Nine Australian finalists out of 27 in International Hospital Federation awards

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Nine Australian healthcare organisations have made the finals of the 2018 International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards, which honour innovations and outstanding achievements in the healthcare industry around the world.

There are 27 finalists from 12 countries, including Canada, Colombia, India, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the USA.

Australia features in three of the four award categories. Gold, silver and bronze awards in each category will be announced in front of industry peers on 10 October 2018 during the 42nd World Hospital Congress at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia.

‘This really is an outstanding achievement for Australia’, said Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Acting Chief Executive Dr Linc Thurecht.

‘The IHF awards program received a record number of 160 entries from 118 organisations in 33 countries—for Australia to make up one-third of the finalists is something all of us in the healthcare sector can be proud of.’

The award categories are: the IHF/Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award; and Excellence Awards in Leadership and Management in Healthcare; Quality and Safety and Patient-Centred Care; and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Three Australian organisations are among the finalists for the Grand Award:

  • Dental Health Services Victoria for ‘Value-based healthcare: A new approach to improve oral health outcomes
  • Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health for ‘Our Transformation to Australia's First Digital Health Service’
  • Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service for ‘Wide Bay Amazing Sustainable Turnaround’.

There are four Australian finalists in the award for Quality and Safety and Patient-Centred Care:

  • Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Canberra Hospital and Health Service—Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, for ‘IRONing out Maternity Blood Management: Improving identification and management of iron deficiency and anaemia’
  • Queensland Health, and Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, for ‘Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic & Statewide Service, Children’s Health Queensland Hospital & Health Service’
  • Queensland Health Metro South Hospital and Health Service for ‘Gestational Diabetes Mellitus App and Interactive Clinician Portal (Internet Based)’
  • Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland Health, for ‘A Pharmacist-led Hospital-based Opioid Stewardship Service’.

The two Australian finalists in the Corporate Social Responsibility category are:

  • Western Health (Vic.), for ‘Western Health Healthcare Environmental Sustainability (HES) Program’
  • Metro South Hospital and Health Service (Qld), for ‘Improving access to oral health with a patient-centred focus to a vulnerable community’.

‘We look forward to announcement of the winners in October, and I urge all healthcare leaders in Australia to consider attending the World Hospital Congress in Brisbane, where they will have the opportunity to hear and network with an outstanding group of international healthcare experts’, Dr Thurecht said.

More information on the Congress is available here

The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA) is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals and healthcare providers in Australia

Media enquiries:  Dr Linc Thurecht

Acting Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

0401 393 729