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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