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PAH Innovation in Nursing Award 2024


The aim of this award is to recognise the contributions of a PAH nurse or nursing team who has demonstrated peak performance through an innovation** in nursing.

**“Innovation is the application of creativity or problem solving that results in a widely adopted strategy, product, or service that meets a need in a new or different way. Innovations are about improvement in quality, cost effectiveness, or efficiency” (Kayla et al 2015, 1674). The innovation cannot be found in literature and can be a very simple idea that improves the way we work and/or have a positive impact on patients.


To be eligible the application must consist of a:

  • Nurse/s of any level working within any unit or team outlined within the  PAH Organisational Structure (PDF, 184.96 KB)
  • Joint Appointments, Visiting Scholars, Research Fellows that meet the aims outlined above and included nursing clinicians at the PAH as part of the innovation.
  • Nurse/s must have assumed a leadership role within the team and/or had a significant contribution in the achievement of outcomes.


Submit a maximum of 500 words that explains the innovation and how it meets the needs of patients, consumers and their family.

Nomination process

An individual is able to self-nominate or be nominated by colleagues. Please nominate by completing the online nomination form below. The Nursing Practice Development Unit (NPDU) is accountable for coordinating this award.


  • Submissions open: Friday, 1 March 2024
  • Submissions close: Thursday, 11 April 2024 (extended)

Decision making governance process

Nominations will be judged by a panel that consists of nursing executive; interprofessional colleague; and a consumer representative from the PAH. Each member will have equal voting rights, although in the event of a conflict of interest (i.e. nominee is from respective work unit) these rights will be rescinded. The panel will utilise a Likert scale from ‘Strongly Agree that Applicant Meets Criteria to Strongly Disagree that Applicant Meets Criteria’ to assist in determining the top 5 nominations and recommend a winner of the award. The top 3 nominations and recommended winner will be tabled at the Nursing Director/Assistant Director of Nursing (ND/ADON) Committee Meeting. The ND/ADON committee will endorse the final decision. The top 3 teams will be notified and invited to the award presentation for the announcement of the award winner.

Reward and recognition

  • A Certificate of Recognition will be presented on International Nurses Day to each team member.
  • Photo and award details included within the PAH Nursing Services Annual Review.


  • Nursing Practice Development Unit
  • Phone: (07) 3176 2780

Nominations have now closed.

Last updated 11 April 2024
Last reviewed 11 April 2024