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Falls Prevention Health Network member, Su Kitchen, wins Jill Porteous Memorial Award

WA Country Health Service Chief Executive Officer Jeff Moffet and Su Kitchen at the WA Health Excellence Awards 2016

Image: WA Country Health Service Chief Executive Officer Jeff Moffet and Su Kitchen at the WA Health Excellence Awards 2016.

Congratulations to Su Kitchen, winner of the Jill Porteous Memorial Award for safety and quality.

Su is a dedicated member of the Falls Prevention Health Network’s Executive Advisory Group and the Falls Prevention Community of Practice (COP), and acts as a key go-to person for inpatient falls management for all health professionals in WA.

As Clinical Nurse Specialist Falls Management and Clinical Practice Improvement Co-ordinator, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH), Su understands that by preventing falls, the most common adverse event in hospitals, she can prevent serious physical and psychological harm to patients.

Su has been instrumental in the introduction of the Frequent Faller and Injury Reduction Program and championed the evidence-based Safe Recovery Program at SCGH. In addition, she supports the expansion of these essential programs by dedicating time to providing advice to other facilities that want to develop similar programs.

Su is a great communicator who believes learning is central to quality improvement. She has organised State-level multidisciplinary study days, self-directed learning packages, a monthly statewide broadcast session and the SCGH Falls Lecture Series. These activities cross services and disciplines, and play a key role in the dissemination of materials and knowledge across the health system to improve the services provided to the WA community.

Nothing is too difficult for Su. She created WA’s first falls conference, the GrassRoots Festival. The resounding success of the Festival in 2015 was a reflection of Su’s persistence, community building skills, and her personable and positive problem-solving approach.

Many commented on the buzz and energy of the conference, and the way it supported newcomers, and promoted experts while bringing a collegial community bond to all. As well as renowned experts, there were Su’s ’Falls Fun Factors’ to encourage participation at the GrassRoots Festival. ‘Take Two’ of the GrassRoots Festival (External website) will be held on 16 and 17 February 2017. Come along and see what Su and her committee have in-store this time!

It is fantastic that Su has been recognised for her contribution to the sector and we wish her luck in her future endeavours in Falls Prevention.