Further information on these categories will be provided closer to the launch date.

Category awards

Excellence in culturally diverse health

Victoria is Australia’s most culturally diverse state, with almost one quarter of our population born overseas. Victorians come from over 230 countries, speak over 200 languages and follow more than 120 different faiths.

This award focuses on health services and health professionals who successfully deliver culturally responsive services that successfully meet the needs and preferences of newly arrived migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, as well as groups with a long established presence in Victoria.

Excellence in community engagement

This award recognises excellence in community engagement and highlights initiatives and programs that improve outcomes and service experience for patients, their families and the Victorian community.

Excellence in public sector aged care

This award celebrates Victoria's aged care sector that supports programs and services to meet the needs of the increasing number of older Victorians.

This includes:

  • responding to the changing demographic profile of Victoria, understanding its impacts and maximising the opportunities of an ageing population
  • supporting older Victorians' ability to age well across three main areas of focus: optimising health and wellbeing at all life stages, addressing disadvantage and improving social participation
  • improving access and quality of service responses for our diverse older population.

Excellence in women's health

Women and girls make up just over half of Victoria’s population. Victorian women are living longer, but with more chronic illness and more years living with a disability. Further, their patterns of disease differ as they age, and from the disease patterns among men.

This award will focus on initiatives that improve the health and well-being of Victorian women. Of particular focus will be health promotion, disease prevention and early intervention specific to women, maternity services and reproductive health.

Improving Indigenous health

Many Aboriginal people in Victoria enjoy good health however, as a group, they are more likely to experience poorer health outcomes than non-Aboriginal people. Person, family and community centred-care lies at the heart of good Aboriginal health service delivery, early intervention and prevention.

It is locally developed, culturally informed and empowers Aboriginal people to make the best choices about their health. This award focuses on innovations in Aboriginal health and inclusiveness.

Improving workforce wellbeing and safety

A positive culture places the system, organisations and individuals in a better place to provide effective and efficient patient care, maintain wellbeing and solve complex issues.

This award focuses on reducing violence, harassment or bullying in the workplace via anti bullying and harassment initiatives and improving the health and safety of staff through OH&S guidelines and providing a safe and respectful organisational culture.

Areas of particular focus include:

  • emergency departments
  • mental health services
  • alcohol and other drug services
  • workforce innovation or reform
  • preventative initiatives.

Safer Care Victoria award for excellence in quality and safety

The award for quality and safety in the healthcare sector recognises innovations, processes and procedures that improve the delivery of safe, quality care within the Victorian healthcare system.

It highlights the dedicated work of health professionals in partnering with consumers to enhance health care services and patient outcomes, and celebrates the collaborative efforts and roles many areas have made to improve the experience of healthcare in Victoria.

Safer Care Victoria compassionate care award

This award is for individuals, teams and organisations who demonstrate outstanding compassion, empathy and care for their patients. The award recognises an individual, team or organisation that has made a significant difference to patient care by acting on patient needs, values and preferences.

In particular, it should demonstrate:

  • an ambitious and innovative way of delivering care
  • high-quality management and leadership
  • an approach that can be easily measured and have a real impact
  • how the approach has made a difference to patient care
  • how it makes a difference in the long term
  • how easily it can be replicated in other organisations.

Supporting Healthy Populations

Health services have a leading role in delivering health and wellbeing for all Victorians.

This award recognises innovation, excellence and quality where health services work with partners to drive a stronger focus on prevention and early intervention to improve the health of not only its patients and staff but also that of the wider community.

The prevention initiatives will demonstrate collective approaches that contribute to population wide health and wellbeing outcomes that address the multiple risk factors for poorer health outcomes.

Supporting LGBTI health

Being an inclusive service provider significantly improves the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians. The Award recognises  individuals or organisations that have taken initiatives to overcome barriers to LGBTI inclusive healthcare and the progress made in their own journey to be more LGBTI inclusive.

Whole of hospital model for responding to family violence

This award focuses on improving the health response to family violence for patients and their families via systemic change including processes and systems in health care services, creating awareness of family violence, building skills in sensitive inquiry and developing partnerships with specialist family violence providers.

Key awards

Minister for Health's Award for improving children's health

This award recognises organisations, teams and individuals making extraordinary contributions to improving Victorian children's health and wellbeing outcomes through the fields of prevention and health promotion, health care or research.

Minister for Mental Health's Award for excellence in supporting the mental health and well-being of Victorians

This award recognises achievements, excellence and innovation in mental health service delivery that improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians with mental illness.

Chief Health Officer's Award for improving healthcare through clinical research

This award focuses on innovation and achievements in clinical research by an individual, team or organisation which improve patient experience and outcome. This includes work through the practical application of clinician-led research.

Secretary's Award for improving integration of care for patients with chronic and complex conditions

The award recognises excellence in the integration of health care for patients with chronic and complex conditions, which could include linking into or providing social care supports. It highlights initiatives or approaches that improve health and wellbeing outcomes, and place what patients need at the centre, providing earlier and more connected support.

Premier’s Health Service of the Year awards

The Premier's prestigious award for the most outstanding health services of the year recognises leadership and excellence in providing publicly funded healthcare for the Victorian community.

Four awards will be presented for outstanding health service performance to the:

  • primary health service of the year
  • small health service of the year
  • medium health service of the year
  • large health service of the year.

For details on how to enter, see the Premier’s Health Service of the Year awards tab and the entry guide.