Hi... I am almost done with my translation studies in Austria and this is one of my last projects I have to do. I would really appreciate it if anyone could read through the texts in order to make sure there is nothing that sounds not English enough or which doesn't make sense. It should not be too bad so I hope it won't take long to have a quick look at the texts. I underlined the things I wasn't quite sure of.
Thanks in advance!
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Reinhart Waneck, State Secretary of Health
1st Transnational Conference of the German-Speaking Networks of Health Promoting Hospitals
6th Austrian Conference of Health Promoting Hospitals
November 12, Vienna City Hall
“The Hospitalas a Healthy Workplace: Health promotion
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen!
for staff – positions from staff, management and patients.”
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Sixth Austrian Conference on Health Promoting Hospitals. It is a particular pleasure to be able to announce that this conference is organised in close collaboration with the German Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and that an effective exchange of ideas on the topic “The Hospital as a Healthy Workplace” can be facilitated.
Supported by the Austrian Ministry of Health and Women, the Austrian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals was established in 1996 with the aim of spreading the idea of health promotion to the Austrian hospitals and supporting them in the development and implementation of health promotion strategies and programs.
It is important to build hospital networks, to exchange experience and to cooperate with different partners in order to promote health and improve quality. But what makes these days so special?
We are facing demographic change, particularly an increasing proportion of elderly in the population and a changing spectrum of disease, most notably an increase in chronic disease. In the last few years diagnostic and therapeutic methods have significantly improved, the use of complex medical equipment has increased and new treatment methods have been established. Due to these developments the types/scope of medical services rendered have changed considerably. In addition a reduced length of stay combined with increasing hospitalisation rates leads to a noticeable increase in medical services provided by the hospitals. Hospital staff consequently have heavy and more intense workloads.
Considering the fact that working conditions in hospitals can result in the hospital staff being exposed to physical and psychological health risks, we have to pay greater attention to the situation of hospital staff and support them now and in the future. It is of particular importance to encourage health promotion measures for this highly stressed occupation group.
The title of the conference “The Hospital as a Healthy Workplace: Health promotion for staff” already implies that in the centre of health promotion efforts and strategies are the people. From the viewpoint of health promotion, staff orientation is a key issue as health promotion strategies and concepts also focus on the improvement of the health and well-being of hospital staff. Besides considering the patient’s perspective and the quality of the medical services, the Austrian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals places great value on the hospital staff’s perspective.
The aim of this conference is to discuss various strategies and projects that contribute to promoting staff health. Health promotion can have different goals: promotion of good health, increase of patient satisfaction and improvement of quality of life by better treatment and care. However, the development of strategies for the empowerment of staff to assume responsibility for their own health and to become an active part of health promotion has grown increasingly important.
Experience shows that it is difficult to promote health and to actively implement health promotion strategies in addition to the normal routine in hospitals and other healthcare facilities. However, especially within the context of a staff oriented approach, it is nonetheless very important to set the focus on health promotion in order to improve working conditions in hospitals.
Let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the partner hospitals. Not only do I appreciate your efforts to put the idea of health promotion into practice by introducing up and coming projects but also your great commitment and active cooperation with the Austrian network. Together we can achieve the goals we have set ourselves.
It gives me great pleasure that so many of you have come here to discuss an impressing number of different projects related to health promotion and quality management in hospitals. Our workshops and projects cover topics that will provide a good insight into the areas we will have to keep working on.
I am convinced that this conference marks another milestone in the successful work of the Austrian Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and that it will give you the opportunity for a rich exchange of experience.
I wish you all every success for this conference!