Nelson Marlborough

Health Innovation Awards

The Nelson Marlborough Health 2018 Health Innovation Awards are a celebration of healthcare improvement initiatives which make a positive difference to patient and consumer care across the Nelson Marlborough region. 

A personal invitation from CE Peter Bramley to enter the awards

Who can enter

The 2018 Health Innovation Awards 2018 are now open for applications.

Any employee of Nelson Marlborough Health or other healthcare related providers in the region can enter the awards.

Key dates 
31 October Entries close
16 November Posters to be submitted
29 November Awards ceremony

How to enter

Please download the information for entrants and entry form here.

Information for entrants

2018 Health Innovation Awards prize categories


  • Excellence Trophy (Overall winner)

HQIA 2017 overall

2017 overall winner: Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Chair Jenny Black, Cardiologist Nick Fisher and Nelson Marlborough Health Chief Executive Peter Bramley

This award is chosen by a panel of judges using set criteria to judge the project.

  • People’s Choice Trophy

This award is chosen by the people attending the awards event and based on the project and the display.

  • Best Poster:

This award is chosen by a panel of judges from the project posters submitted.

  • Emerging Leaders Award

    A judging panel will select the recipient(s) from the nominees in this category.

A judging panel will select winners from entries received in these categories:

  • Clinical
  • Aged Care
  • Mental Health
  • Child & adolescents
  • Equity
  • Sustainability.

Previous award winners

Highly Commended winner: Cardiology/Radiology team representative, Valerie Weir-Van Til and Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Chair Jenny Black

Excellence Award (best overall project)
STEMI care - Can we fix it? Yes we can! (Cardiology and St John Team).
The 'ST segment elevation myocardial infarction’ or STEMI treatment pathway was launched in Nelson Marlborough in April 2015 and was extended nationally last year.  The development of this pathway ensures patients get the care they need in optimal time.

People’s Choice Award (best presentation)
Vege-cation (Marlborough PHO Team)
An innovative vegetable garden programme in Marlborough that aims to get healthy, nutritious food into Pasifika homes. This initiative provides free vegetable seedlings in exchange for a foot-in-the-door to ‘talanoa’(dialogue) and disseminate information concerning health and other services.
People’s Choice Award (best poster)
You’re the voice, try and understand it (Targeted Youth Health Services)
This project used focus groups and surveys to establish the barriers that young people face when accessing health services, with a focus on gender-specific issues, including for gender-diverse people. The results have initiated a transgender working group, and a youth advisory panel, and will help to shape youth service delivery in the future.,
Highly Commended
Computerised Tomography Colonography (Cardiology/Radiology team)
This project sought a better understanding of the patient experience of CT colonography, a procedure used to detect bowel cancer. It has resulted in better information being given to patients so that they are better prepared for the procedure, and staff training to ensure patients receive compassionate care.
Our Blood Audit grade: How we went from an F to a B Positive (Laboratory and CNE Team)
Clinical documentation for blood transfers was improved so that the use of blood products is traceable, with flow on benefits for patient safety.

See more healthcare initiatives here.