Allied health winners sought

health professionals lined up: Primary Health Networks

HESTA is searching for the nation’s best primary health care professionals, including pharmacists

Nominations now open for the 2017 HESTA Primary Health Care Awards, presented in conjunction with the 12th National Allied Health Conference.

The Awards recognise the dedication and professionalism of those working in all aspects of primary health care including pharmacists, health educators, medical practice managers, rehabilitation professionals, physios, osteopaths, dentists, GPs and other related therapists.

Employers, colleagues, patients/carers, and individuals can nominate online from now until 2 June 2017.

HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey, says the Awards are an opportunity to recognise the knowledge, skill and commitment of primary health care professionals, who provide some of the best health care services in the world.

“Primary health care professionals are often the first people Australians turn to when we are sick or injured. Their crucial work helps ensure individuals and communities receive quality, accessible health care,” Ms Blakey says.

“The Awards are our opportunity to give back. We’re proud to recognise primary health care teams and individuals who lead and innovate to develop initiatives associated with improvements in patient care, or organisational outcomes that are aimed at improving health outcomes for all Australians,” Ms Blakey says.

Awards sponsor ME is providing a $30,000 prize pool, to be divided among the winners in three award categories — Young Leader, Individual Distinction and Team Excellence.

Each winner will receive $10,000 in a ME Everyday Transaction account to use for further education or team development.

Finalists will receive complimentary registration for the 12th National Allied Health Conference, with interstate finalists flown to Sydney to attend the awards dinner on 28 August 2017.

Online nominations can be submitted at

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