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Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Issler-Fisher, NSW Office of Preventative Health, Western NSW Local Health District, Sydney Local Health District and all other NSW Health organisations who have been recognised by the Premier for their contribution to the community and commitment to deliver public services.

On 1 November, Premier Gladys Berejiklian honoured them with 2017 Premier's Public Sector Awards in their categories in a ceremony in Centennial Hall at Sydney Town Hall.

View photos from the 2017 Premier's Awards for Public Service.

Dr. Andrea Issler-Fisher - Sydney Local Health District

Dr. Andrea Issler-Fisher received the Anthea Kerr Award for Individual Excellence and the Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Individual Award. Dr Issler-Fisher is an Advanced Trainee, Burns and Reconstructive Surgery at Concord Hospital, Sydney LHD.

The Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Award recognises those who have worked on programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that lead to more patients going through emergency departments within four hours (supporting the Premier’s Priority to achieve 81% of patients through emergency departments within four hours by 2019).

The Anthea Kerr Award recognises future public sector leaders, as well as outstanding effort and commitment to the NSW Public Service. The recipient of the Anthea Kerr Award receives an individually customised professional development program to assist them in accelerating their career.

Andrea established the Scar Clinic at Concord Hospital that offers a new burns scar treatment technique, fractional ablative laser resurfacing, that results in reduced hospital stay and improvements in patients’ clinical outcomes and quality of life.

NSW Office of Preventative Health and partners

The Aboriginal Go4Fun program run by the NSW Office of Preventative Health and partners recieved the Tackling Childhood Obesity Award.

This award recognises innovations leading to a reduction in overweight and obesity rates of children supporting the Premier’s Priority to reduce overweight and obesity rates of children by five per cent over 10 years.

The Go4Fun program was launched in 2011 for NSW children aged 7-13 who are above a healthy weight and the culturally adapted version, Aboriginal Go4Fun began earlier this year. Go4Fun is free and run as weekly sessions over ten weeks, to coincide with school terms. Qualified health professionals use games and other fun activities to teach children about healthy habits and support families in adopting healthier lifestyles.

Sydney Local Health District

Sydney Local Health District with partner Jobsupport received the team award for Driving Public Sector Diversity for the Employ-my-ability program.

The Driving Public Sector Diversity Award recognises public sector diversity and the Premier’s priority to double the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in senior leadership roles, and increase women in senior leadership roles to 50 per cent in the government sector by 2025.

The Employ-my-ability program aims to achieve paid, unsubsidised employment for people with significant intellectual disability (IQ less than 60) through an immersion program. A trial at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital resulted in 89 per cent of clients achieving employment - a fantastic result when compared to the average transition-to-work across Sydney at 30 per cent. Sydney Local Health District now has 15 participating departments and is directly employing more clients. Employ-my-ability was also a finalist in the 2017 NSW Health Awards.

Western NSW Local Health District

Western NSW Local Health District received the team award for Improving Service Levels in Hospitals for their Bridging Vast Distances with Value Critical Care Model.

The Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Award recognises those who have worked on programs, initiatives, innovations or improvements that lead to more patients going through emergency departments within four hours (supporting the Premier’s Priority to achieve 81% of patients through emergency departments within four hours by 2019).

The Bridging Vast Distances with Value Critical Care Model, delivered through WNSWLHD's Critical Care Advisory Service (CCAS) provides access to specialist management via tele-health outreach, optimising value care through recent digital enhancements and strengthening partnerships with a diverse team; all within existing resources.

NSW Health finalists

Congratulations to all other teams and individuals who were chosen as finalists for 2017:

  • Hunter New England Local Health District - Tackling Childhood Obesity Team Award for Healthy food@school.
  • Oral Health Services, Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Dental Hospital and partners - Protecting Our Kids Award for Healthy Smiles Healthy Kids
  • Mid-North Coast Local Health District and NSW Ambulance - Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Team Award for Regional Transport Collaborative
  • South Western Sydney Local Health District - Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Team Award for Sustainable improvements in safe and timely care at Campbelltown Hospital
  • Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Sydney Local Health District - Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Team Award for Mesh protocol: alternative management of skin tears
  • Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network - Improving Government Services Award for Oral Health Service Workforce Assistance Program (OHSWAP)
  • Norma Jean Turner - Aboriginal Vascular Health Worker - Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Individual Award
  • Franca Facci - Stream Leader, Integrated Chronic Disease Management - Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District for Improving Service Levels in Hospitals Individual Award
  • Dr Heather-Marie Schmidt - Senior Policy Analyst - Centre for Population Health, NSW Ministry of Health for Anthea Kerr Award.

For more information about the Awards and finalists, see Premier's Awards.​​​

Page Updated: Wednesday 6 December 2017