South Australian Community Achievement Awards
The 2019 Winners were announced at a Gala Dinner Presentation on Friday 1st November at the Hilton Adelaide!
The winners were...
TAFE SA Community Education Award
Mentally Fit EP (WCYCS) of Port Lincoln commits to developing a mentally fit community. Based in Eyre Peninsula, Mentally Fit EP began in 2014 with a small group with a collective vision to flip mental illness on its head, to stop talking about the negative and to upskill people to be “mentally fit.” The committee relies on fundraising and donations, and with help from West Coast Youth and Community Support, provides positive promotional, early intervention and educational programs. They have so far, conducted over 150 events. They offer free clinical counselling and courses including “Take Charge of Your Life” and the school-based “Mentally Fit ME” program.
Margie Fixter, Executive Director, Quality, Teaching and Learning, TAFE SA presented Mentally Fit EP (WCYCS) as the winner of the TAFE SA Community Education Award
Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
Anne Bawden of Mount Gambier champions the rights and contributions of carers and has been a regional carer for 30 years. Anne is involved with South East Carers, Parent Advocacy, Siblings Australia and Families4Families. She was invited to the board of Inclusive Directions, South Country Regional Advisory Committee for Children Services and State Advisory Committee to the Education Minister. She helped establish Special Olympics Limestone Coast and the Gears to Drive Program. She presents carer situations to local, state and federal members for discussion. Anne cares for an adult son with multiple disabilities and other children with disabling conditions. She also supports an intellectually disabled niece.
David Militz, Chief Executive Officer, Carers SA presented Anne Bawden as the winner of the Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
Dr Sam Rudd of Mawson Lakes seeks to achieve greater productivity in agriculture. Sam co-invented the world’s first passive real-time, in-ground soil fertiliser sensor for precision agriculture and controlling the application of fertilisers. During his PhD research, he found that a new class of conducting polymers known as PEDOT were quite sensitive and selective to nitrate, making it ideal in fertiliser sensing. Despite little attention from the scientific community, the discovery led to UniSA and Sentek Pty. Ltd. collaborating for a joint patent to develop the next generation of agricultural sensors. Sam received the Norton Jackson Material Science and Engineering Medal.
Chris Pole, Regional Manager – South Australia, Prime Super presented Dr Sam Rudd as the winner of the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award
Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Australian Medical Placements of Royston Park has cemented customer service in its core values. Founded in 2003, AMP is one of Australia’s only medical recruitment, training and education providers. AMP provides personalised service and endeavours to train its staff to have conversations with candidates rather than simple interactions. A Quality Management Systems certified agency, they have high-level policies that dictate their candidate interactions. AMP offers training, education and meeting hubs to enhance candidates’ lifestyle such as stress, mental health, cooking and relaxation classes. A 24-hour on-call service and medical-based counsellor is available to all candidates with dedicated on-call consultants providing access to doctors from the AMP database.
Jonathan Hines, Regional W/sale Mgr – South, Ricoh Australia presented Australian Medical Placements as the winner of the Ricoh Australia Customer Service Award
Flinders University Rural and Remote Health Regional Achievement Award
Tullawon Health Service Inc. of Yalata ensures quality healthcare access in a culturally safe and holistic manner. THS has been providing high quality primary healthcare, chronic disease management, acute and emergency response care to the Yalata Community since 1982. It is a not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation focusing on providing holistic healthcare. Tullawon Health Service is one of three communities that established the Kakarrara-Willurrara Health Alliance, which delivers health specialists and GPs to the remote Aboriginal communities of Yalata, Oak Valley and Tjuntjuntjara. THS lobbied with the Australian Army and Queen’s Jubilee Trust to have an Amenities Building and Public Laundry built. It currently has over 700 clients.
Professor Jonathan Craig, Vice President and Executive Dean, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University presented Tullawon Health Service Inc. as the winner of the Flinders University Rural and Remote Health Regional Achievement Award
Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award
Orroroo & District Road Safety Committee of Orroroo is helping ensure safety roads in small ways. The Committee is a small group of four community members who enjoy making the roads a safer place on which to travel. They provide a Driver Reviver site over Easter and the October long weekends, helping drivers get a rest break and supplying free drinks and biscuits. The Committee has helped address road safety issues through their letters and contacts with council and road transport. They also provide seminars and information for those with gophers and help conduct training to Year 11 students at Orroroo Area School.
Brenton James, Managing Principal, Jones Harley Toole presented Tullawon Health Service Inc. presented Orroroo & District Road Safety Committee as the winner of the Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award
Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
Elizabeth Barrow of Mount Barker has a passion for helping cancer patients. Bette is a palliative care volunteer with the community health program at Mount Barker Memorial Hospital. For 15 years, she has been running “Pamper Day” twice yearly for cancer patients who are part of the hospital’s Community Health Program. She coordinates with The Hills Cancer Support Group to provide an opportunity for cancer patients to enjoy a day of pampering and information sharing. Bette engages local service providers to donate their time and services for free. She creates, knits and puts together craft items and sells them to raise funds for equipment for the chemo unit.
Gretchen Scinta, Director, PHC Workforce, Rural Doctors Workforce Agency presented Elizabeth Barrow as the winner of the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
St Basil's Homes (SA)of St Peters believes in the “Living Well” principle. Incorporated in 1984, St Basil’s is a not-for-profit provider of residential aged care and day respite services under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. They employ over 300 Registered and Enrolled Nurses, carers, corporate service and maintenance staff in the South Australian facilities. Employees enjoy flexible rosters, birthday leave and seven of their 10 annual sick leave days don’t require medical certificates. Regular training for topics of interest are facilitated and staff can anonymously report their wellbeing in the workplace. Staff also have access to a free and confidential counselling service.
Chris Pole, Regional Manager – South Australia, Prime Super presented St Basil's Homes (SA) as the winner of the Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
Minister for Innovation and Skills Small Business Award
Meeting Place MV of McLaren Vale has built a place for connection and community. Meeting Place MV is a café co-working and community hub that is now home to 28 businesses and community groups, all sharing resources and is used by over 100 businesses for meetings. At night, the site becomes a community hub, donated to a large number of community groups like McLaren Vale Rotary, Awesome Foundation and McLaren Vale Business Association. It is home to a series of youth education initiatives and holds over 60 events, many of them charity based. Meeting Place MV has received awards including the 2019 McLaren Vale Best New Business.
The Hon David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry and Skills presented Meeting Place MV as the winner of the Minister for Innovation and Skills Small Business Award
Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award
Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group of Kimba is strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of the Kimba District. Formed in 2013, they are a group of proactive volunteer community members whose aim is to help the local community with mental health issues. Noticing the lack of medical support and limited visiting specialists for mental health, the Group offers workshops and major events to bring services and experts to the community. Their event “Breaking Through The Barriers: Women’s Health Night” was attended by 150 women. The three-day Health and Wellness Weekend had 300 attendees. The Group has received two Community Australia Day Awards for event of the year.
John Mannion, Executive Director, Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation presented Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group as the winner of the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation Innovation in Mental Health, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award
Woolworths Sports in the Community Award
Aboriginal Athletics Squad, Port Adelaide Athletics Club of Port Adelaide is encouraging inclusion in sports. With ongoing support from the Port Adelaide Athletics Club, the AAS program supports young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, creating a more inclusive environment for indigenous teenagers. Sixty four athletes participated in the 2018-2019 program, with four competing in the 2019 State Championship. Participants also learn new skills, giving them purpose and confidence and strengthening their sense of community. AAS allows athletes to participate in sport they haven’t tried before, due to financial and socioeconomic issues. Athletics SA was a finalist in the 2019 Inclusive & Diversity in Sport Awards for the AAS program.
Chad Hamnett, Group Manager SA Woolworths Food Group presented Aboriginal Athletics Squad, Port Adelaide Athletics Club as the winner of the Woolworths Sports in the Community Award
Community Centres SA The Loneliness Cure Award
Marion Mugs (MarionLIFE Community Services Inc.) of Mitchell Park provides a welcoming venue for people experiencing extreme social isolation. The Marion Mugs group gathers every Monday to drink coffee or tea, share snacks and chat. Some come to chat, some just to listen with all provided a good place to share stresses and anxieties. Some sit and knit while others work on puzzles and share clippings from newspaper. An average of 18 people from the community who are in their 40’s through to their 80’s attend each week. At Christmas time, participants gather together to celebrate over lunch hosted by Marionlife. They occasionally go on fieldtrips for new experiences.
Kylie Fergusen, CEO, Community Centres SA presented Marion Mugs (MarionLIFE Community Services Inc.) as the winner of the Community Centres SA The Loneliness Cure Award
Community Choice Award
As voted by the community on Facebook, Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group was selected as the Community Choice Award winner for 2019!
Tamsin Wendt, Director and Host, Oceanview Eco Villas presented Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group as winner of the Community Choice Award