The Victorian Health Promotion Awards are an opportunity for organisations, projects and individuals to be recognised for their amazing work in improving the health and wellbeing of Victorians. 

What you’ll find on this page: 

 

 

Overview of new assessment process: 

In 2021, we redeveloped the Victorian Health Promotion Award categories and our assessment process. 

All nominations have been submitted via the Award Force platform and are assessed by an independent assessor external to VicHealth. All nominations will be scored with individual feedback to support their scoring.  

Once every nomination has been scored, VicHealth will divide the nominations for our judging panels. This year, we are pleased to have several judging panels, which include previous VicHealth grant recipients, young people and VicHealth staff. 

Each judge will be given a shortlist of top scoring nominations to assess. As a judge, you will receive our independent assessor’s scores and feedback. You will vote based on the information and select a winner. 

The judging panels will come together to deliberate their individual assessments and confirm winners. 

 

 Key dates   
External assessment October/November 2021 
Judging (voting) begins  8 November 2021 
Judging (voting) ends  21 November 2021
Judging meeting  Week of 22 November 2021
Finalists announced Early December 2021
Awards event Early 2022

How to complete your role as a judge of the Victorian Health Promotion Awards: 

Role of a judge View more

The role of a judge is to vote on finalists of the Victorian Health Promotion Awards. A judge uses the award’s criteria, support notes (as well as drawing on their own experiences) to vote for their preferred finalists. 

Judging for the Victorian Health Promotion Awards will take place on our online awards platform (Award Force)

Each award category will have a panel of 3 judges. 

Step to assess: 

  1. Login to Award Force here
  2. Select the award they are judging, refer to the notes from the independent assessor 
  3. Vote for their favourite finalists using our guide – refer below to How the voting process works 
  4. Log out and send an email to your VicHealth captain to let them know you’ve completed your assessment. 
  5. When all votes are in, we’ll hold a quick Microsoft Teams to discuss the category and make sure there is confirmation on the winner from all judges. Following this meeting, the finalist with the most votes and confirmation from the judging panel will be confirmed as the winner! 
  6. Winners will be announced at our ceremony to be held early 2022. This means the meeting and voting process will all be under embargo and we will not share any information with the nominees. 
How the voting process works - including tutorial video View more

Each judge will be given 3 votes for their category. After you read through the assessor's feedback, you will be able to vote for your preferred finalist.  

You can give three votes to three different nominees, or if you feel one finalist is extremely strong, you may give them 2 votes and then only give 1 vote to another.  

However, you cannot give one finalist more than 2 votes.  

To help you further please watch our video below which steps through how to use Award Force and vote on your top nominees. 

Awards judging criteria View more

Outstanding Health Promotion  

There are many incredible organisations and programs operating in the community. This category recognises an organisation or program that was able to be flexible and innovative in delivering health promotion outcomes in 2020-21

 
  • Is it clear why this organisation or project has been nominated in this category? 
  • Did the project achieve the objective it set out to? 
  • Did the organisation or project demonstrate innovation in their work? 
  • Was the project able to make changes so that it stayed relevant during the coronavirus pandemic? 
  • Did the project have a demonstrated positive impact? 
  • Will this project have ongoing impact in the community? 
  • Has the project demonstrated strong value for money? 
  • How effectively did the project work with other organisations? 

 

Driving Health Equity  

No matter your background, all Victorians should have access to health services. This category recognises an organisation or program that works to support Victorians facing greater barriers to health and wellbeing, including people with disability, people on low incomes, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Victorians, people from culturally diverse backgrounds, those living in regional/rural areas and LGBTIQ+ Victorians.

 

  • Is it clear why this organisation or project has been nominated in this category? 
  • Did the project achieve the objective it set out to? 
  • Did this project support a group of people facing greater barriers to good health (ie. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Victorians with disability, the LGBTIQ+ community, people with a culturally diverse background, live in regional and rural areas or somewhere devastated by bushfires)? 
  • Did the project codesign the initiative with the group of people it aimed to support? 
  • Was the project able to make changes so that it stayed relevant during the coronavirus pandemic? 
  • Did the project have a demonstrated positive impact? 
  • Will this project have ongoing impact in the community? 
  • Has the project demonstrated strong value for money? 
  • How effectively did the project work with other organisations? 

 

Building Back Better 

We have been challenged like never before, and the resilience of Victorians has shone through in many ways. This category recognises an organisation or program that has been creative and impactful in supporting recovery and improving the health and wellbeing of their community following the impact of coronavirus and/or the bushfires.

 

  • Is it clear why this organisation or project has been nominated in this category? 
  • Did the project achieve the objective it set out to? 
  • Did the project demonstrate creativity in supporting their community to recover from the pandemic and/or bushfires? 
  • Did the project have a demonstrated positive impact? 
  • Will this project have ongoing impact in the community? 
  • Has the project demonstrated strong value for money? 
  • How effectively did the project work with other organisations? 

 

Future Healthy Award 

Young people have the capacity to provide great perspective and engaging with them in a meaningful way can unlock important insight. This category recognises an organisation or program working with young Victorians to improve their health and wellbeing.

 
  • Is it clear why this organisation or project has been nominated in this category? 
  • Did the project achieve the objective it set out to? 
  • Was the project able to make changes so that it stayed relevant during the coronavirus pandemic?  
  • Did the project have a demonstrated positive impact for young people? 
  • Did the project involve young people in codesigning the project?  
  • Will this project have ongoing impact for young people? 
  • Has the project demonstrated strong value for money? 
  • How effectively did the project work with other organisations? 

 

Community Legend 

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our communities. This category recognises the individuals and groups who dedicate their time, passion and energy to improve the health and wellbeing of their community.

 
  • Is it clear why this volunteer has been nominated in this category? 
  • Has the volunteer demonstrated exceptional service to their community/organisation? 
  • Has the volunteer had a strong impact on their community or been a link between communities? 

 

Leading Health Promotion Research 

Research changes lives. This category recognises a Victorian researcher/team that has conducted invaluable research, contributing significantly to our knowledge about what works to prevent chronic disease and improve health and wellbeing of Victorians.  

 
  • Is it clear why this organisation or individual has been nominated in this category? 
  • Is it clear what knowledge gap the research addresses? 
  • Is it clear how the researchers conducted the project and why they did it this way? 
  • Has the research been developed with policy or practice partners to ensure its relevance to these end-users? 
  • Is it clear what the key findings were? 
  • Has the research been effectively shared with others (policy makers, practitioners, other researchers) to ensure it gets used? 
  • Does the research demonstrate an ability to have a positive impact on health and wellbeing policy or practice, or the broader community? 

 

Outstanding Media Reporting

The media provide a vital service in promoting the great work going on in our communities. This category recognises a Victorian journalist that has delivered accurate, impactful and/or entertaining health promotion reporting, helping people to increase control over their health and wellbeing.

 

  • Is it clear why this journalist has been nominated in this category? 
  • Does the journalist have a strong health and wellbeing focus? 
  • Does the journalist clearly demonstrate accurate and evidence-based reporting? 
  • Has the journalist’s reporting had a positive impact on the community? 

 

Excellence in Health Promotion Marketing 

Having a strong marketing campaign is important in promoting the key messages of a program. This category acknowledges an effective and innovative health promotion campaign and/or communications activity.

 
  • Is it clear why this marketing campaign/initiative has been nominated in this category? 
  • Did the campaign have a clear objective? 
  • Did the campaign show a good understanding of the target audience(s)? 
  • How effective were the campaign partnerships?  
  • Did the marketing campaign achieve the objective? 
  • How effectively did the campaign reach the target audience(s)? 
  • Did the project have a demonstrated positive impact? 
  • Has this marketing campaign’s success and impact been measured well? 
  • Has the project demonstrated strong value for money? 
What is the role of the VicHealth captain View more

The VicHealth captain is the first point of call our judges. The VicHealth captain is a current staff member who will be able to assist you with technical questions and will also vote for their top scoring nominees. 

Your designated VicHealth captain would have sent you your welcome email with the link to this webpage. If you need to get in contact with the team but can’t remember who your VicHealth captain is, please email [email protected]

How much will I be paid and how does this process work View more

All of our judges will be paid a rate of $50 p/hr, we estimate that this process will require about 6 hours of work and estimate your total will be $300. If you think you will need more time to complete the judging process, you must reach out to your VicHealth captain as soon as possible.  We are open to longer assessment periods but want to ensure we can support you through this process and understand what could be causing any excess time.

All of our judges will need to prepare an invoice at the end of the judging period. We will be able to provide you with supporting document to help you in this process. Once you have submitted the invoice, the payment will be organised as soon as possible. 

If you need help to organise an invoice, please let your VicHealth captain know and we can support you further. 

Thank you for being part of our Victorian Health Promotion Awards assessment process. If you have any questions, please reach out to your VicHealth captain or email [email protected]