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Monday, 29 May 2006

Working towards the future

Recognising the need for continual improvement, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick is working towards better health care for children with the launch of the Practice Development Unit (PDU) today.

Formerly the Nursing Practice Development Unit, the PDU is now a multidisciplinary unit working closely with nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.

The PDU supports healthcare workers to use the latest research on best practice in their day-to-day work to ensure better health outcomes for children. This is achieved by assisting healthcare workers with:
- Education and further studies
- Improving practice approaches
- Applying research evidence in their practice
- Producing research to examine / explore their practice
- Disseminating practice knowledge or research findings

Head of the unit, Prof Jackie Crisp says one of the major highlights of the unit is its work in multidisciplinary teamwork.

'Multidisciplinary teamwork is now internationally recognised as the best method of health care. I am pleased that Sydney Children’s Hospital is supporting this important philosophy,' said head of the PDU, Prof Jackie Crisp.

The PDU is a collaboration between SESIAHS and the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health of the University of Technology, Sydney.

'The Practice Development Unit is a wonderful initiative. I'd like to acknowledge and praise the work of Professor Jackie Crisp, who has led nursing practice development research and taken the concept of practice development beyond nursing, to be inclusive of the whole multidisciplinary team,' said Prof Jill White, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health at the University of Technology.

For Further Information Contact:

Kylie Rafferty, Public Affairs Manager Tel: 9382 3571 - Mob: 0411 730 842

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