Health industry superannuation fund HESTA is seeking nominations for its 2022 Excellence Awards, which celebrate exceptional professionals working across four sectors in Australia.
The national awards will recognise workers in disability, allied health, aged care and community services.
The two categories are Outstanding Organisation and Team Excellence, with a $60,000 prize pool to be shared by the eight winners.
The independent judging panel is looking for people going above and beyond everyday high-quality care to achieve outstanding health outcomes for Australians.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said adapting to a ‘new normal’ following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic had demonstrated the critical importance of these professionals to protect and support communities and the nation’s economic recovery.
“Our world has changed so much these past few years and through it all, these amazing professionals adapted and innovated to continue supporting our communities, our families and our nation to keep us safe and healthy,” Ms Blakey said.
“Each year we’re privileged to find and recognise incredible people and organisations for their exceptional work. I’m very proud of the platform HESTA and these awards provides to help share their stories and draw attention to the extensive impact these individuals have had on so many lives.”
Nominations will close at midnight on Sunday 14 August, and the finalists will be announced on Tuesday 25 October.
The eight winners will be revealed at the awards ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday 24 November, with each taking home $7,500 to be put towards professional development or development of their chosen initiative.
For more information or to submit a nomination, visit HESTA’s awards website.
Meanwhile, HESTA has announced it plans to merge with Queensland-based Mercy Super, creating a retirement fund that will be worth nearly $70 billion.
Mercy’s 13,000 members will transfer to join Melbourne-based HESTA’s 930,000 members before the end of this year.
“Mercy Super has built an incredible legacy since its creation in 1962,” Ms Blakey said.
“We’re thrilled at the prospect that their members could be part of a merged fund that shares this long-term focus and commitment over many years to delivering strong, sustainable investment performance.
“This merger is the start of a wonderful new chapter of our growth that we believe will benefit members and continue to position HESTA as the fund of choice for those wanting their super to have impact.”
HESTA is APHA’s Diamond Sponsor.