02 June 2016

Congratulations to Cindy Ogluszko, our Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurse at Footscray Hospital, Victoria on receiving her Western Health INSPIRE Award for working hard to make a difference in patients' day to day experiences.

Cindy was nominated by an employee for her professionalism, high standards and efficiency in the coordinated care of men with prostate cancer. Her nomination said:

"Since commencing her role as prostate cancer specialist nurse at Western Health, I have witnessed professionalism, high standards and efficiency in the co-ordinated care of men with prostate cancer at Western health. From a colleague's perspective, Cindy has been instrumental in improving patient standard of care by assisting in implementing pre - surgical pelvic floor muscle physiotherapy visits and altering the referral pathway and timing of referrals to Western Continence Service. This provides earlier access to continence care, with the potential for improved post-surgical urinary incontinence outcomes. Cindy identifies service gaps, such as the need for a sexual dysfunction clinic for this cohort and continually up skills and seeks opportunities to improve the patient's experience. Patients always describe Cindy as passionate, thorough, compassionate and a good communicator. Prior to their surgery, they feel fully informed and aware of whom to contact with any queries or concerns. Cindy's priority is always patient care of the highest standard and she continually envisions growth of her role and service to men with prostate cancer".

For information about INSPIRE Awards visit here.