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Previous Winners - HNE Health Excellence Awards

Achievement Awards

2021 Collaborative Staff Member of the Year (Nominated by HNE Executive Leadership Team only)

This award brings together two individual awards, Staff Member of the Year and Collaborative Leader of the Year. It aims to recognise HNE Health employees who have made an exceptional contribution through effective collaboration to the health system.

Winner - Prof Zsolt Balogh - Director of Trauma, Surgical Services, John Hunter Hospital

2021 ​​Volunteer of the Year (open to Individuals)

Winner - Bronwyn Fazio - Maitland Hospital Volunteers

High Value Health Care Award Winners

2021 Transforming Patient Experience

Recognising that patients are partners in their healthcare, this award aims to acknowledge projects/programs which promote collaboration between the patient and the healthcare team to improve health.

Winner - Fun Food Friday: Collaborative care in COVID-19 – Maitland Mental Health Unit


2021 Integrated Value Based Care

The Integrated Value Based Care Award recognises initiatives that support NSW Health’s vision for a sustainable health system that delivers outcomes that matter to patients, is personalised, invests in wellness and is digitally enabled. The move to value is being accelerated through local initiatives and state-wide programs including Leading Better Value Care (LBVC), Integrated Care and Commissioning for Better Value.

Winner - Do I **REALLY** need to go to the Emergency Department – Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre


2021 ​Patient Safety First

Providing world-class clinical care where patient safety comes first is a key priority for HNE Health. HNE Health has a shared vision that Patient Safety is everybody’s business. This award acknowledges a commitment to putting Patient Safety First every day.

Winner - Community surgical site infection surveillance – Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre


2021 Keeping People Healthy

NSW Health is committed to promoting good health through raising awareness of healthy choices, preventing ill health and improving the overall health and wellbeing of the community.

The Keeping People Healthy Award, formerly The Harry Collins Award, has previously commemorated the outstanding commitment and passionate contribution of Mr Henry (Harry) Collins. Harry made a particularly outstanding contribution to the “Clean Hands Save Lives” campaign prior to his death in November 2007. This campaign is an example of a Keeping People Healthy initiative. His dedication to bringing the community’s perspective to the prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections is greatly appreciated by both patients and staff of the NSW health system, and NSW Health is proud to recognise these achievements.

Winner - Time to break the drought – Bingara Multipurpose Service


2021 People and Culture

Bringing together two previous HNE Award categories, a Safe and Healthy Workplace and Supporting Our People, The People and Culture Award recognises teams who develop and support our people and culture, and ensure a safe and healthy environment for patients and staff.

Winner - JHH physiotherapy promoting safety and excellence – John Hunter and Belmont hospitals


2021 Health Research and Innovation

Collaboration between researchers, policy makers, service users, health managers and clinicians in research is critical and can lead to findings that are more likely to be innovative and positively inform health decisions. This includes innovative future focused infrastructure and digital health initiatives.

Winner - Management of Rural Acute Coronary Syndromes – Medical and Interventional Services, John Hunter Hospital


2021 Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services

Mental Health is a priority area for the NSW Government, with one in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85 experiencing a mental illness in any year*.

This award recognises and showcases innovation in improving the quality and safety of mental health patient care within programs.

Winner - Emergency Department Mental Health Nurse project – Emergency Department, John Hunter Hospital and Hunter New England Mental Health Service


Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2009). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 4326.0, 2007. ABS: Canberra.

2021 ​Excellence in Aboriginal Healthcare

​Excellence in Aboriginal Healthcare is a new award that recognises exceptional healthcare delivery through strong partnerships across HNE Health and external agencies.

Winner - Cultural Governance in Public Health Emergencies – Hunter New England Population Health Unit


2021 Sustainability and Environmental Health

Recognising that climate change and unsustainable resource use are contributing to ill-health the world over, this award aims to acknowledge environmental sustainability projects, practices and programs which promote healthcare without harm.

Winner - Sale of used medical equipment – Clinical Technology