Canterbury Health Systems Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards

​​​​​​The Canterbury health system Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards were introduced in 2003 to recognise, reward and publicly acknowledge excellence in quality improvements and innovations. 

The Awards are open to all Canterbury DHB staff and providers whose services are funded by the Canterbury DHB. 

The Awards are an exciting opportunity to share ideas and learning, gain recognition and celebrate the achievements of your project team.

​2017 Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards​ Winners

Supreme Award Winner

A 'one stop shop' for students with Type 1 Diabetes at the University of Canterbury Health Centre. Supreme Award Winner Quality Awards 2017


Improved Health and Equity for All Populations

Award Winner: A 'one stop shop' for students with Type 1 Diabetes at the University of Canterbury Health Centre.

Runner Up: Tongue Ties: Back on Track for Mothers and Babies.


Improved Quality, Safety and Experience of Care 

Award Winner: Collaborative community-based early intervention for people living with Parkinson's disease - PD VAMP.

Runner Up: Emergency Department In-situ Simulation Programme.


Best Value for Public Health System Resources

Winner: Resourcing Physiotherapists at the bedside: physio 24/7, a one-stop digital tool box.

Runner Up: EDGE - “Emergency Department Get Exercising” 100 Day Challenge.​

Highly Commended

  • Ketogenic dietary therapy.

  • Blast into​ the future! Development of Stereotactic Ablative Radiotherapy (SAB) for early stage inoperable lung cancer​.

Consumer Council Award​

​​​Virtual reality Magnetic resonance​.

Posters- Winner

​Prostate side effect assessment – saving you time (Canterbury Regional Haematology and Oncology Services).

Posters- Runner Up

Roster in your pocket: roster tools empowering nurses to reclaim their       Work-Life balance (ED)​.

Posters- People's Choice

Leading the way in women's health: Physiotherapy led pessary clinic​​. ​​

Key Dates 2018

​Final dates to be confirmed in March 2018- timeline below:

Written Projects


​Expression of Interest


Expression of Interest


​Written submission due​July​Poster submission due​Sept
​Assessor workshops​June
​Site visits​Sept
             Quality Improvement and Innovation Awards Ceremony                                         early November​ 2018

2018 Project Submissions

​​​​All 2018 projects can be submitted as a written project or in poster format. Templates are aligned to the Canterbury DHB Process for Improvement​ (please note ​this link can only be accessed by Canterbury DHB staff). ​

An entrants briefing for everyone submitting projects into the Awards will be held in March 2018. The briefing will provide​  an overview of the process for Improvement and how to go about presenting your improvement. 

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Page last reviewed: 09 November 2017
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