Nine individuals were honoured for the commitment to helping people with disability at the National Disability Awards held at Parliament House recently.
Prime Minister's Outstanding Achievement Award
Mr John Walsh AM
John served as Associate Commissioner to the Productivity Commission in its Inquiry into long-term care and support for people with disability in Australia. He is a Partner in the Advisory Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and in 2001 was named Actuary of the Year by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. Mr Walsh was also a member of the Disability Investment Group, which recommended a national lifetime care and support scheme based on an insurance model.
Minister's Lifelong Achievement Award
Frank Hall-Bentick, Richmond, Vic
A tireless, grassroots campaigner for the rights of people with disability, Frank has contributed to improving human rights for people with disability for more than thirty years. Frank played a pivotal role in the development of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and successfully lobbied for its ratification in Australia in 2008. The Convention now forms the basis for Australian Government policy and program developments for people with disability.
Young Disability Challenge Award
Katrina Lancaster, Parramatta, NSW
Katrina was the recipient of the 2011 Parramatta Lord Mayor’s Youth Award, completed a Bachelor of Community Welfare, and was named Deaf Australia’s 2009 Deaf Youth of the Year for her work and volunteer commitments with the deaf community.
Alcoa Aluminium Smelter, Geelong, Vic
Partnering with Kommercial, a local Australian Disability Enterprise, Alcoa Point Henry provides supported employment for more than 30 people with disability, and has teamed up with highly regarded children’s program Rainbow Riders, an equine-assisted growth and learning centre.
Local Government Award
City of Mandurah, WA
The City of Mandurah is working closely with Intework to create exciting and rewarding jobs for 44 young people with intellectual disability in areas such as community equipment maintenance, environmental clean-up, gardening and repairs. They were recognised in the 2010 Count Us In Awards.
Social Inclusion Award
Technical Aid to the Disabled Incorporated, ACT
TADACT is a not-for-profit organisation, which specialises in creating or modifying equipment for people with disability, including a Kinetic Stander, which won the 2010 Australian Institute of Project Management Award in the not-for-profit category within the ACT.
Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award
Housing Choices Australia, Melbourne, Vic
Housing Choices Australia has delivered more social housing over the past two years than any other community housing provider in Victoria, including 100 high-quality units for people with disability.
Health and Wellbeing Award
Parks Victoria, Melbourne, Vic
Parks Victoria has actively embraced universal design and access principles, including introducing all-terrain wheelchair equipment in some parks and a Sailability program. Parks Victoria has also developed an accessibility guide for park rangers and grants to community organisations to help improve visitation and participation.
Yooralla Media Award for Excellence
Nance Haxton, Ethelton, SA
Nance is seen as one of Australia’s most lauded radio journalists. The judges noted her relentless, powerful and timely coverage of people with an intellectual disability, and commended her work as an important contribution to the advancement of disability rights.