Creating a healthier, better connected Gippsland.

Entries for the Gippsland Primary Health Awards close on 30 September 2022. The categories are:

Priority areas:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing
• People 65 years and over
• Children and young people 0-25 years
• People with a disability
This award will focus on initiatives that acknowledge the health challenges of vulnerable communities and groups and demonstrates creative ways of engaging with these communities.
Health Issues
Priority areas:
• Alcohol and other drugs
• Cancer
• Mental health and wellbeing, including suicide prevention
• Chronic disease
• Dementia
• Reproductive and sexual health
This award recognises a commitment to improved quality of care and access to care for health issues.
Service Issues
Priority areas:
• Health workforce
• Digital health
• Access to care that meets people’s needs
This award will focus on initiatives that address health service system issues for our workforce and/or community.
Prevention Issues
Priority areas:
• Family violence
• Factors affecting health - social determinants, housing, income, social connections
• Healthy and safe environment - climate change, pandemics, natural disasters
This award recognises innovative preventative work that impacts on the health and wellbeing of communities across Gippsland.

Evaluation criteria:

The evaluation panel’s role is to assess the entries according to the following criteria:

Description & suitability
What is the primary health service/program? Does it provide services to the Gippsland community? Does it address at least one of Gippsland PHN’s priority areas?
Responding to local needs
How does the service/program respond to local needs? Is there evidence of need for the primary health service/program? Does it demonstrate innovation?
Clear objectives, impacts and outcomes
What were the objectives and specific results and outcomes from the primary health service/program?
Is there active and ongoing consumer and carer involvement? Does the primary health service/program enable equitable access and engagement, particularly with vulnerable groups? Is there evidence of collaboration and integration with other services?
Is the primary health service/program sustainable? Is there potential for expansion?

Winners of each section will receive a voucher for $2000 which can be used on either training and education or on a wellbeing team development activity within the winner’s organisation.