health Service – Rockingham General Hospital
Engaging with consumers, carers and the community
Team: North Metropolitan Health Service - SolarisCare
Achieving better health outcomes for Aboriginal people
Project: WA Trachoma Program
Team: WA Country Health Service, Goldfields - WA Trachoma Reference Group
Developing sustainable solutions for out-of-hospital healthcare
Project: Hospital in the Home Telehealth service
Team: East Metropolitan Health Service - Royal Perth Hospital, Home Intravenous Antibiotics Service
Project: Telehealth - Improving Access to Care for Adults with Cystic Fibrosis in Rural and Remote WA
Team: North Metropolitan Health Service - Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Adult Cystic Fibrosis Team
Innovative solutions for improving safety and quality
Project: Combined Bedside Risk Assessment (CoBRA) Audit
Team: East Metropolitan Health Service - Royal Perth Hospital, CoBRA Collaboration
Promoting healthy habits and preventing illness and injury
Project: Easy Movers
Team: WA Country Health Service - Great Southern Population Health
Other individual awards:
Peter Baldwin Memorial Award for Human Resource Management
Debra Thornborough-Owen, Manager HR Transition, Workforce, North Metropolitan Health Service
Jill Porteous Memorial Award for Quality and Safety
Susan Kitchen, A/Clinical Nurse Specialist, Falls Management and Clinical Practice Improvement Coordinator, North Metropolitan Health Service