David Kidd receives a Churchill Fellowship

We are delighted to announce that David Kidd, Director of Community Health Partnerships and Well Ageing has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in 1965 to honour the memory of Sir Winston Churchill and fulfil his wish for people from all walks of life to travel the world to gain new knowledge and share ideas and insights.

David Kidd, Director of Community Health Partnerships and Well Ageing
David Kidd, Director of Community Health Partnerships and Well Ageing

David is one of 112 Australians from across the country to receive the prestigious Churchill Fellowship that offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit other countries and investigate inspiring practices that will benefit Australian communities.

David received the Sir William Kilpatrick Churchill Fellowship to improve the quality of care of older people in our health system. He will travel to the USA in 2019 for five weeks visiting hospitals and service innovation experts to learn from their research and experience in implementing the Age-Friendly Health Systems models of care. Included in David’s visit are:

  • John A Hartford Foundation – New York
  • Institute of Healthcare Improvement – Boston, Massachusetts
  • Anne Arundel Medical Center – Annapolis, Maryland
  • Trinity Health – Livonia, Michigan
  • Providence St. Joseph Health – Renton, Washington
  • Kaiser Permanente – Oakland, California.

This is a very exciting opportunity for Northeast Health to develop and implement better Age-Friendly Health Systems that will benefit the rising demands on our services due to the increasing older adult population in Wangaratta and the north east.

With people living longer the number of older adults in our community is steadily increasing and so too are the chronic and complex health conditions we see at Northeast Health. By creating an age-friendly health system that includes what really matters to older adults in our region, we can focus on a system based framework that provides services specifically for the needs of older people to ensure they receive the best care possible.