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Finalists announced for second annual Gippsland Primary Health Awards

The finalists have been announced for the second annual Gippsland Primary Health Awards with representation from across the region.

Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) Chief Executive Officer, Amanda Proposch, congratulated the award finalists which recognise and honour individuals and teams who work together to improve health across our region.

The finalists are: Calm Kids Central (Developing Minds Psychology) Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association, Gippsland Lakes Community Health, South Coast PCP Prevention Team, Yarram Medical Centre; Gladstone Street Medical Clinic (GippSnip), Migdala House (Erin Dolan & Associates); GEGAC Dental and Latrobe Community Health Service.

Winners receive a $500 credit towards a health conference, workshop or forum of their choice.

The awards will be presented at the Gippsland PHN Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, November 20.

Keynote speaker is Emeritus Professor Paul Worley who was appointed as Australia’s first National Rural Health Commissioner on 11 November, 2017.

Professor Worley has had a distinguished career in rural health, both as a practitioner and an academic. A leading figure internationally in the rural health and medical education sectors, he is passionate about quality, equity and fairness for all, especially the underserved.

The AGM will be held at 6pm in the Criterion Hotel, Sale and is open to the public. To register your attendance, go to

The finalists and their projects:

Organisation: Developing Minds Psychology

Nomination: Calm Kids Central (Developing Minds Psychology)

Calm Kid Central uses technology and cutting-edge health information delivery methods to provide online child mental health services in a way which overcomes both child psychology workforce shortages and traditional barriers to treatment – and increases child well-being, while providing connections to other services.

Organisation: Gippsland Lakes Community Health

Nomination: Tackling Indigenous Smoking Team Gippsland (TIS) – Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association, Gippsland Lakes Community Health

The Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Associations Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) team and the health promotion staff of Gippsland Lakes Community Health have engaged in a very successful partnership to address smoking prevention in primary school aged children. It aims to prevent Aboriginal children from

taking up smoking. Through working in partnership, they have also developed good working relationships with local primary schools.

Organisation: South Coast PCP

Nomination: South Coast Prevention Team (SCPT)

In partnership with DET Respectful Relationships and the Corner Inlet Learning Alliance (CILA) which consists of six primary schools and the South Coast Prevention Team, a series of Principal ‘vox pops’ videos were created. Respectful Relationships is a primary prevention activity designed to stop violence before it starts by addressing the deep-seated gendered drivers of family violence. Considering the influence leaders can have in a community, SCPT set out to interview the principals and leaders of our local Respectful Relationship schools to create a community engagement tool.

Organisation: Yarram Medical Centre (Yarram District Health Service)

Nomination: Yarram Medical Centre

Rural doctor shortages and other staffing issues left Chronic Disease Management poorly attended. Doctors were busy running the local hospital, nursing home and residential aged-care alongside their community practice duties. Dr Ivanoff realised the importance of employing a specific RN to concentrate wholly on the chronic disease management program in support of the doctors’ role. This whole team effort has seen a marked increase in patient compliance with treatment, medication and taking a greater role in self-management.

Organisation: Gladstone Street Medical Clinic

Nomination: GippSnipp

GippSnip has provided leadership in family planning and procedural general practice by introducing a new, community-based, scalpel free, vasectomy service to Gippsland to improve the access for families to accessible, affordable and convenient, permanent contraception.

Organisation: Migdala House (Erin Dolan & Associates)

Nomination: Migdala House (Erin Dolan & Associates)

This service is committed to advocating for the needs of those who have been forgotten. This video was designed and create by consumers of Migdala House and holds an extremely important message relating to needs of vulnerable individuals residing in the Baw Baw area.

Organisation: Gippsland Lakes Community Health

Lakes Entrance Aboriginal Health Association and Gippsland Lakes Community Health

Over the past eight months, LEAHA’s TIS team and GLCH’s health promotion staff have engaged in a very successful partnership to address smoking prevention in primary school aged children. The aim is to prevent Aboriginal children from taking up smoking.

Organisation: GEGAC

Nomination: GEGAC Dental

The GEGAC Dental team has worked very hard this year to set up and grow its outreach program. It is a project the whole team has been hugely passionate about and is already seeing improvements in access and engagement with the service across the different sites we visit. Having seen nearly 400 patient

appointments in an outreach setting already this year, the team hopes to maintain and grow the culturally appropriate oral health support it provides for community across East Gippsland.

Organisation: Latrobe Community Health Service

Nomination: Latrobe Community Health Service

Multicultural Friendship Groups in Moe, Warragul, Wonthaggi, Traralgon and Burmese Friendship Group in Morwell have been well attended and appreciated by the members of the diverse community and host communities alike. The friendship groups provide a platform to members of the diverse community, especially women to engage with each other and benefit from outreach visits from services based locally and in Melbourne. The groups provide opportunities for doorstep information sessions and service delivery. They also open doors for improved utilization and uptake of the available services. In some instances, these groups also help identify service gaps.

Winners selected from the above finalists will be announced at the upcoming AGM.

For further information, please call Lynne Smith on 0437 918 234 or email