QEII Hospital Emergency Department’s Wellness Interest Group has won the 2020 Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM) Wellbeing Award for its promotion of wellbeing in emergency medicine.
The ED committee led by Dr Una Harrington formed three years ago with the aim of imbedding a wellness culture within ED and has since launched several key initiatives including a resuscitation trolley on Mondays that supplies colleagues with healthy snacks.
ACEM President Dr John Bonning said the group was nominated for prioritising staff wellbeing and making it an integral part of how the QEII Emergency Department does business.
“The annual award celebrates the initiatives of an individual, group or whole emergency department that has resulted in the enhancement of wellbeing for their emergency medicine colleagues.
“On behalf of the ACEM Board, I thank you for your contribution towards leading culture change in emergency departments, hospitals and the profession.”
Dr Harrington and Director of QEII Hospital Emergency Department Dr Edward Pink said they welcomed ACEM’s recognition of their commitment to fostering wellness within ED.
“Twenty-twenty has been a very challenging year for all staff at QEII. We work in a tight-knit team in ED, not in isolation. Trying to help keep the team well, especially this year, has been more important than ever, especially if we are to maintain good patient outcomes,” they said.
“Achieving recognition and support like this from ACEM for our efforts is excellent news indeed.”
Watch the video below for further details on the wellness initiative at QEII Hospital.