media release


27 November 2020


Winners announced for national HESTA Excellence Awards


Winners of the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards were last night revealed, with eight organisations and teams recognised across disability services, allied health, aged care and community services in a virtual celebration of excellence.


The national Awards, which launched this year, recognise the dedicated professionals working across the four sectors who have gone above and beyond to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Australians.


HESTA CEO Debby Blakey congratulated the winners, who she said have set a new standard of care in what has been a turbulent, difficult year.


“From battling COVID-19 and bushfires to launching new services and partnering effectively across sectors, every single winner has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation in caring for and supporting their communities,” Ms Blakey said.


“The positive and lasting impact they have had on the lives of so many Australians is an inspiration to us all. HESTA is extremely proud and humbled to help shine a light on their important work as well as showcase the breadth of achievements taking place across health and community services.”


Winners were announced in the categories of Outstanding Organisation and Team Excellence, each taking home $7500, generously donated by HESTA Awards sponsor ME – the bank for you, to be used for further education, or service or product development.


ME Bank Acting CEO Adam Crane said the bank was proud to have supported the HESTA Awards since 2007.


“The team at ME Bank have been blown away by the stories of courage and caring and team spirit of each of these winners,” Mr Crane said.


“Healthcare workers are the heroes of this pandemic, and we are incredibly proud to support these winners on behalf of the entire healthcare workforces they represent.”


For further information, or to watch a recording of the 2020 awards ceremony, 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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