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