The Women’s wins Large Health Service of the Year award
The Women’s has been named the Premier’s Large Health Service of the Year at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
CEO Dr Sue Matthews said it was a proud moment for the hospital and recognised the efforts of staff in providing exceptional care to patients and world-leading research.
“We often refer to the Women’s as a ‘special place’ and this award means others also recognise the special work we do to improve the health and wellbeing of the thousands of women and newborns who come into our care each year,” Dr Matthews said.
The Women’s is a leader in women’s, pregnancy and newborn health, focussing not only on research and care but also building capacity in other healthcare providers across the state.
Among our achievements in the hospital’s 160th year, have been:
- Co-leading the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence program to train more than 15 health services across Victoria to improve their responses to family violence;
- Establishing Australia’s first research chair in the prevention of family violence;
- Delivering research showing that just a small amount of help for parents of premature babies can dramatically cut their risk of experiencing long-term depression;
- Researchers identifying a way to predict which women will develop pre-eclampsia;
- Holding Australia’s first conference dedicated to looking at how sex and gender play a role in cancer;
- Establishing Australia’s first dedicated Fetal Cardiology Unit.
In the past year:
- 9300 babies were born
- 1700 babies received treatment in our neonatal intensive care unit
- 83,147 women were cared for in our hospitals
- 200,000 women attended outpatient appointments
- 250 volunteers delivered 11,000 hours of work
- Published 270 papers in international peer reviewed journals
- Undertook 62 clinical trials
For more information contact the Women's Media Team on (03) 8345 2028 or (03) 8345 2921.