Health Excellence awards winners 2014

Auckland District Health Board (DHB) presented the winners of its Health Excellence Awards 2014 last night at the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Event Centre. 

The awards celebrate the work of Auckland DHB teams and our partner organisations who demonstrate excellence. The awards recognise innovation in health care delivery and cutting edge research which benefits the health and wellbeing of both patients and staff. 

The winning entries showed creative thinking around the redesign of patient services, processes and systems, often without additional resources. The award winners showed strong patient-centred outcomes, resulting in reduced waiting times or improved levels of care for our Auckland DHB population.

“It is often small changes that have the biggest impact not only on the quality of what we do, but also to how patients experience our services,” says Ailsa Claire, Chief Executive, Auckland DHB.

“I continue to be impressed year on year by the high standard of the Health Excellence projects. I would like to congratulate all of our winners, who help to showcase the innovative work going on within our organisation,” adds Ailsa.

TV presenter, author and adventurer Kevin Biggar provided an engaging key note speech at the ceremony. He offered inspiration to the audience from his experiences striving for excellence and surmounting challenge over adversity.

The Health Excellence awards are made possible by the generous support of sponsors. This year’s key sponsors are: A+ Trust, Starship Foundation, Spark and Cisco Systems, Buzz Channel and Auckland Academic Health Alliance.

We would like to congratulate our winners:

Excellence in Clinical Care

David Semple and team  Haemodialysis access work stream


Excellence in Process and Systems Improvement

Janine Mortimer and team – Women’s health physiotherapy waiting time


Excellence in the Workplace

Richard Doocey and team – New Northern region Haematology & Bone Marrow Transplant Unit  Motutapu Ward, Auckland City Hospital


Excellence in Community Health and Wellbeing

ProCare Health  ProCare Mission Smokefree


Excellence in Research

Dr Catherine Han and team – Calcium and Magnesium Infusions – Effects on oxaliplatin


Chief Executive’s Award

Leigh Manson and team – Conversations that Count campaign

Notes to editors:

The Health Excellence Awards invite applications from across our hospitals, primary health organisations and community health partners. Any individual or organisation that works in partnership with the Auckland DHB is eligible to apply.

This year the awards introduced two new categories – Community Health and Wellbeing and Excellence in the Workplace – to highlight and include the valuable work of the DHB's primary care partners and community health organisations. It also wanted to place a spotlight on innovation in workplace design and wellness across the organisation.

More information can be found at the health excellence awards website(external link) or email:

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