Advertisement

Good360 leaderboard ad
Close Search
 
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Social Affairs

Innovative NFP Leaders Shine at HESTA Awards


30 August 2017 at 1:56 pm
Lina Caneva
The Queensland founder of a not-for-profit organisation helping refugees access health care, and an oral health therapist who developed a free dental cleaning service for homeless youth have received top honours at the national 2017 HESTA Primary Health Care Awards.


Lina Caneva | 30 August 2017 at 1:56 pm


0 Comments


 Print
Innovative NFP Leaders Shine at HESTA Awards
30 August 2017 at 1:56 pm

The Queensland founder of a not-for-profit organisation helping refugees access health care, and an oral health therapist who developed a free dental cleaning service for homeless youth have received top honours at the national 2017 HESTA Primary Health Care Awards.

The awards recognise the innovation, dedication and professionalism of individuals and teams working across primary health care.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said the 2017 winners were selected for their outstanding leadership, improving patient health outcomes and for increasing access to health services in communities across Australia.

“This year’s winners stood out from an exceptional group of finalists for their outstanding leadership,” Blakey said.

“They have implemented innovative services that has improved patient access to health care, contributing to enhanced health outcomes for those they treat and their communities.

The Individual Distinction Award went to Dr Claire Jones who was recognised for founding not-for-profit organisation Australian Refugee and Migrant Care Services (ARMCare), which helps refugees in Queensland attain equality of access to health care services.

Working as the executive director of ARMCare, Jones also volunteered her time working as a liaison between refugees and doctors, “increasing health parity for refugees facing barriers such as language, culture and lack of education when accessing health care”.

Hesta said her outstanding leadership had positively impacted the community, reducing mental health stigma, increasing community health literacy, and increasing the use of preventative health services by refugees.

Jones said the refugees she helped often come from diverse backgrounds, sometimes with little health care knowledge.

“Having a health care system is often foreign to the individuals we serve, and frequently when refugees arrive in Australia they suffer complex health issues related to trauma. There are so many quality cross-cultural care,” Jones said.

She said the award and prize money was motivation to keep continuing to develop ARMcare’s “life-changing” services.

The Young Leader Award went to another Queenslander, Nicole Cockburn who was recognised for developing Dental Rescue Week — a free dental service providing homeless youth dental treatment and oral health education.

Run four times a year by volunteer dental practitioners, the clinic provides homeless youth with dental examinations, cleans, fillings, oral hygiene education and referral information for more extensive treatment.

The free service has successfully provided dental practitioners the opportunity to volunteer their expertise, in addition to a framework to inform other professions on how to implement a low cost, sustainable service using the same format.

Cockburn said she worked closely with homeless youth organisation, Brisbane Youth Service, to successfully secure funding to set up the free week, which is run within the NFPs existing service framework.

“When a young homeless person is able to attend a job interview because their tooth has been fixed and they can now smile, I find that very rewarding,” Cockburn said.

“I believe everyone deserves equal access to dental care, regardless of their background or circumstances. This is not an issue that can be fixed overnight and I find my work rewarding as everything I do helps close the gap in access to dental care for the community.”

The HESTA award details can be found here.


Lina Caneva  |  Editor  |  @ProBonoNews

Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She was the editor of Pro Bono Australia News from when it was founded in 2000 until 2018.

PB Careers
Get your biweekly dose of news, opinion and analysis to keep you up to date with what’s happening and why it matters for you, sent every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers? Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au or download our contributor guidelines.

Tags : HESTA Awards,

 Print

Get more stories like this

FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



Advertisement

Virtual Progress leaderboard ad
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook
×

We need your help.

Our COVID-19 coverage has driven our website traffic up by 250%. But we are seeing a huge fall in advertising, which is how we fund our free news service. This is hard for us to ask knowing how tough times are for everyone. But now is the time to show us you value our work.

 Make a contribution 

You have Successfully Subscribed!