Category description 05 Aug, 2022

A powerful media story can be the catalyst for real change. This category recognises a Victorian journalist that has delivered accurate, impactful and/or compelling health promotion reporting, helping people to increase control over their health and wellbeing.

Key dates

Tuesday 9 August 2022

Nominations open at 10:00am AEST

Sunday 11 September 2022

Nominations close at 6:30pm AEST


Nominations assessed


Finalists announced

February 2023

2022 Victorian Health Promotion Awards event

Entry requirements

  • Up to three examples of health promotion reporting by the nominated journalist can be attached. 
  • Most of the work associated with the nomination must have been completed between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022.
  • All entries must relate to reporting on health promotion initiatives that benefit the health and wellbeing of the community.
  • Health promotion is the act of supporting governments, communities, and individuals to cope with and address health challenges to prevent disease and to improve health and wellbeing. We’re looking for media reporting on work that improves physical and mental health by tackling issues such as, but not limited to, access to healthy food, keeping communities active and bringing people together to increase social connection. We’re also interested in work that has helped reduce use and harm from alcohol, junk food, tobacco, vaping and gambling products as well as illicit drugs.   
  • We won’t consider entries that solely focus on COVID-19, including but not limited to case number reporting, restriction announcements and vaccines/treatments. We are interested in stories that report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted broader community health and wellbeing, ie. the pandemic’s impact on people’s ability to eat healthy food, remain active, maintain social connections, reduce harm from alcohol etc.
  • By entering, all entrants certify that their entry, apart from normal subeditorial/production treatment, is their original work.
  • Entrants must declare if their work involved payment for information or an interview.
  • We won’t be considering campaigns on the prevention or treatment of specific diseases or addictions.
  • The judges’ decision will be final.
  • The entrant acknowledges and agrees that VicHealth may reproduce, broadcast and communicate materials submitted (with the exception of copyrighted media materials) for the purpose of promoting the award.

Assessment criteria

Entries will be judged on the following:

Criteria for Outstanding Media Reporting Award

Info we need from you

  • Summary (max. 150 words / max. 1 mins)
    • Try to address the following:
      • Explain how the journalist has effectively promoted better health and wellbeing in their reporting?
  • Nomination description (max. 250 words / max. 2 mins)
    • In your nomination description, tell us:
      • What did your nominated journalist report on?
      • How did the journalist ensure accurate and evidence-based reporting?
  • Outcome (max. 250 words / max. 2 mins)
    • In your outcome, tell us:
      • What impact did the reporting have for the community?
      • How has the reporting helped people to increase control over their health and wellbeing?

How to enter

  • Submit your nomination online at
  • All nominations must be submitted through the online platform.
  • Nominations can either be:
    • Written (through the online platform)
    • Video (recorded on your device (camera, smartphone, tablet etc) then uploaded on the online platform

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