NSW Health Pathology Awards

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The 2nd NSW Health Pathology Staff Awards – Caring, Connecting and Pioneering for all of us was held virtually on Tuesday 23 November and is now available for you to watch. 

Watch now:  https://www.pathology.health.nsw.gov.au/latest-news/events/nsw-health-pathology-awards/2021-awards/live-event

Since August we’ve been shining a spotlight on our finalists (teams and individuals) achievements in a series of all staff emails, on  our Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, as well as in our 2021 Finalist Book (below). Check them out and help us share their amazing achievements.


Click here for the winners


Our team of judges across six panels had the very challenging task to narrow the 116 excellent entries down to 34 finalists across ten categories. Each judging panel remarked that they wanted to recognise everyone for going above and beyond to keep our communities safe during the pandemic, as well as for showing the true clinical and scientific value of our public pathology and forensic services.



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Thanks to our 2021 sponsors


NSW Health Pathology is very grateful to the sponsors of the NSW Health Pathology Awards 2021 - icare NSW, Smart Salary, Nous Group and Aware Super.

Click here to read more from our sponsors.


About our awards 

The NSW Health Pathology Awards: Caring, connecting and pioneering - for all of us celebrate the extraordinary achievements of our people and our services. 

Now in its second year, “The Pathies” shine a light on our 5,000-plus staff who go to extraordinary lengths by caring, connecting and pioneering for all of us.

In these uncertain times, we celebrate the essential role our staff have played during the ongoing response to COVID-19, bushfires, floods and droughts - as well as in maintaining vital health and justice systems. From our blood collectors and clinicians to our couriers and scientists, our staff are curious and passionate about making a difference through innovation and excellence.

These Awards reflect our commitment to creating better health and justice systems, as well as highlighting our colleagues who promote the organisation’s RITE values – respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry into the NSW Health Pathology Awards 2021 – Caring, Connecting and Pioneering: for all of us. There’s been lots interest and anticipation for this year’s awards program, so it’s really no surprise “The Pathies” will be hotly contested with 116 nominations from right across the state.

Award categories

We are maintaining the existing categories and criteria which have been developed to align to our purpose, aspirations, RITE values and our Strategic Plan Towards 2025. 

We know our staff care as much for the environment as they do for their patients, so this year we’ve also added a new award – Environment Sustainability. 

Download the guidelines and criteria here. (PDF 24.2MB)

Outstanding achievements: team categories

Keeping people safe and healthy
Delivering truly connected care
Contributing to better health and justice systems
Supporting our people
Creating safer, healthier workplaces
Recognising our pioneering spirit 
Environmental sustainability - NEW IN 2021

Outstanding achievements: individual categories

RITE staff member
Collaborative, connected leader
Research Excellence 

Chief Executive Award 

This award recognises an outstanding contribution by a team or individual to the success and strategic priorities of NSW Health Pathology. There is no direct nomination process and the Chief Executive can consider all finalists in the 2021 NSW Health Pathology Awards.

Key Dates

Entries open: 15 March 2021
Entries close: 30 April 2021
Judging: May 2021
Finalists announced: June 2021
Virtual event: 23 November 2021. Stay tuned for your invitation and link to join us. 

Guidelines and criteria

Guidelines and criteria can be downloaded from here (PDF 24.2MB)

Last year's winners and sponsors

Visit here to find out more more the 2020 winners.

You can check out all the images from the night here

We are very grateful to our 2020 sponsors: Charles Sturt University's School of Biomedical Science, icare and Smart Salary.

For more information

The NSW Health Pathology Awards are managed by Strategic Communications and People and Culture.

E: NSWPATH-Awards@health.nsw.gov.au

P: 4920 4080 (Strategic Communications) or 4920 4075 (People and Culture).