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Recognising success

2022 Primary Care Quality and Innovation Awards

The 2022 PHN Primary Care Quality and Innovation Awards brought together a diverse range of primary care providers, professionals and practices from across the sector for a gala event on 24 June at the Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre.

From general practices and their after-hour care services to Rural Primary Health Services, mental health services, allied health providers, Aboriginal medical services, and residential aged care facilities, it was a night of celebrating innovation across the healthcare sector.

The PHN was delighted with the high quality of nominations and the strong response received this year across all categories. Congratulations to all winners and finalists.

An event highlight was a magnificent First Nations art exhibition. It was a privilege to be able to support and showcase a collection of such high calibre as part of the Awards this year.

A special thank you to our Sponsors EBOS Healthcare and Honeysuckle Health. We could not have put on such a wonderful evening without such support.

And lastly, thank you to our commissioned services team who showcased some of the amazing programs running in our region.

The 2023 Awards will be held on Friday 23 June.

Commissioning Innovation Showcase

An annual event on the PHN calendar, the Commissioning Innovation Showcase brings PHNs from across the country together to learn and share their commissioning experiences.

The 2022 event was held at Newcastle’s picturesque Merewether Surf House on 16 and 17 March and hosted by the NSW/ ACT Commissioning Network with the support of Rebbeck Consulting.

The Showcase is designed on the premise of “by PHNs for PHNs” to ensure that themes and topics remain contemporary in the Australian context of health care commissioning, and that there are opportunities to learn in a collegial environment. The program aligns industry-leading keynote speakers with each theme so learning from international commissioning excellence and across Australia is brought together in the PHN context.

The keynote opening address was given by Professor Stephen Duckett, Director of Health and Aged Care Programs at the Grattan Institute and Chair of Eastern Melbourne PHN.

Key themes of the Commissioning Innovation Showcase included:

  • Value - Measuring, driving, and evaluating outcomes for health improvement
  • Engagement - Engaging communities and clinicians to improve services
  • Integration - Wrapping healthcare around individuals’ needs
  • Digital - Accelerating behaviour change through digital innovation

Since its inception in 2017, the Showcase has become a unique and important event for PHNs to enhance commissioning learnings across the network, fostering deeper interactions and knowledge sharing.

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