Applications open for the 2013 Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards
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14 May 2013
 
Applications are now open for the increasingly popular Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards.
 
Having been delighted with last year’s 27 nominations across nine of the 10 possible categories, organising committee chairperson Judith Bothma is hoping entry numbers will lift further this year.
 
“The 2012 awards presentation and dinner was a great success,” Ms Bothma says. “It was  really pleasing to see entries numbers rise and the range of individuals and health and disability providers broadening.”
 
The Supreme Award winner in 2012 was the ‘Straight Up’ project which saw the ETOH (short code for ethonal) Whanganui Group submit a DVD they produced on alcohol and related harm aimed at Whanganui teens.
 
“It was very much a collaborative effort involving the WDHB, Whanganui Regional Primary Health Organisation (WRPHO), Whakauae Research for Maori Health & Development, Whanganui ACC, and the Police, Fire Service and St John,” Ms Bothma said. “It was produced in the spirit of the awards which are all about collaboration among colleagues and health services.”
 
Another highlight of the 2012 Whanganui Health and Disability Quality Awards was the Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand’s entry into the Excellence in Community-based and/or Older People Services Award. While their entry didn’t win the category, it was highly commended. Having Deaf Aotearoa NZ signers translating proceedings for hearing impaired guests created a strong feeling of goodwill towards the group.
 
Mrs Bothma says workshops will held in June to provide assistance for those requiring help to complete their application which, this year, close on 2 September.
 
Application packs are available at wdhb.org.nz. Entries are open to all health and/or disability service providers or individuals working to benefit the health and wellbeing of people within the Whanganui District Health Board region.
 
Awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Friday 18 October at the Wanganui Racecourse.
For more information contact Anne Phoenix on 06 348 3459or email qualityawards@wdhb.org.nz