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MNCLHD Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick presents the Close the Gap award to Craig and Michelle Jarrett for the Jaanybarr Giirrwaawa (Men Gather Together) program.

Excellence recognised at Health Innovation Awards

Jun 10, 2022

Those who work to improve health outcomes for their communities have been celebrated at the Mid North Coast Local Health  District’s (MNCLHD) annual Health Innovation Awards, held at Sails Resort in Port Macquarie last night.

Showcasing the Mid North Coast’s dedicated healthcare staff, innovative projects and devoted volunteers, the awards  highlighted how milestones can be achieved, despite the challenges the district has faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.

MNCLHD Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick applauded the award winners and said the ceremony was an opportunity to recognise the successes of staff and volunteers, while reflecting on how projects and initiatives can help to shape the patient journey.

“It was wonderful to be able to present some well-deserved accolades to the teams and individuals behind these community-focused health solutions that make such a difference in our local communities,” Mr Dowrick said.

“I congratulate all the winners and finalists, and celebrate their dedication, innovation and resilience in both the clinical and corporate setting.”

Several award recipients from the MNCLHD will now be nominated for the NSW Health Awards to be held later in the year.

Award recipients in each category were:

Transforming Patient Experience – The First Regional Child and Family Health Residential Unit
Health Research and Innovation – Putting Research and Innovation on the Agenda
Keeping People Healthy – Jaanybarr Giirrwaawa – Men Gather Together
Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services – Holistic integration of trauma-informed care in the Coffs Harbour Acute Mental Health Unit
People and Culture – Words Matter
Patient Safety First – The Evolution of District COVID Care in the Community
Volunteer of the Year –  Denise McNeill
Collaborative Leader of the Year – Olivia Tierney
Staff Member of the Year – Rhonda Farthing
ACI Award for Innovation – Seeing a Difference
Chief Executive Close the Gap Award – Jaanybarr Giirrwaawa – Men Gather Together
Chair’s Award – Sarah’s Story: Living with Dementia

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