Major award for HoTS program

The team from Coast and Country Primary Care accepts the award

Coast and Country Primary Care (CCPC) has taken out the Innovation category at the HNECC (Hunter New England Central Coast) Primary Health Network’s (PHN) second annual Primary Care Quality and Innovation Awards for its Health on The Streets (HoTS) program.

The awards recognise the innovation and quality of care being provided by the region’s dedicated primary health professionals.

Coast and Country Primary Care was also a finalist in the Patients First Category.

CEO Kathy Beverly accepted the award.

“In addition to celebrating the achievements of our colleagues across the primary care sector, the awards provide us with the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and learn what’s happening more broadly across the region,” she said.

“We’re so focussed on the work that we’re doing, so it’s great to stop and hear about other innovations and programs.”

Held at the Newcastle Exhibition and Convention Centre, the awards ceremony brought together a diverse range of primary care providers, professionals, and practices from across the sector including general practices and their after-hour care services, Rural Primary Health Services, mental health services, allied health providers, Aboriginal medical services and residential aged care facilities.

In addition to the awards presentation, the evening featured an impressive First Nations art exhibition and commissioned services showcase, entertainment provided by the Wakagetti Group and the Swing Kings and a thought-provoking keynote speech delivered by human rights lawyer and refugee, Deng Adut.

PHN CEO, Richard Nankervis, said the awards provided an opportunity to celebrate the incredible efforts across primary care following a year of COVID, floods and everything in between.

“We’ve seen the innovation and creativity that individuals, teams and general practice have delivered across the sector and it’s great to take this moment to acknowledge, reflect and say thank you,” he said.

Next Practice Erina was a finalist in the Supporting Patients Through Technology category and the Coast’s Optimum Intake Dieticians was a finalist in the Service Provider category.

Dr Andrew Kwong joins the Primary Care Hall of Fame

Erina-based GP Dr Andrew Kwong was announced as one of five recipients of the Dedication to Service Award, a peer-nominated award for an individual who has displayed outstanding dedication to providing quality primary care over many years, is well respected by peers and patients, and actively participates in the community and professional bodies.

He now holds an honorary place in the regions’ Primary Care Hall of Fame.

The PHN Primary Care Quality and Innovation Awards will be held again in 2023.

All primary care providers are encouraged to consider how their services have contributed to supporting the health needs of our Hunter, New England and Central Coast community.

Media release, Jul 1
Primary Health Network