2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards

The winners of the 2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards have been announced.

The Awards are held annually and celebrate outstanding contributions to public health by local councils. Council submissions showcase the essential, often unseen roles of councils in supporting community health and wellbeing through public health action.

Regional winner

Barossa Council, Light Regional Council, Town of Gawler and Adelaide Plains Council for their Barossa, Light and Lower Northern Ageing in Style Expo Regional Roadshow.

The Ageing in Style (AIS) Expo improved access to up-to-date information about services and supports, including negotiating appropriate levels of care based on residents’ individual needs, and supporting them to stay independent, remain in their own home and stay connected to family and community rather than in residential care. Input from various stakeholders ensured region-specific content at each AIS Expo, supporting the promotion of services support and activities offered by local businesses, community groups and clubs.

The format of the AIS Expo was designed to ensure that information was taken to the people, even to smaller towns across the region, rather than holding one AIS Expo and expecting seniors to travel in from areas where there are limited public transport services.

Metropolitan winner

Cities of Onkaparinga and Marion (with Resilient South partners) for the Heatwave Hypothetical Event: Feeling Hot Hot Hot! Dealing with Heatwaves in Southern Adelaide.

The Cities of Marion and Onkaparinga coordinated the Heatwave Hypothetical Event to engage community members in an interactive conversation about responding to the impacts of climate change, building community knowledge and capacity around responding to heat-waves, and fostering strong working relationships across organisations in southern Adelaide. Over 20 organisations were engaged in the planning and delivery of the event from across all levels of government, industry, research, education and community. Community members gained valuable information about how to reduce health risks from climate change and heatwaves. The professional networks established through this project will improve cross-sectoral collaboration and planning, ultimately resulting in better public health outcomes.

The resources and engagement tools developed for this event provide a unique model that can be replicated in other regions across South Australia and nationally.

Highly commended councils

The highly commended councils for the 2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Awards were:

  • Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Salisbury - for the Inspiring Health Initiative
  • Wudinna District Council for the Wudinna Memory Walk for Dementia