Congratulations to our ACU team at St Vincent’s Centre for Nursing Research. The team was awarded The Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Patient Safety at the 2013 St Vincent’s Health Australia Quality Awards. It was their project “Improving cardiac care for Aboriginal patients at St Vincent’s" that secured the award. Prof Linda Worrall-Carter, Ms Karen Daws and Ms Amanda Punch represented the research team at the awards ceremony on October 16, 2013 in Brisbane.
SVCNR worked with Mission at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, the Heart Foundation, Department of Health Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service on this collaborative project. The project involved an Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer (AHLO) and a cardiac nurse working together to focus on patient and cultural safety. It aimed to improve the care of Aboriginal patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) through collection of specific data and care co-ordination. The project demonstrated improved co-ordination of care for Aboriginal patients with ACS and provides baseline data for further studies.