The HNE Health Excellence Awards are a way of formally recognising outstanding staff members and/or teams and acknowledging the work they do for others, day in, day out. They celebrate the pinnacle of clinical excellence, quality, innovation/improvement and outstanding achievement across the District and they feed directly into the NSW Health Awards.

The awards will continue to focus on meeting the objectives of NSW State Health Plan: Towards 2021 and ensuring the long term sustainability of our healthcare system. This is achieved through innovative ways of improving the delivery of an integrated health system; effective partnerships; and improving efficiencies to supporting better health for the people of our district.

While the event itself will not go ahead in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, finalists and winners will be announced virtually and celebrations will take a different shape.

Achievement Awards Categories (Individual Awards)

Collaborative Staff Member of the Year (Nominated by HNE Executive Leadership Team only)
​Volunteer of the Year (open to Individuals)


High Value Health Care Awards Categories (Team Awards)

Transforming Patient Experience 
​Integrated Value-Based Care 
​Patient Safety First
​Keeping People Healthy
People and Culture 
​Health Research and Innovation
Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services
​Excellence in Aboriginal Health Care
​Sustainability and Environmental Health 


Key Dates

Entries open: 1 March 2021

Entries close: 7 April 2021

Finalists announced: June 2021

Winners announced: August 2021



If you have any questions regarding the Achievement Awards, please contact Alice Hoffman, Human Resources Consultant, via alice.hoffman@health.nsw.gov.au or on 4985 3391. 

If you have any questions regarding the High Value Health Care Awards, please contact Kathryn Reilly, Research Development Manager, HNELHD Research Office, via HNELHD-ResearchOffice@health.nsw.gov.au or on 4964 7401. 

For any other enquiries regarding the awards program, please contact Courtney Farrar, Communication Advisor, Strategic Relations and Communication, via courtney.farrar@health.nsw.gov.au or on 4985 5522.


As in previous years, nominations are to be submitted through online portal Award Force, via the following link: https://hnehealth.awardsplatform.com/ 

Guidelines and Criteria 

Guidelines and criteria available below:
2021 HNE Excellence Awards Guidelines