03 Aug HESTA Excellence Awards Outstanding Organisation finalists
Port Macquarie NSW
Adaptive Physiotherapy and Performance is recognised for delivering engaging, evidence-based services to children and adolescents with neurological, developmental and musculoskeletal conditions across mid-North Coast NSW.
They provide surf therapy and adaptive sports programs, which provide a bridge between fun and therapy. These programs enable children and adolescents to develop their sporting and play skills, as well as better engage with peers at school, connect with family and develop lifelong positive health habits.
Importantly, participants also improve their balance, coordination, self-esteem and sense of identity.
If they are successful in the Awards, Adaptive Physiotherapy and Performance hopes to expand their program and invest in surf equipment, adaptive and parasport equipment, and the development of educational resources for schools, parents and healthcare professionals.
Earbus Foundation of WA (EFWA) is recognised for their work to reduce middle ear disease in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Middle ear disease is a disease of poverty; often caused by social factors including overcrowded housing, poor nutrition, and poor access to primary care.
After recognising the gap in effective service provision to Aboriginal populations across regional WA, EFWA created an Outreach Program with communities to address the issue of Aboriginal children’s poor ear health.
In one remote region of WA, the rate of chronic ear disease decreased from 12.9% in the first quarter of the year to 3.4% in the third quarter of the year. To date, EFWA has succeeded in getting below the World Health Organization’s 4% benchmark for every region.
Restore Function Physiotherapy is recognised for their work to ensure female athletes receive the same high standard of medical management as their male counterparts, reducing risk of injury.
Miranda O’Hara is the founder and owner of Restore Function Physiotherapy. Miranda was instrumental in developing the AFLW’s Prep to Play injury risk reduction program during her time as head of the Brisbane Lions’ AFLW Medical Department.
Thanks to Miranda’s hard work, the strategies resulted in only two Brisbane Lions AFLW players being unavailable for selection due to injury.
This high-quality medical management continued into season two, with the Lions having the least number of injuries in the competition.