NT Administrator's Award - Primary Health Care Team Medal

The team from the Barunga Health Centre were awarded the

Primary Health Care Team Medal at the inaugural NT Administrator's Awards in May 2008.

The Primary Health Care Team Medal Award, organised by the Top End Division of General Practice (TEDGP), recognises the contribution that a team of health care workers have made to advancing and providing primary health care in the Northern Territory.

The Barunga Health Centre was nominated because the centre sets the standard for achievements in improving community health outcomes, providing a comprehensive model of primary health care and in championing the opportunities for Aboriginal Health Workers.

The Health Centre's achievements include successfully implementing health assessments and chronic disease management plans for community members, incorporating a comprehensive care coordination model which includes health promotional activities for the community, and operating a sophisticated electronic records system to ensure effective management of clients.


Indigenous Governance Awards

In September 2005, Sunrise Health Service was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the inaugural Indigenous Governance Awards, which were established through a partnership between Reconciliation Australia and BHP Billiton.

The awards program has been designed to identify, celebrate and promote good practice in Indigenous governance.

Sunrise Health Service competed against 57 other organisations who had all been established much longer than Sunrise.

“By participating in the Commonwealth Government's second round of Coordinate Care Trials, Sunrise Health Service had the opportunity to develop a community controlled health service to replace the former Department of Health and Community Services. The goal of the trial was to provide additional benefits to clients and communities through the coordination and integration of care, and effective use of resources. Through the trial, Sunrise has been able to establish the health service infrastructure required to increase the range and type of health services to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the remote region east of Katherine.”

Judges’ summary assessment

  • The Board has excellent financial management understanding due to innovative training methods. The Board has a clear vision and high quality strategic planning ability as well as good succession planning through training members of community health committees;
  • Comprehensive induction policy and procedures for all staff;
  • Excellent staff development, leadership and career opportunities;
  • Breaking down cultural barriers partly through the creation of non-Indigenous sub-committees; and
  • Stakeholders are very positive and have high praise for the work and achievements of Sunrise Health Service.