media release


8 March 2021


Nominations open for national HESTA Excellence Awards


HESTA is today calling for nominations of dedicated professionals working in disability, allied health, aged care and community services in Australia for the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards.


With a $60,000 prize pool up for grabs, the national Awards celebrate professionals from the four sectors who are going above and beyond the everyday high-quality care they provide to achieve outstanding health outcomes for Australians.


HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said the ongoing battle with COVID has demonstrated the critical importance of allied health, disability services, aged care and community services professionals in protecting and supporting their communities, as well as to our economic recovery.


“These amazing professionals are supporting Australians to stay healthy and well, and our economy to remain resilient and productive. They’ve often delivered the very highest standards of care in the most challenging of circumstances,” Ms Blakey said.


“Their work is exceptional and should be recognised nationally. I’m very proud HESTA can help share their stories, their achievements and bring greater awareness to the wide-ranging impact they have had on so many lives.”


Nominations close Sunday 2 May. Anyone working in the four sectors – allied health, disability services, aged care or community services – and who are involved in the delivery of exceptional care or service can nominate or be nominated. Nominations are open for both the Outstanding Organisation and Team Excellence categories. An independent judging panel comprising sector representatives will choose a winner from each sector and for each category.


The eight winners will each take home $7500 – donated by longstanding Awards supporter ME – the bank for you – to be put towards professional development or development of their chosen initiative.


ME CEO Adam Crane said the bank was very proud of their HESTA Awards program partnership, which began in 2007.


“This is such an important award,” Mr Crane said.


“It recognises the resilience and commitment of these unsung heroes, the local legends who help us at every stage of our lives – from birth to old age and even through a pandemic. We applaud every one of this year’s future nominees.”


Finalists will be announced on 27 July 2021 and winners revealed at the Awards ceremony in Sydney on 25 August 2021, subject to COVID safety restrictions.


For more information or to submit a nomination, visit


The 2020 winners are:





ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) Inc

Parkside SA

Recognised for delivering outstanding support to older people through its innovative and inclusive model

of aged care.




Evatt ACT

Recognised for providing quality learning opportunities in recreational activities for children with

disabilities or vulnerabilities.



Justice Connect

Sydney NSW and Melbourne VIC

Recognised for helping people and community organisations to access legal support by designing and

delivering high-impact interventions.



Synapse Australia Ltd

Recognised for providing a range of services, including specialist housing and support, for people who

have been impacted by brain injury, including stroke and dementia.






Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults

Swinburne Psychology Clinic, Department of Psychological Sciences

Swinburne University of Technology

Hawthorn VIC

Recognised for providing outstanding mental health care and support for aged care residents.



PACE (Pulmonary and Cardiac Exercise and Education) Team

Alpine Health

Alpine Shire (Bright, Mount Beauty, Myrtleford) VIC

Recognised for going above and beyond to deliver outstanding client care in the face of great challenges

and adversity.



Wongee Mia

Ruah Community Services

Subiaco WA

Recognised for their innovative pilot housing project designed to end the cycle of evictions and long-term

homelessness disproportionately experienced by Aboriginal people.



Sharon’s 24/7 Support Team


Maddington WA

Recognised for their significant contribution to people living with disability, including providing support

to start a new life at home and in the community after incarceration.




Media contact:

Sam Riley

General Manager - Media Relations

(03) 8660 1684


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