Dis­trict’s best health provider

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Fin­ley’s Lake­side Med­i­cal Cen­tre has been crowned Health­care Provider of the Year at the Mur­rumbidgee Pri­mary Health Net­work’s an­nual Pri­mary Health­care Awards.

MPHN CEO Melissa Neal said the team at Lake­side Med­i­cal Cen­tre’s ded­i­ca­tion to im­prov­ing health care ser­vices avail­able to the Fin­ley com­mu­nity is ex­em­plary.

‘‘Of par­tic­u­lar note, Lake­side Med­i­cal Cen­tre has been work­ing hard to en­cour­age their pa­tients to take own­er­ship of their health and well­be­ing through im­prov­ing health lit­er­acy and pro­mot­ing health life­style choices,’’ Ms Neal said.

‘‘The team has also started us­ing med­i­cal as­sis­tants and nurse-led clin­ics for chronic dis­ease man­age­ment which means they have more time to ed­u­cate pa­tients about self-man­age­ment of their con­di­tions.

‘‘Th­ese ini­tia­tives aim to re­duce hospi­tal ad­mis­sions and helps em­power pa­tients with the knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing to im­prove their self-care.’’

Lake­side Med­i­cal Cen­tre prac­tice man­ager Cather­ine Ryan said she was hon­oured to ac­cept the award on be­half of the closeknit team who had worked hard to im­prove pa­tient care.

‘‘The prac­tice now has the abil­ity to screen more pa­tients due to our com­mit­ment to train a ded­i­cated med­i­cal as­sis­tant and de­vel­op­ing nurse-led clin­ics,’’ Ms Ryan said.

‘‘We also have im­proved in­te­gra­tion and re­fer­ral pro­cesses to al­lied health ser­vices which has been wel­comed by our pa­tients.

‘‘We are see­ing bet­ter health out­comes for our pa­tients, as we are now able to con­duct ini­tial screen­ing and col­lect pa­tient data which is re­sult­ing in more mean­ing­ful GP con­sul­ta­tions.’’

Ms Neal said the awards are to recog­nise the hard work and achieve­ments of our health­care providers.

‘‘As a com­mis­sioner of sev­eral health­care ser­vices through­out the Mur­rumbidgee, I’m pleased to see and hear about the real im­prove­ments our health­care providers are mak­ing to the health and lives of peo­ple liv­ing in our re­gion,” she said.

(From left) Mur­rumbidgee Pri­mary Health Net­work trea­surer David Friedlieb, Lake­side Med­i­cal Cen­tre prac­tice man­ager Cather­ine Ryan, cen­tre staff Sarah Con­gram and Re­becca Haynes and MPHN di­rec­tor Donna McLean at the awards cer­e­mony.

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