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Nominations for the Victorian Rural Health Awards are NOW OPEN! 

The Victorian Rural Health Awards are back for the 19th year, and it’s time to nominate and celebrate outstanding rural health professionals.

Since 2005, RWAV, with the support of the Victorian Department of Health, has proudly hosted the annual Victorian Rural Health Awards to recognise the outstanding contributions made by health professionals working in rural communities. The Awards honour exceptional medical professionals, nurses, allied health professionals, Aboriginal health workers, and practice managers working across rural Victoria.

Do you know an outstanding rural health professional who should be recognised for their contribution to your community? 

Nominate them for one of the 12 Victorian Rural Health Awards categories by providing their details in the form below.

General Eligibility Criteria

Here is who can Nominate and who can be Nominated:

1.       Candidates can be nominated by a peer, organisation or patient.
2.       The candidate must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM* 2–7 location
3.       Must have been working in a rural location for longer than two years.

* MMM refers to Monash Modified Model. The model was developed to better target health workforce programs to attract health professionals to more remote and smaller communities. The MMM classifies metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas according to geographical remoteness, as defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and town size. You can find your MMM location here

The exception for nominations are ACCOs (Aboriginal Community Controlled Organizations), who can nominate in areas 1-7. 

Selection Criteria for Nominations:

To Nominate a candidate for VRHA, please provide the following supporting information whilst filling out the nomination form below.

  • Provide a summary of the nominee’s career in rural health
  • Outline the outstanding contributions made by the nominee that demonstrate why they deserve consideration for this award
  • Provide examples of the nominee’s contribution to the well-being of the community.

Nomination Categories for the 2024 Victorian Rural Health Awards: NOW OPEN

The Outstanding Contribution by a Rural GP or Rural Generalist award recognises a rural doctor who has shown ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care to meet the current and future healthcare needs of their community.
Nominees for this award must be providing comprehensive general practice and emergency care, as well as required components of other medical specialist care in hospital and/or community settings to meet community needs. Eligible other care includes anaesthetics, obstetrics, emergency medicine, surgery, paediatrics, palliative care, internal medicine, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Peer, organisation or patient nominated
2.       Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location
3.       Must have been working in a rural location for longer than two years.

The Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Medical Specialist award recognises a rural non-GP specialist who has shown ongoing commitment to providing exceptional care to the community.
Nominees for this award must be providing medical specialist care in a hospital and/or community setting.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Peer, organisation or patient nominated
2.       Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location
3.       Must have been working in a rural location for longer than two years.

The Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health award recognises a health professional, team or organisation that has made significant contributions in providing care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities.
The award recognises both medical and non-medical workers and includes specialists, counsellors, health workers, nurses and many others.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Peer, organisation, patient or community member nominated
2.       Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location.

The Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Health Consumer Advocate award recognises the contribution of a consumer, carer or community member from rural Victoria that has made a significant contribution to healthcare. They need to demonstrate how they have used their lived experience to engage with health professionals or health services to improve the quality, accessibility or safety of healthcare. It also recognises an exceptional contribution by a consumer advocate to strengthen the consumer voice in decision making and program planning for the delivery of health services in rural Victoria.
Eligibility criteria:
1. Must have been involved in consumer advocacy activities relating to rural health in the last 12 months
2. Must be peer, organisation, patient or community member nominated.

The Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Health Team award recognises an exceptional team contribution to create a positive difference in the delivery of health care in rural Victoria.
Eligibility criteria:
1. Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location
2. Must be a team contribution to general practice or allied health, providing excellence in service delivery and improved client outcomes
3. Peer, organisation, patient or community member nominated.

The Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Multidisciplinary Health Team award recognises an exceptional team contribution to create a positive difference in the delivery of health care in rural Victoria.

Eligibility criteria:
1. Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location
2. Must be a Multidisciplinary team (comprised of medical, nursing and/or allied health workers from 3 or more disciplines, from the same or different organisations/services) contribution to health care delivery, providing excellence in service delivery and improved client outcomes
3.Peer, organisation, patient or community member nominated.

The Outstanding Contribution by a Mentor or Supervisor award recognises the exceptional efforts and dedication of mentors and supervisors. The award acknowledges the enormous value of mentoring and supervising, and inspirational contribution that would encourage health professionals to take up these roles. The award will contribute to the overall growth and sustainability of the Victorian rural health workforce.

The award recognises the vital role of mentors and supervisors in providing support, knowledge, skills, inspiration and encouragement. Nominations would be submitted by mentees and supervisees and assessed on the answers given. Nominees require a professional health background but do not need to currently be practicing. The award recognises medical, allied health and nursing.

Eligibility Criteria for the Award:
To be eligible for the ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Health Workforce Mentor or Supervisor’ award, the nominees must:

• Be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location
• Be providing supervision or mentor services to students or health care professionals currently working in a hospital and/or community setting.
• Have actively participated as a mentor or supervisor for a minimum of six months.
• Show demonstrated commitment to the professional development and success of their mentee or supervisee.
• Showcase tangible outcomes or success stories resulting from being a Mentor or Supervisor.

The Outstanding Contribution to Rural Primary Care Nursing award recognises an exceptional rural nurse or midwife who has delivered outstanding patient care, positive outcomes and who performs above the expectations of their role.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Peer, organisation or patient nominated
2.       Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location
3.       Must have been working in a rural location for longer than two years.

The Outstanding Contribution to Rural Allied Health award recognises an allied health professional who has shown professional and personal commitment to regional and rural communities, and has gone above the expectations of their role to provide services to the community.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Peer, organisation or patient nominated
2.       Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location
3.       Must have been working in a rural location for longer than two years.

The Outstanding Contribution by a Rural Healthcare Practice Management award recognises a practice manager who has gone above the expectations of their role shown professional and personal commitment to regional and rural communities through their leadership, mentoring and innovation.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Peer, organisation or community member nominated
2.       Must be currently employed as a practice manager at a rural Victorian practice (MMM 2–7 location)
3.       Must have been working in a rural location for longer than two years.

The Outstanding Contribution to Rural Healthcare Outreach Provision award recognises a health professional, team or organisation that has made significant contributions in providing outreach services to rural and regional communities.
The award recognises both medical and non-medical workers and includes specialists, counsellors, health workers, nurses and others.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Peer, organisation, patient or community member nominated
2.       Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location. If MMM1 location is identified, the service is delivered in an Aboriginal Medical Service or Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

The Rising Star Award celebrates the future of rural health care. Each year we recognise a junior health professional who has shown a true passion for rural health and is intent on dedicating their career to rural communities.

Eligibility criteria:
1.       Supervisor or organisation nominated
2.       Open to all health professionals
3.       Must be currently practising in a rural Victorian MMM 2–7 location;
4.       Has been practising for less than four years.

2024 Victorian Rural Health Awards Nomination Form

  • Nominator Details

  • Nominee Details

    Please select which category you are nominating this person for. Nominators can select multiple award categories as long as the criteria is met and rationale has been given.
  • Please include the health service name and location.
  • Nomination Statement (minimum 250 words)

    Please outline why you are nominating this health professional and what activities they have undertaken that show significant outstanding contribution beyond normal professional expectations. Include as much detail as possible about the nominee’s professional career, achievements and/or community involvement. Please address the selection criteria in the 2022 Victorian Rural Health Awards Nomination Information document (Minimum 250 words).
  • Supporting Documents

    Please attach at least one supporting document to support your nomination such as media, news articles, letters of recommendation, published journal articles, etc.
  • Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • Max. file size: 128 MB.

Msc (Fin), FCCA, FGIA, CA

Shay brings over 20 years of financial
management experience in commercial and not-for-profit organizations. He has a
rich and varied experience in multiple finance and leadership roles in the
United Kingdom and Australia, including CFO, GM Finance & IT, Commercial
Manager Operations, Finance Manager and Accountant.

His extensive leadership experience is
augmented by an FGIA, FCCA, CA, a Masters in Finance and an undergraduate degree in
accounting and finance.

RN, GradDip(Health Promotion), PRINCE2, Mini MBA

Kate is a Registered Nurse highly experienced in health promotion and project management. Her people and program management skills enable her to be agile and adaptable while maintaining an outcomes focus on improving quality access to primary healthcare.

Kate’s extensive experience working with all levels of government, the community and stakeholders across the sector have provided her with insights into the challenges rural communities and health professionals face. Kate has led the design and delivery of many innovative and strategic health promotion and grants programs, supporting better access to health services, health information and activities across communities. Whilst at RWAV, Kate has led the transformation of the RWAV grants program, enhanced the administration of a number of programs and developed the RWAV allied health portfolio. She has also led the development of the RWAV research program of activities.

Having worked at RWAV since 2020, Kate will continue positively influencing the rural healthcare workforce and access to services.

Social Work (BA Hons), DipSW

With a background in social work and a proven record in recruitment, project management, and business development, Jo brings strategic leadership and a wealth of experience in driving positive outcomes within the health, human services, and State Government sectors.

Jo specialises in managing health professional recruitment and outreach programs, including the More Doctors for Rural Australia and 3GA programs. Her focus is on implementing innovative workforce strategies and clinical governance to bolster RWAV’s mission of enhancing healthcare accessibility in rural and regional Victoria.

Having previously excelled at RWAV, Jo spearheaded successful internal change initiatives while fostering strong relationships with external stakeholders. Her efforts consistently align with RWAV’s strategic direction, ensuring a cohesive approach to driving impactful change.

Beyond her professional expertise, Jo’s passion lies in uniting communities and championing positive transformations in rural healthcare in Victoria.

Martin is a governance professional and lawyer with experience in private practice and in-house legal roles. He has been a company secretary for public and private sector organisations across a range of industries including VicTrack, Regis Healthcare Limited and Dairy Australia Limited. He holds Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) and is a fellow of the GIA.

With a rich background of consulting and in-house people and culture roles with the corporate, government and community sectors, Andrea is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.

Andrea has significant experience in leading teams across culture, capability, diversity, equity, leadership, organisational development and learning programs as well as core human resources partnering.

With a strong focus on building and maintaining psychologically safe organisations, Andrea’s team is dedicated to ensuring that RWAV is a place where people can work well and be well at work.

B Comm MPP EdD DipEd MAICD

Rosemary has had a varied career as an academic teaching economics, public policy and industrial relations, and as a consultant, advocate, health union official and as a director.

She brings strong governance and strategic skills to the Board, as well as knowledge and depth of experience in health policy, economics and investment.

Rosemary was a Director of Aware Super for nine years, and Chair of the Investment Committee for three years. She was also a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, the Governance Committee and the REM and HR Committee. Rosemary is currently a member of the Investment Committee of Cbus.

She was the Secretary of the Victorian Psychologists Association Inc for 20 years and knows first-hand the difficulties in attracting and retaining health professionals in rural and regional Victoria.

Dr Louise Manning is a rural GP Obstetrics trainee practising in Central Victoria where she delivers general practice, obstetric and sexual health services. Growing up in a small town she has lived experience of the difficulties accessing healthcare in rural and regional areas, and is dedicated to advocating for equitable health outcomes regardless of geography.

Louise is also a Board Director of the Rural Doctors’ Association of Victoria.

BAppSci GradDipBus MBus GAICD FIML

John Biviano is an experienced senior executive who has held many senior roles in government (Health Dept) and also in professional associations related to healthcare. Until recently, John was the CEO of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, where he oversaw the digitisation of a range of Member offerings, including aspects of training. 

BA (Politics/Philosophy) BEc GDipBus MBA GAICD FGIA

Roger is an accomplished CEO, Non-Executive Director and Chair with experience in the health, human services, law enforcement, education, transport, and environmental industries – across private, public sector and not-for-profit organisations

.He brings strong governance experience, commercial acumen, risk management and strategy skills combined with a passion for innovation and business development having also been Chair of numerous Finance, Audit, Risk, Investment and Community Advisory Committees.

BMBS MBA FRACP FRACMA FAICD FIML

Assoc Prof Phelps has practiced as a Gastroenterologist and Acute Physician in regional Victoria for more than 20 years.

He trained in safety and quality at Dr Brent James’ Institute at Intermountain Healthcare in the US and has held management and leadership roles in Victoria and Tasmania. More recently he completed a two-year project as Director of Clinical Governance for Central Adelaide Local Health Network.

Grant currently works as an independent consultant providing advice to hospitals and organisations on clinical leadership and safety and quality

LLB BSc MMgt (Strategic Foresight) GAICD

As a lawyer and business consultant Jane has worked with company boards and senior management across a range of areas including IP commercialisation, internet-based businesses, healthcare products/services, privacy and data/IT security. Jane is currently general counsel for .id Consulting – population demographers, economists and forecasters.

Jane served as a director of BreastScreen Victoria for 10 years, is a current director of Ballarat Health Services and chairs RWAV’s Governance Committee.

BMed MMedSci FRACGP FARGP FACRRM DipPractDerm DipMedHyp DipFP DipBusAdmin GAICD

Assoc Prof Rawlin is an experienced General Practitioner and medical educator. He is currently in clinical general practice in suburban Melbourne and previously practiced in rural Victoria for 10 years.

Assoc Prof Rawlin is Chair of the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaborative and a past Chair of the Mental Health Professionals Association and is a board member of the Mental Health Professionals Network. He is also the Medical Director of the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Victoria.
He is a member of the RACGP Victoria Council.

CPA
Albert Giorgini is the Senior Advisor to CEO at RWAV.

As an experienced finance executive, with an extensive career in public transport and in the automotive and industrial gas sectors, Albert has honed his skills in driving financial performance improvements with a commercial and business transformation focus.

Through his strategic financial skills, Albert has demonstrated an exceptional capacity to lead and develop large teams in complex and changing environments to achieve the financial and regulatory requirements of the business. His extensive experience has given him a deep understanding of the industry and its challenges, equipping him with the expertise to drive impactful change.

Albert has highly developed communication and stakeholder management skills to support his strong planning, analytical and financial performance improvement acumen, always striving to create innovative solutions that drive growth and success.

BBus(HRM)

Lauren commenced in the role of Manager People and Culture in August 2018 and is responsible for leading the implementation of RWAV’s People and Culture strategy, policies, processes, functions and team.

Lauren’s team is committed to implementing activities and initiatives to support the achievement of RWAV’s strategies and strengthen RWAV’s position as an ‘Employer of Choice’.

Lauren is an experienced Manager and HR professional, with a career spanning the professional services, automotive, defence, and not-for-profit sectors.

BHlthSci(Hons) MPH PostGradDipMgt GAICD AFCHSM

Lauren Cordwell commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer in August 2023. She took on the role of Acting CEO in April 2023 and previously served as the General Manager since February 2020.
Lauren has leadership responsibilities for strategy, communications, data, stakeholder engagement and program delivery.

Lauren’s team is committed to supporting communities in rural and regional Victoria to have timely access to affordable and safe health care.

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