Key messages

  • The Victorian Public Healthcare Awards judges are external volunteers from a range of positions including board members, chief executives, general managers, directors, health researchers, quality managers, commissioners, patient advocates, consumers and policy advisors.
  • The judges use the published assessment criteria to score each entry, and the secretariat collates the judges' scores to arrive at an overall ranking.
  • Read the judges' advice to help you prepare your awards entry.

Awards judging

The awards provide a unique opportunity for healthcare professionals to be recognised by their peers for their commitment to innovation and excellence in healthcare.

The independence of the awards is maintained through the dedication and integrity of the awards' judges, who generously volunteer their time and expertise to appraise the entries. Their passion and ongoing commitment is vital to the awards' success.

All our judges are external to the Department and they come from organisations such as Bendigo Health, Alfred Health, Women's Health Victoria, Australian Catholic University, EACH, Melbourne Health to name a few. 

You  can refer to the full list of 2018 judges in our showcase book. The 2019 judges will be published in the 2019 showcase book.

Photo: 2018 judges at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards ceremony

Selection of the judging panels

Each year the secretariat invites health professionals to be judges, including previous award winners and those with specific experience or expertise. Judges come from a cross-section of Victorian health services, non-government organisations and peak bodies. The secretariat also invites consumers to participate as judges.

The judging panels comprise volunteers from a range of positions including board members, chief executives, general managers, directors, health researchers, quality managers, patient advocates, consumers and policy advisors. A judging panel is assigned to each award. Individual panel members are selected for their expertise and experience and to make sure the panel represents the full spectrum of healthcare activity.

There will be 16 panels in 2019 with a total of about 80 judges taking part in judging.

Chair of judges

Bob Cameron, chair of judges for the 2016 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.The awards secretariat is proud to announce the 2019 chair of judges, the Hon. Bob Cameron, who brings to the role a wealth of knowledge and experience. Mr Cameron is the Chair of Bendigo Health Board of Directors.

The awards judging process is overseen by the chair of judges, whose role is to take an overarching view of the entries and judging process and provide advice and feedback to the department, entrants and judges. The chair of judges will also help to arbitrate any conflicts or issues that may arise about the judging over the course of the awards program. The chair also judges the Premier's Health Service of the Year Awards.

Work of the judges

The judges use the published assessment criteria to score each entry. The secretariat collates the judges' scores to arrive at an overall ranking. The judging panel for each award meets to discuss the rankings, discuss anomalies or tied results, and to recommend the winners and finalists to the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, the Minister for Disability,Ageing and Carers, the Minister for Mental Health, the Chief Health Officer and the Department of Health & Human Services Secretary for endorsement.

It is expected that there will be only one winner for each award, although the judges may recommend any number according to the merit of the entries.

Further information about judging and judge's tips can be found in the entry guide.