South Australian Community Achievement Awards
The finalists of the 2016 SA Community Achievement Awards are:
Alzheimer's Australia SA Dementia Care Excellence Award
Dementia Care in Hospital Program - Queen Elizabeth Hospital of Woodville involves extensive education of clinical and non-clinical hospital staff about the challenges of cognitive impairment. The program teaches staff of the importance of early identification and the nine communication principles. It has provoked a culture change and staff now think about how they approach, engage and communicate with patients. Last year 400 staff undertook the program with 1,000 staff to be trained by mid next year.
Eldercare embarked on a Dementia Excellence program in 2013 to change culture from task focused to person centred care to improve wellbeing for people living with dementia. Strategies include comprehensive education, focus groups, Dementia Care Mapping, environmental enrichment, maximum engagement and transformation of the dining experience. Using data collected from Dementia Care Mapping, improvements in wellbeing are shown across the organisation. Staff perceptions and resident outcomes were measured and Family Information Evenings held.
Lifecare of North Adelaide has partnered with Stirling University in Scotland to train staff in “Best Practice in Dementia Care.” Two Lifecare staff from each site undertook training and are now assisting eight staff at their respective sites to complete the program. Workshops on dementia care were also provided for core staff. The course is designed to give staff skills to enable residents irrespective of their cognitive functionality to live to the fullest, every day.
Ward 1D "The Club" Lyell McEwin Hospital of Elizabeth Vale has been instrumental in improving quality of care for patients with dementia requiring acute care. “The Club”, is a diversional therapy project bringing patients together every afternoon to socialise and complete activities including craft, exercises and games. Patients improve their physical strength and mobility and clients are engaged in a non-threatening manner. It assists in mood elevation, distraction, self worth, communication, sleep and behaviour.
Caravan & Camping Industries Association of SA Tourism Award
Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden of Port Augusta is an award winning 250 hectare eco-tourism destination attracting 91,000 visitors every year. The Garden showcases a diverse range of arid zone habitats, educational display gardens, conference facilities, native plant sales and information. Admission is free and the Garden is open seven days a week offering guided and self-guided tours. Last year, visitor numbers increased by 40% and gift and plant shop sales and corporate memberships have increased.
Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival of Kadina was first held in 1973 to celebrate the Copper Coast region’s significant Cornish heritage. The biannual Festival attracts up to 50,000 people. Activities include Cornish pasties and beer, Cornish music, Maypole and Furry Dancing, a Strongman competition and street procession. 300 volunteers work to stage the event. Visitation figures equate to an $8 million direct economic benefit for the local region and a $30 million flow-on benefit for the State.
Nullarbor Links - World's Longest Golf Course is an 18-hole par 73 course spanning 1,365 kilometres. There is one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre [air] Highway, from Ceduna to Kalgoorlie. Each hole includes a synthetic green, tee and rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway. Nullarbor Links also caters for causal golfers, providing frequent stops to assist drivers with fatigue. Established in 2009 by the Eyre Highway Operators Association, the course has won several Awards.
Carers SA Carer Achievement Award
Bob Burke of Daw Park and his wife Judy have cared for their daughter Melinda for 40 years. Melinda suffers from mental illness and a mild intellectual disability. Since 1998 Bob has also held roles with the Mood Disorders Association, the Mental Illness Fellowship and the Mental Health Coalition of SA. In 2012, they established a Carer Support Group for Carers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder. “Sanctuary” now has 140 enrolled members and was recently recognised with a Mind Community Award.
Dr Sharon Lawn of Warradale has since 2002, been caring for her husband who has significant mental illness and psychosocial disability. Sharon is a mother and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Flinders University and has personally dealt with Post Traumatic Stress and a serious tremor. Working with the Private Mental Health Consumer Care Network, the Australian Borderline Personality Disorder Foundation and the Mental Health Coalition of SA, she advocates for people who experience mental illness and their carers.
Vanessa Kalderovskis of Hackham West is primary Carer for her father and her partner. She also has a five year old son, and runs her own business. She has attended Carer Dementia Workshops and assists with running the Young Adult Carer Program. Vanessa was lead artist and co-ordinator on “A Caring Portrait”, where ten carers created a mural, now on display at Carer Support, Morphett Vale. She continues to promote 'adult colouring-in' as a therapeutic respite for Adult Carers.
Grandeur Press Sports Award
Clare Reuther of Tranmere is ranked number one in Australia in Junior and Open Women’s Archery. At the 2016 Australian Indoor Archery Championships, Clare shot the highest female score and an Australian record of 287 of out 300, only 5 points less than the current Men’s record. Clare has represented Australia internationally since 2014 and won the Oceania Championships in Tonga and the Trans-Tasman Championships in New Zealand. Her goal is to compete in the Archery team for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Dean Paterson of Morphett Vale began playing croquet in 1982 and has competed in club, state and national competitions. He competed in the SA State Team from 1990 to 2010 and in 1995 was ranked the top player in Australia. Now aged 82, Dean competes in pennant and inter-club. In 2000 he founded the Aldinga Bay Croquet Club and has coached and refereed at state, national and international levels. He has been a state selector, and a laws and coaching committee member.
Kurtis Marschall of Happy Valley represents Australia in pole vaulting and cleared a height of 5.70 metres, 15 centimetres higher than his PB, to win the Mannheim Junior Gala in Germany. This qualified him for the 2016 Olympic Games, where he finished 15th in the Men’s Pole Vault. He was also a Silver Medalist at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Kurtis is the current Australian National Pole Vault Men’s Champion and is ranked number one under-20 pole vaulter in the world.
Norwood Swimming Club was established in 1972. Their programs provide clear development pathways including a High Performance Squad. They had three medalists at the Australian Age Championships. The Club finished 18th and ranked highest in SA. They won a relay medal at the Australian Open Championships and all four open water swimmers finished in the Top 10 for their age groups. The Club’s ENable program for swimmers with a disability has generated interest internationally and produced Liam Bekric, a Paralympic athlete for Rio 2016.
Jones Harley Toole Community Road Safety Award
Encounter Youth of Kings Park developed a road safety strategy in 1999 for school leavers. It’s called the “Schoolies Operation” for the “The Schoolies Festival” which runs over three nights and is alcohol and drug free. 650 volunteers assist at the Festival which offers a free bus service. Encounter Youth also provide Party Safe Education for young people about celebrating safely. Since “Schoolies Operation” began there have been no reported road accidents linked to the region’s school leavers.
Port Pirie & Districts Road Safety Group are dedicated volunteers educating vulnerable road users. Their initiative, “Positive P’s in Port Pirie”, is aimed at young road users. Group members and local police nominate P plate drivers displaying a positive driving example. 100 P plate driver nominations have been made. The Group also provides safe cycling tuition for primary school children. A remembrance ceremony is also held to support those affected by road trauma.
Tailem Bend Football Club has been organising and promoting road safety awareness programs since 2011. Each year, the Leahy / Kneebone Cup is held by the Club to remember two girls from the River Murray Football League who lost their lives in road accidents. In 2015, the Club was involved in a Motor Accident Commission advertisement that was shown on television and this year the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service Road Awareness Program was presented to the players.
Junction Australia Connecting Communities Award
Adelaide Community Bike Workshop is a not-for-profit charity providing bikes free of charge to refugees resettling in Adelaide as part of their “Bikes for Refugees” program. Donated bikes are cleaned, repaired and checked over by volunteers. Refugees are encouraged to visit the Workshop where low cost helmets, locks, second hand parts, tools to borrow, and free advice are provided. Since 2003, 3,000 bikes have been donated and repaired through the “Bikes for Refugees” program.
Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival commenced in 1991 and has become one of South Australia’s leading regional arts festivals. The Festival promotes Penola’s rich literacy and cultural heritage, the fine wines of the Coonawarra and premium regional produce. It features art events, exhibitions, workshops and competitions. Also on offer are food and wine events, music, dance, drama, comedy and operatic performances and historical tours. Run by volunteers, the Festival is attended by 3,000 people each year.
The Lakelander Inc of Meningie is a not-for-profit group of volunteers who have since 1976, produced a free local newspaper. It is produced by 60 volunteers with costs being covered through advertising, donations and fundraising. Sporting groups and the general public submit articles and photographs with 820 papers printed and distributed weekly. An A3 size copy is also printed each week for the Jallarah Home for the Aged. This year, marks the 40th Anniversary of the publication.
Waikerie Men's Shed commenced in 2012 to provide a caring and inclusive environment for men. With 70 members, the Shed conducts a wide range of activities helping enhance self-esteem, improve health, work skills and ethics. Since 2014, members have provided 9,000 hours of community volunteering. They assisted Landcare with tree watering, plant surveys and trailer repairs and performed building works on the Scout Hall and local school. They also made wooden crosses and displays for RSL commemoration services.
Prime Super Community Group of the Year Award
Finding Workable Solutions Inc of Mount Barker is a not-for-profit organisation offering employment for people with disabilities and disadvantaged job seekers. The “Salvage and Save initiative” has been developed to create jobs with a focus on waste reduction and recycling, to lessen landfill and provide affordable second hand goods to the community. The project allows workers to develop communication skills, build relationships and complete a Certificate II in Retail or Asset Management.
Formby Bay Environmental Action Group of Southern Yorke Peninsula is a volunteer organisation. The group has initiated and managed 25 projects to create awareness of, and improve the fragile coastal environment. The 50 volunteers have raised over $9,000 through community events, to improve amenities and access along the coastline. Their tireless efforts have resulted in a cleaner environment and in 2015, they won the KESAB Sustainable Communities Natural Environment State Award.
MATES in Construction SA of Wayville is a no-cost suicide awareness and prevention program for Australian construction workers. MATES in Construction provides education and training programs, case management, referral to community support and a 24/7 helpline. Volunteer support staff have provided 486 workers with a one-hour General Awareness training and strive to change the culture by making it acceptable to seek help. They were also awarded Best Health and Wellbeing Program by Suicide Prevention Australia.
Rotary Club of St Peters has been providing services and support to their community for 59 years. The club has 40 Rotarian members and thousands of volunteer hours are contributed each year. Recycled goods are sold through the “Linde Shed” with all funds raised contributing to community and club initiatives. The Club has provided Meals on Wheels for 21 years, equipment for disabled children and assisted many homeless people to move into housing.
Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
Boandik Lodge Incorporated of Mount Gambier is a not-for-profit organisation, with two retirement villages, four residential aged care facilities. The Lodge provides a broad range of community services to 520 clients. They offer staff flexible employment options, and encourage further education. Staff have the opportunity to attend 30 training sessions annually, and the facility has implemented a mentoring program for new staff. Other staff programs include fitness challenges, health checks, peer support and counselling.
Resthaven Incorporated is a not-for-profit aged care organisation established in 1935 They support 10,500 older South Australians through 22 aged care facilities and community service sites. Resthaven has 2,200 staff and 450 volunteers and all staff are encouraged to undertake professional development. They have well-established learning, development and wellbeing programs including the ‘Resthaven Fit’ Program. This year, 102 staff were recognised for 10 or more years of service and one staff member was recognised for 40 years of service.
The Society of Saint Hilarion Aged Care Inc of Seaton is a not for profit residential and community based aged care organisation. They employ 270 staff who provide quality care for 300 elderly clients. Saint Hilarion has developed the ‘SSH Holistic Approach to Wellness’ model. It includes the provision of a staff gym, weekly Pilates and Yoga classes and an organic market garden for residents, families and the community to enjoy.
Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Community Health and Wellbeing Award
JACS - Jenkes Advocacy and Counselling Service of Yinkanie is owned and operated by Cynthea Jenke, an active advocate, counsellor and educator. Her target groups include those experiencing homelessness, child protection, mental health, and drug and alcohol issues. She uses a social media network forum to educate about early intervention and suicide prevention. Cynthea also promotes lawn bowls as a form of suicide prevention and is an Executive Committee Member for Riverland Community Suicide Network.
Julie Wilksch of Loxton has made significant voluntary contributions to mental health education over the past 30 years. Julie helped establish the Riverland Mental Health Support Group for carers to educate and reduce stigma surrounding mental health. As Chairperson of the Riverland Mental Health Network, she has assisted in the Riverland Mental Health Inpatient Pilot and development of the Riverland Mental Health Plans. Julie is also involved in several Mental Health support groups and Mental Health Week.
Waikerie Men's Shed provides a caring and inclusive environment. They offer a wide range of activities and programs to enhance each member’s self-esteem and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. In addition to volunteer initiatives within the community, the Shed runs health promotion sessions on men’s health issues. Qualified Health professionals provide information on diabetes, depression, blood pressure, cholesterol, cancer, arthritis and dementia. There are 70 members who benefit from the Sheds health promotion and activities.
YP Vets - Pet Education and Therapy Visits of Kadina provide pet visits at preschools, schools and aged care facilities throughout Yorke Peninsula. The program is based on the proven relationship between handling animals and increased socialisation, improved mental health and better moods. Running for six years, YP Vets provides vet nurses and a vet for each visit, free of charge. Dr. Natalie Olding, Director of YP Vets, has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the program.
Congratulations to all the finalists and best of luck for the Gala Presentation Dinner on Friday 25th November at the Hilton Adelaide.
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