Celebrating the best in health

The spotlight was on excellence and innovation at the ceremony in Melbourne on 16 November 2011, when the winners of the 2011 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards were announced.

Health Leaders and Health Service of the Year awards

The Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Ted Baillieu MP, presented the winners of his Health Leaders awards and the Health Service of the Year awards saying, ‘The awards pay tribute to Victoria’s outstanding healthcare leaders and acknowledge their contribution. The diversity of our nominees, coupled with their remarkable achievements, demonstrates the best of public healthcare.’

Premier’s award for enabling person and family-centred care

Winner
Melbourne Health

Melbourne Health

Emma O’Brien, Music therapy program

Highly commended

Peninsula Health

A healthy partnership – Peninsula community participation

Highly commended

St Vincent’s

Partnering with consumers in the design of a cancer centre

Premier’s award for translating evidence into practice

Winner
St Vincent's

St Vincent’s

Centre for Palliative Care: clinical practice guidelines for the psychosocial and bereavement support of family caregivers of palliative care patients

Highly commended

Alfred Health

Clinical Practice Review Committee: ensuring clinical and financial effectiveness of current practice

Minister for Health’s award for delivering local and responsive governance

Winner
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

The development of the Victorian and Tasmanian Youth Cancer Advisory Board

Highly commended

East Grampians Health Service

East Grampians Health Service Corrections, Ambulance, Psychiatric, Prison and Police Liaison Committee

Highly commended

Melbourne Health

Community Advisory Committee

Minister for Health’s award for developing a capable and engaged workforce

Winner
Dental Health Services Victoria

Dental Health Services Victoria

Hanny Calache and team

Highly commended

The Royal Children’s Hospital

Victorian Paediatric Orthopaedic Network

Highly commended

Western District Health Service and Deakin University

National Centre for Farmer Health

Minister for Mental Health’s award for delivering innovative and integrated alcohol and drug and mental healthcare

Winner
Banyule Community Health Service

Banyule Community Health Service

Virtual Dual Diagnosis Team

Highly commended

Barwon Health

JIGSAW Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Service

Highly commended

UnitingCare Moreland Hall

Catalyst Alcohol Community Rehabilitation Program

Minister for Mental Health’s award for enabling person and family-centred mental healthcare

Winner
Alfred Health

Alfred Health

Victorian statewide problem gambling and mental health partnership

Highly commended

St Vincent’s

Mental health strengths model

Highly commended

Southern Health

Consumer and Carer Relations Team

Secretary’s award for improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people

Winner
Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative

Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative

Woongi Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing Unit

Highly commended

Portland District Health and the
Winda Mara Aboriginal Corporation

Deadly teeth

Highly commended

St Vincent’s

Aboriginal healthcare: a holistic approach

Health Service of the Year awards

Primary health service of the year

Winner
Doutta Galla Community Health Service

Doutta Galla Community Health Service

Highly commended

Knox Community Health Service

Highly commended

Western District Health Service

Rural health service of the year

Winner
Orbost Regional Health

Orbost Regional Health

Highly commended

Alexandra District Hospital

Highly commended

Hesse Rural Health Service

Regional health service of the year

Winner
Barwon Health

Barwon Health

Highly commended

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

Highly commended

Latrobe Regional Hospital

Metropolitan health service of the year

Winner
Alfred Health

Alfred Health

Highly commended

Austin Health

Highly commended

St Vincent’s

Better Health awards

The Minister for Health, the Hon. David Davis MP, presented his Minister’s, Health Leaders and Better Health awards. He said, ‘In my first year as Minister for Health I have had the opportunity to travel across the state and see first-hand the commitment and dedication that underpins our healthcare system. I have been greatly impressed by their enthusiasm to foster innovation and implement improvements.’

Optimising the health status of Victorians

Winner
Knox Community health service

Knox Community
Health Service

Mothers living well

Silver

Southern Health, Bayside General Practice Network, Dandenong Casey General Practice Association, Greater Monash General Practice Network

Mental Health Nurse Incentive Partnership Program: bridging the gap for Victorians with complex mental health presentations

Highly commended

City of Melbourne

Green light eat right

Excellence in supporting self-managed healthcare

Winner
St Vincent's

St Vincent’s

Restoring health HIV model of care

Silver

Eastern Health

An inter-disciplinary diabetes program facilitating self-management

Highly commended

Barwon Health

Hospital admission risk program HIV pilot project

Excellence in healthcare outcomes through person-centred care

Winner
The Royal Children's Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital

Power to the parents: taking child warfarin therapy monitoring home

Silver

Western Health

Cultural key phrases tool: swallow please!

Highly commended

Western Region Health Centre

STAMP: supporting traditional African mediators

Excellence in healthcare outcomes

Winner
Alfred Health

Alfred Health

Developing a new model of care that includes retrievals for Victorians requiring ECMO

Silver

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

The malnutrition inpatient strategy

Highly commended

St Vincent’s

Antimicrobial stewardship program

Excellence in service provision

Winner
Austin Health

Austin Health

MedGap: Improving continuity of medication management on discharge to residential care

Silver

Western Health

Neurosurgery physiotherapist-led clinic

Highly commended

Eastern Health

Fast track pathway – anywhere to palliative care

Highly commended

St Vincent’s

Peri-operative Medicine Unit

Excellence in enhanced quality healthcare through e-health and communications technology

Winner
The Royal Children's Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital

Early diagnosis – better outcomes

Silver

Alfred Health

Let them know – notification of the sexual partners of individuals with an STI

Highly commended

Western Health

Clinman – transformation of surgical patient management

Health Lifetime Achievements awards

Minister Davis said, ‘The awards honoured many outstanding teams and individuals making improvements to our healthcare system and the health outcomes of the Victorian community. A highlight of this year’s program was the introduction of the Health Lifetime Achievements awards.’

‘The inaugural honourees have had outstanding careers in their respective fields and are truly deserving of this accolade.’

Learn more about the outstanding people honoured with these awards through photos, short videos and brief biographies.

Professor Graham Brown

Professor Graham BrownProfessor Graham Brown has had a profound and lasting impact on public healthcare during his 40-year career at The Royal Melbourne. Professor Brown established and led the renowned Victorian Infectious Diseases Service (VIDS) in 1996. In 1999 he became the third James Stewart Professor of Medicine, and head of the Department of Medicine at The Royal Melbourne.

He held this position until 2007, at which time he was appointed as Foundation Director of the Nossal Institute for Global Health and the Foundation Chair in Global Health at the University of Melbourne. It is, however, not only length of service, accolades and positions of responsibility that define Professor Brown; it is his outstanding commitment to and passion for his patients, and his unwavering belief in the vital role that The Royal Melbourne plays in caring for the community.

Ann Cook

Ann CookAnn Cook has been a nurse at St Vincent’s Melbourne for 54 years. It is hard to capture in words what makes ‘Cookie’ so remarkable, as a nurse, a mentor and friend. She was a pioneer of day oncology nursing and in many ways shaped the model of care that we see today. She was also instrumental in setting up the Victorian Oncology Nursing Group. When she reached her 50-year milestone in 2007, more than 30 staff wrote letters talking about the positive impact she had on their lives and careers. She has been a mentor to countless nurses across St Vincent’s, including our CEO Patricia O’Rourke. The final words must go to Ann: ‘You put in and you receive so much from the patients the rewards will always follow when you give your best.’

Professor Frank Dudley

Professor Frank DudleyProfessor Frank Dudley’s commitment and dedication to gastroenterology led to the development of a stand-alone gastroenterology department at The Alfred, and to his appointment as its director 28 years ago. His distinguished academic career along with his strategic vision and determination was paramount to the successful growth and development of the department, which is recognised internationally for its academic excellence and expertise in conducting large-scale, clinical trials.

Professor Dudley’s passion is reflected in his commitment and skill in mentoring junior staff; his supervision of postgraduate students and countless advanced trainees in gastroenterology. Many of his students have gone on to influential positions throughout the Victorian and Australian health sector.

Professor Don Esmore

Professor Don EsmoreProfessor Don Esmore was recruited to The Alfred hospital in 1989 to establish an adult heart transplant program for Victoria. In the first 12 months he performed 30 heart transplants. Twenty years on, 18 of those patients remain alive and well. By 1990 the professor introduced combined heart and lung transplantation and he coached his team to provide lung transplantation as an isolated procedure for patients with end-stage lung disease.

In 2007, under Professor Esmore, The Alfred extended the lung program to include paediatric lung transplantation. As a pioneer in heart and lung transplantation, he has changed the lives of more than 1,000 patients. He has given individuals a second, and sometimes even a third, chance when hope was slim.

Dr Jennifer Johns

Dr Jennifer JohnsDr Jennifer Johns is the medical director of Austin Health’s Specialty Clinical Services Unit and over the past 35 years has made a major contribution to the field of cardiology through her commitment to research, medical and public education, support of female cardiologists and her high-level honorary roles with the National Heart Foundation.

Dr Johns aims to raise the awareness of heart disease among younger and middle-aged women a disease that kills four times as many women as does breast cancer. Her strong belief in the need for equity in the provision of services is evident in her advocacy for regional Victorians and ongoing work for people of Sri Lanka following the Boxing Day tsunami. Dr Johns has consistently demonstrated her commitment to the provision of quality public healthcare.

Minister’s awards

Minister for Mental Health, the Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP, presented Minister’s awards honouring outstanding work in mental healthcare and said, ‘Victoria is a leader nationally and internationally for many progressive and innovative developments in the delivery of health services. These awards demonstrate that services are striving to achieve innovative and creative practice across the mental health and drug and alcohol sectors.’

Outstanding achievement by an individual or team in healthcare

Winner
Melbourne Health

Melbourne Health

Dr Mike Catton

Highly commended

St Vincent’s

Hand Transplant Team

Highly commended

Southern Health

Dr Brian Hoare

Outstanding achievement by an individual or a team in mental healthcare

Winner
The Royal Children's Hospital

The Royal Children’s Hospital

Eating Disorder Program

Highly commended

Northeast Health Wangaratta

Early Motherhood Service