2017 Finalists

Category 1 - Integration and Partnership

Crystal Methamphetamine Project

The Crystal Methamphetamine Project (CMP) Community Conversations Model used innovative principles of co-design to work alongside Northern NSW communities and services to develop and implement sustainable strategies to reduce the impact of crystal methamphetamine.

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Category 2 - Innovation


After a member of the public approached Lifeline Mid Coast (LLMC) requesting help to stay alive, a committee formed to research and develop a program to support people who are struggling after a suicide attempt.  The result has been extraordinary with Eclipse participants reporting significant reductions in thoughts of suicide and no re-admittance to ER or hospital.

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RECIPIENT – Heroes Without Capes

Category 3 - Improving Health Care Access and/or Reducing Health Inequity

Community Rehab

The Buttery’s Community Rehabilitation (CORE) Program offers an evidence based, mid-intensity day time intervention over six weeks that creatively addresses consumer barriers to treatment while also providing intensive individually tailored aftercare support to reduce relapse rates.

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RECIPIENT – Community Voices

Category 4 - Promoting Healthy Living

Aboriginal Women's Heart Disease Awareness

The goal of the AWHD program is to develop Aboriginal women as heart health champions to advocate and develop their own community health living awareness. Heart disease is an issue for Aboriginal women who are at least three times more likely to be hospitalised due to heart disease than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

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RECIPIENT – Life of Byron

Community Choice - as voted for by the community

Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters

The Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters (NRVS) are a community group working to increase vaccination rates. NRVS has gained significant insight into why vaccine hesitancy is so common in this area, and developed a culturally appropriate approach to helping people making informed decisions. NRVS speak out in favour of vaccination despite the risk of being ostracised.

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Northern NSW Health Literacy Project

The NNSW Health Literacy Project is an innovative project that responds to the needs of the community. It aims to improve person-centred care by providing consumer health information that is easily understood and supports people’s increased knowledge, empowerment and self-management of their own conditions, skills and capabilities.

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Heroes Without Capes

The Byron Bay Community Association is a not for profit organisation operating from a purpose-built community Centre in the heart of Byron Bay. With very little local, state or Federal Government support, it runs a number of programs specifically tailored to the community’s needs.

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RECIPIENT – Lismore Helping Hands