Member for Murray Austin Evans has thrown his weight behind the 2018 Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) Excellence Awards, calling for people to recognise local health professionals for the great work they do.

MLHD is one of the largest employers across the region, with over 5,000 healthcare staff work working in 33 hospitals and 12 primary health care centres.

“Almost every family in my electorate will come in contact with the health service at some point in their lives. The 2018 MLHS Excellence Awards will celebrate special achievements in a variety of categories, including collaboration.

“This is a great opportunity to acknowledge and reward health professionals and volunteers, who are passionate about providing quality health care and delivering better health outcomes to people in our region every day,” Mr Evans said.

“The dedicated staff at MLHD drive some amazing initiatives, so I’m calling on industry partners and the community to nominate someone they think has gone above and beyond to deliver great service,” he added.

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Award  In recognition of outstanding achievement by an Indigenous staff member or team 
Collaboration Award  Awarded to a team in recognition of an outstanding partnership, team spirit, or commitment to developing relationships 
Excellence Award  Awarded to an individual or team in recognition of their pursuit of excellence in any field
Innovation Award  Demonstrated excellence in developing original and effective solutions to problems or challenges, utilising new or existing technologies to overcome, adapt or improve 
Leadership Award   Awarded to an individual who demonstrates the ability to inspire and lead a team, provides clear vision and mobilises team to achieve goals 
Quality & Safety Award   An individual or team who demonstrates commitment to continual improvement and an unyielding focus on quality and safety in caring for patients, residents and/or communities 
Research & Innovation Award  


Demonstrated excellence in formal gathering of data, information and facts for the advancement of knowledge. Research projects should demonstrate clear aim, methodology and outcomes 
Volunteer Award  In recognition of unpaid work in supporting delivering better care to patients and/or communities 
Focus on Wellness Award  In recognition of an individual or team who seizes every opportunity to work in partnership with consumers to build and maintain wellness.
Our People Our Future Award  In recognition of an individual or team who showcase MLHD as the best place to work, lead, practise, volunteer, teach, learn and grow.
Diversity Award  Awarded to an individual or team who demonstrated best practice or innovation to achieve better health outcomes for people from diverse backgrounds
Executive Director Nursing & Midwifery Leadership Award  A nurse or midwife who has demonstrated excellence in leadership
Don Kendell Memorial Leadership Award  Awarded to an individual who exhibits leadership qualities that reflect Don Kendell’s values of Commitment, Achievement and Pioneering Spirit.

The 2018 MLHD Excellence Awards will take place on Friday 20 July. Nominations close on 6 June.  To nominate visit:

MLHD thanks event sponsors: Fairfax Media, Damasa, University of Notre Dame Australia – Riverina Rural Training Hub, Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health and Maxxia for their support.

The NSW Government continues to invest in health services across the Murrumbidgee region with recent infrastructure developments including:

  • opening of a new $965,000 nine-chair renal dialysis unit at the Deniliquin Health Service
  • progress of Stage 1 early site works on the $35 million Griffith Base Hospital
  • commencement of Stage 3 demolition works to make way for the next stage of the $170 million Wagga Wagga Base Hospital redevelopment
  • $390,000 upgrade to the inpatient ward at Temora Hospital
  • commencement of preliminary site analysis and master planning Tumut Hospital
  • MPS program across Barham, Holbrook, Tumbarumba, Culcairn sites
  • commencement of an $907,000 upgrade to the Emergency Department at Finley Hospital.