The Western Sydney Community Eye Care (C-EYE-C) project has won the Delivering Integrated Care award at the annual NSW Health Awards, held on Thursday 26 October at Sydney Olympic Park.
Community Eye, led by Associate Professor Andrew White from Westmead Hospital, is a new model of care that improves access to eye assessment for patients with low risk glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. The project partners with local optometrists to conduct standardised assessments which are remotely reviewed by ophthalmologists at Westmead Hospital.
Westmead Head of Ophthalmology Department and C-EYE-C Chair Clinical A/Professor Andrew White said he was thrilled with the outcome. “This award is recognition of the hard work and support put in by our team at Westmead and in the community as well as stakeholder support from organisations such as ACI, OAA and RANZCO.
“Hopefully models such as this will become models of eye care in the future to ensure that the right person is seen by the right professional at the right time to avoid potentially blinding disease. This is something we all want.”
I am thrilled to see our staff recognised for their contributions to innovations in healthcare in western Sydney
A/Prof. White said initial three month pilot results from C-EYE-C showed that 47 per cent of patients did not need a hospital appointment for follow up, which led to a seven-week reduction in wait lists for the busy Ophthalmology outpatient department. The pilot will continue until the end of the year, with plans for expansion into 2018.
Supported by the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation, C-EYE-C strives to become the standard model for eyecare statewide, to ensure that the right person is seen by the right professional at the right time to avoid potentially blinding disease.
The NSW Health awards were announced as part of the NSW Health Innovation Symposium.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard congratulated the entrants for their creativity, innovative thinking and dedication to their jobs.
“We are extremely fortunate to have a health system that is simply brimming with motivated, inspirational professionals who are all striving towards delivering even better health care to NSW patients,” said Mr. Hazzard.
One of Three Awards for Western Sydney
Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) achieved in three categories at the annual NSW Health Awards.
In addition to receiving the award for the Delivering Integrated Care category, WSLHD received the Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services award and Westmead Hospital’s ‘Not Another DVT in the ED’ won the Patient Safety First category.
WSLHD chief executive Danny O’Connor congratulated the winners and finalists. “I am thrilled to see our staff recognised for their contributions to innovations in healthcare in western Sydney,” he said. “I want to congratulate the winners and finalists – the winning projects all have one goal in mind, and that’s to improve patient care, which is at the heart of everything we do.”