Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District’s Safer, better emergency nursing care has won a NSW Health Award for its exceptional contribution to health research and innovation.

They were among only 11 successful recipients in the 2021 NSW Health Awards, following a staggering 192 nominations from across the state’s public health system.

Congratulations to the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District’s Safer, better emergency care, they are extremely deserving of this recognition. I thank their emergency nurses for their significant contribution with delivering improved care and patient outcomes within the Emergency Department.

Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District Chief Executive Margot Mains said she was incredibly proud to see the District’s emergency department nurses recognised for developing, testing and implementing HIRAID, a framework that has significantly improved the care provided in EDs.

“This work has elevated the important role nurses play in early identification of patient deterioration and has significantly improved health outcomes. This program has already received national and international recognition and is a well-deserved winner of this award,’’ Ms Mains said.

NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce said all eleven winners are outstanding examples of how staff continued to deliver excellent, patient-centred care during a very challenging year.

“The NSW Health Awards are a celebration of the many exceptional people who constantly strive to make our hospitals and services more responsive to the needs of our patients and their families,” Ms Pearce said.

“I am in awe of the determination, community spirit and dedication constantly exhibited by NSW Health staff and extend my warmest congratulations to the 2021 winners and finalists.”

The full list of winners and their projects is available on the NSW Health website.