Network wins big at 2020 NSW Health Awards

Rita Williams from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the ZERO team at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, have taken out top prizes at this year’s NSW Health Awards.

Proud colleagues from across the Network watched on in anticipation as NSW Health Secretary Elizabeth Koff announced the winners during a ‘live’ COVID Safe Facebook event today.

Now in its 22nd year, the Awards recognise exceptional contributions to the health and wellbeing of communities across NSW.

“These awards are a wonderful acknowledgement of the outstanding contribution being made to kids health, here at our Network. I feel privileged to work with such passionate people who are making a real difference to the lives of so many.” - Cathryn Cox, Chief Executive, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

With a social work career spanning more than 30 years, Rita Williams won the Collaborative Staff Member of the Year. The Award recognised Rita’s determination to ensure communities had indigenous specific interventions to change the story of chronic disease for Aboriginal people.

Her work in this area led to the development and implementation of important public health programs to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people.

The ZERO team took out the top prize in the Health Research and Innovation Team Award category. Their lead role in the Childhood Cancer National Precision Medicine Program, where more than 70 per cent of patients in the program receive an improved diagnosis, put them in a competitive position to take out the top accolade.

With partners, the Children’s Cancer Institute, the program delivers a comprehensive testing program, giving in-depth tumour profiling and personalised treatment plans for children with high risk or relapsed cancers. For children with no other treatment options and less than 30 per cent chance of survival, the results are remarkable and have exceeded expectations.

To watch the Awards broadcast from today and read more about the winners please visit the NSW Health Facebook page.