QI Awards

The 27th ACHS Annual Quality Improvement Awards for 2024 are now open for submission!

The QI Awards are an annual recognition of achievement and encouragement for quality improvement activities, programs or strategies that have been implemented into healthcare organisations. 

The QI Awards are open to ACHS Members based in Australia, for all International entries please submit to the ACHS International QI Awards

Ready to submit?

Read the 2024 Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Download and complete the Submission Form

Submission Form

Upload your completed form to the submission portal

Submission Portal (Australia)

About QI Awards

Introduced in 1998, the QI Awards acknowledge healthcare organisations that achieve excellence and innovation in clinical care, organisation-wide practice, service delivery and performance measurement.

Judging panel consists of an ACHS Councillor, an ACHS assessor and a representative from an ACHS member organisation. Judging is conducted externally with separate panels of three judges for each of the three QI Awards categories.

Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety

The Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Award recognises innovation and demonstrated quality improvement in the delivery of safe, effective consumer / patient care.

Previous winning submissions in this category have included:

  • The introduction of an improved hospital-wide medication safety system
  • The implementation of a system to better manage dialysis access
  • A system to reduce the waiting time in an Emergency Department

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Non-clinical Service Delivery

The Non-Clinical Service Delivery Award acknowledges a demonstrated outcome in improvement and innovation to patient / consumer services and organisation-wide practice including services provided by community and allied health.

Previous winning submissions in this category have included:

  • Building capacity and skill for healthcare communication
  • The introduction of a hospital-wide, integrated human resource, education and training system
  • A volunteer-supported laundry to assist palliative care patients

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Healthcare Measurement

This category recognises organisations which have measured an aspect of clinical management and/or outcome of care, taken appropriate action in response to that measurement, and demonstrated improved consumer / patient care and organisational performance upon further measurement.

Previous winning submissions in this category have included:

  • Sustaining Improvements in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Nutrition Outcomes
  • Taking staff influenza vaccination rates to a record level
  • Development of an integrated performance management system

Get inspired by previous winners ➜

Who is eligible to enter?

  • Entry is open to all current members of the ACHS Accreditation and Clinical Indicator programs in Australia
  • Organisations outside of Australia are invited to apply for the ACHS International Quality Improvement (QI) Awards
  • Application must relate to a quality improvement activity that has been implemented within the last two (2) years
  • All entrants agree to the publication and distribution of their submission(s) by ACHS
  • Projects that have been entered in other awards are eligible to be entered in the ACHS QI Awards 2024

Submissions close on Friday, 6 September 2024 at 5pm (AEST)

Take inspiration from previous QI Awards winners


Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety Category

Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Hep C is Everyone’s Business – An Approach for Virtual Elimination of Hepatitis C from South Australian Prisons

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Non-Clinical Service Delivery Category

Northern Sydney Local Health District - Primary and Community Health (NSLHD)

From words to images: Implementing Video Interpreting

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Healthcare Measurement Category

Royal North Shore Hospital (NSLHD)

Parkinson Inpatient Experience (PIE) Project

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