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2016 Excellence Awards Judging Panels


Thank you to the 2016 internal and external review and judging panels for giving up your time,  knowledge and experience. There were some pretty close calls and knowing the calibre of many of our finalists, there were some difficult decisions to make. It is one thing for leaders within our own organisation to step up for tasks like this. It's quite another to have leaders in other organisations and spheres give their time.

High Value Health Care Awards Internal Review Panel

  • Donna Brown, Manager, Organisational Capability

  • Clare Daley, Project Officer, Allied Health

  • Daniel Groombridge, Program Manager, Population Health

  • Jennifer Lamb, Essentials of Care Coordinator, Nursing and Midwifery Services

  • Dr Amanda Moore, John Hunter Hospital & Clinical Governance

  • Amanda Morris, NSW Health Leadership Project, Tablelands Sector

  • Melissa O’Brien, Manager, Quality Systems Clinical Governance

  • Jodi Nieass, Acting General Manager, Lower Mid North Coast Sector

  • Liz Smith, Change Manager, New Maitland Hospital Development, Capital Works

  • Dr Tracey Tay, Clinical Lead, Research Innovtaion & Partnership Unit

  • Phil Way, District Clinical Network Manager

'I found the opportunity an exciting challenge, reading the submissions was inspirational and very compelling reading.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would relish the opportunity to be an Internal Panel Member again.'

'I feel really proud to work in an LHD where such a large number of clinicians are continually striving to improve the quality of care we provide.'

'It is a privilege to be involved in the judging panel and see the range of innovative projects from across the District. It clearly demonstrates the commitment of our employees to improving the experience and care for our patients and clients.'

'It was fantastic to be involved in the 2016 High Value Health Care Awards Internal Panel. Overall the standard of the entries for this year was exceptional and it is clearly evident that clinicians are actively seeking strategies to improve the healthcare experience for our patients, their families and their colleagues.'

High Value Health Care Awards External Review Panel

  • Anne Axam, Program Manager, Clinical Excellence Commission

  • Dr Helen Belcher, Hunter New England Local Health District Board Member

  • Catherine Turner, Executive Manager, Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network

  • Vicki Holliday, Lecturer, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

  • Raj Verma, Clinical Program Design & Implementation, NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation

  • Liz Geddes, Consumer Representative

'As an external judge, it was a fabulous opportunity to see the very high level of exciting and innovative work going in the Hunter New England LHD'

'I continue to be impressed with the quality of the work undertaken by our staff on behalf of our patients, their families and our communities'

Achievement Awards Judging Panel

  • Derene Anderson, Cluster Manager, Greater Newcastle Cluster

  • Nerrida Barton, Director, Organisational Capability and Learning

  • Dr Paul Craven, Clinician Representative and Acting Director Newborn Services

  • Abby Crawford, Consumer Representative

  • Megan D’Amico, Manager, Health Safety and Insurable Risk

  • Leanne Johnson, General Manager, Hunter New England Mental Health

  • Leanne Martin, General Manager, Hunter New England Oral Health Services

  • The Executive Leadership Team