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These stories chronicle some of the exceptional highlights at Mater for 2009. They can be filtered using the category links in the menu to the right.

Mater Marketing takes out international award

In October 2009, Mater’s award-winning Marketing Department won an award at the HealthLeaders Media Marketing Awards in Chicago for ‘Best Community Relations Campaign’ for the 2007 Annual Review.

Mater Pathology keeps on growing

Mater Pathology continued to expand in 2009 with the addition of a new collection centre in Inala and the relocation of the Cleveland collection centre.

Maternal Fetal Medicine reports world-class results

In March 2009, the results of the first 100 laser ablations for severe twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals were published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

New education model to reduce perinatal death

Mater is leading the way in enhancing the care midwives and doctors deliver to families who experience stillbirth and perinatal death by leading the roll-out of a pioneering education model in Queensland.

New level of health care for refugees in Queensland

People of a refugee background arriving in Queensland now have access to comprehensive health assessments, immunisations and ongoing health care following the launch of Refugee Health Queensland.

Organ and tissue donation team established at Mater

Following Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s edict to establish the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority, Mater appointed a team comprising of Hospital Medical Director and State Medical Director for the Authority, Dr Phil Sargent and Clinical Nurse Consultant, Petrea Aslett.

Pathway of care leads to best outcomes

Mater’s development, use and promotion of the innovative model, Exceptional Models of Care @ Mater (EMC@M), for evidence-based carepaths across its seven hospitals has reached leadership status within the Australian health care system and has been recognised with an Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Outstanding Achievement (OA) rating.

Planning ahead puts Mater in front

A progressive approach to workforce planning and a strong commitment to education and learning earned Mater Health Services two sought after Outstanding Achievement (OA) ratings from the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) in 2009.

Program facilitates hospital-in-the-home style care

Mater Health Services is delivering Queensland’s first range of ‘hospital-in-the-home’ services for paediatric patients.

Program’s success is loud and clear

Just five years ago only ‘at risk’ newborns were screened for hearing impairment. Today every baby born at a Queensland maternity hospital undergoes hearing screening thanks to the Healthy Hearing Program.

Redland wins award for service excellence

CONSISTENTLY ranked as one of the leading private hospitals in Australia, Mater Private Hospital Redland (MPHR) received national acclaim earlier this year when it won an Australian Business Award for “Service Excellence”.

Refugee project links GPs and services

Brisbane General Practitioners are now able to access with ease the services they need to care for growing numbers of patients of a refugee background.

Shaping a new era of nurses

An innovative program that assists clinical educators to tailor their teaching to individual learning needs is shaping a new era of nurses at Mater Health Services.

Volunteer home visitors support families

A ‘grass roots’ family support program run by Mater’s Child and Youth Mental Health Service (Mater CYMHS) that gives parents the tools to be better care-givers celebrated 30 years of operation in July 2009.

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