Administrator's Medals: FAQs


What are the Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care?

The Administrator of the Northern Territory is appointed by the Governor-General by Commission under the Seal of Australia in accordance with the provisions of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act. Every year, the Administrator has the honour of awarding Administrator’s Medals to Territorians. These medals recognise exceptional achievements in the fields of music, sport, health, education, volunteering and community policing.

The Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care recognise and reward outstanding people who have contributed significantly to the provision of primary health care in the Northern Territory. Members of the general public and those working in the health care industry are invited to nominate individuals, teams and whole practices/health services who they feel deserve recognition for their contribution to better health outcomes for all Territorians through the delivery of primary health care.

One medal is awarded in each of the following three categories:

  1. Individual
  2. Team
  3. Whole of Practice / Health Service

The awards are proudly sponsored by:

  • Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT)
  • Health Providers Alliance NT (HPANT)
  • Centre for Remote Health (CRH)
  • CRANAplus
  • Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE)
  • Northern Territory Government Department of Health (DOH)
  • Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN)
  • Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH).

What is primary health care?

“Primary health care is socially appropriate, universally accessible, scientifically sound first level care provided by health services and systems with a suitably trained workforce comprised of multi-disciplinary teams supported by integrated referral systems in a way that:

  • gives priority to those most in need and addresses health inequalities
  • maximises community and individual self-reliance, participation and control
  • involves collaboration and partnership with other sectors to promote public health.

Comprehensive primary health care includes health promotion, illness prevention, treatment and care of the sick, community development, and advocacy and rehabilitation.”

Definition developed by the Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) and cited in Primary Health Care Reform in Australia: Report to Support Australia’s First National Primary Health Care Strategy (September 2009).

Who can propose a nomination?

  • Members of the general public
  • Members of the health care industry
  • Whole of Practice/health service and teams may nominate themselves
  • For the individual category, self-nominations will not be accepted  

Who is eligible to be nominated?

To nominate someone for the Individual category, they must:

  • be currently undertaking their role as a health professional in the Northern Territory;
  • be nominated in relation to their contribution to primary health care.

To nominate someone for the Team category, they:

  • must be a subset of a whole of practice/health service (includes general practice, pharmacy and allied health practices/health services);
  • be a collective delivering a program or service to improve health outcomes through primary health care, working in the Northern Territory;
  • may consist of clinical employees, non-clinical employees and/or a mix of both.

To be eligible for the Whole of Practice/Health Service category, they must:

  • be a whole of practice/health service (includes general practice, pharmacy and allied health practices);
  • be working in the Northern Territory in primary health care;
  • consist of both clinical and non-clinical employees.

Questions and criteria

Nominee refers to either the individual, team or whole of practice/health service you are nominating.

It is expected that all responses will demonstrate how the Nominee engages with the community and individuals in a culturally appropriate manner.

Dot point responses to the questions are encouraged – maximum 200 word response per question.

Please note: Members of the general public who are making a nomination and are a patient/client of the Nominee may choose to answer only Question 1. They may also choose to support their nomination by opting to receive a phone call from our Nomination Assistance Team – Northern Territory PHN will contact you to offer this service after you have submitted your nomination form and response to Question 1.

Please note: Colleagues and/or employers of the Nominee should answer ALL of the questions (Questions 1 - 8) before submitting.

Questions:

  1. ​​​​​What makes the Nominee worthy of an Administrator's Medal in Primary Health Care?
     
  2. What does the Nominee do to make the health service they deliver culturally safe?
  3. How does the Nominee make it easy or comfortable for patients or clients to access and use the health service?
  4. How does the Nominee make sure patients or clients can get information and access to other services or support they may need?
  5. How does the Nominee support patients or clients to look after their own health?
  6. How does the Nominee involve the community in the health service's activities & decisions?
  7. Is there anything about the way the Nominee provides services that responds specifically to a particular need(s) in their community?
  8. How does the Nominee work to promote awareness of particular community needs?

How do I submit a nomination?

All nominations must include:

  • current contact details of the nominator;
  • current contact details of the nominee (if known).

Members of the general public who are making a nomination and are a patient or client of the health services may choose to answer only Question 1. Members of the general public who are making a nomination and are patients or clients of these health services may choose to support their nomination by opting to receive a phone call from our Administrator’s Medals Nomination Assistance Team. Patient and client nominations will also be supported through contact made with health services the Nominee is associated with.

Nominations made by members of the health care industry or by practices/health services or teams who are nominating themselves must be completed in full.

The nominee must be aware they are listed and may be contacted regarding the nomination. Northern Territory PHN may also request referee details.

All nominations must be received by Friday 13 September 2019.

Online

Nominations can be made via the online form.

Email

Nominations can be emailed to: awards@ntphn.org.au

Postal votes

Nominations can be typed or handwritten and posted to:

C/O Administrators Medals
Northern Territory PHN
GPO Box 2562
Darwin NT 0801

Phone Nominations

Nominations will be accepted over the phone and where possible two staff will take the nomination to verify the correct details are recorded and should address the questions on the nomination form.

Please contact us on awards@ntphn.org.au or 08 8982 1000 to arrange a time to complete a phone nomination.

Video Nominations

Video nominations will be accepted and should address the questions on the nomination form.

The footage is not required to be polished nor contain special effects and editing however please ensure the clip:

  • is between 2-5 minutes long
  • primarily contains footage of the person nominating
  • does not contain music
  • is submitted via one of the following methods:
    • dropbox
    • google drive

The link to the video may be emailed to awards@ntphn.org.au

Sponsors and selection panel

The Administrator’s Medals in Primary Health Care are proudly sponsored by the following organisations. A selection panel of representatives from these supporting organisations will review the nominations, choose finalists and select the winners. The panel’s decision is final.

  • Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT (AMSANT) 
  • Health Providers Alliance NT (HPANT)
  • Centre for Remote Health (CRH)
  • CRANAplus
  • Northern Territory General Practice Education (NTGPE)
  • Northern Territory Government Department of Health (DOH)
  • Northern Territory PHN  (NT PHN).

The awards night

The awards night will be held at Government House on Thursday 21 November 2019.

Finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony:

  • finalists in the Individual category will be invited to attend with one guest;
  • finalists in the Team and Whole of Practice/Health Service categories will receive invitations for two representatives from their nominee list;
  • reasonable travel and accommodation will be available for some finalists.

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