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HCANZA:
Health & Wellness Coaching
Industry Awards

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The Australian and New Zealand Health and Wellness Coaching Awards reward excellence in health coaching over the previous two years.  These inaugural awards are focused on recognising and elevating the profession of health and wellness coaching.

These awards are open to all HCANZA Student and Professional members and anyone who currently works in the health and wellness sector and/or healthcare sector. Information on who can nominate is contained in the awards criteria.

There are 7 Award Categories:

1. Outstanding Contribution to Health*

2. Health Coach Advocacy Award*

3. Health & Wellness Coach of the year**

4. Health & Wellness Coach of the year in a Healthcare setting**

5. Best Emerging Health & Wellness Coach of the year**

6. Business Achievement Award**

7. Best Innovation in Health and Wellness Coaching**

*Nomination only award

**You can enter yourself or nominate someone else for awards 3-7. “You” indicates a personal nomination.

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Awards:
Categories

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Outstanding contribution to health*

The winner of this prestigious award will be a person working in the health and wellbeing sector who has made a stellar contribution to health and is an absolute inspiration to others. Their contribution could be made over a lifetime, or through one momentous invention or action, or for achieving recognition on the international stage. Whatever it is they have done, or are doing, it has made a significant positive impact on the health of Australians and New Zealanders. Their initiative or work could span any aspect of health and wellness, healthcare, e.g., technology, business, clinical services, workforce development, education, research, etc.

Your nomination may include:

  • Demonstrate how the person has shown leadership, vision, and inspiration

  • Demonstration of client-centred care and improvement of client wellbeing

  • Impact on health equity

  • Impact on a community and/or the sector
     

Tell us:

  1. Why you believe this person is worthy of the award; include details of projects or initiatives or bodies of work and the impacts they have had and on whom.

  2. Why you believe this person’s work will inspire others inside and outside of health and wellness coaching to reach for the same heights in their professional lives.

  3. Any other awards or accolades or acknowledgements this person has received.

  4. The single quality, e.g., doggedness, originality, bravery, that you believe is their secret ingredient to success.
     

*Nomination only award


 

Health & Wellness Coach Advocacy Award*

'Advocacy influence decisions within political, economic, and social institutions’

This award recognises an exceptional person who has tirelessly worked to advocate and promote health and wellness coaching in Australia and/or New Zealand. You will have an outstanding commitment to health coaching and have demonstrated professional leadership, imagination and innovation to achieve better outcomes and foster the growth and development of other Health and Wellness Coaches.
 

Your entry must demonstrate:

  • How Health and Wellness Coaches can play a role in supporting improved wellbeing outcomes for all Australians and/or New Zealanders Nominee has advanced the cause of H&WC by engagement with political, professional or other organisations for change

  • Ongoing professional development and professionalism. Nominee has contributed to research or development of practical standards that advance H&WC

  • Leadership Nominee has actively sought opportunities to present the case of H&WC in political or social forums, i.e., Consumer Health Forum event

  • 100% commitment to access to the highest ethical and professional standards as described by HCANZA
     

Describe:

  1. The work undertaken.

  2. Your engagement with the profession of health and wellness coaching.

  3. Your commitment to access to services either through local action and/or national contribution to policy development.

  4. How you worked collaboratively across disciplines/sectors to achieve your goals. 

  5. Any accomplishments.
     

*Nomination only award


Health & Wellness Coach of the year

You can enter yourself or nominate someone else for this award. “You” indicates a personal nomination.

This award recognises an exceptional health and wellness coach who has addressed the needs of his/ her clients and achieved outstanding results. You will have an outstanding commitment to using the fundamentals of coaching combined with evidenced based lifestyle medicine. You will have expended considerable effort and imagination, leadership, collaboration and innovation to address practice and patient-level issues. You will be an inspiration to other aspiring health and wellness coaches.
 

Your entry must demonstrate:

An exceptional individual who has used their creativity and professional skills to make a sustainable difference to practice and/or patients.
 

  • Excellence in improved health and wellness outcomes

  • Awesome leadership and professionalism

  • Collaboration with health professionals in other sectors

  • Positive impact, e.g., on people’s health,

  • 100% commitment to HCANZA ethics and code of conduct
     

Describe:

  1. The coaching you have undertaken in the past 24 months.

  2. How you worked collaboratively across disciplines/sectors to achieve your goals. 

  3. Client results and accomplishments.

     

Health & Wellness Coach of the year in a Healthcare setting

You can enter yourself or nominate someone else for this award. “You” indicates a personal entry or a nomination.
 

This award recognises the exemplary work of a health and wellness coach where they have made an outstanding individual contribution to patient care in a healthcare setting. You will have expended considerable effort and imagination, leadership, collaboration, and innovation to address practice and patient-level issues.

Your entry must demonstrate:

  • An exceptional individual who has used their creativity and professional skills to make a sustainable difference to practice and/or patients

  • Excellence in care and health outcomes

  • Creativity and originality

  • Awesome leadership and professionalism

  • Collaboration with health professionals in other sectors

  • Positive impact, e.g., on people’s health, GPs, nurses and others


Describe:

  1. How your individual efforts have overcome significant obstacles in meeting health targets.

  2. Your impact on improving equity; working to understand differences in, and engage with, the patient population.

  3. The level of creativity and imagination applied to your projects or initiatives.

  4. The development of high-quality partnerships, i.e., with team, patients, patients’ whānau/family. 

  5. Any accomplishments that were beneficial to your team, practice, and patients.

     

Best Emerging Health & Wellness Coach of the year 

This award recognises an exceptional health and wellness coach who graduated from their HCANZA approved training course within the last 12 months. This new graduate has addressed the needs of his/ her clients and achieved outstanding results. You will have an outstanding commitment to using the fundamentals of coaching combined with evidenced based lifestyle medicine. You will be an inspiration to other aspiring health and wellness coaches

Your entry must demonstrate: 

An exceptional individual who has used their creativity and professional skills to make a sustainable difference to practice and/or patients. 
 

  • Excellence in improved health and wellness outcomes 

  • Positive impact, e.g., on people’s health,

  • 100% commitment to HCANZA ethics and code of conduct 
     

Describe:

  1. The coaching you have undertaken in the past 12 months. 

  2. Client results and accomplishments. 

     

Business achievement award 

You can enter yourself or nominate someone else for this award. “You” indicates a personal entry or a nomination. 

 

This award recognises excellence in business acumen and achievement in the area of health and wellness coaching. The winner will be a business (or business owner/manager) that has focused on achieving outstanding results for their health and wellness coaching business. You may have had to pivot at pace to maintain viability. Or you were able to thrive in the face of adversity. Your drive and ambition to be profitable and able to adapt to meet industry challenges will be obvious, as will your willingness to learn as you go. 

Your entry should demonstrate: 

  • Adaptability and creativity 

  • Positive impacts on your business and beyond 

  • Sustainability in your financial model
     

Describe: 

  1. The nature of your business and challenges faced and how you overcome them.

  2. How your efforts improved aspects of your business and your client/patient outcomes

  3. How your efforts can be sustained to ensure survival/growth.

Best Innovation in Health & wellness Coaching 

This award recognises a creative individual who has been shown to have made a real and sustainable difference to key aspects of health and wellness coaching. For example, you may have developed a program or initiative that has made a significant positive impact on the lives of people with experiences of mental unwellness, type 2 Diabetes, or any health issue, especially those who are from communities facing social or economic challenges. You will showcase professionalism, be innovative and have a keen desire to deliver the best possible solutions to improve overall health and wellbeing.

Your entry must demonstrate:

• Creativity and originality

• Sustainability
 

Describe:

1. The program or initiative, including its aims.

2. How your work is original and stands out from other similar work.

3. Outcomes and any formal or informal feedback

Awards Submissions Opening Soon
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Awards:
Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Important Definition:

In the award criteria the term recognised Health & Wellness Coach refers to:

  1. An HCANZA Professional or Student Member, or

  2. A graduate of an HCANZA approved program and meets the requirements for professional membership with HCANZA. https://hcanza.org/programs/approved-programs/, or

  3. A graduate of an NBHWC (National Board of Health & Wellness Coaches) approved program. https://nbhwc.org/find-an-approved-training-program/#!directory/ord=rnd

 

Note: You do not need to be a current HCANZA or NBHWC member to be nominated for the awards.
 

Award category 1 – Outstanding contribution to health – is open to any person or team working in the health and wellness sector.

  1. Key dates
    a. Entries close January 20th, 2022.
    b. All finalists will be advised no later than Feb 20th, 2022.
    c. Finalists will be invited to the awards on March 18th, 2022, where the winners will be revealed.

     

  2. Nomination requirements
    At the time of entry, you will need to supply all of the following within your online nomination form.

    a. 80-word summary of why your entry is a winning nomination
    b. A high resolution (Max 2 MB) colour image of your project, team or yourself (dependent on category entered). A logo is not an acceptable replacement.
    c. A jpeg or png file of your company logo, if applicablee
    d. If you are NOT an HCANZA member please supply a pdf copy of your graduate certificate from an approved course (see definition of recognised Health &Wellness Coach above)

     

  3. Marketing and promotion
    a. All information within your nomination, excluding client or commercially sensitive information, may be used to market and promote the Award. Information contained in the finalists’ nominations may be use for promotion or displayed during the Award’s evening. Any information within the nomination deemed confidential must be clearly indicated within the entry submission.
    b. Finalists agree to have their photos used for The Australian and New Zealand Health & Wellness Coaching Awards.
    c. By submitting your nomination, you agree to be interviewed for promotional and/or editorial coverage.
    d. Sponsors may receive your name/contact/nomination information unless you specifically request that they do not receive it using the tick box at the end of the terms and conditions.

     

  4. Judging
    a. Information provided in any entry or nomination will be held by HCANZA and seen by a selection of judges for the purpose of assessing the applications.
    b. All judges will sign a confidentiality agreement and a conflict of interest disclosure form.
    c. The judges reserve the right to re-assign any entry if it is believed to be more appropriate within a different category.
    d. Judges’ decisions are final. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
    e. Judging of the award categories is undertaken without reference to the sponsors or event promoters.

     

  5. Nomination criteria
    a. Nomination is open for people, projects and staff employed and/or self-employed in Australia and/or New Zealand.
    b. The awards are open to all people working as or with health and wellness coaches in community, corporate, commercial or clinic settings.
    c. Entries can be submitted by individuals, teams or organisations, but only one trophy and one certificate will be given per winning entry.
    d. The projects and initiatives described in entries must have been completed within the previous 24 months (Jan 1st, 2020 – Dec 31st, 2021) but may have run over a number of years.

     

  6. Process
    a. All entries must be completed online, and all entrant details are to be correctly filled out.
    b. All sections in the entry/nomination form must be completed and specific examples provided for each criterion listed.
    c. All entries will receive email confirmations. If you do not receive a confirmation email, it is your responsibility to follow this up as the entry was not received.
    d. Submissions will not be accepted if they are in a different format from the above.
    e. Entries must adhere to the strict 1000 word maximum, and must contain all the relevant data, be particularly detailed and with full results. Any extra wording will not be read by the judges.
    f. Nominations must comply with entry rules and time deadlines.
    g. All information contained in an entry should be a fair and accurate representation.

     

  7. Limitations
    a. You may enter as many categories as you like, but with separate and unique entries and projects. Multiple entries with the same project are NOT permitted.
    b. Entrants or nominators may not submit the same project that has won within the last five years. However, you may nominate someone or submit an entry for team(s) or organisation(s) that have won in the past five years for new or different projects or initiatives.
    c. An entry may be disqualified if it is in breach of any of the above terms and conditions.

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Top Tips
for your entry

Top tips for your entry 

We’re hoping to be overwhelmed with the number of entries and nominations. In a crowded field, how can your entry or nomination stand out? Follow our top tips and tricks to help your work really shine.
 

  1. Make time to enter – it’s always a shock to see how fast the time slips by!

  2. Enter and follow the instructions, paying close attention to word lengths, clear descriptions of your work and editing.

  3. Concisely explain: What, Who, Why and How.

  4. Tell a great story – inject some colour.

  5. Show commitment to your community.

  6. Focus on outcomes.

  7. Share your energy and drive.

  8. Show how your persistence paid off.

  9. Avoid waffle and jargon

  10. Show how you embraced change.

  11. Everyone loves a statistic – use some.

  12. Make a video to bring your entry to life.