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Pinnacle 30th Birthday awards ceremony


Celebrating 30 years - nominations are now open

General practice is the cornerstone of our communities - so let's celebrate the innovation, dedication and delivery of high quality healthcare services in our region.

All Pinnacle practice staff are invited to attend our birthday celebration on Tuesday 19 November in Hamilton.

RSVP and get all the 'need-to-know' information about the dinner here.

Attendance to the birthday event is free, RSVPs will be essential to reserve your seats. Subsidies are available to help practices with the costs - and we've placed our celebration in the HiNZ event week to help you maximise your visit to Hamilton. Watch for more details in Pin Points or speak to your practice support person to learn more. 

With HiNZ events drawing many visitors to Hamilton throughout the week we encourage you to book accommodation as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss out.


How to nominate your peers

We know we have some of the highest calibre people and practices found anywhere in New Zealand. We want to recognise those who ensure the people of the Midlands region are getting some of the very best health outcomes possible - because great primary care changes lives.

Our award categories are broad because rather than tell you what good looks like we'd like to hear your thoughts on who and why. And it's a party right? No one wants to fill in a complicated form or write a 2,000 word essay so simply drop us an email and the Pin Inc board will take it from there. Good luck everyone - and we look forward to seeing many of you on the night.


The categories

GP service excellence award 
Practice nursing service excellence award

Awarded to GPs and practice nurses who show outstanding contribution to general practice through tireless dedication, genuinely making a difference to the health and experience of his or her patients and community.

Teamwork award

In recognition of exemplary performance and commitment by a practice team. This could be in recognition of quality, improved patient outcomes and/or being a 'great place to work' through efforts in employee wellbeing and overall job satisfaction.

Outstanding contribution to the future of general practice

Awarded to any individual who shows one or more of the following qualities:

  • vision, a willingness to embrace innovation and push the boundaries
  • an appetite to lead and embed change within their practice
  • leading or participating in primary health care research
  • an outspoken advocate for general practice, raising their voice on the important issues.

Outstanding services to rural health

Awarded to an individual or practice that regularly goes above and beyond the norm of general practice, delivering excellent services in the increasingly challenging rural environment.

Outstanding services to Maori health

Awarded to an individual or practice that works in a variety of different was to achieve equitable outcomes for Maori.

Outstanding services to the community

Recognising groups or organisations for the vital role they play in connecting the social and health needs of people, creating a more healthy and vibrant communities to live in. Winners of this award will regularly demonstrate innovative thinking and creative solutions to improve wellbeing, including initiatives to target hard to reach populations, overcoming social and/or culture barriers and creating unique solutions to those 'wicked' healthcare problems we all face.

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