Local councils across South Australia have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to public health at the 2018 Minister for Health and Wellbeing’s Excellence in Public Health Awards this week.

The City of Marion and City of Onkaparinga won the metropolitan award for their joint event the Heatwave Hypothetical: Feeling Hot Hot Hot! Dealing with Heatwaves in Southern Adelaide.

The event was an interactive conversation with the community about reducing the public health risks from heatwaves, which can result in death and hospital admissions among vulnerable people including the elderly, homeless, very young and those with medical conditions.

The regional winner was a joint initiative between Barossa Council, Light Regional Council, the Town of Gawler and Adelaide Plains Council for the Barossa, Light and Lower Northern Ageing in Style Expo Regional Roadshow.

This event brought together more than 60 local groups and service providers to promote a diverse range of activities and services to support older people living in the region.

Councils highly commended for their public health initiatives include the Cities of Holdfast Bay, Marion and Salisbury for their Inspiring Health Project, and Wudinna Council for its Memory Walk for Dementia.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the Awards were a great opportunity to recognise councils that are promoting positive health outcomes within their communities.

“It is fantastic to see so many councils working together and thinking outside the square to introduce new programs, initiatives and ways to increase and support the health and wellbeing of their communities,” Mr Wade said.

“All of the public health initiatives led by local councils across South Australia are great examples of how local projects, no matter how big or small, can help bring communities together and create physical and social environments that support health and wellbeing.

“I congratulate all of the winners and highly commended recipients.”

Award winners in both the regional and metropolitan category were presented on Friday at the Local Government Associations Ordinary General Meeting at the Adelaide Town Hall. Each received $3,000 to further progress public health initiatives in their local council area.

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