The National Rural Health Alliance has won in two categories at the ACT Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Awards night. The Alliance won the two awards for its management of the 12th National Rural Health Conference held in Adelaide a year ago.
In the In-House Meeting Member Category, the Alliance won the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award and was joint winner, with the Trucking Association of Australia, of the Education Award.
Gordon Gregory, Executive Director of the Alliance, said the Alliance is very conscious of its corporate social responsibility, both in relation to the planning of the biennial National Rural Health Conference and in the other secretariat work carried out in its office in Canberra.
"The Alliance is delighted to be recognised for its commitment to reducing the environmental and social impacts of managing such a large event as the biennial National Rural Health Conference," he said.
The Education Award is a recognition of the opportunities for Alliance staff to attend training courses, conferences and other professional development opportunities. The Alliance places a very high value on its staff and is committed to providing every professional development opportunity to ensure a highly-skilled and motivated team.
The Alliance is now a National Finalist in these two categories and will be judged against other State Finalists, with the winner to be announced at the MEA Conference in Kuala Lumpur in May.
“It is quite unfair for the people of rural and remote areas to have worse health than their city cousins, so conferences dealing with these issues have an important role to play. We are inspired by the belief that, as long as we do it well, the biennial Conference can help improve the health and wellbeing of the more than 6.7 million people who live and work in rural Australia,” Mr Gregory said.
The ACT 2013 Association/Government Meeting of the Year Award went to the Australian Trucking Association.
Gordon Gregory, Executive Director: 02 6285 4660
Leanne Coleman, Conference Manager: 02 6285 4660