The State Adult Burns Unit WA Allied Health Team has been named the overall team winner at the 2016 Rotary Allied Health Excellence Awards.
The award, announced in September, recognised the team’s exceptional dedication and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of the WA community through exemplary standards of teaching, training and research.
After winning their category earlier this month, the team was selected from 54 teams representing 563 individuals to take out the overall award.
Dietitian Michelle Cork said winning the major prize was a pleasant surprise and the team was “delighted and humbled”.
“We have a strong group of allied health professionals who specialise in burns and share a common purpose of providing the best possible patient-centred care.
“This award is really an acknowledgement and validation of the team’s hard work and commitment to excellence.”
The team is highly regarded for its commitment to teaching and training through a wide range of initiatives including weekly team education sessions, development of training modules and the use of telehealth to conduct remote training. Several team members are also conducting postgraduate research.
Michelle acknowledged the support of Service Director Prof Fiona Wood and said much of the team’s research was supported by the Fiona Wood Foundation.
“This award will spur us on to continue learning, teaching and sharing knowledge to achieve the best results for our patients,” she said.
Senior Social Worker Tiffany Ryan, Senior Clinical Psychologist Stuart Andrews, Senior Occupational Therapist Rosemary Kendell, Senior Physiotherapist Dale Edwick and Senior Dietitian Michelle Cork.