Now in their 13th year, the prestigious awards celebrate outstanding excellence, dedication and innovation in public healthcare.
A panel of 78 experts from across the health sector adjudicated a total of 18 awards.
The Minister for Health’s Award for improving workforce wellbeing and safety was presented to Ambulance Victoria for their Occupational Violence Prevention Education Program. This program is the first of its kind for emergency services, using cutting-edge, immersive virtual reality training that features life-like scenarios of actual paramedics treating patients while being exposed to a variety of occupational violence hazards.
The Minister for Mental Health's Award for excellence in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Victorians was won by Eastern Health, for their program that uses an award-winning tele-psychiatry trial to reduce waiting times in hospital emergency departments.
The Premier's Health Service of the Year Awards were presented to Kyneton District Health, Benalla Health and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
The Minister for Health, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP and the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Martin Foley MP presented the awards together with Ms Kym Peake, (DHHS Secretary), Professor Euan Wallace, (Safer Care Victoria CEO) and the Hon. Bob Cameron (Chair of Judges).
For the full list of awards recipients, see 2017 winners of the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards on the Health.vic website.