Awards & Achievements


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The Improvement Award

In 2012, the Improvement Foundation launched an award to recognise the commitment individuals make towards quality improvement work. The Improvement Award was opened to primary health care employees across Australia who had been involved in quality improvement activities within their work place.

Previous Winners


Awards we have won

2014  – SA iAwards
The Western Australian Vaccine Safety Surveillance system (WAVSS) web portal developed by The Improvement Foundation with our software partner OBS won the 2014 South Australian iAward in the Health category. Read more.

2013 – The HIC Don Walker Award – Efficiency Award Shortlist
The Don Walker Award is awarded by the Health Informatics Society of Australia to individual or groups from any sector of the direct healthcare and associated industries that have demonstrated that their work has improved patient outcomes through the use of innovative technological solutions.

The Improvement Foundation’s Dr Andrew Knight and Dr Tony Lembke were shortlisted for this prestigious award in the category of Efficiency, Effectiveness and Access for recognition of their work in using a quality improvement collaborative to implement the national e-health record system in primary care practices

2012  – SA iAwards
The Improvement Foundation was awarded a Merit Award for the eHealth category presented at the SA iAwards on 9 July 2012. The iAward is presented to the most innovative ICT solution that supports superior outcomes across the broad spectrum of services and activities delivered by healthcare professionals.

Our Achievements

The Improvement Foundation has been strategic in building essential infrastructure and relationships to support the national refocus of the health system on primary care. As well as improving direct patient care, the Improvement Foundation has built lasting and significant landscape features to support a primary care focussed health system. A few of our significant achievements include:

Data Extraction Tool
The redevelopment of the Canning Tool  was created  and fostered to support the data collection required for measuring for improvement in the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives. These tools have unlocked the greatest repository of clinical data in the health system and have now become essential supports to practices, Medicare Locals and governments to track improvements in health service delivery.

A Continuous Quality Improvement Culture
Concepts such as the model for improvement and measurement for improvement were virtually unknown in Australian general practice before 2004. They have become widely known and accepted in Australian primary care through the work of Improvement Foundation.

OCHREStreams – Web Based Reporting Tool
Based on the proven success of the Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program, the Improvement Foundation were contracted by the Australian Government Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health to build and deliver a web based reporting tool for their  health services. The Online Community Health Reporting Environment known as OCHREStreams streamlines the various processes including both paper-based and online. Health services can also use OCHREStreams to monitor and improve the quality of services provided to their communities, and work with other groups and organisations to improve health outcomes.

qiConnect – National Data Portal
The Improvement Foundation developed and launched qiConnect, a national data portal with capacity for all primary care practices, health services and support organisations in Australia to upload and maintain data. qiConnect permits individual practices and health services to submit clinical data and monitor their own improvement. For the first time a national picture of primary care data is a realistic possibility.

eHealth Record System
The Improvement Foundation had a pivotal role in trialling the national eHealth record system through two collaborative Australian Primary Care Collaboratives waves. As at 31 July 2013 Australian Primary Care Collaboratives Program participants had uploaded over 37% of the total number of Shared Health Summaries to the new eHealth system.

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