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2017 Excellence Awards Submissions


Nominations have now closed for the annual HNE Excellence Awards. Each year there is strong interest from right across the District and this year is no exception with  61 high quality nominations received for Achievement Awards and 57 for the High Value Health Care Awards. The finalists for the High Value Healthcare and the Achievement Awards will be announced in CE News in late July, and the winners will be announced at the Excellence Awards Gala Dinner at Newcastle City Hall on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

​The following table showcases all nominees for each categories within the Excellence Awards: ​



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​

  • Jacinta Allen, Social Worker, Maitland Mental Health Unit

  • Dr Nick Bendit, Community Partnerships Manager, Mental Health Services

  • Dr Michael Campbell-Smith, Consultant, Addiction Medicine

  • Amanda Collison, Receptionist, Scone Health Services

  • Helen Dixon, Registered Nurse, John Hunter Hospital Emergency Department

  • Shae Dodd, Activities Officer, Denman MPS

  • Melissa Hart, HNE Eating Disorders Co-ordinator, Mental Health Services

  • Peter Kam, Clinical Nurse Consultant , ICCAP, Inverell Community Health Centre

  • Jennifer Koorey, Mental Health Services - Centre for Psychotherapy

  • Cathy Martin, Senior Pharmacist - Clinical Education and Training, District Pharmacy Services

  • Dimity Merrick, Administration Officer, Nexus, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

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

  • Elizabeth Newton, Senior Consumer Consultant, Mental Health Services

  • Beth O’Brien, Clinical Co-ordinator, Peel Mental Health Service

  • Emily Price, OT Leader, Clinical Rehabilitation Unit, Morisset Hospital, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Service

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

  • Rachel Sales, Executive Assistant, John Hunter Hospital Executive

  • Edwina Sharrock, Disaster Coordinator & Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Consultant, Tamworth Hospital

  • Nadine Street, Clinical Leader Mental Health, Social Work (Southern

  • Dr Anand Swamy, Staff Specialist, Mental Health Services - Hunter Valley

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

  • Kayla Szymanski, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Renal Supportive Care Service, John Hunter Hospital

  • Virginia Tideswell, Director of Nursing, Wallsend Aged Care Facility

  • Debra Weaver, TACP Intake Officer, CAPAC - Community Acute / Post Acute Care

  • Sophia Wooldridge, Clinical Psychologist, Psycho-Oncology Service, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

  • Dr James Zurek, Clinical Director, Peel Mental Health Services

​Local Solutions

  • By Your Side

  • First Impressions Count

  • Access, Efficiencies and Satisfaction: A System Re-Design for Booking Initial Speech Pathology Assessments

  • Tenterfield, Telehealth and Nutrition : Dietetics a new way 

  • Scone - You Said We Shared

  • Risk Assessment of New Pharmaceuticals to Improve Patient Safety

  • Proactive Escalation Planning to Resolve Demand

  • Primary contact after hours ED Physiotherapy Service

  • Dental Data: A multi-faceted systems approach to patient centred oral health care in HNELHD

  • Scone Policy Club

  • High value road retrieval health care delivery in the Hunter - the Hunter Retrieval Service dedicated inter-hospital road retrieval driver and vehicle

  • Establishing a casual pool to fill Allied Health vacancies

  • Trial of Void: Improving Management & Continuity of Care in the Community

  • Improving Urinary Catheterisation- Standard Clinical Documentation

  • Standardising the environment to transform care

Clinical Team of the Year​

  • Aged Care and Rehabilitation Services Clinical Network

  • Cardiology Stream

  • G1, John Hunter Hospital

  • Intermediate Short Stay Mental Health Unit (ISMHU), Hunter New England Mental Health Services

  • Lake Macquarie Mental Health Team, Hunter New England Mental Health Services

  • Northern Mental Health Emergency Care Rural Access Program, James Fletcher Hospital

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

  • Paediatric Speech Pathology Team, Lower Mid North Coast Sector, Children Young People and Families

  • Peel Rehabilitation Team, Hunter New England Mental Health Services

  • Sustaining NSW Families Program, Cessnock Kurri Kurri Community Health Services, Hunter Valley Sector

​​Integrated Health Care 

  • Community & Satellite Dialysis Telehealth Service

  • Aboriginal Ear and Eye Health Program 2015-2016

  • The Armidale Critical Postvention Suicide Response program

  • New England Dementia Partnership

  • Improving Afghan Women’s Engagement with Maternity Services

  • Moree Integrated Antenatal Outreach Project

  • Filling the Gap – An oral health focus for transitional aged care

  • Diabetes Nurse Stabilisation clinic – a new model

  • Strengthening Nurse Practitioner models of care through evidence based leadership

  • Telehealth Dietary Intervention to Support People at Moderate to High Risk of CVD

  • Let’s Eat Together: Rural Feeding Assessment Clinic

  • Healthy Tums, Healthy Gums (HTHG) integrating oral health and nutrition to support vulnerable families

​​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

  • Health Research & Translation Centre, Partnerships, Innovation & Research

  • Parenting Education, John Hunter Hospital, Maternity and Gynaecology John Hunter Hospital

​Translational Research

  • Improving Oxygen Administration Practices in the Patient at Risk of Hypercapnia: Less in More

  • Seeing the Big Picture: Ultrasound in Speech Therapy

  • Dextrose Gel: Reducing Neonatal Admissions to NICU

  • Participatory Action Research to Guide Aboriginal Health

  • Supporting Activity and Lifestyle Modification after Transient Ischemic Attack

​Excellence in Workplace Safety

Greg Hays, CNE, Belmont Hospital

HNE Oral Health

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

Warwick Wilson & The Engineering Department, Belmont Hospital

​Transforming Health

  • Improving Residential Aged Care transfers with Telehealth

  • Technology informing diabetes care

  • Improving Theatre Efficiency Through Smarter Scheduling

  • Streamlining Communication in Audiology

  • Improving ‘End Of Life’ Accountable Medication Safety Standards – In the Community

​Volunteer of the Year - Individual​

  • Carrie Callahan, Newcastle Mental Health Unit

  • Glad Dent, Calvary Mater Newcastle

  • Jason Kimberly, Mental Health Centre

  • Bev Koholbach, Maitland Hospital

  • Ross Robertson, Oncology Loan Pool (OLP), Calvary Mater Newcastle

  • Susan Rummey, John Hunter Children’s Hospital

  • Annabel Wells, HNE Mental Health Volunteer Service and Consumer Participation Unit

  • Susanne Welsh, Maitland Hospital

​Enhancing the Patients Experience through the Arts

  • Measuring Happiness via Music & Memory Program in Aged Care

  • Music group activity on a mental health inpatient unit

  • Music and Memory Program Pilot at Bingara MPS

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

  • NICU Baby Buddies, John Hunter Children’s Hospital

  • United Hospitals Auxiliary of NSW (UHA), Murrurundi Branch

​Patients as Partners 

  • Co-Designing Information: What Our Patients Taught Us

  • Rehab for kids-where life happens

  • Pathway to Transgender Health: A Community Model of Care

  • Dignity of risk– it’s a matter of balance

  • Supporting decision-making for early stage breast cancer

  • Gaay Guwaa-la Nganuda “Talk to Me”

  • Flash Mob – Patients’ experiences with new technology

  • Telehealth for Huntington Disease

  • Guiding sick day management: A diabetes app for parents 

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

  • Port Stephens West Health Committee

  • Tamworth Health Committee

  • Scone Health Committee

Preventive Health

  • Healthy food@school

  • Thinking Big: Transforming Bariatric Care

Infection Prevention​

  • Reducing healthcare-associated bloodstream infections at Calvary Mater Newcastle

  • Reducing haemodialysis catheter-related infections

Collaborative Team​

  • Door to drug time for Sepsis patients: doing it better at Belmont

  • Empowering Others to Close the Gap - 2017 HNELHD Close the Gap Forum

  • Improving access to Urgent Care – Gastroenterology Outpatient Service

  • AMIHS Bridging the Gap

​Emerging Leader

  • Nicholas Zdenkowski, Clinical Research Fellow in Medical Oncology

  • Natali Batros, Oral Health Therapist

  • Mart-Anne Dieckmann, Registered Nurse

  • Heidi Janssen, Physiotherapist

  • Clare Daley, Dietitian