Hon­our­ing hos­pi­tal staff

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

NURSE man­ager Brett Hayes from York took home the top gong on May 12 at the WA Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Awards.

The WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice ( WACHS) em­ployee de­vel­oped TelePal­lia­tive Care in the Home, an end- of- life sup­port ser­vice for peo­ple liv­ing in re­mote re­gions.

He was named WA Nurse of the Year and has been a nurse for 10 years.

Mr Hayes, who works only in the Wheat­belt re­gion, said he felt priv­i­leged to work in ru­ral WA af­ter start­ing his ca­reer in the city.

He also won the award for ex­cel­lence in re­gional and re­mote nurs­ing.

“There is quite a con­trast be­tween metropoli­tan and re­gional nurs­ing. Here, we’re en­cour­aged to think in­no­va­tively and given free­dom to ex­plore new ideas,” he said.

He said lis­ten­ing to patients and their fam­i­lies had been fun­da­men­tal to the de­vel­op­ment of tele­health tech­nol­ogy and had proven im­por­tant when sup­port­ing patients in the fi­nal stages of their life.

“Tele­health, whereby our patients can reach us us­ing au­dio and vis­ual links over the in­ter­net, means those in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas can ac­cess spe­cial­ist ser­vices with­out the need to travel,” he said.

“It has made such a dif­fer­ence to sup­port­ing our patients with end- of- care life.

“Pre­vi­ously, only 7 to 14 per cent of those in the Wheat­belt want­ing to die at home were able.

“This has in­creased to 70 per cent sim­ply be­cause we can now in­ter­act with them face to face via video con­fer­ence. Our ser­vice has well and truly be­come mo­bile.”

He de­vel­oped the re­mote health care ser­vice in 2016.

WACHS head of nurs­ing and mid­wifery Marie Bax­ter said Mr Hayes was “ab­so­lutely de­serv­ing” of Nurse of the Year sta­tus.

“Brett has achieved phe­nom­e­nal re­sults in al­low­ing peo­ple to stay at home in their fi­nal stages of care,” she said.

“He has been per­sis­tent and com­mit­ted in build­ing bet­ter op­tions for pal­lia­tive patients and works with them and their fam­i­lies to achieve the best out­come,” she said.

The TelePal­lia­tive Care in the Home ser­vice ex­panded to the Midwest in April and will be­gin in the South- West and Great South­ern in the next cou­ple of months.

Mered­ith Walker from the WA Nurses Memo­rial Char­i­ta­ble Trust and Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook flank Nurse of the year win­ner Brett Hayes.

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