Staff Recognition

Annual Staff Awards

  • About The Royal Children's Hospital staff awards

    The annual RCH Staff Awards are an opportunity to celebrate our people and to recognise our colleagues who have made an exceptional contribution to the RCH. 

    In 2017, all staff are encouraged to nominate their colleagues across 11 categories, which recognise the varying ways staff from all areas of the hospital contribute to our organisation. 

    Nominations for the 2017 Staff Awards have now closed. The winners of the 2017 RCH Staff Awards will be announced at our Annual Celebration in the Ella Latham Auditorium on Thursday November 16, 2017.

    Award categories

    Chairman’s Medal 

    The Chairman's Medal is the most prestigious award that can be bestowed by The Royal Children’s Hospital upon a member of staff and  recognises exemplary achievement by an individual in her or his chosen field. It commemorates an outstanding contribution to the work and reputation of the RCH, and a significant impact by the individual on the hospital’s vision to be a great children's hospital, leading the way.

    Recipients of the Chairman's Medal demonstrate commitment and leadership, and a contribution to the life of the hospital and its community that transcend the requirements of an individual or departmental role.

    The award recognises the unique impact of an individual who, over a significant period of time, has embodied our organisational values of respect, excellence, integrity and unity.

    Where it is deemed appropriate, the Selection Committee may elect to grant a Gold Medal to a Chairman’s Medal nominee.


    CEO Award for Great Care – Excellent Clinical Outcomes

    The CEO Award for Great Care - Excellent Clinical Outcomes, recognises an initiative or achievement by an individual or team, from any staff group, which has ultimately and significantly enabled our organisation to provide a better service to our community.


    CEO Award for Great Care – Positive Experience

    The CEO Award for Great Care - Positive Experience, recognises an initiative or achievement by an individual or team, from any staff group, that significantly enhances the experience of working for, engaging with or being treated by the RCH; whether as an employee, patient, family member, supplier or member of the broader community.


    CEO Award for Great Care – Zero Harm

    The CEO Award for Great Care - Zero Harm, recognises an initiative or achievement by an individual or team, from any staff group, which has significantly reduced physical, emotional, psychological and/or clinical risks at the RCH to staff, patients and their families, and other visitors to the hospital.


    CEO Award for Great Care – Timely Access

    The CEO Award for Great Care - Timely Access, recognises an initiative or achievement by an individual or team, from any staff group, which has significantly helped the RCH to provide care to more children and adolescents, when and where care is needed.


    CEO Award for Great Care – Sustainable Healthcare

    The CEO Award for Great Care - Sustainability, recognises an initiative or achievement by an individual or team, from any staff group, that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to ensuring we provide great care now and into the future.


    Dr William Snowball Award

    Dr William Snowball was the first paediatric representative to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, and is considered one of the founders of paediatrics in Australia.

    The Dr William Snowball Award recognises a member of the Junior Medical Staff (JMS) who has demonstrated outstanding knowledge and skills in their field, leadership and a strong commitment to patient care.


    Mary Patten Award

    Mary Patten was the Director of Nursing of the RCH from 1982-1994, during which time she oversaw the transfer of undergraduate nurse training from the hospital to the tertiary setting. She is celebrated in particular for her contribution to raising the profile and standing of the profession of nursing.

    The Mary Patten Award recognises a member of the Nursing team, who has demonstrated a outstanding knowledge and skills in their field, leadership and a strong commitment to patient care.


    Allied Health Award

    Allied Health practitioners play a critical role in diagnosis, recovery and quality of life. Typically working as part of multidisciplinary teams, Allied Health staff fulfil many and varied roles at RCH and contribute significantly to clinical outcomes and patient experience.

    The Allied Health Award recognises an RCH Allied Health professional who has demonstrated outstanding knowledge and skills in their field, leadership and a strong commitment to patient care.


    Yvonne Wagner Award

    Yvonne Wagner served for many years at the RCH, as secretary of the medical divison and was a friend and mentor to her colleagues.

    The Yvonne Wagner Award recognises a staff member or team who has made a significant contribution to the functioning of the RCH through the delivery of outstanding administrative service.

    This category recognises RCH employees engaged in non-clinical work whose commitment and initiative extend beyond the requirements of their role to positively influence the organisation at large.


    Supporting Great Care Award

    The Supporting Great Care Award acknowledges the contribution of individuals and teams who work 'behind the scenes' to help the RCH deliver great care to our patients.

    This award recognises a staff member or team who has made a significant contribution to the RCH, through the provision of support or corporate services.

    This category reocgnises RCH employees engaged in non-clinical work whose commitment and initiative extend beyond the requirements of their role to positively influence the organisation at large.


    Previous annual staff award winners

    We congratulate all staff who were honoured by their peers at previous Staff Awards. Find out more about previous award winners.