Primary health care awards

The HESTA Primary Health Care Awards recognise the dedication and professionalism of those working in primary health care.

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A story worth celebrating...

Do you know someone in primary health care with a story worth celebrating?

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Awards Dinner

The 2017 event will be held at the Sydney ICC on Sunday, 27 August.

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Winners will share a $30,000 prize pool courtesy of proud Awards sponsor ME- the bank for you.

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Nominations now closed

Finalists will be announced on 25 July 2017.

Award categories

Young Leader

This award highlights the selfless dedication of a young leader who displays exceptional mentoring qualities.

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Individual Distinction

This award recognises primary health care workers who have displayed a vision for the future, have delivered positive outcomes and have gone beyond the expectations of their role.

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Team Excellence

This award acknowledges the achievements of primary health care teams that have demonstrated innovation by way of a collaborative and inclusive approach to their work.

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Who can nominate?


Australia’s primary health care services are the first we turn to when we are sick or injured.

These awards recognise the dedication and professionalism of those working in primary health care including health educators, medical practice managers, rehabilitation professionals, physiotherapists, osteopaths, dentists, pharmacists, GPs and other related therapists.

Patients, carers, colleagues, and primary health care workers can nominate themselves or a special individual or team who has made a real difference to the lives of patients or to the quality of a service.

Everyone involved in every stage of the delivery of care can enter or be nominated.




Every person or organisation nominated will receive a certificate in recognition of their contributions.

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Finalists receive two tickets to attend the Awards dinner.

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Winners will share a $30,000 prize pool, courtesy of proud Awards sponsor ME- the bank for you.

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The HESTA Primary Health Care Awards epitomise outstanding standards of care and the highest levels of commitment to the primary health care profession.

2015 winners

Young Leader

Matthew Simpson was named the Young Leader winner for his work in driving greater patient care through mentoring, training and improving processes for paramedics.

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Individual Distinction

Don Palmer of the Malpa Project was named the Individual Distinction Award winner for an initiative that trains Indigenous children to be health ambassadors in their communities.

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Team Excellence

Boab Health Services, a podiatry tream in the Kimberley, was named the Team Excellence Award winner.

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Young Leader

Jonathan Ford



Dr Abhi Varshney

Terry Tierney

Megan Somerville

Joanne Turner


Individual Distinction

Dr Julie Thompson



Dr I-Hao Cheng

Dr Vivienne Tedeschi

Simon Ruth

Dr Dale Ford

Team Excellence

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