Eligibility

Completing an entry

  • Can I delete or change my entry after it has been submitted?

    Yes. Until the submission close date, you may edit or delete your entry. However, after creating your submission, if you wish to change your award category please get in touch with the award secretariat after doing so.

  • Can I enter some data and then come back and complete my submission later?

    Yes. You may log out, and when you log back in you can go to my entries and click on your award entry and keep updating.

  • Can I upload supporting documentation with my entry submission?
    Yes. One supporting document (up to three single-sided A4 pages) – in the form of graphs, charts, tables or other illustrative material – can be included.
  • Can I include video or DVD to support my entry?

    No. Videos, CDs or posters will not be accepted. However, you can include a link to a video hosted by an external site as part of your entry. Please ensure the video is less than 5 minutes.

  • Can you send me the questions in an email message?

    We are unable to email the questions to you, but you will find all the criteria questions and terms and conditions on the entry guides.

    You can use the offline entry forms to assist you with the entry process.

  • How do I submit my award entry?

    Entries for the 2018 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards must be submitted through the Award Force online submission website any time after it opens and before the last day of entries.

  • How do I edit my entry?

    To edit your entry, log back into the online submission website and click on your entry. Please note: Even if you have submitted an entry you will be able to edit the entry at any time until the entries close. You must have successfully submitted your award entry for it to be reviewed by the judging panels.

  • What is the maximum number of characters I can use for my entry?

    The 2018 entry system will be configured to count characters than words to provide entrants flexibility. This will mean that the system will count a bullet point as one character than one word.

    A maximum of 9,800 characters (about 1400 words) are allowed for both the category and key awards; the online submission system will display your character count as you go. For the Premier’s Health Service of the Year awards, a character count of 18,000 (about 2500 words) words is allowed across the six criteria.

  • Will I still be able to log in to the online submission website after submissions close?
    Yes. You will be able to log in and view your entry after that date, but you will not be able to make changes or withdraw your submission.
  • Can I submit more than one entry?
    Organisations can submit multiple entries, but a program or person can only be lodged for a single award. Please review the award descriptions to decide on the most appropriate category for your entry. The entry may be suitable for more than one category, but you need to select the award that best matches the central purpose of your program or initiative. Please note that if the same entry is submitted for more than one award, all entries will be deleted.
  • What award should I apply for? Can you review my selection and advise me?

    Unfortunately, no. The awards secretariat cannot review or advise which award you should apply for. Please review the award descriptions to decide on the most appropriate category for your entry. The entry may be suitable for more than one category, but you need to select the award that best matches the central purpose of your program or initiative. The entry cannot be submitted for more than one award. 

Selection process

  • How is my submission judged?

    A judging panel is assigned to each award. Individual panel members are selected for their expertise and experience and to ensure the panel represents the full spectrum of healthcare activity. We make sure there is no conflict of interest and the adjudication process is carried out with the utmost confidentiality and objectivity. The judges assess all the entries in their category online through our secure adjudication system.

  • What are the judging criteria?

    Assessment criteria are set out on the relevant entry guides. All entries are judged solely on your answers to the awards questions, so answer them to the best of your ability. Review the information provided on the 'Judging' page and the entry guide to help you prepare your submission. Assessment criteria for the Premier's Health Service of the Year award are included with the Premier's Health Service of the Year award entry guide. Entries for the Premier's Health Service of the Year award are accessed on both the written submission quality and safety outcomes, including VHES results, access and timeliness trends (as relevant), staff engagement, wellbeing and safety culture and overall performance monitoring level achieved. 
    All entrants for the Public Health Service of the Year Award must have met the following:

    • Achieved at least two “standard monitoring” status within the final two quarters of the review period
    • Has not registered a status of “intensive monitoring” shown in the four quarters of the review period prior to judging.
  • When will winners and finalists be announced?

    Finalists will be announced the week of 27 August via this website. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 11 October 2018.

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