SOUTH AUSTRALIA

South Australian Community Achievement Awards

Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award
Mental illness is going to be the biggest health challenge in our lifetime. As Australia’s only dedicated mental health research foundation, Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation is committed to tackling mental health head on by supporting groundbreaking research to save people from experiencing the devastating effects of mental illness. 
 
Right now, one in five Australians has a mental health issue. This is not acceptable. That’s why the Breakthrough Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award has been established to recognise an individual or group in the not for profit sector, working to reduce the impact of mental health and carrying out initiatives to strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians. 

There are many who passionately and selflessly provide support, guidance, encouragement, assistance or professional services within the mental health & wellbeing sector. The Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award acknowledges the excellence and innovation in programs, projects or initiatives that have focused their efforts within mental health promotion, prevention and/or early intervention. These individuals, communities or organisations create a sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life and helping create a life free from mental illness.
  • Provide a brief background and history of the initiative, outlining short and long term goals.
  • Is the initiative reducing the impact of mental illness for South Australians?
  • Is the initiative strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians?
  • Outline who is benefiting from the initiative.
  • Provide details of any challenges and/or obstacles that you have had to overcome and how this has been achieved.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made and how you have worked towards supporting Breakthrough to help create a life free of mental illness.
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
Family carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail aged. Carers are an integral part of Australia's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems. Caring can happen to anyone, anytime. In Australia there are 2.7 million carers and an estimated 243,000 family carers in South Australia. 
The Carer Achievement Award recognises a South Australian family carer who has not only provided substantial long term care but who has also worked to improve the recognition, services and supports for other carers. Carers SA presents this award to celebrate this individual achievement in championing the carer cause to improve the lives of family carers in South Australia.  

Category Guidelines: 
- Be a current or past family carer who has had a substantial long term caring role with recent caring experience
- Not be a paid carer and not be fulfilling their caring role as part of a volunteer program
- Be over 18 years of age

  • Outline the length of the caring role and when, severity of the condition of the person and what the personal caring role entailed, the hours involved in caring
  • Outline the challenges and obstacles they faced in their caring role and the actions taken to overcome obstacles and challenges that affected themselves and others
  • Outline any networking, groups, services or support, carer has helped establish or support or been involved in, and for how long
  • Outline how the person has championed the cause of carers, how they have used their voice to raise awareness of the needs of carers such as committees, media, campaigns, promotions that has made a difference to the wider community of carers

  • Provide details on any awards or recognition that the carer has received (written answer or use the ‘Attachments’ section below to upload photos, media clippings, etc.)
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Community Centres SA The Loneliness Cure Award
Social isolation and loneliness is insidious and is reaching epidemic proportions. Widespread evidence now reveals that it has emerged as one of the biggest influencers on our health and wellbeing. 

Community Centres SA recognises that part of the cure to social isolation lies in the power of meaningful connections – those day to day sometimes incidental and sometimes facilitated connections that value, support and nurture a person’s values, their voice, their experiences.
 
Community Centres SA, through The Loneliness Cure Award promotes conversation that moves us past the silence and stigma that prevents us from fully acknowledging its significance. It recognises the part that grass roots, real life initiatives led by community centres, local community groups or not for profits play in connecting people up.

  • Provide a brief description of your community initiative – how did it come about, who did it target and what did it deliver?
  • One of the outcomes that Community Centres SA strives to achieve in our community is that communities are connected, and that people know and care for each other. Describe what community connections resulted from your community initiative?
  • How do you know your community initiative has made a difference in people’s lives? We want to know what makes your initiative special, so be creative in your answer - you could use a short video, media clippings, testimonials, photos, quotes as well as commentary to respond to this question.
  • Upon reflection, what learnings have there been for those involved in the initiative? What (if anything) might be done differently?
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.

Flinders University Rural and Remote Health Regional Achievement Award
The Flinders University Rural and Remote Health Regional Achievement Award is open to individuals or organisations in regional and remote South Australia. It applauds our high achievers, unsung heroes and volunteers, acknowledging excellence in their chosen profession, field of endeavour, or area of expertise. It may be an academic, health, career, primary industry, sport, art or cultural achievement, or involvement with a regional initiative, project, or community program that deserves recognition. 
  • Describe the achievements/initiatives that the Regional Achievement nominee has contributed to your regional community. (200 words max)
  • Outline the impact of, and who has benefited from, the nominee’s achievements/initiatives. (200 words max)
  • What barriers or difficulties has the nominee faced and how did they overcome them? (200 words max)
  • Has the nominee undertaken any self development and/or training in their area of achievement/impact (if relevant and/or applicable)? (100 words max)
  • What will be the lasting legacy of the nominee’s efforts? (200 words max)
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award
Road accidents have a devastating and lasting impact in our community.
The Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award recognises individuals and groups in the community who have, through their dedication and efforts, improved road safety and/or helped reduce road trauma.
There are many in our community who take steps or act tirelessly to ensure the safety of others on the road. Nominations scan be made by, or for any person or group to recognise and appreciate genuine and significant efforts to improve road safety or reduce road trauma.
It may be a volunteer driver, a group dedicated to reducing road accidents or someone who has provided support and strategies for better road safety outcomes.  
The award is recognition of efforts to reduce the impact of road trauma or improve road safety.

Open to individual and group nominees.
  • Describe the individual nominee or community group and their road safety activities.
  • Outline the effect on improving road safety or reducing road trauma.
  • What has been the nominee’s impact  on a region, town or community?
  • Hours contributed, either voluntarily or paid.
  • List additional references here, feel free to provide testimonials (you can upload supporting documents, such as letters of support, in the ‘Attachments’ section).
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Minister for Innovation and Skills Small Business Award
Small businesses make up over 95% of all businesses and employ a third of South Australia’s workforce. Successful, innovative and proactive business ventures are making important economic and social contributions to our state, across all industries.

The Minister for Innovation and Skills is proud to recognise these creative ventures, which provide opportunities for growth, productivity, leadership, employment and community enhancement. 

The Minister for Innovation and Skills Small Business Award will acknowledge and highlight the successes and achievements of South Australian small businesses, whilst also recognising their community contributions.

  • Brief background and history of the business.
  • Description of successful product and/or service delivery.
  • Examples of recent business achievements, innovation or performance success.
  • Involvement with wider industry groups and the local or wider community.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
Australian agricultural production and supply chain management has a long history of innovation to maximise efficiency, develop new products, and open new market opportunities, despite the challenges of climate, soil types and location. Nominees for the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award will showcase this spirit of innovation through their application of technology or process improvement to demonstrably enhance production and increase efficiency, maximising returns along the value chain, particularly where that value flows back to the primary producer.
  • Describe the achievements/contribution to your community (farming, agricultural or wider community). Outline your impact and who benefits.
  • Outline key innovations, creativity and resourcefulness in your activities.
  • Describe any barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome.
  • Provide examples of innovations – detail any planning, management or training that was undertaken to achieve these.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
With an ageing population, aged care facilities and the services they provide are an important part of the lives of an ever increasing number of people. The Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award recognises and acknowledges businesses, organisations and not for profits who have a strong focus on staff engagement, safety and wellbeing, training and providing staff with higher education learning opportunities and development. The Award will also recognise the provision of quality services for clients, patients and residents. The Award acknowledges aged care facilities, organisations, not for profits and businesses making a positive difference in the industry in South Australia.
  • Provide background on the aged care facility, organisation, not for profit or business and its purpose. Include details how the business/organisation is structured and number of employees.
  • Describe what makes you an excellent employer: e.g. flexible working conditions, staff training, etc.
  • Outline how you have contributed to the overall wellbeing of your employees/staff—financial, mental and physical.
  • Is the business/organisation involved in the wider community?
  • Outline barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome within the aged care sector
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Businesses and organisations spend a great deal of time and money trying to win and retain customers. The highly demanding discipline of customer service is arguably the critical success factor for many organisations and businesses. 
The Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award will recognise individuals that provide customer service excellence, best practice and innovative thinking in customer service. It may also be someone who is implementing customer service strategies which are integral to business success. The nominees will have a positive impact on their organisation and demonstrate dedication to product knowledge and commitment to the customer. 

  • Brief background of the business/organisation and individual’s position
  • Examples of customer service excellence: any metrics that could be used to demonstrate customer service excellence, for example increase in customer satisfaction, increase in customer retention, decrease in customer complaints etc.

  • Training and development undertaken
  • Outline how the individual has made an impact on the business and wider community
  • Barriers or difficulties and how they have been overcome
  • Testimonials that back up examples of customer service excellence will be viewed favourably
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made.
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
The Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award recognises individuals, communities and organisations in regional areas who are dedicated to those in need of health services. There are many who passionately and selflessly provide support, guidance, encouragement, assistance or professional services within the health sector. They offer friendship, hope, inspiration and medical or voluntary assistance to the aged, infirmed, sick, injured and home bound.

The Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award acknowledges the services, efforts, actions and positive input provided by volunteers, carers and health professionals. These individuals, communities and organisations create a sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of life of those who depend on them.

  • Outline your rural health and wellbeing contribution and outcomes achieved 
  • Who has benefited and the nature of your input 
  • Is the health service paid or voluntary and number of hours contributed (paid and/or unpaid)
  • Discuss barriers and how they have been overcome (if relevant) 
  • Outline your community involvement 
  • Commitment to improving health situation/scenario of the individual, service or organisation you provide for
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
TAFE SA Community Education Award
TAFE SA understands the impact of education in supporting communities and transforming individual’s lives. TAFE SA partners with communities, including regional communities, to support growth and development to enable life-long learning to enrich communities.

The TAFE SA Community Education Award recognises ‘real life’ initiatives (led by local community groups, not-for-profits or individuals). These initiatives may meet a specific educational need or simply be a ‘fun’ way to promote learning in the community. These initiatives foster a strong sense of community spirit, which plays a vital role in enhancing the way people connect and live in their community.

TAFE SA’s Core Values include:
service excellence
work as one team
success focused
accountability 
respect

  • Provide a brief background and history of the education initiative including alignment to TAFE SA’s Core Values.
  • Outline the short and long term goals of the education initiative.
  • Demonstrate community involvement; a) In your planning b) In the way your project is delivered c) In the way your project is received (participation).
  • Demonstrate the value of your initiative to your local community; a) You can use media clippings, testimonials, photos as well as commentary to respond to this question.
  • Provide details of any challenges and/or obstacles that you have had to overcome and how this has been achieved.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.
Woolworths Sports in the Community Award
With a presence across cities, regions and remote areas, Woolworths strives to be a part of and support the communities in which it operates. Through a commitment to supporting health and wellbeing for customers, Woolworths recognises the important role that sporting initiatives, projects and local sports clubs play in building strong, vibrant and healthy communities.

Sport is a big part of many people’s lives and can be a healthy and fun way to foster community spirit, support and encourage inclusion for all members of the community.

The Woolworths Sports in the Community Award celebrates and encourages involvement in sports and will recognise grass-roots groups/organisations, clubs, initiatives and programs that are making an impact in their local community.

  • Provide a description and history of the sporting club, program or initiative.
  • Outline how the sporting club, program or initiative is involving the community and their role in building strong, vibrant and healthy communities.
  • Provide any testimonials from members of the community who have benefited from involvement (you can include written answers, links or use the ‘Attachments’ section to upload media clippings or other documents).
  • Provide details on both short term and long-term goals for the sporting club, program or initiative and any community consultation.
  • Outline any barriers or obstacles that have been faced.
  • In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise your nomination; highlighting your achievements and impacts made. 
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.