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Sponsors of the 2016 Excellence Awards


Hunter New England Health is very grateful to the sponsors of the 2016 Excellence Awards.

The following businesses have partnered with us to help make this event possible and their generous support is very much appreciated.


​Platinum Partner

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First State Super

At First State Super, we believe people who choose careers looking after others deserve a comfortable retirement, that’s why we put members first.

We’re committed to helping thousands of health, aged care and community workers achieve better retirement outcomes and are honoured to support this sector through sponsorships of its initiatives.

Over 755,000 members trust us to look after more than $55 billion of their retirement savings. That’s why our members are supported right throughout their working life and into retirement.

First State Super’s size gives us the ability to deliver low costs plus some great value services and products.

  • We provide members with

  • A ‘no tobacco’ policy for all our investment options

  • A choice of 12 investment options including two socially responsible investment choices

  • Competitive insurance benefits including income protection

  • Transition to retirement options and retirement income streams

  • Seminars and financial planning services in the local areas of our members and employers.

Live in the Hunter region? Visit us at:

199 - 201 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Or call 1300 650 873 to see a financial planner in Newcastle, Tamworth, Armidale or Forster

Financial planning services are provided by First State Super Financial Services Pty Ltd ABN 37 096 452 318, AFSL 240019. This contains general information only. Consider our product disclosure statement before making a decision about us. Call us or visit our website for a copy. FSS Trustee Corporation ABN 11 118 202 672 ASFL 293340 is the trustee of the First State Superannuation Scheme ABN 53 226 460 365

​Gold Partners

Agency for Clinical Innovation

The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW. We provide expertise in service redesign and evaluation, specialist advice on healthcare innovation, initiatives including clinical guidelines and models of care, implementation support, knowledge sharing and continuous capability building.

Our Clinical Networks, Taskforces and Institutes provide a unique forum for people to collaborate to develop successful healthcare innovations. The ACI works closely with the Ministry of Health, Bureau of Health Information, Clinical Excellence Commission, Health Education and Training Institute and the Cancer Institute NSW. By bringing together leaders from primary, community and acute care settings we create an environment and capability for innovation and redesign and promote an integrated health system.

Join an ACI Clinical Network, Taskforce and Institute and share your knowledge and experience to improve healthcare.

Learn more at:
Phone: (02) 9464 4666


Prosperity Salary Packaging

Providing services to thousands of clients since 2001, Prosperity Salary Packaging is a leading provider of salary packaging and vehicle leasing services in Australia. With offices in Newcastle. Sydney and Brisbane, Prosperity has more than 130 staff and the necessary resources, technology and capacity to service the varied financial needs of our clients and their families.

As part of the Prosperity Advisers Group, the team provides the full range of salary packaging and vehicle leasing services. The broader financial advice and services provided by Prosperity include:

  • Lending Services

  • Personal Financial Advice and Wealth Management

  • Business Advisory & Consulting

  • Taxation for Businesses and Individuals

In salary packaging our clients include the wide range of employees working in diverse businesses such as public hospitals, aged care, charities, religious organisations, government agencies, universities, private schools, listed corporations and private businesses.

Our clients value the longstanding and trusting relationships they have developed with our team members over many years. Prosperity’s relationship with Hunter New England Local Health District has spanned more than a decade and we continue to work alongside your organisation to ensure that individual employees get the best financial outcomes for their salary. We are proud to be able to support so many individuals and families in our region.

Contact us:

Prosperity Salary Packaging
Hunter Mall Chambers
2nd Floor, 175 Scott Street
Newcastle NSW 2300                                               
Tel 02 4907 7222




QBE Insurance has been providing peace of mind to Australians and overseas clients for 130 years.

QBE Australia is a division of the QBE Insurance Group,  one of the world's top 20 general insurance and reinsurance companies, with operations in all the key insurance markets. QBE is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and is headquartered in Sydney. We employ more than 14,500 people in 37 countries.

We are one of Australia's leading providers of financial protection against liability for workplace injuries. Leveraging our extensive experience, we are committed to providing our customers with high quality, consistent and cost-effective workers compensation insurance solutions.

Our mission is to help employers minimise the human and financial impacts of workplace injuries and assist injured workers achieve positive health outcomes that promote a long-term return to work. We are committed to creating work environments that are safer, healthier and happier, as we know maximum potential and productivity is attained by having a workforce who are well, happy and thriving.

To help our customers create the best possible work environments for their people, we offer a nationwide network of workers compensation experts, comprehensive training programs, risk management advice and self-insurance services.

Contact us:
Phone: (02) 9375 4444

Silver Partners

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Event Cinemas Glendale, Event Cinemas Kotara andTower Cinemas Newcastle

See all the blockbusters only at Event Cinemas Glendale where tickets are only $8.50 adults and $6.50 children!

Big sound, big screen, big seats – that’s VMAX where watching movies is even a better experience. Event Cinemas is located in the Stockland Supa Centre with ample parking right at their doorstep. Easy access into the cinema, delicious popcorn, choc tops and we even have a Cafe Bar!

Why not call out and see us and see all the fabulous new films on offer but remember to book on-line – www.eventcinemas.com.au and go straight to the Priority Line!

If you are looking for something different, something special – then the iconic Tower Cinemas Newcastle is the cinema for you featuring alternate content, art house films and many great film festivals. They also feature some of the blockbusters so you won’t miss out! Popcorn, choc tops and a cafe bar are also available with the addition of drinks from our licensed bar. So sit back and enjoy your special films, only at Tower Cinema Newcastle. Remember to book on-line!

Contact us:


helloworld Newcastle

helloworld Newcastle - Hunter Travel Group is the official travel agent to Hunter New England Health Services.  We are pleased to support the Hunter New England Health Excellence Awards.

Hunter Travel Group (HTG) is one of the largest privately owned travel agency groups in Australia, based in Newcastle with offices stretching from Port Macquarie, a heavy concentration in Newcastle and south to Hobart. We are a franchise member of the helloworld Travel Group.

We're a multi-award winning group, taking out the 'Best Retail Travel Agency - Multi Location' in 2014 and 2015 at the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards. Additionally HTG is a member of the exclusive Qantas Platinum Club where only the top 100 travel centres in Australia are admitted, and we are a member of the luxury travel consortia, Virtuoso, enabling us to offer great value added extras at selected hotels. We are extremely proud to be a local business providing jobs in the Hunter and regional areas.

We believe that “The difference between good and excellent travel management is PEOPLE”.

Contact us for information on our extensive range of products and services provided by the Corporate and Leisure team.

144 Hannell Street
Wickham NSW 2293    
Phone: 02 4940 2244

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Hunter Medical Research Institute

The Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) is a translational research institute based in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia.

Through its pioneering partnership with Hunter New England Local Health District and the University of Newcastle, HMRI delivers key translational health and medical research and technology closely aligned to community health needs.

Throughout Newcastle and the Hunter New England region, more than 1400 clinical and biomedical researchers operate under the HMRI umbrella to prevent, cure and treat a diverse range of serious illnesses. Researchers and clinicians from Hunter New England Health, the University of Newcastle and Calvary Mater Newcastle work across seven key areas: Brain & Mental Health; Cancer; Cardiovascular Health; Information Based Medicine; Pregnancy & Reproduction; Public Health; and Viruses, Infection / Immunity, Vaccines & Asthma (VIVA).

HMRI provides vital funding and support to fuel health and medical research.  The Institute is a focal point for the coordination of medical research strategy, and hosts central resources and facilities for research and collaboration. HMRI attracts significant community donations and government funding to directly support research activity in the Hunter region including research projects, equipment, key research staff and infrastructure.

HMRI has also improved training and employment opportunities and health care delivery within the Hunter and has attracted leading researchers and health care professionals to the region.

Internationally-recognised research outcomes are being achieved in asthma and airway diseases, cancer, diabetes, mental health, nutrition, pregnancy and reproduction, stroke and more. 

HMRI is focused on engaging with the community in health and medical research, and facilitates the translation of research findings made in the laboratory and clinic, into real health treatments and preventative strategies for the people locally, and across the globe.

W hmri.org.au

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Studer Group

Studer Group® works with healthcare organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Canada, the United States, and beyond, to help them achieve and sustain exceptional improvement in clinical outcomes and financial results.  Studer Group partners with organisations to build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes over time.  By installing an execution framework called Evidence-Based LeadershipSM (EBL), organisations are able to align goals, actions and processes, and execute quickly.  This framework creates the foundation that enables transformation in this era of continuous change.

A passion for making healthcare better

Healthcare people are unique in that we are both scientific and deeply passionate about our work, which is why it's important to connect with both the heart and the mind.  Connecting with the mind appeals to logical, data-driven, evidence-seeking individuals, while connecting with the heart is all about passion.  The same goes for our patients.  We need to connect to the mind by explaining a diagnosis, treatment plan and medication instructions, while also connecting to the heart by providing comfort, reassurance and hope.

Cultures of execution

Studer Group trusted advisors partner with healthcare organisations to create an aligned culture that is accountable to achieving outcomes together.  Working side-by-side, we help to establish, accelerate, and hardwire the necessary changes through a sequenced approach.  This leads to better transparency, higher accountability, and the ability to target and execute specific, objective results that organisations want to achieve.  EBL provides unparalleled leadership and cultural transformation that empowers organisations to respond to new initiatives more quickly and effectively than the rest of the nation.

It all comes back to making healthcare better.  Working together, we can create great places for employees to work, clinicians to practice medicine and patients to receive care.

Contact us:
PO Box 6915, Gold Coast MC QLD 9726
Suite 28, Pegasus Centre, 42 Bundall Road, Bundall QLD 4217
Phone: 07 5539 8801
Website: www.studergroup.com

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My Credit Union

When progressive NSW Department of Health employees banded together to create Statehealth Credit Union – their very own alternative to the banks – little did they know how far their idea would spread...

While we’ve had a few name changes over the last forty years, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed. That’s our commitment to helping people in the health and allied sectors build financial security and independence, and providing easy access to our products and services.

Despite the electronic channels that have become the only option in some Financial Institutions, we have continued with workplace visits, bringing the Credit Union to you!   Our mobile lender Maree is available on 0419 212 248 to arrange when and where it is convenient to meet you.

We aim to be big enough to provide you with competitive financial services, whilst still small enough to provide the personal service credit unions are famous for. We pass on our potential profits to our members through lower loan rates, higher deposit rates and low fees.

We offer the big bank products with a community focused service:

  • Home, personal and car loans  

  • Payroll deduction services

  • Internet and phone banking

  • Savings and special purpose accounts

  • Term deposits

  • Overdraft facilities

  • Pay by the month insurance for home & contents, motor, and landlord insurance

  • Travel insurance, foreign currency, and prepaid currency cards

So if you’re looking for an alternative to the big banks – with great rates, low fees and personal service, talk to us today.

Contact us on 1300 655 116 or go to mycu.com.au