2019 Excellence Awards Sponsors

Hunter New England Health is very grateful to the sponsors of the 2019 Excellence Awards.

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

Platinum Sponsors

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The University of Newcastle is ranked in the top 150 in the world for medicine and is one of Australia’s top 10 research universities.

We are a leader in the field of health and medical research both domestically and internationally and through our strong partnerships with organisations like the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), we continue to pioneer improvements to local and global health and wellbeing.

Our team at the Faculty of Health and Medicine are committed to making a positive and lasting contribution to the community and have a global reputation for producing exemplary healthcare professionals through research-driven, innovative teaching and learning.

Our health and medical degrees are embedded with the latest technologies including simulation laboratories featuring responsive robotic mannequins which are used across study areas like oral health therapy, podiatry and nursing and midwifery. Our world-first virtual reality application, Road to Birth, is revolutionising the way our midwifery students learn and is helping to bridge the gap between the classroom and the delivery room.

We are proud to have graduated more than 100 of Australia’s Indigenous medical doctors. Our advanced approaches to teaching and practical learning means that our students graduate work-ready and are prepared to deliver evidence-based care to improve healthcare access around the world.

In 2008, we established the Joint Medical Program (JMP) – a unique partnership between the University of Newcastle, the University of New England, the Central Coast Local Health District and Hunter New England Health. The Program was designed to better address the serious medical workforce shortages in rural and regional Australia and has facilitated over 1,000 practicing doctors from a variety of backgrounds to support students through hands-on learning – helping to shape the future of the health industry.

Thanks to more than 800 researchers, 590 higher degree research students and state-of-the-art facilities in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, we are able to deliver world-class research and innovation and help provide the best possible outcomes for our students, researchers and the communities we serve.


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AHG Newcastle is a proud, respected, and professional established local automotive business that has operated in the greater Newcastle area for over 60 years, previously known as the Bradstreet Motor Group.

In 2014, Bradstreet Motor Group was purchased by Automotive Holdings Group, which is an ASX200 top company. Today AHG is Australia's largest automotive group, currently AHG employees over 7000 staff over 179 franchises at 105 dealership locations across Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and New Zealand.

AHG Newcastle employees over 600 local people and we represent the largest range of automotive passenger and commercial brands throughout Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter Valley. Our franchises include Audi, Holden, Honda, Isuzu Ute, Kia, LDV, Mazda, Nissan, Subaru, Skoda, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Our Dealerships offer an extensive range of services, including new vehicle, demonstrator, fleet sales, complete vehicle finance options, with competitive insurance policies and the largest selection of used vehicle in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter area.

We have invested significantly in our workshop premises and staff training to offer the latest technology when it comes to supplying genuine parts and professional diagnosis whilst servicing our new and used vehicles customers.

AHG Newcastle recognises the importance of supporting and giving back to the community. Each year all our dealerships proudly support a number of charities and sporting groups in their local areas. Tonight is simply one example of this.

With over 60 years of industry experience and extensive product knowledge, the staff within our dealerships are the best source of advice when it comes to all things automotive.


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At First State Super we’re committed to helping thousands of health, aged care and community workers achieve better retirement outcomes.

As one of Australia’s largest super funds, we have the size and scale to provide our 800,000 members and clients with security, competitive fees and premiums, and access to unique investment opportunities.

We are responsible for the management of approximately $90 billion in retirement savings and as a profit-for-member fund, it means we work for our members and not for shareholders. We have been awarded Platinum Performance for our employer sponsored and personal super, and our income stream products for the last 10 years (SuperRatings 2007-17).

Here are some other reasons why our members choose us:

  • We’re continually ranked in the top ten best value funds open to everyone
  • We have competitive investment returns with 12 options available, including two socially responsible options
  • We offer expert advice relating to your super account at no additional cost from our superannuation advisers
  • We have the largest member owned financial planning team who are employed directly by us to assist with more complex financial needs

Live in the Hunter region? Visit our local office:
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 AFSL 293340 is the trustee of the First State Superannuation Scheme ABN 53 226 460 365

Gold Sponsors

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The Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) provides high quality training and education to support more than 110,000 clinical and non-clinical staff, trainers, managers and leaders across the NSW Health system.

Working closely with Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks, health professionals and other public health organisations across NSW, ensures programs are relevant and responsive to the needs of health professionals and patients.

HETI’s work is diverse and includes:

  • eLearning modules delivered through My Health Learning on topics such as Violence Prevention, Refugee Health to Clinical Care of People who maybe be suicidal.
  • Workshops on managing health resources and people management to intensive programs designed to develop NSW Health’s future leaders.
  • Scholarships, grants in areas of need and to enable participation in educational opportunities.
  • Managing Junior Medical Officer internships on behalf of the State as well as clinical placements through Clinconnect.
  • State-wide programs that support medical professionals in rural and remote NSW.
  • Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Masters level courses in Mental Health.

The innovative and meaningful health education and training that HETI develops and delivers helps to support a world-class workforce delivering improved health outcomes for patients.


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QBE Australia is part of the QBE Insurance Group, one of the world's top 20 general insurance and reinsurance companies. Headquartered in Sydney, we have offices across all states and territories including two in Newcastle.

We provide a broad range of insurance products to personal, business, corporate and institutional customers. From car and home insurance, to tailored business packages and specialist cover for industries such as aviation and farming. 

We’re all about meeting our customers’ needs. We do this by seeking to understand our customers and developing competitive, flexible insurance cover that works for them, and by continually striving to deliver the highest level of service, from quote to claim.

QBE has been Hunter New England LHD’s Workers Compensation Claims Manager since 2010. During this time, we have helped thousands of Hunter New England employees recover and return to work following an injury. We are passionate about working alongside Hunter New England LHD to promote recovery and wellbeing in our local community. We would like to thank all the employees of Hunter New England for the care they provide to the people of the Hunter Region. 


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HealthShare NSW is Australia’s largest shared service organisation, providing essential support to the NSW public health system. Its more than 7,000 employees make a difference to the lives of patients in public hospitals and the community every day through the delivery of services including food, linen, patient transport, procurement, ambulance cleaning and re-stocking, and equipment support services for people with a disability.

As a state-wide service provider operating under a centralised model, HealthShare NSW saves NSW Health around $90 million per year and is positioned strongly to drive innovation and service improvement for the sector.

Silver Sponsors

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Chandler Macleod Group is Australasia’s leading provider of integrated human resource services, products and technologies.

We partner with our clients to assess their organisations and people, plan for their future needs, source the right talent using Best Fit methodology, develop people, teams and organisations and manage individuals and workforces to deliver productivity and return on investment in a safe and scalable way.

Our candidates benefit from our long-standing relationships with some of Australia’s most desirable employers and access to career-changing opportunities. Our client base spans a varied cross-section of industries including Health, Mining, Government, Manufacturing, Engineering and more.

Backed by innovative technology, processes and a widely recognised and trusted brand, Chandler Macleod offers both our clients and candidates more than just a recruitment service.

Our team can assist with;

  • Permanent, temporary & contract staffing
  • Psychometric assessment
  • HR consulting services
  • Managed workforces
  • Outsourcing
  • Payroll & HR Technologies

We believe that people are a business’ best asset and the attraction and retention of top talent is key to an organisation’s success. If you need support enhancing your human resource strategy and practices or you’re looking to take your career to the next level, contact Chandler Macleod Group and unleash your full potential.


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The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) is the lead agency for innovation in clinical care. We bring consumers, clinicians and healthcare managers together to support the design, assessment and implementation of clinical innovations across the NSW public health system to change the way that care is delivered.

The ACI’s clinical networks, institutes and taskforces are chaired by senior clinicians and consumers who have a keen interest and track record in innovative clinical care. The ACI strives for innovations that are person-centred, clinically-led, evidence-based and value-driven.
The ACI also works closely with the Ministry of Health and the four other pillars of NSW Health to pilot, scale and spread solutions to healthcare system-wide challenges. We seek to improve the care and outcomes for patients by re-designing and transforming the NSW public health system.


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The Hunter Travel Group is a multi-award-winning travel agency group established in 1999 beginning with a single store in Toronto NSW and now are currently the largest branded member of the Helloworld Travel network and one of the largest privately owned and managed travel agency groups in Australia.

Our team is made up of over 200 travel professionals, with over 1000 years’ worth of combined travel experience within 5 specialist areas – these include corporate and leisure travel through our Helloworld Travel, Travel by RACT, RACQ Travel and the Travel Studio brands, cruise travel through our specialist Cruise Travel Centre agencies, and escorted group, events and sporting travel through our specialist divisions Great Events & Signature Journeys.

We also play host to some of Australia’s largest expos including our annual Travel Expo and Cruise Sale Day, held in both Newcastle and Hobart. Our team is passionate about travel and creating memorable, exciting experiences for every single person who books with us – a passion which was recognised three years in a row as we were proud to be awarded ‘Best Retail Travel Agency” at the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) National Travel Industry Awards.