Healthcare and community services workers who are “saving and changing lives” during the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic will be celebrated at the 2022 HESTA Impact Awards.
Ten finalists have been named for the three categories of Team Innovation, Outstanding Organisation and Individual Distinction.
They have been recognised for equality, health and diversity initiatives, including an app to combat communication challenges with older people due to COVID-19 mask-wearing, a program to support bereaved children, and work to reduce social isolation, poverty and ill health for young mothers.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said health and community services professionals were having “an extraordinary impact” on the lives of Australians and deserved to be recognised nationally.
“Our 2022 finalists are responding deftly to COVID-19 challenges to improve outcomes and are levelling the field to provide equal opportunity and care to those who are experiencing disadvantage or loss. Their innovations are saving and changing lives," she said.
“It’s incredibly humbling for the HESTA team to be able to help share their incredible stories.”
Launched in 2020, the health industry super fund’s Impact Awards were inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a global blueprint for tackling some of the biggest world challenges such as equality and climate change.
The three winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 February at a live event, to be broadcast online, with a $30,000 prize pool to be shared.
For more information, visit HESTA’s awards website.
The 2022 finalists are:
Guide Healthcare team, Rosebery NSW – recognised for innovative use of technology to improve communication with and quality of life for older people with a hearing impairment.
The Haymarket Foundation Medical Practice team, Chippendale NSW – recognised for dedication to providing accessible, specialist healthcare and housing support services for people experiencing or are at risk of homelessness.
Microbiome team, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, NAT – recognised for program providing a reliable supply of faecal microbiota for transplant to hospital patients suffering from potentially fatal recurrent infection.
Victorian branch of National Council of Jewish Women Australia, Caulfield VIC – recognised for Caring Mums program, which provides emotional support to pregnant women and new mothers from all cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Zoe Support Australia, Mildura VIC – recognised for outstanding support of young mothers (aged 13 to 25) and their children.
WESNET (Women’s Services Network), Canberra ACT – recognised for its Safety Net Australia Service focusing on the intersection of technology and violence against women, and for its innovative partnerships supporting specialist women’s domestic and family violence services during the pandemic.
Education CHANCES Foundation, Hawthorn VIC – recognised for addressing education inequality in Boroondara municipality for young people experiencing significant proven financial disadvantage.
Melissa McConaghy, Artarmon NSW – recognised for creating PD Warrior, an exercise-based approach to help people with Parkinson’s Disease move, think and feel better.
Sue Carroll, Swifts Creek Bush Nursing Centre, Swifts Creek VIC – recognised for leadership and going above and beyond to deliver the best health outcomes in regional Victoria during the pandemic and bushfires.
Shelly Skinner, Lionheart Camp for Kids and Perth Children’s Hospital, Innaloo WA – recognised for commitment to providing quality care and support for young people and families following the death of a loved one.
HESTA is APHA’s Diamond Sponsor.