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2014 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards - 10th celebration of the best of Victorian healthcare

The 2014 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards were presented at a gala ceremony on 13 October. Awards were presented for outstanding achievement by the State's health sector across a number of categories including patient-centred care, healthcare innovation and health leadership. The Premier's Health Service of the Year Awards, the highest honour of the program, were also presented to metropolitan, regional, rural and primary health services.

Healthcare Innovation Awards

Optimising the health status of Victorians
Gold winner Incolink 'Drink Safe Mate' Binge Drinking Prevention Project

Silver winner Northern Melbourne Medicare Local, Pfizer Australia, in partnership with Dianella Community Health and Quit Victoria A coordinated approach to tackling smoking rates in a highly populated Arabic speaking community

Highly commended Barwon South Western Regional Integrated Cancer Service The Barwon South West Survivorship Project: Improving the health and wellbeing of survivors of cancer

Excellence in supporting self-managed healthcare
Gold winner Monash Health Dandenong Young Adult Diabetes Service: Implementation of patient centred innovation

Silver winner Melbourne Health Reducing chest pain presentations in the emergency department

Highly commended Diabetes Australia - Vic OzDAFNE: a structured self-management program improving biomedical and psychological outcomes for adults with type 1 diabetes

Excellence in person-centred care
Gold winner Melbourne Health Innovative physical health program in community mental health

Silver winner The Royal Children's Hospital Not just sick kids: Treating patients as people through arts-based learning

Highly commended Monash Health Refugee health: Achieving excellence in responsive person-centred care

Excellence in quality healthcare
Gold winner Alfred Health A new program for the rapid deployment of extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation for the treatment of patients in cardiac arrest

Silver winner Austin Health Peripheral intravenous line safety initiative

Highly commended Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Implementation of a whole-of-hospital sepsis pathway

Excellence in service provision
Gold winner Peninsula Health

Caring for the homeless on the peninsula

Silver winner Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service and Monash Health

Responding to family and patient needs – changing service delivery from hospital to home, family-centred care at its best

Highly commended Gippsland Lakes Community Health

10 years swimming upstream, look how far we’ve come

Optimising healthcare through e-health & communications technology
Gold winner Monash Health

Telemedicine enabling chemotherapy in the home

Silver winner The Royal Children's Hospital

Like! A social approach to optimising child and adolescent health

Highly commended Australian Breastfeeding Association and Small World Social

Breastfeeding Support Project

Ministers' Awards

Outstanding achievement by an individual or team in healthcare
Winner Ambulance Victoria Emergency and health response to the Hazelwood open cut mine fire
Highly commended Austin Health Deteriorating Patient Leadership Team
Highly commended Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre BRCA Genotyping Project: rewriting the ovarian cancer rules
Outstanding achievement by an individual or team in mental healthcare
Winner Forensicare Julie Dempsey
Highly commended Barwon Health Eating Disorder Service
Private hospital excellence
Winner Cabrini Health Limited Emergency department follow-up phone call service
Highly commended Epworth HealthCare Group C.A.R.E: multidisciplinary falls prevention intervention program for a rehabilitation setting
Highly commended St John of God Ballarat Hospital Emergency health services admission availability in the Grampians Region
Mental health educator excellence
Winner headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation SAFEMinds
 Mental health employer excellence
Winner CitiPower and Powercor Mental Health Program: awareness, prevention and early intervention
Highly commended Clean Force Property Services A sustainable social enterprise
Highly commended Lend Lease Mental health campaign
Health Lifetime Achievement Award
Awardee Austin Health Associate Professor Larry McNicol
Awardee The Royal Children's Hospital Professor Dinah Reddihough AO
Awardee Monash Health Professor Euan Morrisson Wallace AM

Health Leaders' Awards

Premier's Award for advancing healthcare – putting patients first
Winner St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne Nutrition Project Working Group
Highly commended Melbourne Health, Monash Health, Austin Health, Melbourne Private, Eastern Health, Western Health, Victorian Tissue Typing and Immunogenetics Service Coordination of Australia’s largest paired kidney exchange
Highly commended Monash Health Emergency Care Team: bottom up meets top down leadership to revolutionise emergency care
Minister for Health's Award for achieving a highly capable & engaged workforce
Winner cohealth and the University of Melbourne REACH: A student led primary care initiative, delivered through a unique partnership between students, cohealth and the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Highly commended Austin Health Dr Andrew Scanlon - Neurosurgery Nurse Practitioner
Highly commended Western Health The Registered Training Organisation Team
Minister for Mental Health's Award for delivering innovative alcohol & drug or mental healthcare
Winner Monash Health Dr Melissa Casey and Professor David Clarke, Agile Psychological Medicine Team
Highly commended Eastern Health Acute Aged Persons Mental Health Unit (South Ward)
Highly commended UnitingCare ReGen Methamphetamine Project - ReGen Withdrawal Services Team
Secretary's Award for improving patient outcomes and patient experience
Winner Barwon Health, Alfred Health and The Royal Children’s Hospital Collaborating to improve regional critical care: saving lives
Highly commended Monash Health Interventional Radiology Team: Leading an image guided venous access port service
Highly commended Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Cardiopulmonary Prehabilitation Clinic at Peter Mac: turning the humble exercise bike into a cancer fighting machine

Premier's Health Service of the Year Awards

Primary health service of the year
Winner Banyule Community Health
Rural health service of the year
Winner Yarrawonga Health
Highly commended West Wimmera Health Service
Regional health service of the year
Winner Northeast Health Wangaratta
Highly commended Echuca Regional Health
Metropolitan health service of the year
Winner Eastern Health
Winner Western Health
Highly commended Alfred Health
Highly commended Dental Health Services Victoria