Outstanding public health services named

Victoria’s world-class health services have been recognised for their excellence, dedication and innovation in the 2018 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Nineteen awards were handed out last night to 22 winners at an awards ceremony in Melbourne.

Finalists in three categories this year were both so strong and different from the other, that judges awarded them both.

Merri Health won the Premier’s Primary Health Service of the Year; Seymour Health the Premier’s Small Health Service of the Year; Echuca Regional Health the Premier’s Medium Health Service of the Year; and joint winners Alfred Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre the Premier’s Large Health Service of the Year.

Excellence in Community Engagement – a new award category – was awarded to Gippsland Lakes Community Health.

Improving children’s health, supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians, excellence in public sector aged care, women’s health and Indigenous health were other key categories recognised.

There were also awards for culturally diverse health, clinical research, LGBTI health, supporting healthy populations, workforce wellbeing and safety and integration of care for patients with chronic and complex conditions, and whole of hospital model for responding to family violence.

Two Safer Care Victoria awards honoured excellence in quality and safety.

The close to 200 entries (ranging from café gardens, cultural tours to leading-edge technology to distract children during medical procedures) were judged by 81 experts.

Full list of winners and finalists is available on the 2018 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards page.