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Hunter New England Health Excellence Awards

Congratulations to our 2024 Finalists

Our Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to pause and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our people, as well as recognise their ongoing commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare to our patients and community.

This year, we received well over 60 nominations from colleagues and teams right across our District, reiterating the immense amount of talent and innovative thinking we have in our midst. Also, a significant amount of effort goes into preparing a submission, so thank you to all who nominated for this year's program.

Following a comprehensive judging process, below are our finalists for the 2024 Excellence Awards.

Keep an eye out as more information about each finalist is shared on our social media channels and our newsletter over the coming months.

Congratulations to our finalists! We look forward to welcoming you to our event in Newcastle in August.

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Collaborative Staff Member of the Year

  • Dimity Merrick – Paediatric Social Work, John Hunter Children’s Hospital
  • Jeanette Lacey – Department of Medicine, John Hunter Hospital
  • Helen Adams – Palliative Care, Belmont Hospital

Volunteer of the Year

  • Virginia Slatter, John Hunter Children’s Hospital
  • Eddie Whitham, Peel Sector Multicultural Access Committee, Tamworth Hospital
  • Fay Smith, Volunteer Auxiliary, Belmont Hospital

HIGH-VALUE HEALTHCARE AWARDS

Environmental Sustainability Award

  • Creating Sustainability Culture at Tamworth Hospital – Administration and Work, Health and Safety, Tamworth Hospital
  • Gloves Off! Clean Hands. Safe for All – Infection Prevention Service, John Hunter Hospital
  • Outfits to Fitouts – Allied Health, John Hunter Hospital and Rankin Park Centre

Excellence in Aboriginal Healthcare Award

  • Little Ears, Deadly Care – ENT Outpatients Service, John Hunter Hospital and Audiology Service, John Hunter Children’s Hospital
  • Belmont Hospital Cultural Garden – Belmont Hospital

Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services Award

  • Supporting Mental Health in Residential Aged Care – Older People’s Mental Health Service
  • Farmgate Support Program – Farmgate Service
  • Dhuruulin yabangka yimamulin "Leading the way to healing" – Mater Mental Health Centre

Excellence in Multicultural Healthcare Award

  • Interpreting Oral Health – Virtually! – Oral Health Services
  • Embedding Health Equity to Regional Settlement – Multicultural and Refugee Health Services
  • A Video Paints a Thousand Words – Multicultural and Refugee Health Services

Health Innovation Award

  • Enhanced Prehospital Acute Stroke Triage – Neurology Department, John Hunter Hospital
  • An Open Door: A Crisis Response to VAN in ED – Violence, Abuse and Neglect, John Hunter Hospital
  • Impact of the HNE Outpatient Telestroke Network – Neurology Department, John Hunter Hospital

Health Research Award

  • Building Cancer Research Capacity in a Rural Area – North West Cancer Centre, Tamworth Hospital and Clinical Trials and Research

Keeping People Healthy Award

  • Mobile Dental Van Program - A Vehicle for Change – Oral Health Services
  • The Family Care Cottage ‘Walking Group’ – Family Care Cottage Maitland
  • Morisset Menu Revamp: Elevating Consumer Care – Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, Morisset Hospital

Patient Safety First Award

  • What’s in a Call? Impact of Follow-up Phone Calls – Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre
  • Second Wave Overdue Surgery Recovery – Patient Services, Tamworth Hospital

People and Culture Award

  • Reducing Aggression and Violence within the Peel Sector – Administration and Work, Health and Safety, Tamworth Hospital
  • Expansion: Diabetes Alliance Program Plus – Diabetes Alliance Program Plus
  • Allied Health Rural Generalist Program – Allied Health Directorate

Transforming Patient Experience Award

  • All Together Now: Coordinating Care for Kids – Clinical Practice Improvement and Innovation, Children Young People and Families
  • I can finally see my Diabetes – Integrated Chronic Care for Aboriginal People Program
  • Reuniting Tiny Babies and Families in the Home – Newborn Services, John Hunter Children’s Hospital

About the Awards

The Hunter New England 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 continue to focus on meeting the strategic outcomes of Future Health, aiming to deliver on our vision of a sustainable health system that delivers outcomes that matter most to patients and the community, is personalised, invests in wellness and is digitally enabled.

Other information

Achievement Awards Categories (Individual Awards)

Collaborative Staff Member of the Year Award – this year this category is open across the district for nominations of exceptional staff who meet the Award criteria.

Volunteer of the Year Award

High-Value Health Care Awards Categories (Team Awards)

Environmental Sustainability Award
Excellence in Aboriginal Healthcare Award
Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services Award
Excellence in Multicultural Healthcare Award
Health Innovation Award
Health Research Award
Keeping People Healthy Award
Patient Safety First Award
People and Culture Award
Transforming Patient Experience Award

Key Dates

Entries OpenMonday 12 February 2024
Entries CloseMonday 8 April 2024
Finalists AnnouncedThursday 30 May 2024
Winners AnnouncedAugust 2024

How to prepare an Excellence Awards submission

Recordings:

Examples of HNE Winning Submissions:

2023 HNE Health Excellence Awards Winners

2022 HNE Health Excellence Awards Winners

Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the Staff Member of the Year Award or the High Value Health Care Awards, please contact the HNE Research Office, via HNELHD-ResearchOffice@health.nsw.gov.au or on  4921 4140.

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

For any other enquiries regarding the Awards program, please contact Lara Cutrupi, Communication Advisor, via Lara.Cutrupi@health.nsw.gov.au or on 4985 5522.