Community Innovators Take Centre Stage at CSSA Awards

Posted 25 June 2013 10:03am

Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) is pleased to announce the winners of the CSSA Awards for 2013.  The Awards were presented during a ceremony at Parliament House last night, where around 60 Senators and Members of Parliament joined with over 60 Directors and Senior Managers from the CSSA network to celebrate the Award winners’ achievements.

The CSSA Award winners for 2013 are:

 -       Dr Eugenie Tuck OAM, St Vincent’s Hospital Correctional Health Services

The Perkins Award for Excellence in Service (Individual)

Based at Port Phillip Prison in Laverton, Dr Tuck has responsibility for oversight of patient-oriented clinical services.  She has been instrumental in the development of improved practices in the management of State correctional health systems and has gained the trust of her correctional service patients by always treating them with respect and maintaining the strict confidentiality of the patient-doctor relationship that is expected of a medical professional.

-       Central Australia Program, Jesuit Social Services Australia

Award for Excellence in Service (Organisational)

This program aims to assist the local community to find ways to enhance their lives, strengthen their family relationships and suggest how they can have greater control over their communities. The program also aims to advocate on behalf of the Eastern and Central Arrernte people and some remote communities around Alice Springs have benefited from the qualitative aspect of service delivery to these communities. Improvements have included enhanced dialysis service in Kiwirrkurra, more culturally appropriate leadership in Santa Teresa, and the development of new infrastructure in the Atitjere community.

-       Horizon House Dianella, St John of God Social Outreach and Advocacy Services

The Norma Parker Award for the Most Innovative Program

This project provides 24-hour supported accommodation and individual case managed support to young pregnant women aged between 16 and 22 across two adjacent residential homes to, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Perth.  There have been nine babies born since the service began in September 2012 and they have just taken on their 12th resident new-mum-to-be.  

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