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National Palliative Care Awards 2019

 

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Palliative Care Australia’s National Palliative Care Awards are aimed at recognising innovation, teamwork and emerging talent in the palliative care sector. The awards reward 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.

Thank you to all who have submitted nominations for the 2019 National Palliative Care Awards. Nominations are now closed. We look forward to notifying category finalists in early August. Good luck to all the nominees!

Award Applications Open Wednesday 22 May 2019
Award Applications Close Award Nominations are now closed
Finalists Notified  Early-August 2019
Winners Announced Thursday 12 September 2019  

 

~ Awards ~

Individual Awards 

  • Emerging Leader
  • Emerging Researcher
  • Excellence in palliative care – rural and remote
  • Excellence in palliative care in an aged care setting
  • Outstanding achievement by a volunteer

Organisation/Team Awards

  • Outstanding Teamwork Award
  • Innovation in Palliative Care

 

 

 

~ The judging process ~

An independent judging panel of three (3) experts within Australia who have demonstrated a clear commitment to and understanding of the provision of palliative care, will be convened to assess the nominations.

 

~ Prizes ~

Individual awards
$2,000 to be spent on professional development, plus free registration to the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference in 2021.

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

 

~ Eligibility and entry criteria ~

  • Entry is free.
  • Awards are only open to residents and organisations in Australia.
  • Individual nominees and at least two members of any nominated team or organisation must be a financial member of one of Palliative Care Australia’s member organisations (being Palliative Care ACT, Palliative Care NSW, Palliative Care Victoria, Palliative Care Tasmanian, Palliative Care SA, Palliative Care WA, Palliative Care NT, Palliative Care QLD, the Australia New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM), Palliative Care Nurses Association (PCNA) and the Paediatric Palliative Care Australia and New Zealand (PAPCANZ).  
  • There are five awards for individuals and two awards for teams or organisations.
  • Nominations for the individual awards must be made by someone other than the nominee. No self-nominations will be accepted for individual awards.
  • Nominees must consent to the nomination.
  • Please ensure your submission addresses the category award criteria.
  • Nominations can only be made via the Awards Nomination Web-Form via the Palliative Care Australia (palliativecare.org.au)
  • Nominations must be received by 5pm AEST Monday 15 July 2019. No late nominations will be accepted.
  • Nominees DO NOT have to be registered to attend the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference (19OPCC) to be eligible.
  • The awards will be presented at the 19OPCC Gala Dinner on Thursday 12 September 2019, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Finalists will be notified in early-August and attendances to the Dinner is highly encouraged, but not compulsory. All nominees and nominators are encouraged to attend. Attendance at the dinner is included in registration for the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference. People wishing to attend the dinner without attending the conference must purchase an individual dinner ticket for $180 inclusive of GST (contact info@oceanicpallcare.com to purchase).
  • It is a condition of entry that finalists and winners are available for publicity opportunities, which may include advertising features and interviews with in-house or external print, digital or TV media. Palliative Care Australia may use the winners’ names, images and/or voices in the event they are a winner (including photograph, film and/or recording of the same) for an unlimited period of time with no recompense to the winners.
  • All submitted nominations and supporting material remain the property of Palliative Care Australia and will not be returned.
  • Once the nominations have been received, the judging process remains confidential until the awards ceremony. PCA may contact nominators or nominees in the lead up to the Awards function for further details. 

 

                       


~ Individual awards ~

Award: 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.

 

Award: 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.

 

Award: Excellence in palliative care – rural and remote 

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.

 

Award: Excellence in palliative care in an aged care setting

This award recognises a person who has displayed excellence in care in an aged care setting, including both residential and community. 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

 

Award: Outstanding achievement by a volunteer

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 ~

Award: Outstanding teamwork

This award recognises inspirational teamwork. Characteristics of inspirational teams are people (two or more) 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

 

Award: 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

 

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