Nominations for the 2018 VicHealth Awards are now open - click here to start your nomination now!

 

Promoting health happens in many ways, and can happen anywhere. With challenges to our health all around us, it’s so important we share and recognise the great work keeping Victorians healthy.

The VicHealth Awards recognise people, organisations, workplaces and clubs empowering others to live healthy, happy lives.

What’s new in 2018?

  • New, shorter assessment criteria 
  • A new online platform making the submitting your nomination much easier and more reliable.
  • Awards Webinar, on Wednesday 18 July 2.00pm presented by a former VicHealth awards assessor, to step you through the new criteria and share tips to make your nomination shine. Register here.
  • 10 updated categories to choose from, including a new Gender Equality category.
  • Finalists will not only be invited to the Awards Ceremony on 5 December, but will have the opportunity to present to other finalists and other leaders in health promotion (and beyond) at the first ever VicHealth Awards Showcase, to be held on the same day.
Both standalone initiatives and suites of work that have led to, and are still resulting in health and wellbeing gains are encouraged to enter.

How do I enter?

Nominations for this year’s awards can be submitted via our new online platform -  https://vha.awardsplatform.com The new platform is easy to use and allows you to save your nomination mid-way and finish it later. You can download an overview of the fields you need to complete here.

2018 VicHealth Award Categories

 

Promoting healthy eating

This category recognises initiatives that encourage Victorians to make healthier food and drink choices. Are you working on making fruit and vegetables more accessible? Maybe you’re finding ways to reduce junk food marketing to kids? Or perhaps you’re increasing the healthy food offerings in your local sports club, school or local area? Any initiative, large or small, that is making it easier for Victorians to access and enjoy healthy food and drink is encouraged to apply.

 

Promoting health through physical activity and sport 

This category recognises any initiative supporting Victorians to build physical activity into their daily lives, improving their physical and mental wellbeing. This could include making it easier for people – regardless of ability, gender or ethnicity - to increase their daily physical activity and social connection through sport, active recreation, active travel or active communities, and/or creating places that support healthy lifestyle decisions. 

Preventing tobacco use

This category looks at initiatives (programs and research) that prevent people taking up smoking; help people quit smoking; and/or protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.

Preventing harm from alcohol 

Alcohol can cause harms those who drink, as well as people around them. This category recognises initiatives that reduce the short and/or long-term harms from drinking alcohol. This includes initiatives that are trying to change harmful drinking cultures or environments that act to encourage risky drinking. 

You can read more about alcohol cultures here.

 

Improving mental wellbeing

 This category recognises initiatives that improve and maintain people’s mental wellbeing in the places we live, work, learn and play. Does your initiative reduce loneliness by bringing people together? Perhaps it’s reducing workplace stress? Or maybe it’s helping young people navigate the challenges of growing up in a rapidly changing world? Any initiative that is keeping people socially connected, resilient and mentally well is encouraged to enter.

Communications in health promotion   

Communications play a vital role in health promotion. We want to hear about initiatives using communications and marketing approaches to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

This could include awareness raising, attitude or behaviour change campaigns; advocating for healthy public policy and regulation; and effective use of social media and/or digital technology to improve health and wellbeing.

 

Improving health through arts

Taking part in the arts promotes creativity, confidence, skills development, social participation and social connection – which can lead to better mental wellbeing and physical health. We want to hear about any initiative that demonstrates the health benefits of participating in the arts. 

Improving health equity 

Health inequities are differences in health status between population groups. This award focuses on initiatives that seek to reduce social disadvantage (eg. low income, unemployment, education level etc.) to create an even distribution of good health in communities. 

Please refer to VicHealth Fair Foundations Framework for more information about health equity.

 

Promoting gender equality

Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is critical to the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, organisations, communities and society as a whole. We’re looking for initiatives that seek to advance gender equality and create a Victoria where everyone can realise their full potential for health and wellbeing, regardless of gender.

Research into action

This category celebrates research and evaluation that adds to the evidence base, and drives new approaches to improve health and wellbeing. Entrants should demonstrate achievements in creating and using research to identify and address emerging and important public health issues.

Awards Criteria

We’ve overhauled the assessment criteria to make them easier and quicker to respond to. This year’s criteria are:
a) Executive summary – (max. 400 words)
b) You’ve told us who or what your initiative targeted – now tell us why. – up to 600 words 
c) What has your initiative involved? – up to 600 words 
d) To date, what have been the outcomes of your initiative? – up to 600 words 


Some important details and links

  • All nominations can be submitted online at https://vha.awardsplatform.com
  • Webinar
  • Key dates
    • Tuesday 3 July – Nominations open
    • Wednesday 18 July – Award nomination webinar
    • Friday 10 August - Nominations close
    •  Early November – Finalists announced
    • Wednesday 5 December – VicHealth Awards Showcase and Ceremony

The VicHealth Awards is the perfect platform to showcase your great work in keeping people healthy, and share your ideas to inspire others in Victoria to do the same.
Everyone in Victoria should have the opportunity to live a happy, healthy life. So, if you’re part of the movement of promoting health – tell us about it!