East Grampians Health Service has been recognised as an Australian Business Awards 100 Winner for Community Contribution in 2014 for their outstanding commitment to the creation and development of the Happy Mouths Happy Kids initiative.

Mrs Anna Greene, Project Officer said “The Happy Mouths Happy Kids program began late last year with the aim to improve the oral and general health and well-being of primary school students and strengthen our relationship between the health services and our schools. Primary school students between Grades 3 and 6 were given the opportunity to access community based health promotion and prevention programs, including a 12 month dental program, in-school visits from our Dieticians and Dentists and engaging in ongoing curriculum based activities, ensuring they understand the long term value of good oral and general health.”

“Winning the Australian Business Award for Community Contribution is a great result for our staff, the students and teachers of the four schools involved, along with the Philanthropic Trusts that supported our endeavours,” said EGHS Chief Executive Nick Bush. “We were offered a wonderful opportunity to benchmark against top performers nationally and we are all very proud of this award knowing we have made a real long term difference to the lives of the younger members within our community.”

The Australian Business Awards are a national, all-encompassing awards program honouring Australia’s business, innovation and technology leaders through the recognition of their ground-breaking vision, innovative products and exemplary execution of projects, technologies, service, programs, systems and other initiatives. The program engages with leading corporate, government and non-government organisations providing regional recognition with a global significance through an established set of business and product award categories.

Ms Tara Johnston, Program Director of the Australian Business Awards says, “With a modernised economy we are experiencing notable change in business with new market and social needs expanding rapidly. The ABA100 Winners are reflective of a nation-wide commitment to innovation and improvement, with the award honouring their evident traction within their respective industries.”

“As markets become more informed, organisations are required to be responsive and dynamic in order to create functional, sustainable processes and future-proof products. The program places value on a proactive approach to instigating long-term solutions and generating positive outcomes to ensure a bright economic future for Australians, through the recognition of demonstrated commitment to putting bold ideas into motion and creating products that matter,” Ms Johnston adds.