2017 Recipients

Category 1 - Integration and Partnership

Decision Assist Linkages Program

During 2017, the Heritage Lodge Aged Care Facility in Murwillumbah introduced systems to improve end of life education and conversations between residents, families, General Practitioners (GPs) and staff to ensure residents wishes are known and honored, families and staff are supported, and care and palliation outcomes improved for residents.

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FINALIST – Crystal Methamphetamine Project

Category 2 - Innovation

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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FINALIST – Eclipse

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

Community Voices

The Community Voices program facilitates empowerment, and connects the voices of isolated small communities across the North Coast of NSW.  Established in 2014, the program’s vision is to build the capacity of small and isolated communities to become resilient, healthy communities.  

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FINALIST – Community Rehab

Category 4 - Promoting Healthy Living

The Life of Byron

The Life of Byron had eight (8) key objectives, all relating to older people and healthy ageing, e.g. Foster a sense of belonging and community connection for older people. Grant money was allocated to a variety of innovative projects, many of which continue today.

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FINALIST – Aboriginal Women’s Heart Disease Awareness

Community Choice - as voted for by the community

Lismore Helping Hands

Lismore Helping Hands (LHH) was a spontaneous volunteer group that emerged after the major flood in Lismore on 31 March 2017; the most significant flood to hit the city in 43 years. The ability of LHH to rapidly organise and form partnerships, both informal and formal was critical to improving community health and well-being.

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FINALISTS: Northern Rivers Vaccination Supporters, NNSW Health Literacy Project, Heroes Without Capes

People's Choice - as voted for by the guests

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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Outstanding Service to Community

Dr Jay Ruthnam - Palm Tree Medical Centre, Coffs Harbour

Dr Ruthnum’s is recognised for his exemplary social commitment, his dedication to teaching medical students and graduates, and his attention to keeping abreast of medical developments. Dr Ruthnam is well-liked and has a wonderful sense of humour.

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Outstanding Service to Community

Dr John Kramer (OAM) - Beach Street Family Practice, Woolgoolga

Dr Kramer is recognised for his dedicated approach to supporting the more vulnerable in the community, both as a GP and a valued contributor to the community. His work with early childhood behaviours such as autism, refugees and Aboriginal people is admirable.

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