Finalists named for the inaugural New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora


Finalists named for the inaugural New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora

NZPH Awards - Press Release

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Organisers of the inaugural New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora are excited to announce the judges’ decisions about who the finalists are!

Forty-two finalists – listed below – from close to 180 entrants to the first ever national primary healthcare awards are ready to find out if they will be the stars of primary care 2020.

Winners will be announced at a special Gala Awards Night in Auckland on 29 February.

Awards judges looked for individuals and teams who made an impact on healthcare services, moving New Zealand closer to a country where all people get the care they need when they need it.

Five entries were also recognised as Highly Commended – see list below.

Calibre is amazing!
Judge Convenor Professor Linda Bryant says she was wowed by the submissions and that the calibre of the awards has been amazing.

“Feedback from the judges is that it has been an eye-opener as to the incredible people and services we have, and it was very difficult to judge as there were so many that were so close.

“They wanted to have so many more acknowledged for the work that is being done. Really tough decisions,” Professor Bryant says.

The people and teams who have made it onto the awards short list have shown a mix of sustainability, creative and original thought, collaboration and courage.

In addition to the awards finalists below, there will also be a Supreme Award winner, chosen from all the category winners on the night.

About the awards
The prestigious new national awards support and reward primary healthcare innovation, collaboration and outcomes. Twenty-one awards categories and the Supreme Award cover pharmacy, general practice, primary care nursing, practice management, industry suppliers and more.

The awards are organised by the Health Media Ltd and the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand Inc and generously supported by principal sponsor the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and other high-profile health sector groups.

A complete list of finalists is attached, and more information about their entries can be viewed tomorrow 30 January on the NZ Primary Healthcare Awards website as well as and

Gala Awards Night
The Gala celebrations kick off from 6pm at Shed 10 on the Auckland waterfront. Television presenter Kanoa Lloyd will emcee and DJ Bronson will set the mood.

The night will bring together some of New Zealand’s leading healthcare professionals and representatives from government, non-government and private industry to mix, mingle, and celebrate the best of the best in primary healthcare.

Tickets are on sale now ($225 + GST). Limited seats are available, and ticket sales close on 14 February. To book a seat, email Emma Houltham:

Principal sponsor
Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC)

Gold sponsors
BDO New Zealand, Blue Star, College of Nurses Aotearoa NZ, Douglas Pharmaceuticals, GlaxoSmithKline, Green Cross Health, Habit Group, Medispace, Medtech, Ministry of Health, Pharmaceutical Society, Pharmacy Guild, ProPharma, Sanofi, Southern Cross Health Insurance, Spark Health, and Total Healthcare

The New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora 2020 – Finalists

Best mental health programme – sponsored by Habit Group
EBPHA Mental Health Programme, Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance PHO, Whakatāne

Wellness Support primary care mental health model, Counties Manukau DHB, South Auckland

Best supplier service, product or campaign – sponsored by Blue Star
Patient/GP Insulin Initiation Booklet, Sanofi, Auckland

HPV Immunisation, High School Catch Up Programme, Seqirus, Parnell

Best youth or senior health service award
Piki youth psychological therapy services, Tū Ora Compass PHO, Wellington

Primary care health service for children and youth in non-health environments, Health Connections, Auckland

Business achievement award – sponsored by BDO
GP, urgent care, and specialist clinics, KPT Medical Group, Karaka, Pokeno & Takanini

Creating Integrated Multicentre Interdisciplinary Healthcare, Southern Rehab, Riccarton

Community or primary healthcare pharmacist of the year – sponsored by Douglas Pharmaceuticals
Leanne Te Karu, Pihanga Health in Turangi and Papakura Marae Clinic

Penny Clark, Northcare Primary Care team, Hamilton

Community pharmacy of the year – sponsored by Pharmacy Guild
Anglesea Pharmacy, Hamilton

Longhurst Pharmacy, Halswell, Christchurch

Equity award – sponsored by Ministry of Health
Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in the Pacific Population (Happy Skin) project, West Fono Health Trust, West Auckland

Making Independence Accessible to Blind and Low Vision New Zealanders project, Habit Group and Blind & Low Vision New Zealand, Wellington

Excellence in information technology award – sponsored by Spark
Online mental health platform, Clearhead, Auckland

IT-driven response to the measles outbreak in Auckland, Total Healthcare PHO and Tāmaki Health, Auckland

General practitioner of the year – sponsored by Medtech
Dr Glen Davies, Taupō Medical Centre, Taupō

Dr John Elliott, Kumeu Village Medical Centre, Auckland

General practice of the year – sponsored by Total Healthcare
Feilding Health Care, Feilding

Tongan Health Society, South Auckland

Good sort award – sponsored by Sanofi
Mark Shirley, Southern Rehab, Dunedin

Louise Shambrook, Taradale Medical Centre, Hastings

Good space award – sponsored by Medispace
Rakau Road medical facility, Castlecliff Health, Wanganui

Kelburn Northland Medical, Wellington

Innovation in service delivery award – sponsored by Pharmaceutical Society
High Tech Imaging: Client Centric Design Initiative in Primary Care, ProCare & Mercy Radiology, Auckland

Early recognition of acute deterioration in Aged Residential Care residents – Project, Western Bay of Plenty PHO, Tauranga

Nurse practitioner of the year – sponsored by College of Nurses Aotearoa NZ
Associate Professor Karen Hoare, Greenstone Family Clinic, South Auckland

Jackie Clapperton, St John, The Doctors ‒ Te Whare Hāpara, Turanga Health at Te Karaka Medical Centre and Hauora Tairāwhiti, Gisborne

Outstanding contribution to health – sponsored by Green Cross Health
Dr Nikki Turner, Newtown Union Health Service, WellHealth Trust PHO, Wellington

Dr Linda Bryant, Newtown Union Health Service and Porirua Union Community Health Service, WellHealth Trust PHO, Wellington

Patient safety award – sponsored by ACC
Health Navigator Te Waka Hauora through improving patient safety resources, Health Navigator Charitable Trust, Auckland

‘Every Patient, Every Time’ project, Safety in Practice team, Auckland and Waitematā DHBs, Auckland

Community pharmacy technician of the year – sponsored by ProPharma
Alison Hayden, Pharmacy 547, Hamilton

Samantha Burgess, Life Pharmacy Coastlands, Wellington

Practice nurse of the year
Dianne Theobald, Newtown Union Health Service, Wellington

Pauline Fitzgerald, Papakura Marae Clinic, Papakura

Practice/business manager of the year – sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
Adrian Tucker, Ropata Medical Centre and co-manager of Cosine PHO, Lower Hutt

Erin Thompson, Health Connections, Auckland

Primary and secondary integration award – sponsored by Southern Cross Health Insurance
True partnership in care: E-consultation, Waitematā DHB Institute of Innovation and Improvement, Auckland

Prescribing of long term opioids: Clinical Pharmacists bring primary and secondary care together to uncover the real issues, Clinical Pharmacists Facilitators Team – Hawke's Bay DHB, Hawke’s Bay

Research and education award
Osteoarthritis Mobility Project, Longhurst Pharmacy and Physiotherapy, Halswell, Christchurch

Rural Health Careers Promotion Programme, New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, Wellington

The New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora 2020 – Highly commended

Good sort award – sponsored by Sanofi
Megan Cumming, Health Navigator, West Coast PHO, Greymouth

Pharmacy technician of the year – sponsored by ProPharma
Arzhay Heslop, Huntly West Pharmacy, Huntly

Best mental health programme – sponsored by Habit Group
Wellness Support Team, Tāmaki Health, Auckland

Innovation in service delivery award – sponsored by Pharmaceutical Society
Medwise Clinical Pharmacy Service, Bay of Plenty

General practitioner of the year – sponsored by Medtech
Oliver A Samin, Royal Oak Medical Centre, Auckland

For more information please contact:
Valerie Riedel awards publicist
027 625 5828

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