The NSW Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people and this commitment is demonstrated by the NSW Aboriginal Health Awards, hosted by NSW Health.
Since their inception in 2004, the Awards have evolved in response to state and national policy developments, and reforms to the health system. The Awards are a platform for sharing excellence and achievement in health programs and their delivery. They recognise the achievements of strong partnerships and collaborative approaches in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal people.
The 2014 Awards provided an opportunity for NSW to recognise achievements of efforts against the NSW Government’s commitment of closing the gap that are reflected in the
Nominations for the Awards were open to any health agency in NSW - including Local Health Districts - as well as private and non-government sector services. Eight of the 11 awards featured finalists. The recipients of the three other awards were announced at the Awards ceremony - NSW Minister for Health Award, NSW Health Secretary Award for Aboriginal Health and the Hall of Fame Award.
The winners of the 2014 NSW Aboriginal Health Awards were honoured at a ceremony in Sydney on 13 November 2014. “The determination and expertise of the award winners shines through the diversity of projects honoured, from a tobacco control project to an initiative which empowers Aboriginal women to access colposcopy and gynaecology services in rural NSW,” Mrs Skinner said. See the Minister’s media release.
Awards were presented to recipients in the following 11 categories where clever, effective initiatives are helping to close the health gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.
Working in partnerships to develop a culturally appropriate Aboriginal Tobacco Control Project (SWSLHD, SLHD,Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation, AMS Redfern and the Babana Aboriginal Men's Group)
The Gudaga Research Program (SWSLHD - Macarthur region, Campbelltown and Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation)
Aboriginal Specific Outpatient Alcohol Withdrawal (SLHD - for Illawarra region)
Aboriginal Population Health Training Initiative - NSW Ministry of Health
Respecting the Difference: Joining of Two Spirits (Justice Health)
A Framework for Ensuring Aboriginal Health is a Priority for SWSLHD hospitals (SWSLHD).
Ian (Joe) Miller (HNELHD - Tamworth).
Nicole Turner - Go4Fun (HNELHD).
Sandra Bailey - CEO, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council
Empowering Aboriginal Women to Access Colposcopy and Gynaecology Services in Rural and Remote NSW (Western NSW LHD - Orange).
Working in partnerships to develop a culturally appropriate Aboriginal Tobacco Control Project (SWSLHD and SLHD).