Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

Much of the really great innovation tends to be much smaller scale and a more practical variation of what is essentially business as usual in healthcare delivery.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

People are doing everyday jobs and they're showing how they can doing it different and they're demonstrating the outcome. They're showing these are the improvements I've made by doing this a little bit differently and I think that's just as extraordinary, really, and should be really recognised through awards like this.

TITLE: How can I ensure my entry stands out?

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

I think there are a couple of areas an entry can stand out. The first is if it's claimed that this is improved outcomes, some form of evaluation or some third party endorsement of those changes and the results that occur. The other area where I'm always impressed is where it is clear the entry has been essentially written by those who are delivering the service.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

If you think your entry has to be professional edited, my message would be it doesn't have to be. It's really important just to tell a story, provide the information about what you're trying to achieve and show as best you can how you've done that and I think that's the important message. Not about how glossy it is or how professional you want it to look but it's about making sure you portrayed a story. I call it the story and sometimes the simple stories are actually the most enlightening and fascinating and you think, wow, it's extraordinary.

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

I would encourage all health services to enter the awards. It is an opportunity to showcase, not just to your local community, but to showcase to the broader sector and the broader Victorian community just what great work is being undertaken in our health services across the state everyday throughout the year.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

I think it's a very exciting program and I would definitely encourage people to go for it and I wish them all the luck in it because it's a great opportunity to be even short-listed and to have a chance to win. I would say yep, go for it, go for gold.

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Advice from the judged of the 2018 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards on various aspects of the awards.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

The Public Healthcare Awards are an annual event, which provides the health sector a chance to really showcase some of the wonderful work that they're doing.

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

It's an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding service that healthcare providers provide to all Victorians. It's an opportunity to celebrate excellence, to celebrate innovation, to celebrate high quality safe healthcare.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

The thing I like most about being a judge for these awards is that you get an opportunity to see some of the wonderful kind of ideas and the sorts of things that they're doing in our hospitals and our healthcare systems across our non-government organisations.

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

I personally enjoy being a judge because it demonstrates to me that commitment, the excellence, the pursuit of innovation, that it happens in so many different services. It doesn't just apply in large services but in small services, in hospitals, in primary care services, in the metropolitan area and in rural Victorian and I'm always really excited when I look at the quality of the entries that come into the healthcare awards each year.

TITLE: How do you define innovation in public healthcare?

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

Innovation in public healthcare is opportunities to do something brand new. Something that hasn't been done before. Thinking of a different way of responding to a problem, a health issue or it can be doing the things you do every day, in a different way.

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

It doesn't necessarily have to be world-shattering innovation. It can often be a practical change. It might be change in attitudes, change in relationships, but it does lead to a better outcome for patients, for greater patient satisfaction.

TITLE: Can "business as usual" cases be considered?

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

Much of the really great innovation tends to be much smaller scale and a more practical variation of what is essentially business as usual in healthcare delivery.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

People are doing everyday jobs and they're showing how they can doing it different and they're demonstrating the outcome. They're showing these are the improvements I've made by doing this a little bit differently and I think that's just as extraordinary, really, and should be really recognised through awards like this.

TITLE: How can I ensure my entry stands out?

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

I think there are a couple of areas an entry can stand out. The first is if it's claimed that this is improved outcomes, some form of evaluation or some third party endorsement of those changes and the results that occur. The other area where I'm always impressed is where it is clear the entry has been essentially written by those who are delivering the service.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

If you think your entry has to be professional edited, my message would be it doesn't have to be. It's really important just to tell a story, provide the information about what you're trying to achieve and show as best you can how you've done that and I think that's the important message. Not about how glossy it is or how professional you want it to look but it's about making sure you portrayed a story. I call it the story and sometimes the simple stories are actually the most enlightening and fascinating and you think, wow, it's extraordinary.

Rob Knowles AO, VPHA Judge

I would encourage all health services to enter the awards. It is an opportunity to showcase, not just to your local community, but to showcase to the broader sector and the broader Victorian community just what great work is being undertaken in our health services across the state everyday throughout the year.

Rita Butera, VPHA Judge

I think it's a very exciting program and I would definitely encourage people to go for it and I wish them all the luck in it because it's a great opportunity to be even short-listed and to have a chance to win. I would say yep, go for it, go for gold.