HESTA Excellence Awards finalists revealed

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A large number of finalists have been named for the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards, spanning the allied health, disability, aged care and community services sectors.

At 24, it is the most finalists announced in the health industry superannuation fund’s expanded recognition program, which also includes the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards, the Early Childhood Education and Care Awards and the Impact Awards.

The Excellence Awards highlight the extraordinary work being done to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Finalists are in the running to share a $60,000 prize pool, with the eight winners to each receive $7,500 for further education, service or team development.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said each of the 24 finalists had shown leadership, compassion and dedication to improving the quality of care and support for more Australians.

“Their work has pushed boundaries, shown innovation and is making a real difference to people’s lives.

“These highly-skilled professionals deserve to be recognised for the incredible impact they have had in their communities, which is why HESTA is proud and privileged to help shine a spotlight on their achievements,” she said.

Finalists from each of the four sectors were selected from hundreds of nominations for the categories of Outstanding Organisation and Team Excellence by an independent judging panel.

The candidates were commended for their hard work in local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Excellence Award winners will be announced on Thursday 26 November 2020 via a live, public broadcast on the hesta.tv online platform.

Nominations for the inaugural Impact Awards, which recognise health and community services workers committed to creating a better future, close on Tuesday 3 November. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Finalists for the Early Childhood Education and Care Awards will be announced in March 2021, and the winners named the following month.

For more information, visit the HESTA Awards website.

HESTA Excellence Awards finalists

Outstanding organisation – Allied health

Little Wings Limited, Bankstown Aerodrome NSW

Cyclabilities, Evatt ACT

Advance Rehab Centre, Artarmon NSW

Team excellence – Allied health

RFDS Partnership Speech Team – Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria, Robinvale District Health Service, Mallee Track Health and Community Service VIC

Alpine Health’s PACE (Pulmonary and Cardiac Exercise and Education) Team – Alpine Shire (Bright, Mount Beauty, Myrtleford) VIC

IDHS Allied Health Team – Inglewood & Districts Health Service, Inglewood VIC

Outstanding organisation – Aged care

ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) Inc, Parkside SA

Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc, Glenside SA

Community Based Support (CBS), Moonah TAS

Outstanding organisation – Community services

Justice Connect, Sydney NSW and Melbourne VIC

Purple House, Alice Springs NT

Little Dreamers Australia, St Kilda VIC

Outstanding organisation – Disability services

TAD, Northmead NSW

Synapse, West End QLD

Autism MATES, Maroubra NSW

Team excellence – Aged care

Aged Care Services Team – Footprints in Brisbane Inc QLD

Wound Champions Team – Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc, Glenside SA

Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults – Swinburne Psychology Clinic, Department of Psychological Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn VIC

Team excellence – Community services

Tresillian 2U Mobile Early Parenting Service – Tresillian & Mid North Coast Local Health District NSW

The Plenty Project – Midlas, Midland WA

Wongee Mia – Ruah Community Services, Subiaco WA

Team excellence – Disability services

Start Up – Challenge Community Services, Wickham NSW

NeuroMoves – Spinal Cord Injuries Australia

Sharon’s 24/7 Support Team – Interchange, Maddington WA

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