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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 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.

Achievement Awards Categories (Individual Awards)

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

High Value Health Care Awards Categories (Team Awards)

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

Key Dates

Entries OpenMonday 13 March, 2023
Entries CloseWednesday 3 May, 2023
Finalists AnnouncedW/C Monday 24 July 2023
Excellence Awards winners announcedTBC Late August/ Early September, 2023

Guidelines and criteria

Please click the link below to download a copy of the guidelines and criteria for each category, the information enclosed in this document is to be considered whilst completing your application.

Templates to assist you with your nomination are also available:


Entry Form templates are located within Appendix One of the Guidelines and can be downloaded to copy/paste answers into the online submission tool Award Force https://hnehealth.awardsplatform.com/

Please note that all applications must be submitted via Award Force by the closing date.


Once applications have been submitted via Award Force, the online tool will automatically email the nominated Facility/Department/Unit Service Manager with a link to the application for their review and endorsement. Only approved applications will be sent to the review panel for consideration. It is recommended nominees allow adequate time for this endorsement process prior to the closing date.


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 the HNE Research Office, via
HNELHD-ResearchOffice@health.nsw.gov.au or on 02 4921 4140.

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.