29 September 2023

A virtual care program designed to support sick children and their parents, a plan to reduce anaesthetic greenhouse gasses, and early intervention in adolescent mental health care are just some of the projects among the 36 finalists of the NSW Health Awards 2023.

Now in its 25th year, the awards recognise personalised, sustainable, and digitally enabled programs that contribute to the wellbeing of patients and the community.

NSW Health Secretary Susan Pearce extended her congratulations to this year's finalists.

"These awards recognise our amazing healthcare staff and volunteers, across the health system," Ms Pearce said.

"I continue to be in awe of the achievements of NSW Health staff, who display such incredible innovation and compassion as they care for their communities.

"I congratulate the finalists, but I also want to acknowledge the vital work being done across the system every day, by doctors, nurses, allied health and all support staff."

NSW Health received 181 nominations across the 11 award categories. Categories this year include Health Innovation, Patient Safety First, Excellence in Aboriginal Healthcare , Environmental Sustainability and Staff Member of the Year.

"Choosing the 36 finalists was a real challenge for the team, as all the nominations really showcase the excellent work taking place throughout the state," Ms Pearce said.

"Of course, it's not just paid healthcare workers we're celebrating. These awards also recognise the significant contribution of community members with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

"Their selfless efforts directly support patients, carers, and staff to help deliver better outcomes for all."

The finalists and winners will be celebrated at the NSW Health Awards ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday 24 October at the Sydney International Convention Centre. The event will also be livestreamed.

The full list of finalists is available on the NSW Health website.