Ten finalists have been revealed for the 2022 HESTA Impact Awards, which recognise health and community services professionals going above and beyond to have a positive impact on society, the economy and the planet.
Finalists have been recognised for equality, health and diversity initiatives, including an app to combat communication challenges with older people due to COVID-19 mask wearing, a program to support bereaved children, and work to reduce social isolation, poverty and ill health for young mothers.
HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said this year’s finalists, who are in the running to share a $30,000 prize pool, were doing fantastic work to help create a better future.
“Health and community services professionals are having an extraordinary impact every day on the lives of Australians and the world in which we live. They deserve to be recognised nationally,” Ms Blakey said.
“Our 2022 finalists are responding deftly to COVID-19 challenges to improve outcomes and are levelling the field to provide equal opportunity and care to those who are experiencing disadvantage or loss. Their innovations are saving and changing lives.
“It’s incredibly humbling for the HESTA team to be able to help share their incredible stories.”
Launched in 2020, the Awards were inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a global blueprint for tackling some of the biggest world challenges such as equality and climate change. HESTA has chosen seven of these goals against which to align its investment decision making to help ensure strong, long-term returns for members and a positive impact.
AIA Australia is supporting the 2022 Awards, which will see an independent judging panel select the Team Innovation, Outstanding Organisation and Individual Distinction category winners.
“At AIA Australia our philosophy is to contribute to the wellbeing of people in every community in which we operate,” AIA Australia Chief Shared Value and Marketing Officer Stephanie Phillips said.
“We’re proud that we can sponsor the HESTA Impact Awards, as we know Australia’s health and community services are leading the way in demonstrating commitment and inspiring others to create a better future.”
The three winners will be announced on Wednesday 23 February 2022 at a live event, to be broadcast on awards.hesta.tv.