THE Wide Bay Medicare Local's indigenous health team has been nominated as finalists in the prestigious Deadly Awards.
The team received national recognition in two categories - the health category in recognition of its efforts during the January floods - and in the Excellence in Promoting Healthy and Smoke Free Lifestyles category, for its outstanding commitment to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the region.
Wide Bay Medicare Local CEO Mr Shane Dawson said he was proud of the team's efforts during the floods.
"During the January floods, countless hours were spent helping out at evacuation centres and attending to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders," he said.
"They sprang into action during the crisis, checking on the health and welfare of clients in evacuation centres and assisted with arranging medical care, transport and access to medications.
Mr Dawson said he was also pleased at the nomination for its ongoing work, inspiring indigenous residents to make healthy lifestyle choices and tackling smoking."
"Our team is out there every day helping to close the gap on Indigenous health by encouraging residents to have regular health checks, eat healthy food, exercise and give up smoking as a way to improve health outcomes," he said.
To vote, people can visit www.deadlys.com.au and follow the links.
Voting closes on August 18 with the winners announced at the Sydney Opera House in September.