Pictured above, from left to right: Annique Edye (Administration), Erin Jones (Practice Manager, and who accepted the award on behalf of headspace), Tom Traae (Clinical and Operations Manager) and Fardowsa Ali (Senior Youth Access Clinician)
By Grant J Everett
While we already knew that headspace Bankstown does great work in supporting young people, this year they’ve already earned two prestigious awards to prove it!
On the 26th of January 2018, Canterbury-Bankstown City Council named headspace Bankstown as their Community Organisation of the Year as part of their Australia Day celebrations. That is a great achievement for a service that has only been in operation since 2015, and a real credit to an amazing team who have already thoroughly embedded themselves into the local community. To become one of Canterbury-Bankstown’s top mental health service providers in just three short years is a serious achievement.
“We are very humbled to receive this recognition on the back of being named the Community Organisation of the Year for the Canterbury-Bankstown Council earlier in January 2018,” the Clinical and Operations Manager of headspace Bankstown Tom Traae told us.
Fast forward to the 18th of May, and the same headspace branch has received another major accolade: The AGPAL “Highly Commended” Excellence Award for Small General Practice of the Year. This award recognised headspace Bankstown’s contribution to the mental health and well being of The City’s youth. All of this year’s winners (including headspace Bankstown) were announced at a Gala Dinner held at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne. According to the Royal Australian College of GPs and AGPAL, this award places headspace Bankstown as the second highest-rated small general practice in Australia.
AGPAL awards aren’t just handed out to anybody. Winners have to really wow the judges with their teamwork, innovation, and ongoing quality improvement initiatives to stand a chance in walking away with a trophy. The award-winning teams also have to demonstrate their dedication to care and exercise a clear understanding of all relevant industry standards.
Erin Jones, who is both the Practice Manager of headspace Bankstown and the one who nominated this service for the AGPAL award, was there in person to receive the trophy.
AGPAL is a leading not-for-profit accreditation organisation that ensures general practices
deliver high-quality care. The annual AGPAL Excellence Awards recognise the most exceptional of organisations that consistently go above and beyond what they offer.
“Canterbury-Bankstown’s 2018 award winners announced”, Canterbury-Bankstown Express, January 26th 2018