Goulburn Valley Health initiatives up for healthcare awards

Finalist: Jabba the Bus, GV Health’s mobile COVID-19 vaccination service, was recognized in the Safer Care Victoria Partnering in Healthcare category. Photo by Megan Fisher

Jabba the Bus and Maxine Vaccine are one of three Goulburn Valley Health initiatives named finalists in this year’s Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

Jabba the Bus was rolled out in September 2021, helping bring COVID-19 blows to communities, and the mobile service is still in use nearly a year later.

Other initiatives recognized were GV Health‘s Community Kitchen Project in the Excellence in Public Sector Aged Care category and Oncology Opossum Skin Capes in the Aboriginal Health Improvement category.

GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said the health department is proud to have its initiatives nominated as finalists.

“The past two years have been very challenging for our health department, so receiving this statewide recognition at this time shows how resilient and innovative our staff are,” he said.

GV Health was also a finalist as a co-contributor with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center for the iCanEAT initiative: Implementing the CanEAT Journey for People with Cancer, Caregivers and Healthcare Professionals.

The annual awards celebrate and recognize the achievements of Victoria’s health workers and public health services over the past year.

This is the first time the awards have been presented since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, after being discontinued in 2020 and 2021.

The winners will be announced in October.

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