Here is a selection of inspiring and award winning entries.

If we can help you with your entry into the 2019 HB Health Awards, please get in touch via email or if you are now inspired enter the 2019 awards here.

Excellence in evidence-based research delivering innovative solutions



2018 winner: Proactively managing patients reduces length of stay and saves 2209 bed days over eight months [PDF, 636 KB]

2017 winner: ORBIT's St John Frailty Pathway: improving experience for frail older people [PDF, 553 KB]

2016 winner:  The PIPI study - practice nurses preventing the progression of diabetes [PDF, 368 KB]

2015 winner: Six smokefree best practice principles: national guidance for mental health and addiction services [PDF, 927 KB]

Commitment to quality improvement and patient safety award

Read more about the 2018 Royston Hospital Supreme Award Winner - Improving Medical Safety with community key support workers - Enliven Intensive Home Support, a service of Presbyterian Support East Coast


2018 category winner and supreme winner: Improving Medical Safety with Community Key Support Workers [PDF, 1.1 MB] – Enliven Intensive Home Support – a service of Presbyterian Support East Coast.

2018 highly commended: Acute Care Training at Hawke’s Bay Hospital [PDF, 413 KB],

2017 winner: Safe and effective medicine use - Clinical Pharmacists influence prescribing [PDF, 3.9 MB]

2016 winner: Ensuring adherence to the Patient Code of Rights in an age of personal mobile devices [PDF, 4.4 MB]

2015 winner: Traumatic brain injury screening tool within a prison population to support rehabilitation [PDF, 399 KB]


Excellence in clinical care award
Note this category is now focussed on patient and whānau centred care in the 2019 Award programme



2018 winner: Raising Healthy Kids – Tackling childhood obesity [PDF, 657 KB], Health Hawke’s Bay, HBDHB and Hawke’s Bay general practice network.

2018 highly commended: Registered Nurse-led bowel preparation clinic [PDF, 467 KB]

2017 winner and supreme winner: Hysteroscopy Outpatient Clinics [PDF, 1.9 MB]

2016 winner: Perioperative unit and Hawke's Bay Hospital [PDF, 1 MB]

2015 winner: Histology services in Hawke's Bay [PDF, 784 KB]

Excellence in service improvement award



2018 two joint winners:  Go Well Travel Team [PDF, 1.2 MB] and HB Hospital's Discharge Lounge Team [PDF, 1.3 MB]

2017 winner: engAGE Intermediate Care Beds for frail older people [PDF, 513 KB]

2016 winner: The move to a seven day Allied Health Service engAGE ORBIT team [PDF, 566 KB]

2015 category and supreme winner: Partnership Advisory Group [PDF, 939 KB]

Commitment to reducing inequities award
Note this category is not available in the 2019 Award programme

Shown above are the 2017 winners of the Commitment to reducing inequities awar. Read more here

2018 winner: Improving equity in oral health access and outcomes [PDF, 1.8 MB]for children under five in Hawke’s Bay

2018 highly commended: Warm dry affordable homes reduce the equity gap [PDF, 524 KB] for children’s health and well-being

2017 winner: With the flow of water comes the flow of life: how the community of Ruapunga brought water to their community [PDF, 913 KB] Read more here

2016 winner: Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga - low fees for high needs [PDF, 3.1 MB]

2015 winner: Kura Tuatahi - ki te whakangao i ngā rangatira mo apopo - investing in tomorrow [PDF, 2 MB]


Commitment to working together to improve community health and wellbeing award


2018 winner: Tackling Obesity: [PDF, 657 KB]Dietitians more than prove their worth in primary care

2018 Two highly commended:
Keeping our Tamariki safe [PDF, 538 KB] through promoting healthy skin messages within the Hawke’s Bay community. And

Ready to Rent (R2R) A tenancy accreditation scheme [PDF, 5.1 MB] to educate and upskill renters/tenants

2017 winner: Reaping the benefits: General Practice embrace Clinical Pharmacists [PDF, 1.9 MB]

2016 category and supreme winner: engAGE multi disciplinary cross sector team [PDF, 427 KB]

2015 winner: Improving awareness, diagnosis and early intervention of respiratory disease [PDF, 4.2 MB]


Outstanding contribution to Hawke’s Bay health award


2018 winner: HBDHB Orderly Service [PDF, 744 KB] – the unsung heroes of the health service.

2018 highly commended: HBDHB’s In-home strength and balance team [PDF, 1.1 MB]

2017 winner: Mary Wills - Sustained leadership of innovation and improvement [DOC, 273 KB]

2016 winner: Jeanette Fretchling [PDF, 2.9 MB]

2015 winner: Child Development multi-disciplinary team [PDF, 1.1 MB]