2017 Excellent Awards

Platinum Partner

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Gold Partners





Silver Partners


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HNE Excellence Awards

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2017 Excellence Awards Finalists


Congratulations to the 2017 Excellence Awards Finalists.

The winners of the 2017 Excellence Awards will be announced at a gala dinner celebration on Tuesday 8 August 2017 at Newcastle City Hall.



The Achievement Awards celebrate our top performing staff, volunteers and teams from across Hunter New England Health and reflect the organisation’s commitment to Excellence for every patient, every time. 

High Value Health

Care Awards

The High Value Health Care Awards reinforces our focus on High Value Health Care and ensures we recognise work that accomplishes the Triple Aim of meeting population health needs at the highest quality and lowest cost per capita.​

Staff Member of the Year​

  • Amanda Collison, Receptionist, Scone Health Services

  • Jane Morison, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Neurosurgery, John Hunter Hospital

  • Bron Rose, Manager, Aboriginal Mental Health Service and Workforce

  • Stewart Symons, Technical Services Manager New England, Facilities Management Unit

​Local Solutions

  • By Your Side, Ward G1, John Hunter Hospital

  • High value road retrieval health care delivery in the Hunter, Hunter Retrieval Service

  • Establishing a casual pool to fill Allied Health vacancies, District Allied Health Project Team


Clinical Team of the Year​

  • Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services Clinical Network

  • Cardiology Stream

  • G1, John Hunter Hospital

  • Mental Health Pharmacy Services, Hunter New England Mental Health Services

​​Integrated Health Care 

  • Aboriginal Ear and Eye Health Program 2015-2016, Singleton Community Health Service and Aboriginal Health Service

  • Improving Afghan Women’s Engagement with Maternity Services, Maternity and Gynaecology Service, John Hunter Hospital

  • Healthy Tums, Healthy Gums- An Oral Health and Dietetic Initiative, HNE Oral Health and Dietetics, Child and Family Allied Health Team, Tamworth Community Health Service

​​Support Team of the Year

  • Activity Based Funding, Finance

  • Desktop Services, Information Technology and Telecommunications

  • District Pharmacy Services, Allied Health

  • HNE Oral Health Contact Centre, Hunter New England Health Oral Health

​Translational Research

  • Dextrose Gel: Reducing Neonatal Admissions to NICU, Maternity & Newborn Services,
    John Hunter Hospital

  • Participatory Action Research to Guide Aboriginal Health,  Tamworth Stroke Service and Gomeroi /Gamilaraay Aboriginal Community

  • Supporting Lifestyle and Activity Modification after Transient Ischemic Attack (SLAM-TIA),Community Stroke Team, Community Aged Care Services and Greater Newcastle Sector

​Excellence in Workplace Safety

  • Prevention and Management of Violence and Aggression (PMVA) program, John Hunter Hospital

  • The Engineering Department, Belmont Hospital

​Transforming Health

  • Telehealth – Virtually Transforming Our Care To Aged Care, Belmont Hospital & Anglican Care

  • Improving Theatre Efficiency Through Smarter Scheduling, Maitland Hospital

  • Tenterfield, Telehealth and Nutrition : Dietetics a New Way,  Tenterfield Health Service and Armidale Community Health Dietetics

​Volunteer of the Year - Individual​

  • Carrie Callahan, Newcastle Mental Health Unit

  • Glad Dent, Calvary Mater Newcastle

  • Susanne Welsh, Maitland Hospital

​Enhancing the Patients' Experience through the Arts

  • Measuring Happiness via Music & Memory Program in Aged Care, Wallsend Aged Care Facility 

  • Music group activity on a mental health inpatient unit, Lake Macquarie Mental Health Unit

Volunteer of the Year - Group

  • Calvary Mater Newcastle Auxiliary 'Cancer Carers', Calvary Mater Newcastle

  • John Hunter Site Carers, John Hunter Hospital

  • Maitland Hospital Volunteers, Maitland Hospital

​Patients as Partners 

  • Pathway to Transgender Health: A Community Model of Care, Hunter Centre for Sex and Gender Diversity and HealthPathways Team

  • Supporting decision-making for early stage breast cancer, Department of Medical Oncology, Calvary Mater Newcastle

  • Guiding Sick Day Management: A Diabetes App for Patients and Parents,  Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
    John Hunter Children’s Hospital

​Board Chair's Award: Best Local Health Report 2016

  • Port Stephens West Health Committee

  • Tamworth Health Committee

  • Scone Health Committee

Preventive Health

To be announced

Infection Prevention​

  • Reducing Healthcare-Associated Bloodstream Infections, Infection Prevention Service Calvary Mater Newcastle

  • Reducing Haemodialysis Catheter-Related Infections, Medical & Interventional Services and Nephrology Department
    John Hunter Hospital

Collaborative Team​

  • Door to drug time for Sepsis patients: doing it better at Belmont, Emergency Department
    Belmont Hospital

  • Let's Eat Together: Rural Feeding Assessment Clinic, Hunter Valley Community Health Service
    Hunter Valley Sector 

  • Improving access to Urgent Care – Gastroenterology Outpatient Service, Outpatient Service, John Hunter Hospital

​Emerging Leader

  • Nicholas Zdenkowski, Clinical Research Fellow in Medical Oncology

  • Mary-Anne Dieckmann, Registered Nurse

  • Clare Daley, Dietitian