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RDNS projects awarded

A project to improve nursing practice and patient outcomes has won the Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) a prestigious national award at the 2012 Project Management Achievement Awards, run by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

The Connected Wound Care Project’s aim was to develop and distribute vital tools and information materials for nurses and patients concerning wound management.

The project, a partnership between RDNS, the Victorian Department of Health and Regional Wounds Victoria, aims to bring standardisation to wound management across the state for public-sector residential aged care services and district nursing services funded by Home and Community Care (HACC).

RDNS chief executive Stephen Muggleton was delighted with the result: “Congratulations go to project manager Pam Smedley and project officer Kylie Elder, whose clinical expertise and project skills were a driving force in implementing this project,” he said.

“This is significant for all concerned – our staff, our partners and ultimately those who are benefiting from this project and will continue to benefit.”

It was one of two awards RDNS celebrated at the 2012 AIPM Victorian Awards gala dinner, having also won a state award for its Dementia Referral Pathways and Practice Guidelines for HACC Assessment Services Project. A collaboration with the Victorian Health Department, this project provided clients with dementia and their carers with best-practice referral pathways and practice guidelines for home and community care.

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