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2017 Living Quality & Safety Health and Innovation Awards​

​In western NSW we are committed to delivering well-organised health care as close as possible to home to support the cultural, mental, social and physical well-being of our communities. To achieve this we must foster and celebrate innovation in health care.​

Our Health District is one of the most geographically large and sparsely populated in NSW with rural and remote residents facing unique challenges including social and physical isolation, distance and access to services and socio-economic disadvantage. Despite significant effort the life gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people remains unacceptable. These challenges require us to think outside of the square when designing and delivering health services. We are dedicated to harnessing new ideas, new technology and new partnerships to create a compassionate health care system that constantly and reliably provides the highest standard of care to people no matter where they live. 

‘Living Well Together’ is the philosophy of our organisation that supports our commitment to the cultural, mental, social and physical well-being of our staff and our communities. The Living Quality and Safety Health and Innovation Awards aim to celebrate and acknowledge innovation and passion in our Health District to improve the health of all people in Western NSW.​ The Awards will take place on the 18th May 2017, with a full day symposium giving staff the opportunity to showcase their projects through posters and presentations, followed by winner announcements that night at a gala awards dinner.​

​​​​Project Categories:

  • ​​Category 1: Clinical Excelence Commission, Patients as Partners Award
  • Category 2: Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health and International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) Australia, Integrated Health Care Award
  • Category 3: Translational Research Award
  • Category 4: Local Solutions Award
  • Category 5: Preventative Health Award
  • Category 6: Agency for Clinical Innovation, Collaborative Team Award
  • Category 7: Harry Collins Award
  • Category 8: Excellence in MPS/Rural Facilities Award
  • Category 9: Closing the Gap in Aboriginal Health Disadvantage Award
  • Category 10: Enhancing the Patients Experience through the Arts​​ Award
  • Category 11: Bob Leece Transforming Health Award 

Individual Categories:

  • ​​Category 12: Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Category 13: Studer Group Staff Member of the Year Award
  • Category 14: Collaborative Leader of the Year ​​Award

Other Awards:

  • ​​People's Choice Award
  • Chief Executive's Award
  • Western NSW Local Health District Innovation Award
  • Best of Posters Award

​Thank you to our partners and sponsors

​​​We are thrilled to announce that once again Cisco and Dimension Data are partnering with us, as platinum sponsors for the gala awards dinner. 

​ In an era of rising expectations, healthcare delivery requires a fresh approach. And being connected is a major step to new efficiencies and improved patient outcomes.

Cisco is the worldwide leader in IT that helps companies sieze the opportunities of tomorrow by proving that amazing things can happen when you connect the unconnected.  At Cisco, customers come first and an integral part of our DNA is creating long-lasting customer partnerships and working with them to identify their needs and provide solutions that support their success. ​Learn more at

Dimension Data harnesses the transformative power of technology to help organisations achieve great things in the digital era. As a member of the NTT Group, we focus on digital infrastructure, hybrid cloud, workspaces for tomorrow, cybersecurity, and network as the platform. With a turnover of USD 7.5 billion and offices in 58 countries, we deliver services wherever our clients are, at every stage of their technology journey. Accelerate your ambition. Go to​.

We are also delighted to announce that the Clinical Excellence Commission are our Gold Partners for the Cisco Dimension Data Gala Awards Dinner, as well as the sponsors for the Clinical Excellence Commission Patients as Partners Award.

The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) was established in 2004 as one of the five key structural reforms outlined in the NSW Health Patient Safety and Clinical Quality Program (PSCQP) and as an evolution of the Institute for Clinical Excellence. 

The primary focus of the CEC has been to promote and support improved clinical care, safety and quality across the NSW public health system, and to meet functions specified by the Minister for Health. 

Since its development, the CEC has gained local, national and international recognition by developing and driving programs and initiatives in collaboration with clinicians, managers, consumers and health service partners. Find out more at​​

​Our other valued sponsors are:

​​Recognising success in our Health District​​

We are proud of our succes​​ses. Here are some awards we have both presented within our organisation and won recently:​

Western NSW Local Health District Living Well Together Health Awards 


The Cisco & Dimension Data Living Well Together Health and Innovation Gala Dinner was held on 31 May 2016.

Read the full list of winners of the Western NSW Local Health District Living Well Together Health Awards 2016.​


Judges Award

Mid Western Live Smart: Healthy Communities Alliance (Mudgee/ Gulgong / Rylstone Community Health and Health One and Mid-Western Regional Council)

Chief Executive’s Award

'Improving Medication Safety on Transition of Care' (Orange Health Service)

People’s Choice Award

'Hospitalised Children should be seen and heard' (Paediatric Unit Dubbo Health Service)

ACI Innovation Award

Let’s get STARTED managing UTI’s in the RACU (Grenfell Multipurpose Service)

Volunteer of the Year Award

Doug McFarlane – Volunteer Cardio Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program (Orange Health Service)

Staff Member of the Year Award

Lacey Healey – Occupational Therapy and Diversional Therapy Head of Department (Orange Health Service)

Collaborative Leader of the Year Award

Sue Burke – District Manager Sexual Assault and JIRT Health

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Awards to mark International Midwives and International Nurses Days 2015

Local Health District Midwife of the Year Award 2015
Susannah Robinson, Bathurst Health Service

Local Health District Nurse of the Year Award 2015
Frances Glenn, Cowra Health Service

Local Health District Nurse Team of the Year Award 2015
Nyngan Health Service

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​Australia​ Day Awards 2015

Public Service Medal
Tracy Allen, Specialist Drug and Alcohol Worker, Bathurst

Citizen of the Year: Nyngan Award – Australia Day Awards 2015
Jenny Griffiths, Health Service Manager, Nyngan

Citizen of the Year: Condobolin Award – Australia Day Awards 2015
Leonie Parker, Nurse Practitioner Women’s Health, Condobolin

Midwestern Region Citizen of the Year – Australia Day Awards 2015
Robyn Oakes, Rylstone Health Council

Young Citizen of the Year: Warren Award – Australia Day Awards 2015
Wesley Hamilton, Warren Health Council

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NSW Aborigi​nal Health Awards 2014

NSW Health Secretary’s Award

'Empowering Aboriginal Women to access Colposcopy and Gynaecology Services in Rural and Remote NSW'

This nurse-led service improves access to care for Aboriginal women in rural and remote NSW which is culturally appropriate.

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ACI Inn​ovation Awards 2014

Photo; Winners of  NSW Health Secretary's Award 2014 

NSW Health Secretary’s Award

'Healthy Kids Bus Stop'

This project is a community-based, collaborative and integrated care partnership between Royal Far West, Western NSW Local Health District, Western NSW & Far West Medicare Local, and Ronald McDonald House Charities to address the gaps in child health needs in rural NSW.

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NSW Health State A​​wards 2013

'In Safe Hands', Orange Health Service, NSW Health State Awards 2013 

NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner presented her Award for Innovation to

In Safe Hands: Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds
Orange Health Service

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Key business and community awards

Banjo Business Awards 2016

People’s Choice Orange Outstanding Business
Orange MERIT Program

People’s Choice Outstanding Customer Service
Kassandra Gosling, MERIT Caseworker​​

Banjo Business Awards 2015

Excellence in Community Services
Orange MERIT Program

Banjo Business Awards 2014

Excellence in Community Services
Orange MERIT Program

The Australian Road Safety Foundation Awards 2016

Corporate Fleet Safety Award
GIO Motor Vehicle Risk Management Program, piloted at Western NSW Local Health District

NSW Treasury Managed Fund Risk Management Awards for Excellence 2015

GIO recently won a major award from the Australian Road Safety authority for its pilot program. It has now been rolled out across the NSW Ministry of Health’s entire fleet of over 10,000 vehicles involving over 130,000 staff. The program was piloted at Western NSW Local Health District.

Studer Fire Starter Awards 2015

Australian Healthcare Organisation of Distinction Award
Western NSW Local Health District

HETI Rural Research Capacity Building Program 2015

Best Report Award
Catherine Bourke, Social Worker, Mudgee

Winner of the Best Report Award, Catherine Bourke, Social Worker, Mudgee

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Orange Health Service ​Arts in Health Program

Local Government Arts and Culture Awards 2012|
Winner in the Arts and Culture: Arts and Health Initiatives category

Orange NAIDOC Awards 2011
Winner of the Community Project Award

Arts and Health Australia Awards for Excellence 2011
Winner in the Mental Health and the Arts category

Orange Health Services Arts in Health Program team ​​

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