The achievements of Victoria’s health promotion sector have been celebrated at the 2018 VicHealth Awards, with winners ranging from community groups through to statewide organisations.
The VicHealth Awards are the state’s highest accolade for health promotion, recognising the impact of initiatives across Victoria in improving the health and wellbeing of Victorians.
Twelve winners across 11 award categories were announced on 5 December at Melbourne and Olympic Park by new Health Minister Jenny Mikakos, Shadow Health Minister Mary Wooldridge, VicHealth Chair Fiona McCormack and VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter.
Read about all about the winners and finalists in the VicHealth Awards in an online Finalist Gallery.
2018 VicHealth Award winners
Promoting healthy eating
Sport and Recreation Healthy Eating in the West - Wyndham City Council
The program trialled the introduction of healthier food and drink options in large recreation centres and 31 local volunteer-managed sports clubs.
Encouraging physical activity
Rock Up Netball – Netball Victoria
An alternative netball program for women to get involved in physical activity and sport, through fun, flexible and social programs, in supportive environments across Victoria.
Preventing tobacco use
Deadly Dan at the League - Victorian Aboriginal Health Service
A smokefree superhero with the motto ‘you smoke you choke,’ including a suite of culturally relevant teaching and learning resources.
Preventing harm from alcohol
Just Think – Geelong Football Club
An education program for students and parents delivering messages to change underage drinking culture in a variety of ways, linking in with other community initiatives such as Respectful Relationships and Communities that Care.
Improving mental wellbeing
Live4Life Communities - Youth Live4Life Inc.An initiative aiming to ensure young people, teachers, parents and the wider community are better informed and are proactive in identifying the signs and symptoms of an emerging mental health issue before a crisis occurs. Learn more
Communications in health promotion
Do the test – save your life! – Cancer Council Victoria
A mass media campaign aimed to encourage more Victorians to do the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program’s free home screening test.
Improving health through arts
The Coming Back Out Ball – All The Queens Men
The event brings research and social services together, as a public celebration and declaration to LGBTI elders of their worth and value, acknowledging their rich lives.
Improving health equity
Launch Housing’s Education Pathways Program – Launch Housing
A program aiming to support the regular school attendance, participation and wellbeing of children experiencing homelessness and/or family violence.
Research into action
Inside our Food Companies: driving accountability for nutrition policy change - Global Obesity Centre, Deakin University
A research project driving improvements in the healthiness of Australian food environments, by working directly with food companies to benchmark their nutrition-related policies against international best practice, providing tailored recommendations for each company.
Promoting gender equality
The Line – Our Watch
A social marketing initiative supporting young people to develop respectful and equal peer and intimate relationships and to reject all forms of violence.
Outstanding reporting of women’s sport – joint winners
With twenty years-experience as a sports journalist, presenter, author and documentary-maker, her work has had great influence in promoting gender equality in sport.
A pioneering and award-winning journalist covering multiple sports, her passion for AFL and its ability to influence on and off the sporting ground, saw her quit her day job to write a book documenting the inaugural AFLW season and the obstacles faced by women in AFL.