Victoria’s World-Class Public Health Services Honoured

Victoria’s public health services were last night celebrated at a gala awards ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Now in their 11th year, the 2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards recognise quality, innovation and excellence by government-funded healthcare providers and organisations delivering public health research and/or programs.

The most prestigious of the Awards, the Premier’s Health Service of the Year Award, recognises exceptional leadership and excellence in providing public health services to and for the Victorian community.

The 2015 winners of the Premier’s Health Service of the Year Awards are:

  • Primary Health Service of the Year Sunbury Community Health

Highly Commended: Banyule Community Health

  • Small Health Service of the Year Rural Northwest Health

Highly Commended: Moyne Health Services

Highly Commended: West Wimmera Health Service

  • Medium Health Service of the Year East Grampians Health

Highly Commended: Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

Highly Commended: Benalla Health

  • Large Health Service of the Year Alfred Health

Highly Commended: Barwon Health

Highly Commended: The Royal Women’s Hospital

Also recognised this year:

Award Category: Improving Health Equality and Closing the Gap

Gold Winner Western Health CALD Assist: APPlying technology to allied health assessments of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
Silver Winner Monash Health Aboriginal health professional career development pathway
Highly Commended Victorian Transcultural Mental Health and St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Our voices: Stories of carers from refugee and migrant backgrounds

Award Category: Excellence in person, family and community-centred care

Gold Winner Alzheimer’s Australia Vic The virtual dementia experience: Transforming dementia care education to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia
Silver Winner The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation The Victorian Aboriginal palliative care project
Highly Commended The Royal Children’s Hospital Care in their own communities: Hospital-wide delivery of services via telehealth

Award Category: Improving health, safety and wellbeing

Gold Winner UnitingCare ReGen Innovative drug service responses to growing methamphetamine concerns
Silver Winner Monash Health Monash Care – the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Monash Doctors
Highly Commended Monash Health Wellness and Recovery Centre: a centre of excellence in the treatment of eating disorders

Award Category: Innovative models of care

Gold Winner Monash Health The Big Red Kidney Bus: Holiday dialysis service
Silver Winner Austin Health and the Royal District Nursing Service Assisted home peritoneal dialysis program
Highly Commended Bentleigh Bayside Community Health Matt’s place dental service

Award Category: Improving healthcare through clinical research

Gold Winner Melbourne Health Reducing stroke disability with endovascular thrombectomy
Silver Winner Monash Health Just say no to the just in case cannula
Highly Commended Monash Health Preventing stillbirth: An evidenced-based care program

Award Category: Excellence in women’s health

Gold Winner Women’s Health Victoria The Labia Library
Silver Winner Monash Health Home birth program
Highly Commended Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Improving the long-term reproductive health and fertility prospects of young women with breast cancer

Award Category: Premier’s Award for excellence in supporting the health workforce

Winner Austin Health Physiotherapy workforce redesign
Highly Commended St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Oh what a feeling! System redesign of correctional pharmacy services in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation
Highly Commended The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Health Supporting the Victorian workforce to better recognise and respond to the sick child

Award Category: Minister for Health’s Award for excellence in cancer care

Winner Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Stop the clot with STEP (surgical thrombo-embolism prevention): A risk-stratified, decision-making App for all patients, for all surgery, for any health institution
Highly Commended Alfred Health Positive change for life
Highly Commended Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service Target 60 minutes: Improving the delivery of emergency care to children with cancer and fever and neutropenia across Victoria

 Award Category: Minister for Mental Health’s Award for excellence in consumer leadership & advocacy

Winner The Royal Children’s Hospital Leadership and advocacy for children with gender dysphoria
Highly Commended St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Peer workforce development at St Vincent’s Mental Health
Highly Commended St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne Food for the soul

Award Category: Secretary’s Award for excellence in access and responsiveness

Winner Eastern Health PARTS: Police Acute Response & Triage Service – leading mental health services in a new direction
Highly Commended Inner South Community Health Health time at the Gatwick
Highly Commended The Royal Children’s Hospital Access, responsiveness and support for children needing complex care

More information about each of the Award winners is available at

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“I congratulate all of the winners, finalists and all entrants for their commitment to quality, innovation and excellence in healthcare.”

“This Government is absolutely focused on achieving the best possible health outcomes for all Victorians, and these Awards celebrate the fantastic work being done by our public health services.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy

“These Awards shine the spotlight on the inspirational doctors, nurses, paramedics and healthcare professionals who work tirelessly to care for our loved ones.”

“Our dedicated and skilled health workforce lead the world in developing new ideas and programs to improve patient care, patient outcomes, and the patient experience.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Mental Health, Martin Foley

“Congratulations to both winners and nominees who have demonstrated leadership in improving our mental healthcare services.”

“I want to pay particular tribute to the Royal Children’s Hospital for winning the top Mental Healthcare Award for its support and treatment of children and adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria.”