Background on the MHCS Awards

The Multicultural Health Communication Awards program was established in 2003 by the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service (MHCS) for health staff and staff of health funded organisations including NGOs that produce multilingual health resources.


To encourage good practice in multicultural health communication and to ensure that bilingual resources are recognised, promoted and distributed. Resources are also placed on the MHCS website.


All staff who work in NSW Ministry of Health, Local Health Districts: Metropolitan and Rural & Regional, Hospital Networks, Justice Health & Forensic Mental Health Network, Hospital Diversity Health Coordinators, State-Wide Services and NGOs funded in part by NSW Health.


Entry Guidelines

Resources submitted need to be:
  • Produced between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016
  • Have state wide relevance
  • Available in English and at least one language other than English
  • Developed incorporating elements of good practice including a needs assessment
  • Translated by NAATI accredited translator
  • Culturally appropriate
  • Able to be added to the MHCS website (Audio/visual exempt)
Please read guidelines on website – use the following links:
The resource could be a poster, brochure, patient information, sign symbol, audio visual resource, web based resource or educational material. The Awards program is looking for useful resources that can be used across all communication and social media platforms.


Awards for each category will be presented for the Best Resource produced on a low cost budget, (below $5,000) and the Best Resource produced from a budget of $5,000 or more. A certificate will be issued to all participants that comply with the entry guidelines.

Categories for the 2017 Awards are:


       (eg. posters, brochures, fact sheets etc.)

    (eg. documentaries, videos, audio presentations, radio ads, television ads etc.)

         (eg. resources developed for the website and social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook etc.)

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Application Details & Deadline for 2017 Award

Applications must reach the NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service by Friday 2 June 2017. Judging will take place in July 2017 and the winner will be announced in September 2017.

To be eligible for this Award your application MUST BE ACCOMPANIED by the English text as a “MS-Word” document and the translations as PDF documents. If you need help converting your documents into pdf format please call MHCS or your own ISD/IT Department. All entries that meet
the criteria set out in the entry guidelines will be nominated for judging.
For any enquiries, please contact MHCS on 02 8753 5047.

Please email your application to:

Hard copies will be acceptable only if accompanied by a CD containing documents of the resources addressed to:

MHCS Awards Coordinator
Multicultural Health Communication Awards 2017
NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service
Building 41, Gladesville Hospital
Locked Mail Bag 5003
Gladesville NSW 2111