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(FMC) Multiple Sclerosis Clinical
Practice Consultant Nurse Sharon
Barlow, who was a finalist in the
Enhancing Hospital Care category,
and the Healthy Hips Project -- a
collaboration between the Southern
Community Falls Prevention Team
and FMC Physiotherapy Department
-- which was a finalist in the Building
and Strengthening Partnerships
category (see story on back page).
BY SARAH GARVIS
A Southern Mental Health program that is helping to improve
health outcomes for patients with severe and enduring mental
illness took out one of the top gongs at the SA Health Awards
Mediterranean diet an SA Health Award winner
"People with serious mental illness
tend to be marginalised, so we
are delighted to be collaborating
with UniSA in encouraging and
evaluating the benefits of improved
cooking skills and healthy eating for
our consumers' well-being."
There were two other finalists at
the Awards from the Southern
Adelaide Local Health Network,
including Flinders Medical Centre
Nat's courage recognised with Pride of Australia medal
Flinders Medical Centre
nurse Nat Cook was recently
awarded a National Pride
of Australia Medal in the
Courage category for her
work to raise awareness
about youth and alcohol-
Nat and her husband
Neil Davis set up the
Sammy D Foundation
five years ago in
memory of their 17-year-old son
Sam, who was king-hit at a private
party in May 2008.
Nat won the South Australian Pride
of Australia Medal for Courage in
"This is recognition that I share
with my husband Neil and the small
but dedicated group of staff and
volunteers that are the Sammy D
Foundation," she said.
"When Sam was king-hit and killed
in an unprovoked attack at a party,
we decided to channel the raw
emotions from his family and friends
into helping other young people
better understand the need to make
positive life choices.
"We created the Sammy D
Foundation with the belief that if
we could make sure at least one
family was spared from a similar
Nat Cook at the
National Pride of
Sydney last month.
UniSA and the great work from the
team in building health and lifestyle
changes into the rehabilitation
program," John said.
"I wish to thank the team for their
commitment to improving both
the mental and physical health
outcomes for our consumers."
As part of the program, which
was featured in the June edition
of Southern Health News, staff are
working with consumers to teach
basic cooking skills, provide individual
cooking support, weekly goal setting
with rewards and help with developing
healthy menus and shopping lists.
"Research indicates mental health
consumers with a severe and
enduring mental health diagnosis
have higher rates of chronic disease
than the general population and this
leads to reduced life expectancy of
up to 25 years.
The Healthy Eating for Life with a
Mediterranean Diet (HELFIMED)
program, which is being run from
the Trevor Parry Centre Community
Rehabilitation Centre in Noarlunga,
won the Research/Education in
Patient/Consumer Safety Award.
Run in collaboration with the
University of South Australia, the
project is exploring and gaining
further understanding about
the cardio metabolic and mental
health benefits of a Mediterranean
diet, and encouraging ongoing
dietary lifestyle changes using a
Southern Mental Health Outer South
Sector Manager John Strachan
said the win was a brilliant outcome
for the staff and consumers at the
Trevor Parry Centre.
"The win highlights the effectiveness
of the research partnership with
ordeal then our efforts would be
In five years, the Sammy D
Foundation has reached 20,000
young people, spreading messages
about looking after mates and safe
partying, and raising awareness
about the consequences of violence,
bullying and antisocial behaviour.
Nat's nursing history includes
working with youths who have
suffered an acquired brain injury,
private sector clinical management,
intensive care and retrieval nursing
and working in the after hours
hospital coordinator role.
"Nursing has taught me to value
experiences, enjoy challenges, follow
my instinct and enjoy my family.
"It has given me the ability to better
read people, to think outside the
square and to set clear goals."
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