Moonah hospice team receives national recognition

HOBART District Nursing Service’s (HDNS) ‘hospice@HOME’ program recently took home finalist status in the Team Innovation category of the 2015 HESTA Nursing Awards.

The Moonah team was selected as finalists in the national awards for developing a coordinated and comprehensive suite of home-based palliative care services, offering wrap-around packages and support for patients and their families.

HDNS director of state operations and team leader Fiona Onslow said the service was the first of its kind in Australia, with more than 40 organisations across the state working together to coordinate and deliver extra in-home care services.

“Establishing a single referral access point to engage health providers, the program works across the state to deliver extra services to people wanting to receive end-of-life care at home,” she said.

“Our ‘wrap-around-care’ model puts the patient’s needs at the centre of the care and provides both the patient and their families with peace of mind during this stressful and challenging time.

“This award meant a lot to our organisation as we have worked very hard to establish and integrate the hospice@HOME concept into the already established health care arrangements across the state.”

Street Health by Homeless Healthcare (Mobile GP) was announced the winner of the Team Innovation category at an official awards dinner held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 15 October.

Ms Onslow said the Moonah team was both “disappointed and not disappointed” with the outcome.

“We would have loved to come home with the trophy, but when we saw the candidates for the awards and the innovation that they were being recognised for, we realised it would be a tough category to win,” she said.

“It was fantastic to have been involved in the event and to have the chance to meet people doing such amazing work in areas of need.

“We are very proud to have been a finalist and have the opportunity to showcase the work we have achieved.

“We hope this recognition will enable hospice@HOME to have a strong future and that we will be able to deliver the program not just to Tasmania, but to the rest of Australia.”

For more information about the HESTA Nursing Awards, visit hestaawards.com.au

For more information about hospice@HOME, go to hospiceathome.org.au