Award for local health

THE North Coast Area Health Service has been recognised for its improved performance at the 2007 NSW Health Awards.

The area health service, which takes in hospitals and health facilities from Part Macquarie to Tweed Heads, was named the winner in the category 'To Deliver High Quality Health Service Most Improved Performance, 2006-07'.

"The NSW Health Awards provide a valuable opportunity each year to recognise outstanding contributions of health care workers from across the state," NSW Minister for Health Reba Meagher said.

"The award entries reflect the innovation, ingenuity and energy of a wide range of staff in the NSW Health system.

"Each new initiative was designed by an individual or team of health professionals committed to improving the quality of care for patients and the way in which it is delivered to the community."

Ms Meagher said the winners and finalists awarded had been selected from more than 120 entries.

It was a successful night for the North Coast Area Health Service, with it named as a finalist in five other categories.

Among the initiatives that received high praise was the 'Promoting Health and Nutrition with the Bowraville Community Preschool' project.

A finalist in the 'Strengthen Primary Health and Continuing Care in the Community' category, the local project's aim is to provide children with easy access to health services to have a positive impact on their learning.

"I am truly inspired by all these excellent initiatives and congratulate all of this year's winners and finalists," Ms Meagher said.

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