Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Outfit Snares Qld Title; It's a Big Deal for Those Working in Health and Community Services

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Outfit Snares Qld Title; It's a Big Deal for Those Working in Health and Community Services

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A COALITION of Gympie Housing Services has won a major state workplace award.

Community Action Inc (Cooloola Consolidation Project) took out the Board of Management award in the Winners of the Health and Community Services Workforce Innovation Awards announced at a gala dinner attended by more than 250 guests at Brisbane's Hilton Hotel last Thursday night.

The board of management category recognises a board or management committee for their role in starting and overseeing innovative workforce initiatives.

On the evening, nine winners and 25 finalists were recognised by the Health and Community Services Workforce Council (Workforce Council) for their innovative workforce practices.

Gympie Hospital nurse educator Kathryn Geisler was selected as a finalist in the Workforce Champion category which recognises an individual for their outstanding contribution to the development and/or implementation of innovative workforce practices.

This award was won by Anita White, of Goodstart Early Learning, Central Queensland.

Workforce Council executive director Wallis Westbrook said nominations received for the annual awards' third year exceeded the organisation's expectations.

aWe were overwhelmed by not only the volume of nominations that we received this year but also by the quality and depth of innovative workforce practice that is taking place across our industry,a Mr Westbrook said.

aThe Workforce Council strives to ensure that the health and community services industry remains the strong foundation for Queensland's social and economic future.

aThe Workforce Council is championing best practice in workforce innovation which is vital for our future.

Michael Kirby presented Mission Australia with the inaugural Michael Kirby Award for Inclusiveness.

The award is named in honour of the former Justice of the High Court of Australia, in recognition of his role in promoting diversity and advancing social justice.

Other winners are:

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Organisation: The Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Organisation category recognises innovative approaches to workforce needs identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. …

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