Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards

The winners of the 2020 Minister for Health and Wellbeing Public Health Awards have been announced.

The Minister’s Excellence in Public Health Awards are held annually and celebrate outstanding contributions to public health by local councils. Council submissions showcase the essential, often unseen roles of councils in supporting community health and wellbeing through public health action. 

2020 regional winner

Despite the Dust Community Muster, was championed by the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton in response to the public health challenges of the mid-2019 drought to foster community connectedness and pride, and provided immediate social and practical support to isolated farming families, regional tourism and local businesses.
The DC Orroroo Carrieton Award submission:

  • demonstrated strong alignment between local and state public health priorities
  • reported outstanding levels of participation from local business community, local residents and the wider region – with isolated farming families reached
  • showcased a commitment to building volunteer leadership and capacity
  • achieved local economic benefit with reported increase in tourism visitations, significant benefit for local business and in-kind donations supporting struggling farmers.

Representatives from the District Council of Orroroo Carrieton (Regional Winner) at the Awards event with the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and the Chief Public Health Officer

2020 metropolitan winner

The St Clair Immunisation Clinic established by the City of Charles Sturt contributes to community wellbeing by sustaining and improving public and environmental health protection and disease prevention. This initiative showcases the council’s passion in ensuring ease of access and equity and overall excellence in immunisation services to improve child and adult survival. The St Clair Immunisation Clinic focuses on:

  • quality and timely health protection and disease prevention
  • providing a safe, inclusive and comfortable place for school and community-based immunisation
  • remaining open for 50 weeks of the year
  • providing vaccination to anyone regardless of their place of residence
  • provision of a customer focused service model to provide opportunities for community volunteers.

Representatives from the City of Charles Sturt (Metropolitan Winner) at the Awards event with the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and the Chief Public Health Officer

Highly commended councils

The highly commended councils for the 2020 Public Health Awards were:

Barossa Council: Go Green Campaign which engaged community action on waste, climate and sustainability, to deliver a 40% increase in organic waste recycling in the Barossa.

City of Mount Gambier: AF Sutton Memorial Park Neighbourhood Engagement Project which tapped local pride and know-how to restore open space that is inclusive, safe, sustainable and walkable.

District Council of Mount Remarkable: Northern Passenger Transport Network, honouring two decades of community transport service across the mid-north region.

Representatives from the Highly Commended councils: Barossa Council, City of Mount Gambier and District Council of Mount Remarkable, at the Awards event with the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and the Chief Public Health Officer

Further information

For further information, email PublicHealthAct@sa.gov.au or contact Local Government Relations and Policy on (08) 8226 6238.

Previous winners

Previous winning metropolitan and regional public health iniatives can be found below.