CHA commends Calvary Health Care's investment in essential palliative care and rehabilitation services

Catholic Health Australia commends Calvary Health Care for its continued commitment to providing essential palliative care and rehabilitation services of the highest quality for the people of Wagga Wagga and the greater Riverina.

Calvary Riverina Hospital’s new $9.3 million Mary Potter Palliative Care Unit and the St Joseph’s Rehabilitation Unit, to be officially opened tomorrow, illustrate both Calvary’s and Catholic Health Australia’s shared belief in the value of providing dignified and compassionate palliative care, a right for all Australians faced with incurable or life-limiting illness.

Suzanne Greenwood, CEO of Catholic Health Australia, today acknowledged the important place palliative care holds in the holistic health care ethos practiced by Catholic health, aged care and community service providers such as Calvary Health Care.  

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Catholic Health Australia's Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award 2015: Fr Cormac Nagle OFM

Catholic Health Australia congratulates moral theologian Fr Cormac Nagle OFM who was awarded CHA’s highest honour, the Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award 2015, at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held at Parliament House, Canberra.

 The Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award takes the name of Sr Maria Cunningham RSC OAM who worked as a nurse, a nurse educator and a leader of Catholic health care ministries for all her working life. 

This year, Catholic Health Australia recognised the tireless efforts, the many years of countless contributions to Catholic health and pastoral care, as well as theological and educational work, and also ethical and bioethical work performed by Fr Cormac Nagle. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Outreach Health Care Award 2015 winner: St John of God Subiaco DAWN Program

Catholic Health Australia congratulates the team at the Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network (DAWN), St John of God Subiaco Hospital, who were honoured with the CHA Award for Outreach Health Care 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

The Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network is a free service providing home-based support for individuals experiencing withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. In operation since 2001, DAWN fills a large gap in this home-based style of care. Regardless of its success, it is still the only provider of home-based drug and alcohol withdrawal services in Western Australia. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Excellence in Pastoral Care 2015 winner: Mary Ringstad

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Mary Ringstad who was honoured with the CHA Award for Excellence in Pastoral Care 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Mary, who is the Pastoral Care Manager at Calvary Mater Newcastle, was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference in Canberra for over 17 years of dedicated service, ensuring spirituality remain a cornerstone of the provision of Catholic health care. 

Widely recognised as an outstanding provider of sensitive and compassionate pastoral and spiritual care, Mary and her dedication to the healing ministry is not only valued by staff and patients at Calvary Mater Hospital, Newcastle, but by the greater Newcastle and Hunter Region communities. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Leader in Positive Ageing 2015: Southern Cross Care (Vic) - Holistic Wellness Program

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Southern Cross Care (Vic) and its Holistic Wellness Program, honoured with the CHA Award for Leadership in Positive Ageing 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

The Holistic Wellness Program is a standout program, provided by Southern Cross Care (Vic), aimed at providing a calming, home-like environment for people living with dementia, one of the most vulnerable groups in society.  

The program is designed to provide individual, tailor-made care for each individual person. Modelled on a ‘smaller is better’ concept, Southern Cross Care (Vic) facilities are modelled to reflect a familiar home-like environment for the residents. 

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Catholic Health Australia's Nurse of the Year 2015: Megan McKechnie

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Megan McKechnie who was honoured with the CHA Award for Nurse of the Year 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Megan was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference in Canberra for her dedicated and outstanding work in the treatment of patients with complex alcohol and drug complications, severe mental health issues, as well as for providing sensitive and compassionate care to the marginalised in-keeping with the ethos of Catholic health care provision.

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Catholic Health Australia's Emerging Leader 2015: Stephen Tippett

Catholic Health Australia congratulates Stephen Tippett who was honoured with the CHA Award for Emerging Leader 2015 at the annual Catholic Health Australia Awards held this year at Parliament House, Canberra.

Stephen, who is the Manager of Food Services at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne, was presented with the award at CHA’s National Conference for his standout leadership qualities, his dedicated service to patients’ health, his continued ability to provide strong but sensitive direction for staff with disabilities, and for his provision of exceptional care, in keeping with the Catholic mission.

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Health fund contracts must not harm quality

“Aggressive health fund contract negotiations are threatening the development across the health sector of appropriate measures and incentives to improve hospital safety,” warns Suzanne Greenwood, CEO of Catholic Health Australia.
 
Medibank Private’s self-proclaimed action to ‘flex its muscles’ in negotiations with private hospitals by introducing its own list of 165 ‘highly preventable’ adverse events risks derailing the work of the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC).
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DOTE report essential to Catholic health policy strategy

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) Chief Executive Officer, Suzanne Greenwood, today welcomed the release of the Dropping off the Edge (DOTE) 2015 report and acknowledged the essential role the report plays in the shaping of Catholic health policy efforts for all Australians.

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Patient safety threatened by Medibank Private's heavy handed approach

Medibank Private is threatening the national effort to improve safety and quality in Australian hospitals by its proposal to limit with hospitals the cover for patients insured with Medibank Private in certain situations. Eminent medical and nursing clinicians across the country have been working closely with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) to develop a list of potentially preventable hospital complications. This list is still in the validation phase and is currently being tested in hospitals across Australia.

 

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CHA calls for further consultation regarding Medibank 'Quality & Safety' Measures

The CEO of Catholic Health Australia - Australia’s largest provider grouping of non-government health, aged and community care services, Mrs Suzanne Greenwood, called on Medibank Private to work constructively with hospitals in the implementation of robust safety and quality standards.

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