Health Excellence Awards

These awards showcase the outstanding work by health professionals in our district to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. The Health Excellence Awards are about celebrating research and innovation excellence in healthcare. Improving patient outcomes is the single most important benefit to follow from evidence-based discussion and debate on health and healthcare.

The Health Excellence Awards provide a forum in which improvements can be embedded and shared. This event promotes a sharing of knowledge gained from projects that: 

  • improve practice
  • develop and support the workforce
  • encourage community cooperation, compassionate healthcare and equitable access to health solutions.

2017 Finals & Prize Giving

This year's Health Excellence Awards event was held on Wednesday 14 June in the newly opened Whenua Pupuke - Waitemata Clinical Skills Centre on the North Shore Hospital campus. The evening included a special instalment of the CEO Lecture series entitled "Health inequalities: too much illness or not enough wellness?" presented by Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public health at the University of Strathclyde and a former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland.

2017 Oral Presentation Winners

Visit the oral presentation gallery

Overall Winner and Excellence in Clinical Care
#O2TheFix: Swimming between the Flags
Nikola Ncube & Jessica Nand; Respiratory Dept, Pharmacy, ICU Outreach, e-Vitals Team, e-Prescribing Team

Excellence in Integrated Care and Excellence in Workforce Development
The Waitemata AAA Screening Pilot for Māori
Micol Salvetto & Rahiri Bennett; Waitemata DHB, Coast to Coast Healthcare, Waitakere Union Health, Te Puna Hauora, Te Hā Oranga (Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Whātua)

Excellence in Patient Experience
Pacific Best Practice: Engagement for better health outcomes
Athena Tapu & Louise Taberner; Pacific Health Services & Auckland Regional Dental Services

Excellence in Health Literacy
The National Safe Use of Opioids Collaborative: what Waitemata DHB did
Dr Jerome Ng; Ward 4, Ward 7, Acute Pain Service, Institute for Innovation & Improvement, Pharmacy, METU

Excellence in Workforce Development
Health Science Academies: An Approach to Grow Pacific Health Workforce
Malcolm Andrews; Pacific Health Services, Healthy Families Waitakere & Waitakere College

Excellence in Transforming Organisational Culture
Patient and Whānau Centred Care Standards: Elevating Quality Care Through Ward Leadership
Jeanette Bell; Institute for Innovation & Improvement and the Nursing Directorate

Emerging Researcher
Rebecca Watkin, Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition & Food Services

2017 Poster Winners

Visit the poster gallery to view all posters.

Overall Winner
Community Perceptions of Primary Birthing Units in Waitemata DHB (Poster 108)

Excellence in Clinical Care
Implementing a pathway for Autistic Spectrum Disorders led to better clinical management and support for families (Poster 107)

Excellence in Integrated Care
Connecting Youth to Health Services (Poster 118)

Excellence in Patient Experience
Empowering Pasifika Women Through Women’s Therapeutic Group (Poster 111)

People's Choice
Exploring emotions, knowledge & nutritional support in different ethnic groups living in New Zealand with pre-diabetes & type 2 diabetes (Poster 106)

Emerging Researcher
Zhuoshi Zhang (Poster 106)

2017 Special Awards

CEO Publication Prize
Simon W. Young, Matthew L. Walker, Ali Bayan, Toby Briant-Evans, Paul Pavlou, Bill Farrington "No Difference in 2-year Functional Outcomes Using Kinematic versus Mechanical Alignment in TKA: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial" Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (2017), 475: 9–20.

Margaret Gadsdon Memorial Endowment
Rebecca Watkin, Clinical Dietitian, Nutrition & Food Services

For further information email research@waitematadhb.govt.nz