The Patrons Award for the Director General was not the only recognition the Department received at the recent 2012 Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) WA Achievement Awards. We also came away with two of five Best Practice awards for organisations.
The Department of Health Best Practice in Health and Wellbeing award was given to the Department for our Health and Wellness Program delivered by Trench Health and Fitness, and the Department also won the Best Practice in Collaboration between Government and Non Government Organisations award for the management of the Stimulus Programs.
General Manager, Service Delivery Steve Parry accepted both Awards for the Department. When accepting for the Health and Wellness Program he said the Award was recognition of the strong commitment the Department has to the health and safety of its staff not only in Perth but throughout the State.
"We firmly believe in the benefits of a health and wellness program as healthier employees are more productive, less likely to be absent and less likely to leave the organisation," Steve said.
"Feedback from employees has been extremely positive, with many staff members making significant improvements in their personal health and wellbeing, and learning how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
"We are also really pleased that there is strong regional participation in the Program through innovative online initiatives and site visits offered by Trench.
"We want to thank Trench for delivering an excellent high quality program for staff throughout the State."
For the Best Practice in Collaboration between Government and Non Government Organisations award, Steve highlighted the excellent outcomes that can result form effective partnerships with the private and not-for-profit sectors.
"With funding from the Commonwealth and working closely with the building and construction industry, as well as community housing organisations in the not-for-profit sector, the Department was able to refurbish more than a thousand homes that would otherwise be demolished across the State," Steve said.
"We also were able to deliver thousands of new social housing homes and affordable housing opportunities for the benefit of Western Australians on low-to-moderate incomes."
Steve said the management of the Stimulus Programs has also allowed the Department to improve the way it works with stakeholders.
"The Stimulus Programs have resulted in innovative ways of doing business at the Department, and this has translated into more dynamic ways of engaging with industry that has continued to allow us to increase affordable housing opportunities in WA," he said.