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ACHS searching for healthcare innovator to win coveted medal

Nominations are open for the 2016 ACHS Medal, which is awarded annually to a healthcare worker who has made a strong contribution to the Australian health sector.

The Australian Council of Healthcare Standards has been awarding this gong for almost 30 years, and uses four main criteria to choose the recipient:

  • Substantial achievement in research into quality and safety of health systems
  • Distinguished leadership in quality practices
  • Outstanding achievement in maintaining a continuous quality improvement focus in healthcare delivery systems
  • Outstanding achievement in the promotion of quality in healthcare.

Here is ACHS chief executive Christine Dennis:

“There are so many committed individuals working in health in this country and the ACHS Medal is a terrific opportunity to recognise the contributions an individual has made to improving quality and safety over a period of time that are also consistent with the goals of the council," Dennis said. “As the leading provider of accreditation products in this country, ACHS’s mission is to strengthen safe, quality healthcare and the ACHS Medal provides a focus to an aspect of healthcare delivery that is primarily driven by people’s interest and enthusiasm."

The award is open to anyone making a contribution in health, such as nurses, doctors, radiologists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, surgeons, bureaucrats and administrators, and people in many more roles besides. Entries are open until 5pm on Friday, September 23, and nominations can be made via ACHS's website.

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