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Primary Health Awards winners announced November 20, 2019

Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) announced the winners of the 2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards at its Annual General Meeting in Sale on November 20th. The awards recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better health to the Gippsland region and in its second year, exceeded all expectations with quality applications in four categories including:

Integration and Partnerships
Improved Access to Health Services
Cultural Appropriate Support for Indigenous and other Diverse Communities
Applications were received from General Practitioners, Allied Health providers, community services, dentists, mental health professionals and Aboriginal medical services.

WINNER: Improved Access to Health Services-Chronic Disease Management
Dr Greg Ivanoff realised the importance of employing a registered nurse to concentrate on Chronic Disease Management. Employing a dedicated health professional to manage the program has seen a marked increase in patient compliance with treatment, medication and taking a greater role in self-management.

Gippsland PHN Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Amanda Proposch, said the quality of the projects featured within the applications was testament to the commitment of our local health professionals throughout Gippsland. “The entries we received showcase the significant and quality of work being delivered by individuals and teams in Gippsland caring for our communities. Their work truly aligns with the Gippsland PHN vision of a measurably healthier Gippsland,” Ms Proposch explained. A unique aspect of the application process was participants submitting their projects in a creative way that best told their story of success. These included a video, poster, PowerPoint presentation or report. “Some of our key objectives at Gippsland PHN are to increase the access to, the efficiency and effectiveness services for patients, particularly those most vulnerable and at risk of poor health outcomes” Ms Proposch said. “The 2019 Gippsland Primary Health Awards allows us to get fabulous insights into how these objectives are being met by our members. The winners are to be congratulated for their efforts and should feel proud their projects are getting the recognition they deserve.”