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Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) has won two prestigious healthcare awards over the past two weeks.

GLCH’s Health Promotion team was awarded the Arts and Health Australia Award for Excellence 2013 in the ‘Arts and Health in Regional and Rural Australia and Health Promotion’ category, for its work promoting health initiatives in the East Gippsland region. These awards recognise and acknowledge outstanding and innovative contributions by individuals and organisations in the field of arts and health across Australia and around the world. Health Promotion team members, Jane Christie and Andrea Farley, who accepted the award also presented a session on using the ‘most significant change’ method to evaluate a program’s success and outcomes.

And GLCH’s Active Lorikeets program continues its winning streak receiving the Victorian Public Healthcare Award for Healthcare Innovation – Excellence in Service Provision, for its work around early intervention paediatric allied health services. GLCH Community Health Executive Manager Angela Ellis accepted this award at the Gala Awards Dinner last night in Melbourne, accompanied by speech pathologist Lyn Nicol and allied health assistants Allison Ferreira and Danielle Clifford. Active Lorikeets has been designed and developed at GLCH with funding assistance from Communities For Children and provides allied healthcare for pre-schoolers with speech and fine motor difficulties. The program has been shown to increase service accessibility to paediatric clients while reducing waiting lists.

These awards will be on display at GLCH from Friday 22 November with key staff available to answer questions about their award winning programs.