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Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards


Ensure that your council is in the running to bring public health benefits to your community!

Is your council considering nominating for the 2020 Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Awards?

Applications opened on Monday 13 January 2020 and will close on Thursday 12 March 2020, with winners to be announced on 3 April 2020.

The Awards celebrate local council initiatives across South Australia which have resulted in outstanding contributions to public health in local communities. They showcase stories of success in delivering public health benefits in local areas, and councils’ essential, often unseen, roles in supporting community health and wellbeing. Councils are encouraged to nominate a single initiative that has resulted in public health benefits for their community, and has demonstrable evidence of positive impacts. The 2020 entry criteria include:

  • An ongoing commitment to core public health functions and/or
  • A new approach for council towards addressing a public health need

Award winners represent exemplary public health action by local government, and promote greater awareness of the importance of public health for all South Australians. Winners and highly commended councils are recognised at the Awards Ceremony which is being held as part of the Local Government Association Ordinary General Meeting. Winners also receive $3,000 to progress public health initiatives in their local council area.

Previous winning metropolitan and regional public health initiatives are available from the page links below.

Entry information

The Awards are open to all local councils across South Australia and there are two Award categories, ‘metropolitan’ and ‘regional’ (based on LGA classification).

The judging panel may also award councils with ‘Highly Commended’ certificates to recognise their significant contributions to public health excellence.

Nominations are now open (PDF 1MB) and will close on Thursday 12 March 2020.

All entries will be judged according to the criteria (outlined in the Nomination Guide (PDF 650KB) and winners will be announced in April 2020.

Application pack

To download the Online Application Form and the Nomination Guide which includes entry information and conditions of entry, click on the links below or to the right.

Further information

For further information about the Awards please email PublicHealthAct@sa.gov.au or contact Local Government Relations and Policy on 8226 6238.

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