Finalists announced for 2023 National Palliative Care Awards

Palliative Care Australia has unveiled the finalists for the prestigious 2023 National Palliative Care Awards, recognising outstanding contributions to the palliative care sector. The awards ceremony, to be held on September 14 at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, honours individuals and teams who have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and dedication in Australia’s palliative care community.

In a statement, Camilla Rowland, CEO of Palliative Care Australia, shared the difficulty faced by the judges in selecting three finalists from over 90 nominations in each of the eight categories. The awards, which take place every two years, have introduced a new category this year: the Lifetime Achievement Award, acknowledging individuals with over 20 years of experience in the sector who have made a profound impact.

“This award and those whose name it will carry, serve as inspiration for current and future generations,” Ms. Rowland said. “It will become a symbol of respect and gratitude.”

The names of all finalists in the eight categories, including Emerging Leader, Emerging Researcher, Outstanding Work by a Team in Delivering Palliative Care, Innovation in Palliative Care, Outstanding Achievement in Volunteering, Outstanding Achievement in Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Palliative Care, Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in Palliative Care, and the Lifetime Achievement Award, are available on the Palliative Care Australia website – here.

Ms Rowland emphasised the diversity of representation across the sector, with nominees ranging from acute care to hospice and community care, including professors, doctors, nurses, volunteers, and more working in various areas such as paediatrics, aged care, chronic illness, and disabilities.

Palliative Care Australia will host the gala awards ceremony, coinciding with the Oceanic Palliative Care Conference. The event will be hosted by comedy legend and palliative care advocate, Jean Kittson.

“All clinicians and workers involved in that team approach to palliative care look forward to this night as an opportunity to get together to catch up and celebrate, and it’s important to have this opportunity after years of being separated by COVID-19!” added Ms Rowland.

The finalists were congratulated for their inspiring work in the palliative care sector, reflecting their dedication and commitment to improving end-of-life care in Australia.


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