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2022 HNE Health Excellence Awards finalists

Achievement Awards

Collaborative Staff Member of the Year finalists (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.

Alice Hoffman, HR Consultant, Corporate
Amanda Turrell, Operations Manager, Belmont vaccination centre
Julie Smith, Manager, Aboriginal Employment

Volunteer of the Year finalists (open to Individuals)

Ms Carolanne Clement, John Hunter Children's Hospital
Mr Tony Jarrett, Singleton Hospital
Kathryn Bialic & the Knights in Pink Armour, Maitland Hospital Volunteers

High Value Health Care Award Finalists

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.

Emergency Department Did Not Wait strategy,
Aboriginal Health Unit and Emergency Department stream


Diabetes alliance urgent care: A pandemic response, Integrated Care and Partnerships

The HNEkids Rehab outreach program, HNEkids Rehab

Patient app for COVID positive community patients, COVID Care in the Community and COVID Kids@Home

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.

Collaborative care for vulnerable patients, Integrated Care and Partnerships

Pathways for back pain in the Emergency Department, HNE Population Health


Fixing a wee problem: Inpatient continence care, John Hunter Hospital Medical and Interventional Service and Hunter Stroke Service

​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.

Safe communication for kids, John Hunter Children's Hospital


Transport ventilator rapid gas changeover T-piece, Clinical Technology and Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability

Keeping patients with food allergies safe, Allied Health Directorate

REACH dental – A first for outpatients, Oral Health

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.

Improving children’s school day physical activity, HNE Population Health

One jab at a time – vaccinating the masses! Belmont Vaccination Centre

Breast feeding education and timely intervention,
Children Young People and Families Community and Allied Health Services
Child and Family Health Nursing

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.

Engaging prospective dental practitioners in a virtual world, Oral Health

Think outside the box to implement best practice,
John Hunter Hospital Medical and Interventional Service and Hunter Stroke Service

Doctors’ Professional Hub, Medical Workforce

Connecting the dots: A strategic approach, Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Stream

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.

SWAP-IT: From pilot trial to state-wide scale-up, HNE Population Health

HeLP - Healthy lifestyle program for low back pain, HNE Population Health


Supportive care: What matters most?
HNE Chronic Disease Network and Palliative and End of Life Care Stream

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.

Better pathways project: HNE Mental Health Service


Mental health virtual clinical pharmacy project, HNE Mental Health Pharmacy

Maitland Mental Health – The jewel of the Hunter, Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability

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

​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.

Welcome to Wonnaruah Country, Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability

Healthy Deadly Feet worker program, Allied Health Directorate

Short films on Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Services and outreach services, Moree Community Health

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.

Baby Steps: Recycling bottles in the NICU, John Hunter Children's Hospital


John Hunter Hospital Operating Suite Environmental Action team, John Hunter Hospital Theatres

Sustainability at Hunter Brain Injury Service: Reducing food waste

Sustainable Healthcare: Together Towards Zero’ strategy is sector transforming, Engineering and Maintenance