Local health providers nominated for community awards

NOMINEE: The local Country & Outback Health team in front of their Port Augusta office.
NOMINEE: The local Country & Outback Health team in front of their Port Augusta office.

Two local health service providers have garnered nominations for the upcoming South Australian Community Achievement Awards.

Both the Early Childhood Network and Country & Outback Health have been recognised for their valuable contributions to the Port Augusta community.

The Early Childhood Network has been nominated in the Flinders University Rural and Remote Health Regional Achievement category, while Country & Outback Health are in the running for the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award.

Country & Outback Health's Gail Peabody attributes the organisation's success to a committed workforce with a passion for improving health outcomes in the community.

"For the past 12 months, Country & Outback Health has exceeded all but one of its Annual Targets for Occasions of Care (OoC), ensuring greater service delivery to our communities," Ms Peabody said.

"We have also managed to reduce mental health shared waitlists to nil in some areas and a significant reduction in wait times in others.

"We are extremely proud of the worthwhile contribution we are making to the lives of country South Australians, and continue to strive for greater outcomes for those with lived experiences."

The South Australian Community Achievement Awards began in 2010, and are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities, and businesses are making throughout the community in South Australia.

The Flinders University Rural and Remote Health Regional Achievement Award acknowledges rural and remote community high achievers, unsung heroes and volunteers in their chosen profession or area of expertise.

This year the Early Childhood network hosted a Connecting Community: (Expo for Everyone) to celebrate National Families Week.

With over 800 people in attendance, Early Childhood Network Chairperson Roz Hartley said the event highlighted the varied opportunities of social participation within the community.

"People with well-established social connections are more likely to deal successfully with personal crisis and economic vulnerability," Ms Hartley said.

"Social interactions have been shown to reduce disadvantage, increase social civil and economic participation.

"Although there are numerous options for civic and social participation in our community with truly something to suit everyone it is still commonly heard, 'there is nothing to do' or 'it's too expensive'.

"The Expo's aim was to dispel this myth by showcasing what is actually on offer, how to access and importantly the benefits of belonging."

Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday, November 1.

Category winners will receive a $2,000 Award prize and a commemorative trophy.