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Applications close 5pm Tuesday 31 July 2018!

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (Western Victoria PHN) is firmly focused on recognising excellence in nursing within community and primary care sectors. The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards form part of Western Victoria PHN’s commitment to raising the awareness of the contribution of nurses in the primary care sector and acknowledgement of the significant role that primary health care nursing plays in driving improvements within primary health care.

The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards 2018 recognise nurses practicing in the western Victoria region who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the health and wellbeing of their patients by undertaking a quality improvement activity within their practice.

The purpose of this award is to highlight the commitment and results primary health care nurses make towards quality improvement work within western Victoria.

The Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Awards 2018 aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the contribution of primary health care nurses in the primary care sector
  • Recognise the role primary health care nurses play in patients receiving the right care in the right place at the right time
  • Recognise the professionalism and quality of work that primary care nurses are undertaking in our community.

About the Award

The Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award 2018 is open to primary health care nurses working within the geographical boundaries of Western Victoria PHN. The award will recognise primary health care nurses who have undertaken a structured and evidence-based quality improvement activity within their practice.

Regional finalists

Regional finalists will be selected from each region:

  • Ballarat Goldfields
  • Geelong Otway
  • Great South Coast
  • Wimmera Grampians.

Regional finalists will receive $500.00* to assist with continuing professional development expenses.

Regional finalists will receive a trophy of recognition.

Regional finalists will be invited to attend the Award ceremony to be held in conjunction with Western Victoria PHN’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25 October 2018.

Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award 2018 Winner

The Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award 2018 Winner will be selected from the Regional Finalists and will receive $1000.00* to support continuing professional development expenses such as course or conference registration fees.

The Winner will receive a trophy of recognition.

Announcement of the Winner will take place at the Award ceremony to be held in conjunction with Western Victoria PHN’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 25 October 2018.

Testimonial - Caroline Gibson, Ballarat Community Health

Caroline Gibson

I was honoured to win the inaugural Western Victoria PHN Primary Health Care Network Nurse Excellence Award 2016-2017 for the development of a model of care and an on-line resource to guide Practice Nurses in their delivery of chronic disease management support for people living with dementia and their carers.

Introducing change in practice is not an individual effort, however, and so I'd like to acknowledge the support that I have received from those I work with at Ballarat Community Health, and also from A/Professor Mark Yates and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurse Association (APNA).

Receiving this award has created numerous opportunities for me to talk about the role of practice nurses in dementia care as and to also complete a leadership skills workshop. Consequently, my confidence in presenting this project has increased as has my encouragement to other nurses to embrace the challenge of identifying gaps in current care and developing new ways of doing things to address these gaps. As there are already many nurses in general practice who are applying innovative ways of delivering best-practice care for people living in the community, I applaud Western Victoria PHN in introducing the Primary Health Care Nurse Excellence Award to recognise and celebrate the achievements of these nurses. 

Eligibility

Applications must be made by a primary health care nurse currently working in the Western Victoria PHN region.

Applications must relate to a quality improvement activity that has been implemented since 1 January 2018.

All entrants agree to the publication and distribution of their submission by Western Victoria PHN.

Applications will be judged on the applicant’s achievements in undertaking a quality improvement initiative, which may include, but not limited to, one of the following areas.

Improving Childhood Immunisation Rates   Alcohol and Other Drugs   Digital Health
 Chronic Disease Management  Mental Health  Systems Improvement
 Indigenous Health  Preventative Health – Cancer Screening    After Hours Care
 Workforce  Aged Care  Improving health of Vulnerable Populations

Key dates

Commencement of Quality Improvement activity  On or after 1 January 2018 
Applications open   1 May 2018
Applications close 5.00pm   31 July 2018
Applications assessed by Awards Panel   During August 2018
Regional Finalists announced. All applicants will be advised   During September 2018
Winner announced at Western Victoria PHN Annual General Meeting (AGM)    25 October 2018

How to apply?

Please see this Application Kit for further information.

Contact

If you have any queries, please contact Margaret Dempsey on 5222 0800.