Lorne Community Hospital (LCH), in conjunction with Otway Health and Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery in Geelong has been named as a finalist in health promotion’s night of nights – the VicHealth Awards.

The Remote Drug and Alcohol Recovery for Southern Otway’s Region Program has been recognised for providing ongoing drug and alcohol recovery support for remote community members of the Southern Otway’s Region through face-to-face consultations with LCH and Otway Health, and teleconferencing with case workers at Windana Drug and Alcohol Recovery.

LCH and Otway Health CEO, Kate Gillan said being named a finalist for the 2017 VicHealth awards is a tremendous honour.

“I’m thrilled that Lorne Community Hospital and Otway Health has been recognised as a leader in health promotion in this prestigious category of the VicHealth Awards,” Ms Gillan said.

“Lorne Community Hospital and Otway Health is committed to improving the health of Victorians and our Drug and Alcohol Recovery Program is an example of our work to provide individual care to people who live in rural communities.”

“The VicHealth Awards highlight the critical role of health promotion in keeping Victorians happy and well and we look forward to celebrating our achievements with the other outstanding finalists in December.”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said the quality and scope of this year’s nominations were outstanding.

“This year’s finalists are to be commended for tackling some of Victoria’s biggest health issues and making a huge difference to the lives of so many Victorians,” Ms Rechter said.

“We received a record number of nominations across 10 categories this year, from small community gardening projects supporting disadvantaged families to state-wide campaigns confronting challenging health issues like mental illness, cancer and drug abuse.

“It’s inspiring to see so many organisations like Lorne Community Hospital working with communities and using health promotion to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians.”

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 5 December 2017 at the VicHealth Awards Ceremony at Melbourne Museum.

For more information about the 2017 VicHealth Awards, visit www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/awards

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