2019 Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards

The winners of the 2019 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.

Metropolitan winner

City of Playford for the Elizabeth Grove Placed Based Community Development Project.

The Elizabeth Grove Placed Based Community Development Project has made a positive contribution to community health and wellbeing, community pride, developed stronger community resilience, increased engagement between community, council and other stakeholders and developed sustainable relationships.

After a comprehensive community consultation and engagement phase, three initiatives were chosen by the community to improve health and wellbeing of families in Elizabeth Grove:

  • Secombe Sports Equipment – A range of equipment was selected with input from the community for a sports equipment library and is stored in three small bins at the Secombe Street Reserve available to anyone at any time. Community rules developed with the community to guide usage and help deter vandalism are displayed prominently.
  • Community Fruit Trees - Burgate Reserve was selected to plant five fruit trees as it is well-established with garden beds, large grass areas, a rotunda and play spaces. An adjacent housing village for older residents provides excellent passive surveillance and monitoring. Council’s Tree Services team worked with the Community Development team to facilitate the community planting day.
  • Laneway Safety - A laneway was chosen for placemaking artwork as an example of how appearance and community ownership can increase community pride, reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the sense of safety. The laneway was chosen as it is a connector to Secombe St Reserve and it was identified by the community that the aesthetics of the laneway could be improved. A planning session and community paint day were held to create sport themed silhouettes and way-finding signage to promote Secombe Street Reserve.

Caroline Moylan, Acting Senior Manager Community Services, April Horn, Healthy Communities Project Officer and Mayor Glenn Docherty

Regional Winner

Mid Murray Council for the Fresh Frenzy Program.

The Fresh Frenzy Program was developed from insights showing that local Mid Murray School children were consuming an unhealthy amount of packaged “wrapper foods” that are high in sugar, salt and fat. This informed a clear need for improved education among school children about healthy eating habits and the need for behavioural change. The program was developed in partnership with a local dietician with the aim of creating sustainable, healthy school environments where nutritious snack food choices are everyday choices.

The program was delivered through a range of strategies including education, programs, environmental changes, policy awareness, promotion and meaningful engagement with the student’s regular role models (teachers, parents, carers). As a result of participating in Fresh Frenzy, 67% of students reported eating healthier at school, while consuming half the number of wrapper foods when compared to behaviours at the start of the program.

The program delivery was simple enough for young children to gain understanding of basic food preparation, serving sizes and even how to interpret food labels for health information.

Fresh Frenzy was designed to be interactive, fun and also to get families and classmates involved. It also relied upon a peer leadership education model that saw older students sharing their learnings with younger students. Fresh Frenzy was so successful that multiple schools have chosen to include the program as part of their regular curriculum.

Mayor Dave Burgess and Dietician Ms Bianca Gazzola

Highly commended councils

The highly commended councils for the 2019 Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Awards were:

  • City of Onkaparinga for their Hoarding and Squalor initiatives
  • City of Burnside for their Urban Forest Interactive Project
  • Wattle Range Council for their Celebrate Seniors October Program

Further information

For further information about the Awards please email PublicHealthAct@sa.gov.au or contact the Local Government Relations and Policy Team on (08) 8226 7957.