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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Health innovation dominates Premier’s Awards for Excellence

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Health innovation dominates Premier’s Awards for Excellence

    The health of Queenslanders and the health of Queensland regions are the ultimate winners of Premier’s Awards for Excellence, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

    Ms Palaszczuk congratulated five Queensland Government initiatives at the annual public sector awards – three that are delivering innovative health care solutions and two that are supporting rural communities and industries.

    Nambour Hospital’s Geriatric Emergency Department Innovation (GEDI) won the Customer Focus category for their efforts in combatting the number of hospital-acquired complications among frail and elderly patients who are admitted to their emergency department.

    Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane won the Innovation category for becoming Australia’s first large-scale digital hospital to utilise an electronic medical record system.

    The Queensland Rural Generalist Pathway team at the Cunningham Centre of Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service won the Leadership category for effectively managing the critical and valuable supply of purposed-trained rural doctors.

    Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Health and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services jointly took out the Performance category for their effective response and recovery efforts after the Ravenshoe café explosion.

    The Sustainability Award and overall 2016 Premier’s Award for Excellence went to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for their RP20 Burdekin nitrogen trials of an industry nutrient management standard on soil. Their ‘six easy steps’ are helping farmers check the nutrient levels of their soil and better protect the reef.

    Premier Palaszczuk congratulated the 2016 winners and finalists for the innovative approaches to delivering real change for Queensland, and thanked QSuper, Life Sciences Queensland Limited, Griffith Business School, Queensland Treasury Corporation and RemServ for sponsoring the awards.

    “Innovation within our public sector is making life better for all Queenslanders; it’s strengthening our economy and advancing our state toward a brighter future,” she said.

    The full list of winners, highly commended award recipients and finalists can be found at

    Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier's office) 0417 263 791