In 2017, we, at HealthcareLink, wanted to recognise the great employers and workplaces that the medical practices on our network are, so we decided to run the inaugural Best Employer Awards.
The competition was run over July – September and split into three categories of Small, Medium and Large medical practices. It was an overwhelmingly positive response and we were floored by the standard of entries and made our position as judges very challenging indeed! We are very pleased to announce the following winners for the 2017 Best Employer Awards:
- One Life Medical, Alexandra Hills, QLD (Small)
- Pirie Medical Centre, Port Pirie, SA (Medium)
- Neal Street Medical Centre, Gisborne, VIC (Large)
One Life Medical is a small medical practice in Alexandra Hills, Queensland, with three doctors and two practice nurses. The practice was started by a registered nurse and an accountant, who focus on maintaining a family feel for the patients, while supporting their staff with a positive, open environment, training and fun times along the way.
Pirie Medical Centre is a medium-sized practice in the South Australian coastal town of Port Pirie. With nearly 20 staff, Pirie Medical Centre’s practice principal, practice manager and office manager ensure there are specific times each month where the team meet to discuss the practice, birthday lunches and dinner functions throughout the year, with a Christimas Dinner for staff and family at the end of the year. The staff at Pirie Medical Centre are very involved with their local community, participating in netball competition, fundraising quiz nights, offering free flu vaccines and volunteering consults at the local Aboriginal Health Centre.
Neal Street Medical Centre is a large medical practice, based in Gisborne, Victoria, with nearly 25 doctors and 40 staff in total, included nurses and admin staff, and supporting services such as pathology, radiology and allied health services next door. The team develop their communication skills by participating in local sporting competitions, as well as supporting the activities through sponsorship. Neal Street Medical Centre is well-regarded by its patients, rated as a Top 100 practice on the HealthEngine network and winner of the Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Award 2017 for Professional Services Category. The practice’s directors, driven by a vision of providing exceptional healthcare to the community, believe “A happy working group are always well motivated and ensure that working together becomes a pleasurable experience.”
Employers were asked to answer questions designed to understand the workplace environment – how open communication was encouraged, team building activities, local community participation by the medical staff and support for employees’ mental health.
An important consideration was the employee testimonials submitted as part of the application which demonstrated how the doctors, nurses, allied health and administration staff felt about working for the medical practice.
The final consideration was the Director’s or Principal’s vision or mission for the practice. Organisations, be they big or small, are only as strong as the leader and his or her vision for its direction.
All winners receive a free one year Premium plan membership to the HealthcareLink platform to list promoted job posts and receive access credits each month. Access credits allows employers to connect with potential candidates who match their hiring selection criteria, enabling the practice manager or hiring manager to build a relationship with them, increasing their chances of finding and securing the right candidate for the roles. Practices use HealthcareLink to hire GP doctors, practice nurses, registered nurses, allied health and oral health practitioners and healthcare administration staff.
Congratulations to all our winners, finalists and all those who entered HealthcareLink’s 2017 Best Employer Awards!
2017 Best Employer Awards Winners
One Life Medical
Pirie Medical Centre
Neal Street Medical Centre
2017 Best Employer Awards Finalists
Foxwell Medical Centre
Lane Street Medical Practice
North Blackwater General Practice
Olsen Avenue Medical Centre
St Albans Complete Health Care
Sun Family Practice