everyday heroes


HESTA is proud to support your industry by recognising outstanding individuals and organisations in health and community services.

Our awards program brings national recognition to the highest standards of excellence across a range of disciplines. Nurses and midwives, early childhood educators, personal care attendants, aged care and community sector professionals each have a HESTA Award that highlights their range of skills and qualities. We also celebrate the success of primary health care providers, including dentists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, therapists and allied health professionals. 


Each of the five industry-specific award programs aims to promote the vital work of that sector, whose care and support touches families, friends and fellow Australians every day. These everyday heroes aren’t looking for prizes or recognition – in fact, they are often nominated by others who are thankful for the difference they have made to their lives. These nominations tell incredible stories of health and community service professionals striving to improve the quality of life of people in their communities, often in trying circumstances. This year was no different, with a diverse range of outstanding nominees, finalists and award winners from all around Australia. We had health care providers who are operating in remote, rural areas and providing life-saving services to communities with very limited access to facilities and support. We also had organisations and individuals tackling some of our most challenging social issues, such as homelessness, mental health and domestic violence, often developing ground-breaking solutions that are having a lasting effect.


Maureen Crawford - Interchange

Maureen founded Interchange over 30 years ago when her son was diagnosed with severe intellectual disabilities. Out of this need, Maureen formed Interchange. Today, Interchange provides family respite and social opportunities for thousands of children and young people with a disability across Australia. Maureen received the ‘Unsung Hero’ award at the HESTA Community Sector Awards in 2015.


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