The Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) has taken the number one spot in two categories of the 2012 Australian Institute of Project Management Victorian Awards and will now go on to compete for the national award, it was announced last week.

RDNS’ Connected Wound Care Project won the ‘Small Projects’ category while the RDNS Dementia Referral Pathways and Practice Guidelines for HACC Assessment Services Project claimed first prize in the ‘Community Service and /or Development’ category.

RDNS executive general manager (projects and business development), Stelvio Vido, said awards were a “great outcome for all staff involved”.

“In particular congratulations go to Pam Smedley and Kylie Elder for Connected Wound Care and Andrew Jones-Roberts and Deb Manning for Dementia Referral Pathways,” Mr Vido said.

“These awards demonstrate that RDNS has the people and the skills to deliver important projects that ultimately assist with better health outcomes for the community.”

The winners of the national title will be announced at the National Conference Gala Dinner on Tuesday 9 October.

The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) established the Project Management Achievement Awards (PMAA) to recognise, honour and promote outstanding achievements in program and project management.

About the winning programs

RDNS’ Connected Wound Care Project is a partnership between RDNS, Victorian Department of Health and Regional Wounds Victoria. The project aims to bring standardisation to wound management across the state in HACC-funded district nursing services and public sector residential aged care services.

The Dementia Referral Pathways and Practice Guidelines Project was a collaborative partnership between RDNS and the Victorian Department of Health (DH). The project developed best practice referral pathways and practice guidelines for Home and Community Care (HACC) Assessment Services for clients with dementia and their carers.

This project sought to clarify the role of HACC Assessment Services across Victoria in the screening, assessment, care planning, and provision of timely information, support and referrals to meet the needs of people with dementia and their carers.

Dementia practice guidelines and referral pathways for HACC Assessment Services were developed as key deliverables to supplement existing DH policy. This has improved access to appropriate services for dementia sufferers and their carers in both metropolitan and regional Victoria.

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