The Victor Chang Media Awards

Submissions for the 2016 Victor Chang Media Awards are now open.


To Enter

Complete the form below or download the form here.

 About The Victor Chang Media Awards

Submissions for the 2016 Victor Chang Media Awards are now open. The media is vital in educating Australians about heart disease, which at some time will affect almost everyone in the nation. Good journalism not only raises public awareness about these diseases but shapes public opinion and helps us all lead healthier lives.

In recognition of the pivotal role journalists play in informing the community about cardiovascular diseases, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute presents the ‘Victor Chang Awards for Excellence in Cardiovascular Journalism’.

These Awards honour print and broadcast journalists who excel in reporting and raising the profile of heart disease.

Entries can cover any aspect of heart disease, from research, treatment and prevention, to the emotional, social or economic impacts of the condition.

Award Categories 

There are three award categories in 2016:

  • Metropolitan
  • Regional
  • Specialist

Conditions of Entry

Each entry must:

  • Include a completed application form
  • Have appeared in the media between 30 June 2015 and 30 June 2016

Each entry must also meet the following format-specific guidelines:

  • Print: entries must include a web link to the original article, or a scanned copy of the original article attached to the application form.
  • TV: entries must be supplied electronically and include a web link to the story on YouTube or Vimeo (for example). Where possible, entries should include a complete transcript.
  • Radio: entries can be supplied electronically as an mp3 file. Where possible, entries should include a complete transcript.

Journalists may submit a maximum of three entries. Multiple entries must be submitted separately.  Medical practitioners or other health professionals are not eligible for these awards unless they are working as journalists.

Applicants who have received any financial support or sponsorship from a health sector corporation in relation to their entry must declare all details. Joint applications will be accepted, but each applicant must complete their own form.

Entries will not be returned.

Judging Criteria

The awards will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy
  • Impact
  • Newsworthiness
  • Presentation
  • A lucid understanding of cardiovascular issues
  • Awareness raising of cardiovascular diseases

Entries will be judged by a committee of professionals selected for their knowledge of cardiovascular health issues, public health and the media. The judges’ decision will be final.


Important Dates

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Sunday, 31 July 2016.

Finalists will be notified if they have been shortlisted by Friday 12 August.

Winners will be announced at the Victor Chang Heart Beat Ball on Saturday 3 September.


To Enter

Complete the form below or download the application form.

You can also email your entry to

Victor Chang Media Awards 2016

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Honour Roll


Metropolitan Broadcast Award:   Alyshia Gates, SBS World News
Metropolitan Print Award:   Janelle Miles, The Courier Mail, Gift of Love
Regional Award:   Emma Reid, Bundaberg News, Boy With Half a Heart All Smiles
Specialist Award:   Bonnie Bayley, Prevention Magazine



Metropolitan Award: Ellie Southwood, Channel Ten News, ‘Stem Cell Breakthrough’
Regional Award: Mandy Squires, Geelong Advertiser
Asia Pacific Award: Lo Wei, South China Morning Post




Metropolitan Award: Mark Gibson, Today Tonight (Perth), Channel 7, ‘Cardiac Kid
Regional Award: Boel Eriksson, Manly Daily
Highly Commended Award: Janelle Miles, The Courier Mail

Today Tonight Perth


Metropolitan Award: Allison Langdon, Stephen Taylor and Julia Timms, 60 Minutes, Nine Network – Broken Hearts
Best use of Media Award: Marie-Claire Magazine, Editor Jackie Frank – Red Dress Campaign 2011
Regional Award: Alan Erskine, Editor, The Mildura Weekly – A heart to heart chat


Metropolitan Award: Rahni Sadler and Rebecca Le Tourneau, Sunday Night Program, Channel 7 – Healing Hearts
Regional Award: Sonny Coombs, Yorke Peninsular Country Times (SA) – Hayley’s heart of gold series
Honourable Mention: Tyson Cottrill, NBN (Newcastle) – Nightly news series on heart disease


Metropolitan Award: Mark Gibson, Today Tonight (Perth), Channel 7 – Ian Blackley heart attack on air
Regional Award: Fred Witshenhuysen, Sunshine Coast Daily (Qld) – Facing up to heart disease
Honourable Mention: Janet Hawley, Good Weekend (Fairfax) – Could it happen to you?

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1. Our privacy commitment

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute respects your privacy.

We collect, store and use your personal information to help us fight heart disease. This Privacy Policy explains how we handle the personal information we collect relating to our fundraising activities – this includes marketing, events, our website, and health promotion services such as the Health Check Booth.

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Telephone 1300 842 867

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Updated: March 2014