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    Recognition and Awards Program

    The Network’s Recognition and Awards Program celebrates the outstanding performance, innovation and achievements of Network teams and staff.  In particular, the program focuses on contributions to improved patient care and workplace culture.

    The program is an important component in the Network’s strategy to showcase itself as an employer of choice, and serves as a pathway to support Network submissions to external award programs at State and national levels.

    2018 Award Recipients

    Employee of the Year

    Josephine Burton, Nurse Practitioner, Primary Health 

    Gary Forrest, Chief Executive, Josephine Burton, Nurse Practitioner


    Highly Commended

    Filomena Romano, Forensic Mental Health Liaison Officer

    Gary Forrest, Chief Executive, Filomena Romano, Gaurav Kharbanda, SmartSalary Pty Ltd. 

    Team of the Year

    The Population Health Team


    Gary Forrest, Chief Executive, James Wood, Programs Manager Population Health, Gaurav Kharbanda, SmartSalary Pty Ltd. 


    Highly Commended - Team of the Year

    Interprofessional Student Program (ISP) Team

    Gary Forrest, Chief Executive, Rahamathullah Niyamath, Orlaith Lavery, Julie Dodd, Doug Green.


    Quality Awards

    Recognising improvements and innovations across six categories. The 2018 winners are:

    • Patients as Partners: Bridging the Gap: Primary Care GP Telehealth
    • Excellence in the Provision of Mental Health Services: Ring, ring why don’t you give me a call?
    • A Safe and Healthy Workplace:  Refurbishment of the medical imaging equipment - Long Bay Hospital.
    • Patient Safety First: Remote Offsite After-hours Medical Service (ROAMS).
    • Supporting our People: Network Art Competition.
    • Delivering Integrated Care: Extending our reach - primary care solution for mental health patients.


    Rural Award

    The recipient is selected from a nomination to an existing Award for a Team or a Quality Award that impacts rural employees, rural based family of inmates, rural based services, patients based in a rural facility.

    2018 Winner

    Primary Care Services

    Gary Forrest, Chief Executive.Rose Lougheed Service Director Primary Care, Natasha Hyde A/Clinical Director Primary Care, Jessica Fussell Manager  Pharmacy, Samantha Cook Operations Manager Oral Health, Rachel Lee Manager  Pharmacy, Mitchell Bourke Operations Manager Primary Care-Clinical, Keith Heap Clinical Director Oral Health.

    Service Awards

    This award recognises employees whose ongoing employment and commitment contributes to the Network’s long-term success. The 2018 recipients are:

    20 Years of Service

    • Carolyn Dixon, Operations Manager, State-wide community court liaison Service
    • Diane Broomhall, Registered Nurse
    • Erika Balance, Family and Career Consultant
    • Fiona Fielder, Registered Nurse
    • Jilane Sarjeant, Registered Nurse
    • Matthew Cowley , Registered Nurse
    • Shane Bond, Health Centre Clerk.

    25 Years of Service

    • Anne Cole, Registered Nurse
    • Marian Gray, Nurse Manager Clinical Corporate Governance.

    30 Years of Service

    • Dominic Lal, Integrated care coordinator
    • Encarnacion Camacho, Medical Records Clerk
    • Janelle Reynolds, Project officer
    • Rusnita Tang, Hospital Assistant
    • Sandra Jenkins, Nurse unit Manager
    • Suzanne Heap, Senior Dental Assistant
    • Terri Sheehan, Deputy Director Nursing and Midwifery.

    Art Competition

    This initiative aims to recognise the important role of The Arts in enhancing therapeutic environments for our patients, their families and carers, and staff.

    2018 Staff Category

    Winner: Understanding Dopamine, Hypothesis through the Art of Movement Light and George Nicdao – The Forensic Hospital.

    Highly Commended: Flourishing in Unexpected Places. by Emily Loa – Pharmacy Department Long Bay Hospital.

    For more information on the NSW Health and the Arts Framework click here.