The HNE 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.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic which has caused disruption to services across the District, nominations for the 2020 HNE Health Excellence Awards were previously put on hold. However, nominations will now re-open for a short time, between Monday, 25 May and Friday, 12 June.
While the event itself will not go ahead, in the coming weeks the relevant teams will be looking at ways to change the delivery of the awards program for this year. Finalists and winners will still be announced and celebrations will take a different shape.


Achievement Awards Categories (Individual Awards)

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


High Value Health Care Awards Categories (Team Awards)

​Patients as Partners
​Delivering Integrated Care
​Patient Safety First
​Keeping People Healthy
​Supporting our People
​A Safe and Healthy Workplace
​Health Research and Innovation
Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services
​Sustainability and Environmental Health (open to teams or individuals)


Key Dates

Entries Re-Open: 25 May 2020

Entries Close: 12 June 2020

Finalists Announced: 15 July 2020

Winners Announced: 26 August 2020


Guidelines and Criteria 

Please see attached guidelines and criteria for each category, the information enclosed in this document is to be considered whilst completing your application.

2020 HNE Excellence Awards Guidelines


All applications are to be to submitted using the online system Award Force https://hnehealth.awardsplatform.com, further details can be located within the 2020 HNE Excellence Awards Guidelines. Please ensure you allocate enough time to have your application endorsed by your manager within Awardforce, prior to submission deadline.