Eyre and Far North finalists for health awards

FINALIST: 2020 SA Health Awards finalist Eliza Graham, who works in the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network as a senior podiatrist. Photo: Facebook, Eyre and Far North Local Health Network

FINALIST: 2020 SA Health Awards finalist Eliza Graham, who works in the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network as a senior podiatrist. Photo: Facebook, Eyre and Far North Local Health Network

Two finalists for the 2020 SA Health Awards have come out of the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network (EFNLHN).

The awards recognise high-performing individuals, units and health networks across a range of categories.

The team from the maternity unit at Ceduna Hospital is up for a prize in the chief executive's imitation award category, while podiatrist Eliza Graham has been named a finalist in the young professional of the year category.

Ceduna's birthing services had to be suspended late last year due to staffing issues, with the service resuming only as of May.

Having secured a GP obstetrician, a GP anaesthetist and a third GP on call seven days a week, as well as six midwives and five theatre-trained nurses, the service was able to recommence.

The hospital adapted a midwifery group practice model to care for local expectant mothers, allowing these services to continue.

Ceduna Hospital midwifery manager Anne Eaton said the outcomes spoke for themselves, with high attendance at appointments, less out of hours call in, positive feedback and a productive workforce.

"We are honoured to have been selected as a finalist in the awards," she said.

Ms Graham has worked in towns across the health network in her role as a senior podiatrist.

"It is fantastic to have the achievements of staff recognised at state level as part of this year's SA Health Awards," EFNLHN acting chief executive officer Julie Marron said.

The winners of the awards will be announced at the 2020 SA Health Awards ceremony on Friday, November 20.

This story Eyre and Far North finalists for health awards first appeared on West Coast Sentinel.