Southland team tops New Zealand rehabilitation results

Associate Clinical Nurse Manager Michelle Muir, Senior Social Worker and AROC and FIM Champion...
Associate Clinical Nurse Manager Michelle Muir, Senior Social Worker and AROC and FIM Champion Stacey Muir, Unit Manager (ATR and Community) Lisa Crisp and Service Manager Joline Wilson

The AT&R team at Southland Hospital deserves much praise and patting on the back, as they scooped four awards at the recent Australasian Rehabilitation Outcomes Centre (AROC) New Zealand forum.

Not only did the team take away awards for Best Rehabilitation Outcomes for Ortho Fractures, Stroke and Reconditioning, they gained the top recognition for Best Overall for Rehabilitation Outcomes.

AROC is the national rehabilitation medicine clinical registry for Australia and New Zealand. They have licenced the use of a Functional Improvement Measure (FIM), and the data from this enable rehabilitation units to be benchmarked across their 35 member hospitals and three private providers in New Zealand that provide the same type of rehabilitation, representing 95 per cent of the sector.

The Southland team’s achievements were celebrated at Southland Hospital this week. Senior Social Worker and AROC and FIM champion Stacey Muir says the achievement has been a total team effort. “Not only do the awards show how we measure up nationally, they show how hard all of us have worked on reducing rest home admissions, reducing length of stay and improving functional gain for our patients.


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