The Remote Drug and Alcohol Recovery for Southern Otways Region project has been named a finalist in the health promotion’s night of nights, the VicHealth Awards. The project is the result of a partnership between Otway Health, Lorne Community Hospital and Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery, and is funded through Better Care Victoria’s 2016-17 Innovation Fund.

The project aims to provide specialist alcohol and other drug support services in a rural community setting, utilising telehealth. The project focuses on building regional capacity through education and formalised pathways of care.

Otway Health’s Acting Chief Operations Officer, Carissa Brock, said being named a finalist for the 2017 VicHealth Awards is a tremendous honour.

“I’m thrilled that Otway Health has been recognised as a leader in health promotion in this prestigious category of the VicHealth Awards,” Ms Brock said.

“Otway Health is committed to improving the health of Victorians and our Remote Drug and Alcohol Recovery for Southern Otways Region project is an example of our work to provide a wide range of health and community services to the 2,815 residents that live in our catchment area.”

 “The VicHealth Awards highlight the critical role of health promotion in keeping Victorians happy and well and we look forward to celebrating our achievements with the other outstanding finalists in December.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the quality and scope of this year’s nominations were outstanding. 

“This year’s finalists are to be commended for tackling some of Victoria’s biggest health issues and making a huge difference to the lives of so many Victorians,” Ms Rechter said. 

“We received a record number of nominations across 10 categories this year, from small community gardening projects supporting disadvantaged families to state-wide campaigns confronting challenging health issues like mental illness, cancer and drug abuse.” 

“It’s inspiring to see so many organisations like Otway Health, Lorne Community Hospital and Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery working with communities and using health promotion to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians.”

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at the VicHealth Awards Ceremony at Melbourne Museum.

For more information about the 2017 VicHealth Awards, visit https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/awards