06 Aug, 2012 Last updated: 17 Nov, 2014

All Victorians are invited to nominate health promotion champions for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards, to be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne in December.

All Victorians are invited to nominate health promotion champions for the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Awards, to be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne in December.

Building upon the successful VicHealth Awards, designed to recognise inspiring health promotion work throughout Victoria, applications are open to the general public, as well as health, sporting, education and not-for-profit organisations, as well as governments. There are nine categories for individuals and organisations to enter:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Tackling health inequalities
  • Building health through arts
  • Building health through sports
  • Building health through education
  • Building health through community and local governments
  • Building health through workplaces
  • Communications in health promotion
  • Outstanding individual contribution to health promotion practice.

Nominations, which close Friday 14 September, can be submitted at: www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/awards

The Awards recognise the most outstanding research projects, individual champions, community programs and initiatives designed to improve the health of Victorians.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the Awards recognise the value of heath promotion and its potential to save thousands of lives and millions of dollars through the prevention of chronic disease, and improving people's health and wellbeing.

"So often, extraordinary work in health promotion slips under the radar because there tends to be a focus on treatments for illness. These awards focus on work underway in Victoria that aims to prevent people from getting sick in the first place," Ms Rechter said.

"The Awards are a great way to recognise the innovative contributions and the dedicated groups and individuals who work to improve the health and wellbeing of all Victorians."

"Acknowledging illness prevention projects for the often trail-blazing work they achieve are what these state-wide awards are about."

"Please join us in acknowledging and celebrating the outstanding contributions to health promotion in Victoria by entering community champions into the Awards," Ms Rechter added.



Nominations close at 5pm 14 September and should be submitted online at www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/awards where the full entry criteria is outlined. Winners will be announced at VicHealth's Annual General Meeting on 5 December 2012

The initiative, project or individual nominated must have been active in Victoria from the period of 1 July 2011 to 1 July 2012. Entry is free.

Self-nominations are accepted, as are nominations on another person or organisation's behalf. Nominations will be judged by a panel drawn from key health promotion and public health experts.

Alternatively, email awards@vichealth.vic.gov.au or call 03 9667 1300 for more information.