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Admirable disability, allied health, community, and aged care finalists announced for national HESTA Excellence Awards

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Twenty-four organisations and teams who have excelled in the disability, allied health, aged care, and community services sectors have been announced as finalists in the 2022 HESTA Excellence Awards.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey highlighted that each finalist has demonstrated inspiring leadership, dedication, and a drive to improve care and support for Australians during challenging times.

“HESTA is proud to help share the stories and amazing achievements of these wonderful finalists, who through their work each day demonstrate such care and compassion for Australian communities, improving health and wellbeing outcomes,” added Blakey.

“From delivering clinics and outreach street care for people experiencing homelessness, to supporting bereaved parents grieving the devastating loss of their baby, these professionals help our communities in their greatest time of need. I wish to acknowledge and thank every finalist for their critical work, and the people who nominated them.”

Related: HESTA Awards celebrates healthcare workers in Australia

The national Awards highlight the extraordinary work of the four sectors to enhance the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, with finalists chosen across the categories of Outstanding Organisation and Team Excellence.

Eight winners will share in a $60,000 prize money pool to be used for further education, service improvement or team development, courtesy of longstanding HESTA Awards supporter ME.

“These incredible finalists are all driven by a passion for service helping those in our community who are experiencing disadvantage. The team and I at ME Bank are so proud to be recognising and honouring their achievements,” said ME CEO Martine Jager.

The HESTA Excellence Awards finalists are:

Outstanding Organisation – Community Services

  • St Patrick’s Community Support Centre (St Pat’s) – Fremantle WA
  • Women’s Health & Family Services – Northbridge WA
  • Zonta House Refuge Association – Willetton WA

Team Excellence – Community Services

  • Health on the Streets Team, Coast & Country Primary Care – Erina NSW
  • Hoarding & Squalor Team, Catholic Healthcare – Macquarie Park NSW
  • Treasured Babies volunteers, Red Nose Australia – Mooroolbark VIC

Outstanding Organisation – Allied Health

  • 12 Points Psychology – Bayswater VIC
  • Firstchance – Mayfield North NSW
  • Little Wings Limited – Bankstown Aerodrome NSW

Team Excellence – Allied Health

  • Eating Disorders Team, Epworth Clinic – Camberwell VIC
  • Mental Health Co-Responders (MH CORE), SA Health partnership – Oaklands Park SA
  • The Baby Play Academy Team, Western Kids Health – Mount Hawthorn WA

Outstanding Organisation – Aged Care

  • ACH Group – Mile End SA
  • Activus Transport – Just4Blokes program, Engadine NSW
  • HealthX – Petrie Terrace QLD

Team Excellence in Aged Care

  • Consumer Experience Team, St Vincent’s Care Services – Bowen Hills QLD
  • Falls Improvement Program Team, Brightwater Care Group – Inglewood WA
  • Specialist Community Palliative Care Team, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District – Wollongong NSW

Outstanding Organisation – Disability Services

  • Jigsaw Australia- Frenchs Forest NSW
  • Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre Inc. – Casino NSW
  • Loom Arts and Management – Coburg VIC

Team Excellence – Disability Services

  • ‘Be with Me’ Navigators, Aboriginal Family Support Services – Adelaide SA
  • Communication eXtra Team – Morphett Vale SA
  • Down Syndrome Australia Health Ambassador Team- Armadale VIC

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday 24 November 2022.

Related: New HESTA modelling reveals impact of paying super on paid parental leave

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Menchie Khairuddin is a writer Deputy Content Manager at Akolade and content producer for Third Sector News. She is passionate about social affairs specifically in mixed, multicultural heritage and not-for-profit organisations.


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