Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards

The Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Awards are now open, with winners to be announced week beginning 7 April 2019.

The Awards provide an opportunity for councils to showcase the significant contribution they make to public health and the ongoing wellbeing of their communities, by seeking nominations for successful public health initiatives that demonstrate excellence in achieving positive public health outcomes.

Previous winning metropolitan and regional public health iniatives can be found at the end of the page.

Entry information

The Awards are open to all local councils across South Australia and there will be two award categories, one for metropolitan councils and one for regional councils (based on LGA classification).

The judging panel may also award councils with ‘Highly Commended’ certificates to recognise their significant contributions to public health outcomes.

Nominations are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 8 March 2019.

All entries will be judged according to the criteria (outlined in the nomination guide below). Finalists will be announced on Wednesday 27 March 2019 and winners will be announced week beginning 7 April 2019.

Application Pack

To download a nomination guide  including entry information, conditions of entry and the application form click on the links below:

Further information

For further information about the Awards please email or contact the Local Government Relations and Policy Team on 8226 7957.

2018 award winners

Minister for Health and Wellbeing - Excellence in Public Health Awards

The winners of the 2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing- Excellence in Public Health Awards have been announced in the following categories:

Regional winner

Barossa Council, Light Regional Council, Town of Gawler & Adelaide Plains Council for their Barossa, Light and Lower Northern Ageing in Style Expo Regional Roadshow.

The Ageing in Style (AIS) Expo improved access to up-to-date information about services and supports, including negotiating appropriate levels of care based on residents’ individual needs, and supporting them to stay independent, remain in their own home and stay connected to family and community rather than in residential care. Input from various stakeholders ensured region-specific content at each AIS Expo, supporting the promotion of services support and activities offered by local businesses, community groups and clubs.

The format of the AIS Expo was designed to ensure that information was taken to the people, even to smaller towns across the region, rather than holding one AIS Expo and expecting seniors to travel in from areas where there are limited public transport services.

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Metropolitan winner

Cities of Onkaparinga and Marion (with Resilient South partners) for the Heatwave Hypothetical Event: Feeling Hot Hot Hot! Dealing with Heatwaves in Southern Adelaide.

The Cities of Marion and Onkaparinga coordinated the Heatwave Hypothetical Event to engage community members in an interactive conversation about responding to the impacts of climate change, building community knowledge and capacity around responding to heat-waves, and fostering strong working relationships across organisations in southern Adelaide. Over 20 organisations were engaged in the planning and delivery of the event from across all levels of government, industry, research, education and community. Community members gained valuable information about how to reduce health risks from climate change and heatwaves. The professional networks established through this project will improve cross-sectoral collaboration and planning, ultimately resulting in better public health outcomes.

The resources and engagement tools developed for this event provide a unique model that can be replicated in other regions across South Australia and nationally.

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Highly commended councils

The highly commended councils for the 2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing – Excellence in Public Health Award were:

  • Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Salisbury - for the Inspiring Health Initiative
  • Wudinna District Council – for the Wudinna Memory Walk for Dementia

Further information

For more information about the awards, email or contact the Local Government Relations and Policy Team on (08) 8226 7957.

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Previous award winners

2017 award winners

Regional winner

Coorong District Council for their Coorong Healthy Highways initiative.

Coorong Healthy Highways has improved access to nutritious food at cafes, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and service stations across the Coorong District Council area . Twenty three healthier food and drink menus have been created including 80 new nutritious menu items . This has included:

  • adding vegetables and fruit
  • using wholegrain products
  • removing fried foods and sugar sweetened drinks
  • choosing healthy oils and cooking methods
  • using low fat dairy.

Coorong Healthy Highways has used a range of strategies including education through healthy menu training, marketing through merchandise such as postcards, tabletop menus and roadside banners and community events to build support with local residents as well as tourists passing through the area . A simple but popular website has also been developed which is well utilised by travellers and locals.

Winners of the Regional Minister for Health - Excellence in Public Health Award

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Metropolitan winner

City of Marion for their Jervois Street Reserve - Healthy Community Activation initiative.

The City of Marion recognised that there was a lack of open space and recreation opportunities in the South Plympton area and in partnership with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, the Rotary Club of Edwardstown and the community, created a reserve that caters for many types of recreation for the whole family. The reserve includes a:

  • pump track
  • courts
  • junior playground
  • fitness node
  • walking/rolling/riding track.

The block of unused land was transformed into a modern play area that encourages children to play and enjoy recreation in an attractive environment. The facilities reflect the needs of local residents who contributed to the design during extensive consultation. The community reach and impact of the reserve upgrade has surpassed expectations, with unprecedented numbers using the park.

Winners of the Metropolitan Minister for Health - Excellence in Public Health Award

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Highly Commended Councils

The Highly Commended Councils for the 2017 Minister for Health – Excellence in Public Health Award were:

  • City of Playford - the Seacombe Project
  • City of Onkaparinga - the Wellbeing and Resilience Project
  • Mid Murray Council- the Community Wellbeing program
  • District Council of Mount Barker - the Littlehampton & Blakiston Neighbourhood Plan

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2016 winners

Regional winner

Mid Murray Council

Mannum Football and Netball Club Healthy Eating Policy initiative

The Mid Murray Council worked together with the Mannum Football and Netball Club to implement changes that increase access to healthier choices through the development of the Mannum Football and Netball Club Healthy Eating Policy.

Through a series of strategies, including changes to the canteen structure, volunteer training, increased access to drinking water, policies for food provision and positive marketing campaigns, risk factors linked to preventable disease in Australia, such as physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and overweight and obesity, have been addressed.

The introduction of the policy meant that healthy food and drink choices were more accessible. It has also increased canteen profits by 30 percent, increased evening meal numbers, increased membership, further funding support from state and local funding bodies, improved player performance and improved the partnership between the football and netball clubs.

Regional winner - Excellence in Public Health Awards 2016 - Mid Murray Council

Metropolitan winner

The City of Onkaparinga

Regional Public Health Plan and Priorities initiatives

The City of Onkaparinga demonstrated leadership and innovation in creating environments and delivering services for community health, wellbeing and prosperity, and delivered public health outcomes including:

  • Healthy Active Lifestyle Onkaparinga (HALO) program, with 26,731 people involved in 1,327 activities during 2015
  • The innovative Ministry of Food initiative, in partnership with Jamie’s Ministry of Food Australia and Colonnades Shopping Centre
  • Planning and adopting the Resilient South Climate Change Adaptation Plan, including actions relating to ten adaptation pathways. Resilient South is now in its implementation phase.

Metropolitan winner - Excellence in Public Health Awards 2016 - City of Onkaparinga

Highly commended

City of Playford

Food Security and Health Eating in Playford: a nutritional review of the Playford Food Cooperatives.

City of Charles Sturt

Broad range of public health initiatives.

Alexandrina Council

Obesity prevention and lifestyle initiatives.

The Barossa Council

Barossa Cycle Hub.

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