Australian trifecta leads International Hospital Federation awards

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A gold-silver-bronze trifecta to Australian healthcare organisations headed the 2018 International Hospital Federation (IHF) Awards, which honour innovations and outstanding achievements in the healthcare industry around the world.

There were 9 Australian finalists out of 27 from 12 countries, including Canada, Colombia, India, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. Australia featured in three of the four award categories.

International Hospital Federation President Dr Francisco Balestrin (Brazil) announced the award winners today in front of industry peers in Brisbane at the 2018 World Hospital Congress.

Australian winners were:

IHF/Dr Kwang Tae Kim Grand Award

Gold—Dental Health Services Victoria for ‘Value-based healthcare: A new approach to improve oral health outcomes’.

Silver—Metro South Hospital and Health Service, Queensland Health, for ‘Our Transformation to Australia's First Digital Health Service’.

Bronze—Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service for ‘Wide Bay Amazing Sustainable Turnaround’.

IHF/Austco Excellence Award for Quality and Safety in Patient-Centred Care

Gold—Queensland Health Metro South Hospital and Health Service for its Gestational Diabetes Mellitus App and Interactive Clinician Portal (Internet Based).


  • 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’
  • Redcliffe Hospital, Queensland Health, for ‘A Pharmacist-led Hospital-based Opioid Stewardship Service’.

IHF/Bionexo Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

Bronze—Western Health (Vic), for ‘Western Health Healthcare Environmental Sustainability (HES) Program’.

Merit—Metro South Hospital and Health Service (Qld), for ‘Improving access to oral health with a patient-centred focus to a vulnerable community’.

‘This really is an outstanding achievement for Australia’, said Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven. ‘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 and nearly one-half of all the medals  is something all of us in the healthcare sector can be proud of.’

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

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Public Affairs Manager, AHHA

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