Two Avondhu projects win healthcare awards
TWO projects spearheaded by people from the Avondhu region have been recognised for their innovative approach to heath care by the judges of a prestigious national competition.
Karen O'Shea and her team from Glenville, and a team from the Mater's Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy department, led by Fermoy woman Louise O'Regan, were among the finalists in the 2014 National Health Literacy Awards.
Karen, her partners Tony Carroll and Yvonne Horgan, were nominated in the Best Health Though Journalism category for their 'MS, Motherhood and Me' initiative.
Journalist Karen said she was approached by the Irish Independent to write an article following a talk she gave to fellow journalists on her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis her and Tony's experiences of living with the condition.
"Our piece reached out to those newly diagnosed with MS - the impact on the family and the emotional impact of the diagnosis.
"This article tells the story from our point of view. From the point of diagnosis to finally coming to terms with MS and moving on with life," said Karen.
"It is an honour to be recognised for our work. Being a finalist means we will be able to raise further awareness of the project," she added.
Louise and her team were shortlisted in the Best Project in a Hospital category for their patient information booklet 'Reducing Your Risk of Falls.'
In 2013 the Care of the Older Person team at the Mater indentified an opportunity to develop an educational leaflet about preventing falls for patients.
From this Louise, an occupational therapist and her colleagues, physiotherapists Emma Carroll and Jennifer Gilchrist, developed 'Reducing Your Risk of Falls' booklet. It was subsequently awarded the National Adult Literacy plain English mark and is used by the Care of the Older Person team as an educational resource for patients and their families.
Both projects among the 27 finalists in this year competition, which attracted 131 entries from individuals and groups working across the Irish healthcare sector.
The chair of the competitions judging panel, Dr Laura Sahm, said the two Cork projects epitomised the high standard of the shortlisted initiatives.
"The judges were impressed by the novel approach all of the shortlisted projects took to incorporate health literacy into their daily work," said Dr Sahm.
"Even the smallest changes can make the biggest difference and we hope this good work will continue to develop across the healthcare sector," she added.