South Australian Community Achievement Awards

2017 Finalists

Alzheimer's Australia SA Dementia Care Excellence Award
Barunga Village of Port Broughton accommodates 52 residents. At the completion of a 12-month pilot and rigorous grading, Barunga Village is now Australia’s first ‘Butterfly Home’. The ‘Butterfly Home’ model focusses on dementia patient’s emotions and quality of life, ensuring their rooms are colourful, highly engaging and emulating a home environment. Staff undergo ‘Being a Star’ training, determining their emotional intelligence so they can be matched appropriately to residents.

Dementia Friendly Communities Committee of Nuriootpa was formed by carers in 2015. Their aim is to positively influence the community’s perception of Dementia by creating awareness, open avenues of inclusion and equal access. They provide weekly Social Support groups for the over sixty five’s with a focus on frail aged and those living with Dementia. The Committee’s staff facilitate information sessions and ongoing workshops.

Matthew Flinders Home Inc of Port Lincoln opened in 1981 and is not for profit and community owned. They have 68 beds with a 13-bed secure dementia wing, run out of hours in-home palliative care and an in-home dementia respite service. Matthew Flinders Home operates a Day Centre for day therapy programs and has partnered with Kirton Point Children’s Centre to provide an intergenerational playgroup.

Southern Services Reform Group of Southern Metropolitan Adelaide supports the development of dementia services in Adelaide’s southern region. Since 2010 they have provided dementia forums and targeted dementia training. Some projects include a suite of driving and dementia films and carer campaigns and resources. The group created an innovative Library Memory Hub within the Noarlunga Library, the first in Australia and now being replicated in other libraries.

Caravan & Camping Industries Association of SA Tourism Award
Blinman Heritage Mine was opened in 2011. It was an initiative of the Blinman Progress Association in a town of 18 permanent residents, to lift the economy of their town and surrounding area. Visitors are transported back to the 1860’s on an hour-long guided underground tour learning about life for both miners and their families. Town members have also been trained to guide visitors during peak periods.

Paddle Steamer Marion of Mannum was built in 1897 and started her life as floating department store on the Darling River. She now offers Murray River overnight cruises and short cruises in Mannum. Operated by over 100 volunteers, she is one of the last steam driven, wood fired, original, overnight passenger carrying, side wheelers in the world. Paddle Steamer Marion is keeping Australia’s maritime heritage alive.

Segway Sensation SA offers hour long Segway tours in the Barossa Valley’s Seppeltsfield Estate and Adelaide’s City Riverbank Precinct. Commencing with two tour guides in 2014, they now have seven staff. Their mission is to provide an adventurous, entertaining and informative tour using Segway Personal Transporters. The self-balancing electric scooters are controlled by gyroscopes and enable a tourist to cover greater distances than a walking tour.

Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
Anne Barbara of Warradale cares for her adult son, Daniel who has severe mental health and intellectual learning disabilities. She was a Well Ways Facilitator for the Mental Illness Fellowship of South Australia for six years and is a Carer Consultant for the Western Intermediate Care Centre. Since 2013, Anne has been a ‘Dignity in Care’ champion as a member of the Dignity in Care Working Group.

Christine Flynn of Plympton has cared for two family members disabilities for over 30 years. She served on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for students with disabilities and is the Special Education All Schools Carer Support Group Coordinator. Christine has advocated for cares for many years and lobbied politicians and departmental heads. She was recently appointed to the Disability Justice Plan Advisory Committee for the Attorney Generals Department in South Australia.

Ian Ward of Parafield Gardens is the co-founder of a non-for-profit organisation called Asperlutely Autsome. He has three children who are all on the Autism Spectrum, and almost lost one of his daughters to suicide due to lack of available support. Ian has built a networking group for dads called Autism Dads Rock. For three years, Ian has been one of the SA camp leaders for Camp Autism.

Patricia Sutton of Semaphore has more than 25 years’ experience caring for her two sons diagnosed with schizophrenia. She is a regular guest lecturer for post-graduate students in Disability Studies. Patricia has been twice awarded the Sunflower Award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement and is a Life Member of the SA Mental Illness Fellowship. Her appearances championing family carers are presented on TV and radio across Australia.

Flinders Foundation Leadership and Innovation in Health Award
Determined2® of West Lakes was started by Immersion Therapy™ founder Peter Wilson and was the breeding ground for the Immersion Therapy service. Determined2® provides Immersion Therapy™ for children and adults living with physical and intellectual disabilities providing increased access to movement. Determined2 received the 2016 Excellence in Inclusive Service Delivery Award at the National Disability Awards. They are now expanding Immersion Therapy services across Australia.

Sarah Hammond of Echunga is 23 and has since birth, battled with Juvenile Arthritis. Her vision is impaired and her medication is eating her stomach lining. Sarah is founder and CEO of Kids Arthritis, Australia’s first organisation solely dedicated to supporting the 1 in 1,000 children Australian children living with Juvenile Arthritis. She is the Australian Juvenile Arthritis Ambassador and the 2017 South Australian Young Citizen of the Year.

WCYCS Partnership with Mentally Fit Eyre Peninsula of Port Lincoln is a group of women who had a collective vision to flip mental illness on its head; to stop talking about the negative and up skill support people. Their Mentally Fit EP project focusses on developing capacity and belief that a person can make positive choices to influence their mental wellbeing. They also deliver “Take Charge” FREE workshops.

Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award
Kidsafe SA of North Adelaide delivers free child car restraint checking days for families in regional, remote and socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Delivered from the Kidsafe Centre, they also provide road safety education and awareness. Additional services include training programs, advice over the phone and targeted resource development. Their aim is about educating and empowering parents and carers to make informed decisions about their child’s safety.

Sober Driver Program of Georgetown has been operating for three years. Mark Crawford has been instrumental in developing and implementing the sober driver initiative, where Georgetown and surrounding communities have access to a sober driver every Friday night. Mark has 22 volunteers registered who are rostered to drive every couple of months. The program prevents the temptation of driving home under the influence of alcohol.

Tailem Bend Football Club has been promoting road safety awareness programs since 2011. Each year, the Leahy/Kneebone Cup is held to remember two girls from the River Murray Football League who lost their lives in road accidents. In 2015, the Club was involved in a Motor Accident Commission advertisement television commercial. This year the SA Metropolitan Fire Service Road Awareness Program was presented to the players.

Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
Caitlin Byrt of Westbourne Park has identified genes in wheat contributing to salinity tolerance, and that breeding them into the wheat will increase grain yield by 25%. Caitlin developed tools that have been distributed to 18 countries so plant breeders and farmers can improve the salinity tolerance of local wheat varieties. She has published numerous scientific papers, is invited to speak at international conferences, and won several research awards.

Melissa Rebbeck of Goolwa has been working in agriculture and climate for 20 years, conducted 20 projects and attracted 10 million dollars of research funds. She voluntarily writes a weekly Stock Journal article and championed the development of the Fleurieu Forward Farming Group. Melissa speaks at conferences and helped organise a soil health forum. She provides information and advice on improving farming productivity to over 1,000 producers annually.

Rural Directions Pty Ltd of Clare is SA's largest grain marketing and agricultural consultancy firm. They have been helping farmers and regional businesses grow and prosper since 1997 and offer holistic, independent and innovative services. Rural Directions has won several national business and agriculture awards. Rural Directions have 23 team members, a strong graduate program and multiple regional offices. They sponsor local community and sporting clubs.

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
Ananda Aged Care of Findon has 67 residents cared for by almost 100 employees. An annual Culture Day is hosted by staff and an end of year function celebrates the Employee of the Year. Ananda offers physiotherapy for staff, mandatory and informal staff-led training. Staff are encouraged to participate in the Staff Wellness Program which looks at cross cultural communication, grief and loss and stress management.

Edenfield Family Care of Parafield Gardens is a 50 bed boutique home, ten of which are dedicated for palliative care. Edenfield has 50 staff and 11 volunteers. All staff have Certificate 3 or 4 in Dementia Care and undergo a palliative care training program. Flexible short shifts are provided to increase family/work life balance for staff. Edenfield also encourages nursing students to apply for their clinical placement.

Helping Hand Aged Care Inc of Tranmere was established in 1953. They have 1,450 staff and 370 volunteers, and annually provide services to 4,200 clients. Helping Hand has introduced a staff App, providing access to training, news, updates and the core streams; My actions, My learning and My wellness. The staff undergo customer service training and culturally appropriate training is provided to their many migrant workers.

Multicultural Aged Care Inc in Mile End has been the leading agency in aged and community care for older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, since incorporation in 1993. Staff and volunteers coordinate and facilitate Café 94; an activity–based, multicultural, social support program aimed at people over 65. Staff are provided with regular trainings and specific CALD perspectives on Manual Handling and Food Safety.

Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
1802 Oyster Bar of Coffin Bay uses Eyre Peninsula seafood, and locally sourced produce. Their staff training consists of field visits to suppliers, wine service and knowledge training and menu tastings. Staff have been empowered to directly deal with any customer issues with the use of new technologies and training. 1802 received the 2017 "OpenTable Diner's Choice" Award and a "2017 Certificate of Excellence" from TripAdvisor.

Mercury Cinema Seniors on Screen - Gail Kovatseff of Morphett Vale is a 200-seat theatre, and includes the 34-seat Iris Cinema within the Media Resource Centre. Director Gail has implemented digital marketing strategies, resulting in over 8,500 Facebook followers across two sites. The Mercury Box Office has increased its business by more than 400% over 10 years by revitalising existing programs and implementing new programs like “Senior’s on Screen” and “Art After Dark”.

Instrument Choice - Tyson Grubb of Dry Creek is an online scientific equipment store. All sales consultants have science degrees and practical scientific experience. CEO, Tyson Grubb has set in-house customer service metric benchmarks and brings learning based videos to meetings to inspire and upskill staff. Beginning from his bedroom, Instrument Choice now has a revenue of $3 million; won an Australian Telstra Business Award and is listed on the BRW Fast 100

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
AMSS APY Exchange of St Peters is a volunteer program initiated in 2014 by three medical students. The program is conducted annually in remote Aboriginal communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara Lands. The program exposes future doctors to Aboriginal culture and builds knowledge and awareness around Indigenous health issues. Each school holiday program combines activities based around health promotion, such as sport and cooking.

Northern Passenger Transport Network of Melrose has since 1990, provided reliable transport to ensure access to medical and social services for residents living in over 20 rural towns. Predominantly staffed by volunteers, this service is vital for the elderly, socially or geographically isolated, carers and disabled persons. Last year the Northern Passenger Transport Network drove 7,500 hours on 2,670 car trips, with over 187,000 kilometres travelled.

The Postnatal Project of Port Lincoln is a not for profit initiative aimed at reducing the stigma of postnatal depression, especially for rural women. The website and blog hosts links to support services and information and tips on supporting someone experiencing PND. Founder and creative Director, Zelma Broadfoot uses her personal story to regularly speak at postnatal classes and has been interviewed and featured in numerous publications.

TAFE SA Connecting Communities Award
Adelaide T12 Cricket Nations Cup of St. Clair is an annual multicultural community cricket tournament with teams representing their native countries. The aim is to promote inclusiveness, understanding, physical activity, mental health and fun. In 2017 the Cup had 18 teams registered, over 250 participants and was officially endorsed by the South Australian Cricket Association. Four interns from Flinders Uni assisted at the event.

Major General (Rtd.) Vikram Madan of Northgate devotes his time to voluntary work for the Indian and CALD communities since migrating over 10 years ago. Vikram is currently an Ambassador and Vice Chair for Multicultural Aged Care, member of the Passenger Transport Standards Committee of the Government and the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission. He organised a fund-raising dinner for Nepal Earthquake victims raising $43,000.

Ruby’s Advisory Group of Adelaide is a volunteer committee, created in 2016, to give youth input to the youth homelessness sector. All members of the Group have previously been engaged with the Ruby’s Reunification Program. There are four Ruby houses, providing emergency accommodation for homeless youth aged 12-18. Youth workers counsel the family in a 6-month program, to develop communication skills, conflict resolution strategies, and mutual understanding.

Samuel Page of Uraidla is passionate about his community. He works full time as a physio, runs charity events and manages the website and Facebook page for the Summertown Tennis Club. He was a major contributor of a Grants Committee community meeting, where over 100 people including politicians and council members showed their support. The committee has now raised over $100,000 to resurface and extend the courts.