NSW Health Awards


Photo, left to right: Aggie Lim, Arthur Cheng, Kirstie Aggs, Andrea Herring, Annette Solman, Kate Evans, Louise Chick, Sabrina Lobo, Dr Melanie Boursnell, Luke Tuffy, Elly Snyder, Kanchan Mool

Our Health Story, Our Health Future was the theme of this year’s NSW Health Symposium, which saw approximately 1000 clinicians, consumers, academics, board members and managers from health services, non-government and professional organisations in attendance at this unique stat​e-wide gathering, held Thursday 26 and Friday 27 October 2017 at Sydney Olympic Park.

The Symposium also provided a platform to showcase the finalists of the 2017 NSW Health Awards, which recognise innovation and excellence in the delivery of health programs and services to the NSW community throughout the public health system. The finalists—who were selected by their peers from over 160 entries—presented their innovative projects in exhibition space booths and plenary presentations during the Symposium. The winners were announced during the Symposium.

Congratulations to HETI’s Leadership Management Development Team, a finalist in the ‘Supporting Our People’ category for its initiative: CORE Chat - Our Values in Action, one of the largest culture change initiatives within NSW Health.

Designed to develop workplace culture change for NSW Health staff, CORE Chat empowers staff to take responsibility for identifying practical solutions for workplace challenges. Delivered via face-to-face training, CORE Chat fosters a culture where staff are able to understand and put into practice the NSW Health CORE values. The course is designed to support long term behaviour change that delivers positive workplace culture, strengthen staff empowerment and improve patient outcomes by providing a framework for respectful patient and family conversations.

More than 2,600 NSW Health staff have taken part to date. Data shows participants learn skills to empower them as change agents and transfer knowledge from the courses to their workplaces. Around 99 per cent of participants to date have reported ‘high’ to ‘moderate’ confidence in their ability to contribute to a positive and healthy workplace culture.​