Innovation Scholarship Winners 2015


Oncology Patient Information Video Program

Team Leader: David Willis, Chief Radiation Therapist, North West Cancer Centre (NWCC), Tamworth Hospital

Aim: To address the misconceptions and lack of knowledge of Radiation Therapy and other oncology processes that can compound the anxiety patients experience at the commencement of treatment.  The videos aim to provide patients, families and carers with comprehensive, accurate and accessible information.

​JMO Quality Improvement Program (QIP)

Team Leader:  Dr MaryAnn Ferreaux, RACMA Medical Administration Advanced Trainee and Dr Zoheb Wiliams, Chair of the JMO Quality and Safety Committee.

Aim: To provide PGY 1&2 doctors with knowledge and skills to successfully perform a clinical audit that will lead to improvement in the quality  and safety of healthcare provision.

The use of ultrasound as an adjunct to remediating paediatric speech sound disorders

Team Leader: Dr Nicole Byrne, Kaleidoscope Speech Pathology Head of Discipline; Team Leader Community Based Services

Aim:  To incorporate the use of ultrasound as an adjunct to traditional therapy, for children with speech sound disorders presenting to the community based speech pathology team, within the Greater Newcastle. It is hypothesised that the use of this tool will improve health outcomes, improve experience of care and improve efficiency of service.

Optimising the multidisciplinary care of patients with end stage liver disease

Team Leader: Dr Robert Gibson, Staff Specialist in Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Aim: To improve the co-ordination and quality of care for patients with liver failure due to cirrhosis.

Support my Spine ASAP: A Rural Tele-health care model for patients being management with a Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthotic (TLSO)

Team Leader: Ryan Gallagher, Acting Senior Physiotherapist Neurosciences

Aim: To implement a successfully piloted model of care for patients with spinal fractures requiring treatment with a Thoracic Lumbar Sacral Orthotics across all rural referral hospital within HNELHD.  This will reduce the need for patients in rural and regional communities to travel to John Hunter Hospital for the purpose of specialists orthotic fitting and management.

Kaleidoscope Innovation Scholarship Winner 2015


A Way Forward, Youth Matter

Team Leaders: Tracey Finn, Team Leader, Youth Health Team

Aim: To provide a model of care that integrates and coordinates care across a continuum of service delivery to improve the health outcomes and life expectancy targeting Aboriginal Youth and working towards meeting the Closing the Gap targets.

 Congratulations to all the scholarship winners for 2015