headpsace unique and united

headpsace unique and united

headspace Bairnsdale was a Gippsland Primary Health Network (Gippsland PHN) awards winner at its annual general meeting in Sale last week.

headspace won the Cultural Appropriate Support for Indigenous and Diverse Communities award for the ‘Unique but United’ project.

headspace’s submission demonstrated a community-led approach to provide a culturally sensitive support group for LGBTQI+ young people aged 12 to 25, who wanted to meet other sexually and gender diverse young people and allies in a safe and supportive space.

The Gippsland PNH awards aim to recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to bring better health to the Gippsland region and in its first year, exceeded all expectations with quality applications in four categories including: innovation; integration and partnerships; improved access to health services; and cultural appropriate support for indigenous and other diverse communities.

Applications were received from general practitioners, allied health organisations, hospital and community services, pharmacists, dentists, mental health professionals and Aboriginal medical services.

Gippsland PHN chief executive officer, Amanda Proposch, said the quality of the projects featured within the applications was testament to the commitment and growth within our local health sector.

“The entries we received showcases the significant and quality of work being delivered by our members across Gippsland that align with the vision of Gippsland PHN for a measurably healthier Gippsland,” Ms Proposch said.

A unique aspect of the application process was that participants were invited to submit their projects in a creative way that best told their story of success. These included a video, poster, Power-Point presentation or report.

“Gippsland PHN’s key objectives are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and to improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” Ms Proposch said.

“The 2018 Inaugural Primary Health Awards allows us to get amazing insight into how these objectives are being met by our members.

The winners are to be congratulated for their efforts and should feel proud their projects are getting the recognition they deserve.”

PICTURED: Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) chairman, Dr Sinead De Gooyer, chief executive officer, Amanda Proposch, former CEO Marianne Shearer, and Jo Huggins, of headspace Bairnsdale, receiving the Cultural Appropriate Support for Indigenous and Diverse Communities award for the ‘Unique but United’ project at Gippsland PNH’s inaugural awards dinner.