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Palliative Care Australia National Awards 2017

Nominations have closed. Winners will be announced at the Australian Palliative Care Conference Gala Dinner in September. 

The National Awards are aimed at recognising innovation, teamwork and emerging talent in the palliative care sector. The awards recognise the efforts of those who support and care for people who are dying through public recognition of organisations and individuals who provide support and care to those people.

We’re thrilled to welcome National Home Doctor Service as the National Palliative Care Awards partner for 2017. Their generous contribution will take these awards to new heights and offer these talented individuals and teams an even stronger platform and capability to continue their invaluable care and careers in palliative care.

Nominations close Friday 21 July

 

 

Prizes

Individual awards – $2,000 to be spent on professional development, plus free registration to the 15th Australian Palliative Care Conference in 2019.

Organisation/team awards – $4,000 to be spent on professional development for the entire team.

Individual awards 

Emerging leader

This award recognises an up and coming leader for significant contributions to palliative care early in their working or academic life. Characteristics of emerging leaders include outstanding mentorship, inspirational behaviour, support, passion for their field of work, commitment to working in partnerships, teamwork, respect for others, persistence and pioneering developments. Emerging leaders are visible and accessible and positively impact on outcomes. They are motivational communicators.

The recipient of this award will show outstanding promise as a palliative care leader of the future and respected role exemplar for others in the palliative care sector.

Nominations in this category are judged on their ability to demonstrate or illustrate the following:

  • How the nominee has demonstrated their leadership qualities in a palliative care environment;
  • How the nominee’s leadership has made a difference to patients, clients and colleagues;
  • How the nominee has demonstrated great commitment to and passion for the palliative care sector using specific examples
  • How the nominee’s work has made a difference to their employer organisation.

Limitations

  • The nominee has been working or studying in the field of palliative care for less than five years.
  • The nomination must be endorsed by their manager or similar person.
  • The nominee must be a member of a PCA Member Organisation.

 

Emerging researcher

This award recognises outstanding contribution to palliative care by a researcher in the first five years of their research career. The nomination must describe how their research will lead or has led to positive clinical outcomes for people experiencing palliative. Research can be across any setting of care, so long as it is in relation to palliative care. If the nominee is not the lead or chief investigator, it must be demonstrated that they worked closely with a key researcher in palliative care as co-investigator.

The nomination must include the following:

  • Nominations must be validated by the nominee’s supervisor or department head who is directly involved in the work of the researcher.
  • The nomination must include the name of the research project.
  • The research is about an aspect of palliative care or directly related topic.
  • The research is undisputed or any dispute has been resolved.
  • If the research was funded by an external body, where the funding came from
  • The research has been published in reputable relevant publication or presented at a conference in the last 3 years, or accepted for presentation at a conference within the next 12 months.

Limitations

  • The nominee has been working or studying in the field of palliative care for less than five years.
  • The nominee must be a member of a PCA Member Organisation.

 

Excellence in palliative care – rural and remote – NEW AWARD

This award recognises a person who has made significant contributions to palliative care in a rural and remote area. Characteristics of excellence include innovative practice, support and passion for working in rural and remote areas, mentorship of others, teamwork and respect for others. Rural and remote practitioners are connected and trusted within their communities.

The recipient of this award will show excellent service as a palliative care practitioner and a champion for others to work in rural or remote areas.

Nominations in this category are judged on their ability to demonstrate or illustrate the following:

  • How the nominee has demonstrated their work in a palliative care environment in a rural or regional place;
  • How the nominee’s work has made a difference to the community, patients, and colleagues in a rural or remote place;
  • How the nominee has demonstrated great commitment to and passion for the palliative care sector in a rural or remote place using specific examples

Limitations

  • The nominee has been working in a rural or remote place for more than 12 months
  • The nomination must be endorsed by their manager or similar person.
  • The nominee must be a member of a PCA Member Organisation.

 

Excellence in palliative care in an aged care setting – NEW AWARD

This award recognises a person who has displayed excellence in care in an aged care setting. Characteristics of excellence include innovative practice, outstanding mentorship, inspirational behaviour, support and passion for their work, commitment to working in partnerships, excellent teamwork and respect for others.

The recipient of this award will show excellence as a palliative care leader in an aged care setting and a champion for others in the palliative care sector. They are motivational communicators.

Nominations in this category are judged on their ability to demonstrate or illustrate the following:

  • How the nominee has demonstrated excellence in palliative care in an aged care setting;
  • How the nominee’s work has made a difference to patients, clients and colleagues;
  • How the nominee has demonstrated great commitment to and passion for the palliative care sector in an aged care setting using specific examples
  • How the nominee’s work has made a difference to their employer organisation.

Limitations

  • The nominee has been working or in the field of palliative care in an aged care setting for more than 12 months
  • The nomination must be endorsed by their manager or similar person.
  • The nominee must be a member of a PCA Member Organisation.

 

Outstanding achievement by a volunteer – NEW AWARD

Volunteers mean the world to us. This award recognises the exceptional contribution of a volunteer in improving the experience of a patient/s with Palliative Care needs or their family. Palliative Care Australia is proud to recognise those who selflessly and generously volunteer their time and skills to look after others, without asking for recognition or expecting anything in return.

Nominations in this category are judged on the following:

  • Commitment: how this volunteer has demonstrated considerable commitment in terms of responsibility assumed and how his/her responsibilities have increased over time;
  • Impact: how this volunteer has made a notable impact while serving patients and families;
  • Personal Growth: How the nominee has grown personally through his/her volunteer work and how that has been demonstrated using specific examples.
  • Inspiration to others: How this nominee has served as an inspiration to fellow volunteers and the palliative care organisation

Limitations

  • The nominee must have been a volunteer more than 24 months

Organisation / Team awards 

Outstanding teamwork award

This award recognises inspirational teamwork. Characteristics of inspirational teams are people (more than two) who have the ability to work across divisions, departments or organisations towards a common vision.  These teams direct their individual accomplishments towards the team’s objectives.  Outstanding teams operate within a framework of cooperation and collaboration. They have demonstrated outstanding performance and outcomes due to group achievement, innovative ideas or suggestions to improve outcomes. They may also have demonstrated resilience through operating under adverse circumstances.

Nominations must show:

  • How the team has worked effectively to successfully accomplish a task or meet a goal.
  • How teamwork has made a difference to patient outcomes.
  • How the team created an environment that promotes communication, trust, cooperation and respect for diversity.
  • How teamwork underpins and demonstrates their commitment to the palliative care sector.

Limitations

  • Must be signed off by CEO/manager or person of authority.
  • Membership of a Palliative Care Australia member organisation can be at an individual or organisational level.

 

Innovation in Palliative Care

This award recognises an organisation that has initiated an innovative practice, project or service that enhances the delivery of palliative care. Innovation in palliative care needs to be sustainable with demonstrable outcomes. The innovation can have taken place across any setting of care, so long as it is has enhanced the delivery of palliative care.

Nominations will be judged on:

  • How the innovation positively impacts service provision in a palliative care environment.
  • How the innovation has made a difference to patients and carers.
  • How the organisation embraces innovation and demonstrates commitment to the palliative care sector.
  • Specific examples of outstanding innovation in service provision in a palliative care environment.

Limitations

  • Activities identified as innovative must have been in place for more than one year and less than five years.
  • Membership of a Palliative Care Australia member organisation can be at an individual or organisational level.
  • Must be signed off by CEO/manage or person of authority.

To view the full Palliative Care Australia National Framework click here

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