Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth annual Tasmanian Palliative Care Awards, celebrating compassion and excellence in the care of those who are living with a life-limiting illness, dying or grieving in Tasmania.

Chief Executive Officer of Palliative Care Tasmania, Colleen Johnstone encourages people to take the time to nominate in these very special awards.

“People and organisations working, volunteering and caring for those living with a life limiting illness or who are dying are some of the most selfless people in our community.” she said.

“We’ve made the nomination process very easy, and it should only take a few minutes to nominate someone – please take the time, you will make someone’s day just by nominating them.”

Nominations are now open, and the categories are:

  1. Outstanding Palliative Care Professional
    proudly supported by Millingtons Funeral Services
  2. Outstanding Palliative Care Volunteer/Carer
    proudly supported by Care2Serve & Carer Gateway
  3. Outstanding Palliative Care Service provider
    proudly supported by TPT Wealth
  4. Outstanding Achievement in Palliative Care
    proudly supported by Inclusive Creatives
  5. Excellence in Palliative Care in Aged Care
    proudly supported by HESTA
  6. Excellence in Palliative Care in the Community
    proudly supported by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tas (ANMF)

This year, there are three new Awards

  • ‘Excellence in an Aged Care setting’ and
  • ‘Excellence in the Community’ that acknowledge the changing landscape of palliative care.
  • The ‘Outstanding Achievement in Palliative Care’ award aims to recognise all the different types of contributions, including non-direct and non-clinical achievements such as academics, projects, disability, inclusivity, policy work, peak bodies, NFP staff, teams and projects, art and creative achievements, advocacy, fundraising and awareness, champions, holistic providers, change-makers and more.

PCT is also seeking nominations for the 2021 ‘Joy Coghlan’ Tasmanian Palliative Care Honour Roll. This recognition is for Tasmanian men and women who have made an outstanding contribution to our sector and ensures these contributions are given full recognition and not forgotten in the passage of time. Nominations for the Honour Roll can include those who have contributed to the sector and are still working, retired, or died.

Everyone nominated will receive a certificate of appreciation, finalists will be announced in early November, and the winners will be awarded on 23rd November 2020 at Government House.

The Awards would not be possible without the support of our wonderful partners.
Thank you to our Community Partner – WIN Network and our amazing category partners Millingtons, Carers Tasmania, TPT Wealth, The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Tas, Inclusive Creatives and HESTA.

Millingtons Funeral Services General Manager Travis Tann said, “Millingtons has proudly partnered with PCT to recognise the outstanding work of the sector and the lifetime achievement of the Honouree.”

Emily Shepherd, Secretary, ANMF Tasmanian Branch urges people to take the time to nominate “Our sector is rich with compassionate people delivering excellent support, we hope these awards give them the visibility they deserve”.

Tasmania has the highest ratio of carers in Australia at 1:6. On any given day, thousands are supporting someone with life limiting illness. Informal carers are unsung heroes and these awards are an important way to give due recognition” said David Brennan, CEO of Care2Serve, the service arm of Carers Tasmania.

Inclusive Creatives Managing Director Phillip Drury says, “It’s wonderful to see the Awards grow and expand to recognise this sometimes-unseen sector and it’s people”.

“Not every palliative care worker or organisation wants to be recognised, but it is important that we do recognise their efforts and important contributions.” says TPT Wealth representative.

HESTA is a proud partner. “We know there is amazing work being done every day in this sector by incredible people – let’s hear some of those stories through the awards nomination process”.

Community partner WIN said “WIN Network is committed to supporting the local Tasmanian community, these Awards will showcase the contributions of so many incredible Tasmanians, we urge you to nominate”.

Nominations are open until November 1st.