Posted 30th May 2014 in Reducing Harm From Falls

The Health Quality & Safety Commission’s second annual April Falls Quiz was a great success! Over 1500 entries were received – thank you to all who entered, and those of you who shared the quiz around your workplaces and networks.

The quiz is designed to measure the knowledge and attitudes about falls and falls prevention among participants, as well as provide a platform on which to test your own knowledge. All entries qualified for one of three prizes, each to the value of $1000, for a development activity which grows the capability of an individual, team or organisation. The prizes are intended to build capability in health and related services in New Zealand, preferably related to falls prevention or quality improvement.

Prizes were awarded to an individual entry in three categories: hospital, residential care, and primary/community/other. The Commission congratulates prize winners Saskia Hartemink of Rotorua, Meg McHugh of New Plymouth and Sue Liddell of Auckland.

Saskia Hartemink received the prize in the Hospital category. Ms Hartemink, a registered nurse in Rotorua Hospital’s intensive care unit, will use the prize to continue developing the Quality Improvement Culture programme at Rotorua Hospital. “The programme will make a significant difference to the quality of patient care,” she says. Ms Hartemink recently completed a post graduate diploma in health science.

Meg McHugh, a registered nurse at the Maida Vale Retirement Village in Taranaki, was selected for the prize in the residential care category. Ms McHugh says Maida Vale’s falls committee is planning a quality improvement project to involve everyone in falls prevention, and the prize will enable her to add further value to the programme. Ms McHugh has worked in aged care for 12 years, and currently tutors caregivers through the Avatar Institute of Learning.

Sue Liddell received the prize in the Primary/Community/Other category. Ms Liddell is currently completing a degree in occupational therapy and will use the prize towards her study fees. She plans to develop a small quality improvement project during her upcoming placement in older people’s mental health at Auckland DHB. Sue hopes to put this project into practice at her current place of work, Equip Mental Health Services, which provides community-based mental health services.

“We’re delighted with the energy and direction of the prizewinners,” says Carmela Petagna, senior portfolio manager at the Commission.

“They were randomly selected, but we couldn’t have hand-picked better recipients. The Commission will stay in touch with the prize winners to follow their projects’ development, and we will keep you updated with their progress.”

The national report on findings in the quiz will be uploaded mid-June, and individualised reports for DHB areas will be sent out by the end of June.

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