Quality care and innovation celebrated at annual PHN awards

Quality care and innovation celebrated at annual PHN awards

A digital health platform delivering therapeutic support in remote areas, a first-of-its-kind rehabilitation centre for women, and a program providing support to separated fathers are among the recipients of the 2023 Primary Care Quality and Innovation Awards.

Presented in front of a full house on Friday 23 June at Newcastle City Hall, the awards brought together a diverse range of primary care providers, professionals, and practices from across the sector.

The event also inducted the latest Dedication to Service Award winners into the Hall of Fame.

CEO of the Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network, Richard Nankervis said it was a great night celebrating the achievements of the worthy award recipients and finalists.

“The award night is the flagship annual event for the Primary Health Network and a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to showcase the quality services and innovative practices happening every day across our network,” Richard said.

“It’s an important celebration of the role of primary care providers and thank them for the value they add to the people living in the Hunter, New England, and Central Coast regions.

“Thank you to all winners, finalists, nominees, sponsors and attendees for making the evening a huge success.”

Categories from the event and winners included:

Patients First Award

  • Umina Podiatry

First Nations Health Award

Joint Winners

  • Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service
  • The Glen for Women

Technology in Health Award

  • Uniting NSW ACT – Telehealth4kids

Primary Care Innovation Award

  • EngAGE

Primary Care Leader Award – Organisation


  • Parents Beyond Breakup
  • Raymond Terrace Respiratory Clinic

Primary Care Leader Award – Individual

  • Donna Taylor

Dedication to Service Recipients

  • Christine Connor
  • Dr Joel Wenitong
  • Aunty Di O’Brien
  • Dr Maggie Lane
  • Dr Colette Hourigan

Primary Health Network

Primary Health Network is a not for profit organisation primarily funded by the Commonwealth government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the primary health care system. HNECC PHN supports GPs and other health professionals, and delivers a range of programs.

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