Final call! Award entries close 10pm this Sunday

Final call! Award entries close 10pm this Sunday

Supplied by The Health Media and The Pharmacy Guild
Pharmacy Awards 2018

10 November is officially Forget Me Not Day – and the last day to enter the inaugural New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora. Remember that entries close on this day at 10pm!

Three other things that happened on 10 November to remind you of the importance of this day:

  1. Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0.
  2. Germans began to tear down the Berlin Wall.
  3. It’s National Vanilla Cupcake Day in the US.

Diary it now so you don’t miss out on an award – or a cupcake.


New Zealand’s first independent primary healthcare awards are your chance to show the sector what you can do on a national stage!

GPs, nurses, practice managers, community pharmacists, industry suppliers and anyone else working in primary care has the chance to show New Zealand who’s who in primary healthcare.

Now it's crunch time for GPs, nurses, practice managers, pharmacists and friends of the primary healthcare industry to step up and be counted as heroes in our healthcare system.

There’s no reason to delay – submit today! Entering is quick and easy. Visit nzphawards.co.nz/enter

Contact Tyler Brady on tbrady@thehealthmedia.co.nz or 021 252 9968 if you need help submitting your entry or nomination. She can help you through the process or even push the Submit button for you if you are a bit nervous!

You should receive an “Entry submission received” email after submitting your entry or nomination. If you don’t receive one, please go back to the entry and double-check that you clicked the Submit button.

Spring into action… or be forever sorry

With only a few days left to enter the awards, it’s time to spring into action:

  • wrangle your team into submitting an entry
  • think of someone deserving to nominate for an award
  • complete your started entries and nominations
  • review and accept the updated online Ts & Cs
  • and lastly…. dream about winning (you simply can’t win unless you enter)!

Get in quick at www.nzphawards.co.nz/enter

12 brilliant ways to make your award entry really stand out

First and foremost – you must enter the awards to win an award. Sounds silly, but don’t fall foul of the trap whereupon you think you will enter and then push it to the bottom of your to do list for so long that you miss the deadline. Entries are open until November 10 2019!

It’s a bit like dreaming of winning Lotto: before realising the dream, first, you must invest in the ticket. Unlike Lotto, however, luck is not the second biggest determinant of winning an award.

Of course, as luck may have it, you may be up against a bunch of superstars, but don’t worry! Our top tips will help you sprinkle some magic onto your entry to make it shine a whole lot brighter.

And judges love bright and shiny things, so here goes:

  1. Make time to enter
    Don’t underestimate how long it will take you to complete the award application form. Once you’ve registered on our awards website, you can come back as often as you like to edit and update your entry until 10 November when entries close!

  1. Enter and follow the instructions
    Read the instructions, Ts and Cs and criteria carefully and make sure you follow them. Ask a colleague to check what you have answered tallies with the criteria. When you are finished ask another most punctilious colleague to proofread your entry for any errors or omissions.

  2. Explain What, Who, Why and How
    Remember the basic questions to answer: What did you do? Why did you do it? Who did it? How did you do it and how did you measure the outcome – make your methodology easy to understand. What was the outcome? Why was the outcome great?

  3. Tell a great story
    Make sure you include plenty of measurable data, but also include some anecdotal evidence. It’s always impactful to tell a story and weave the key components together in such a way that it makes a compelling read. In this way you can also inject your personality into your entry and reflect the ethos of your organisation.

  4. Show your commitment to community
    Show your level of commitment and involvement with the community you serve. Provide evidence of collaboration with patients, other health professionals and organisations, to achieve outcomes.

  5. Focus on outcomes
    If you made things better for vulnerable communities, eg, Māori and Pasifika, show us the numbers, the benefits, the recipe.

  1. Share your energy and drive
    Try to convey the emotions and energy that went into your project.

  1. Persistence pays off
    Explain the level of difficulty you or your team faced and show how your persistence got you to your end goal.

  1. No waffle allowed
    A good story is a punchy, to the point story ‒ don’t bore the judges with jargon and flowery language that goes on for waaaaay too long.

  1. Embrace change and emerging opportunities
    Judges love to see someone who has adapted to change and used it to become more creative and effective.

  1. Everyone loves a statistic
    Enhance your entry by using graphs and numbers, and make those numbers understandable. Were they just okay or were they mind blowing? Give an analogy or two.

  1. Use video
    You know what they say about a picture, just think of what a string of them could do, with metrics and words attached, and a touch of emotion. If you have a good one, include it in your entry.

If you’ve decided to enter, well done, you’ve taken the first step towards rewarding your team with the attention and recognition their work deserves! Winners can’t expect a Lotto-sized prize, but they can expect to feel a million bucks.

Whatever the outcome – whether you are a finalist or not – the process of preparing an entry is always a valuable exercise, allowing you to take the time to evaluate your work and its impacts.

Best of luck!

Where have the pharmacy awards gone?

The New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora are a natural extension of the 28-year-old Pharmacy Awards, and will support and reward innovation, collaboration and superlative outcomes in the primary healthcare sector.

Awards hosts – The Health Media Ltd and The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand Inc – believe that a strong primary care sector is crucial to a successful New Zealand health system, providing great care for patients and a great work environment.

The new awards will showcase and reward you work on a larger, more prominent stage including all primary healthcare.

Dinner at Shed 10
Your seat with the stars

The Awards night will be a glittering black-tie dinner affair for more than 450 people, so get your tickets to the healthcare event of the year!

Email Emma at nzphawards@pgnz.org.nz

New Zealand Primary Healthcare Awards | He Tohu Mauri Ora

Inaugural Gala Awards Evening

29 February 2020, 6pm onwards

Shed 10, Auckland

Emcee Kanoa Lloyd

DJ Bronson

You can follow the awards pages @PrimaryStarsNZ and remember to keep up with the conversation #PrimaryStarsNZ. Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter , and Facebook.

Thank you to our generous sponsors

None of this would be possible without the generosity of our principal sponsor ACC and our Gold awards sponsors:

ACC | BDO New Zealand | Blue Star | College of Nurses Aotearoa NZ | Douglas Pharmaceuticals | GlaxoSmithKline | Green Cross Health | Habit Group | Medispace | Medtech | Ministry of Health | Pharmaceutical Society | Pharmacy Guild | ProPharma | Sanofi | Southern Cross Health Insurance | Spark Health