An­nie’s health award hon­our

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Com­mu­nity Health Care’s Fin­ley-based man­ager in­no­va­tion and clin­i­cal re­design An­nie Williams has re­ceived the Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Dis­trict (MLHD) Chief Ex­ec­u­tive’s Choice Award.

Mrs Williams was recog­nised for be­ing a ‘‘change agent and in­flu­encer to make im­prove­ments in how clin­i­cal ser­vices are de­liv­ered’’ and ‘‘has in­spired many staff’’.

She was de­scribed by fel­low peers as a ‘‘leader, men­tor, in­no­va­tor and a role model who has a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on oth­ers to re­view and change the way they work and to un­der­take re­search and qual­ity im­prove­ment projects’’.

Mrs Williams said she was hon­oured to win the award, which is recog­ni­tion of the ef­fort she puts into her job.

‘‘My role in­volves run­ning large scale pro­gram man­age­ment, small scale project man­age­ment and of­ten work­ing with MLHD staff mem­bers on el­e­ments of process im­prove­ment,’’ she said.

‘‘In March last year the sec­re­tary of health com­mis­sioned all of New South Wales to work on a large scale pro­gram called Lead­ing Bet­ter Value Care.

‘‘Part of that is about mov­ing health away from just count­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties to mea­sur­ing the value of the ser­vices we pro­vide, so it’s a big shift in how we pro­vide our ser­vices.

‘‘The CEO at the time com­mis­sioned me to run that pro­gram for MLHD so that in­volves work­ing closely with the min­istry and Agency for Clin­i­cal Im­prove­ment.

‘‘We’re im­ple­ment­ing 20 projects at this stage across the dis­trict with an­other 30 to come on board in the next 12 months.’’

Mrs Williams’ work ex­tends across the en­tire MLHD re­gion, which means she is away from home, on av­er­age, three days per week.

‘‘There’s a lot of vari­a­tion in my role,’’ Mrs Williams said.

‘‘It can be de­mand­ing and re­quires a de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity but there’s a huge op­por­tu­nity with how we de­liver care to our com­mu­nity.

‘‘Be­ing a ru­ral per­son I’m pas- sion­ate about mak­ing sure we pro­vide eq­uity of ac­cess to ser­vices and qual­ity of ser­vice, whether you live in Fin­ley or Wagga. I’m lucky I get to work on the front­line with pro­vid­ing the skills and re­sources.’’

Mrs Williams, who has a back­ground in ra­di­og­ra­phy and pre­vi­ously worked at Fin­ley Hos­pi­tal from 1986 to 2009, re­turned to MLHD in 2014 af­ter five years with Goul­burn Val­ley Health in Shepparton.

An­nie Williams (left) re­ceives her award from Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Dis­trict chief ex­ec­u­tive Jill Lud­ford.

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