Tips and tricks for Award entries

  • Use plain English – think of your reading audience. Remember each judge will be reading through many submissions and you want yours to be easy to read to avoid frustration.
  • Avoid industry jargon in your entry – remember, judges are chosen to review entries where they are least likely to have a conflict. In most cases this means they will not be familiar with your area of work. Therefore you should answer in a way that suits a general audience.
  • Appoint a person to take ownership of the nomination. Ensure this person is able to work to a timeline.
  • Make a timeline so you are able to respond before the entry deadline.
  • Look at the score allocation on each of the questions – this will direct where you should put in the effort.
  • Look at using bullet points instead of very long sentences.
  • The devil is in the detail. Use the most relevant detail first e.g. if you are entering a project which is saving 100 lives per year, don't start your answer with “We purchased a machine that does clever things.”
  • Proofread your entry before submitting and get someone you trust to also read and make suggestions. Remember to make use of your Communications team –they will be able to advise on writing styles/techniques.
  • Make sure that you own the rights to the project you are submitting, i.e. if you have copied a project from another area this is their work, not yours. If the base work belongs to someone else you need to acknowledge this but you can describe how your enhancements have made the project better.
  • Always make sure your evaluation is matched to your objectives.

What judges look for

  • Have you given clear responses to the questions in plain English?
  • Well thought out answers that respond to the question
  • Have you met budget expectations?
  • Have you demonstrated excellence?
  • Are you aware of WA Health priorities?
  • Are you surpassing industry standards?
  • Are you able to show a strategic approach?
  • Use of measurement tools e.g. SMART objectives, Lean?
  • Do you have evidence of innovation?