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CDN Recognition Awards


The CDN Recognition Awards have been held annually since 2008. They provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate innovation, leadership and achievements made by those working in the field of Chronic Disease across the NT.


1. Program Delivery Award (Team / Organisation)

This award recognises a team or an organisation that has implemented a program that:

  • Is based on the key principles of health promotion and that actively addresses chronic disease risk factors or the impact of chronic disease
  • Has achieved significant improvement and / or innovation in health service delivery (quality initiatives)
  • Demonstrates sustainability and community engagement
  • Be based upon current evidence and incorporate comprehensive evaluation

2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & Leadership Award (Individual - Male and Female Awards)

Two awards, awarded to one male and one female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person, who currently works in the field of Chronic Disease and has made an outstanding contribution to Aboriginal chronic disease / health in a NT.

The person may work in an urban, rural or remote setting and across a range of roles such as Liaison Officer, Health Promotion Officer, Health Worker, Community workers, Women's / Men's Health, Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, Nursing, Trainees, planning, policy or research workers.

3. Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Chronic Disease (Individual)

Awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of chronic disease considering factors such as best practice, innovation, leadership, mentoring, advocacy roles and contributions to strategic planning, policy and research.

4. Conference Theme Award (Individual or Organisation)

This is awarded to a team or individual that has achieved significant innovation and / or contribution in the area of work directly related to that particular year's conference theme.

Northern Territory Chronic Diseases Network Recognition Awards

The Chronic Disease Network Recognition Awards celebrate the achievements and outstanding contributions of NT individuals, teams and organisations. The awards are a testament to the diversity; commitment and value of work being done in the field of chronic disease. The annual awards were presented by the Hon. Kon Vatskalis, Minister for Health at a ceremony at Parliament House, following the opening of the 14th Annual Chronic Diseases Network Conference.

People from across the Territory were nominated by their peers and colleagues in recognition of their valuable and tireless work and contributions to the field of chronic disease in 4 key categories.

Winners from 2012 were:

1.     The Chronic Disease Health Promotion/ Program Delivery Award.

The winner of this award was the Health Promotion team at Casuarina Community Care Centre. Highly commended was the Milikapiti Primary Health Care Team.

2.     The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Leadership Award.

The male winner for this award was Barbara Cox, Strong Women Strong Babies Strong Culture Coordinator, Top End West in Department of Health. Highly commended was Sally Ann Sherman, Manager of the Mobile Health Service at Danila Dilba Health Service.

3.     The 'Outstanding contribution to the field of chronic disease award'

This was won by Robyn Williams, Senior Lecturer at Charles Darwin University. Highly commended was Kraut Hauth, Renal Case Manager at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress. Kraut had several nominations from colleagues and one nomination by a client.

4.     The conference theme award

This award was won by the Pre-school readiness Program at Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, with Beatrice Parry, Child Health Aboriginal Health Practitioner at Nauiu health centre being highly commended.

Winners from 2011 were:

1.     The Chronic Disease Health Promotion/ Program Delivery Award.

The winner of this award was Laurie Barrand and Nicola Eaton, from the NT Bowel Cancer Screening Program. This program was developed to address the low bowel cancer participation rates in remote and regional communities.

2.     The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Leadership Award.

The male winner for this award was Jason Bonson of Health Development. Jason has worked in the Department of Health for approximately 10 years in a Male Health Coordinator role and also a health promotion role. A significant focus in Jason's work has been to reduce the risk factors causing chronic disease. The female winner was Carolyn Griffin of Menzies School of Health Research. Carolyn has been the joint contributor to a program of work that addresses improved access and engagement of Indigenous mental health clients

3.     The 'Outstanding contribution to the field of chronic disease award'

This was won by Suzanne Stewart, Senior Policy officer at the Department of Health. Suzanne has had a number of nominations for her work in palliative care for renal clients living in the remote setting.

4.     The conference theme award

This award was won by Robbie Corrie. Robbie works as the senior Aboriginal mental health worker within the Top End mental Health Service Unit, and has a great working relationship with clients in his care.

Winners from 2010 were:

 1.       Chronic Disease Program Delivery Award

 The winner was The Asthma Foundation NT - for innovation in project implementation addressing chronic lung disease in the Northern Territory - "Better Outcomes for Lung Disease" (BOLD) Project.

 The BOLD Project was a collaborative project between Asthma Foundation NT, Bodyfit NT and Wisemind Psychology Pty Ltd. It was conducted over a forty week period. BOLD incorporated physical activity, nutritional advice and encouragement of per group support. 

 BOLD had two stages:

  1. Participants were recruited and provided with holistic 12 week self management program .
  2. New participants were recruited to the updated 12 week self management program and conducted for a further 12 weeks - the program content was revised in order to meet the needs of the participants.

This program assisted participants with their personal health and well being, to overcome fear of physical fitness, changes in diet and changes in medication usage and improvement in lung function.

2.       Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & Leadership Award


The Winner was Bora Sarah Bukulatjpi - For excellence and leadership in engaging her team and community members to improve chronic disease management in the community.

Bora Sarah Bukulatjpi is an Aboriginal Health Worker and has been the Program Manager of the Chronic Disease Team at Ngalkanbuy Health for the past 2.5 years. Bora has a steady ongoing commitment to chronic disease patients and actively participates in the care of patients. Her fluency bilingually (English & Yolngu Matha) and her natural insight and understanding of culture play an integral role in the success of the CD Program. Her dedication, hardworking nature and gentle non intrusive manner are invaluable. In addition she is a mentor and great teacher to AWH, students and other health professionals to the clinic. She has innovative ideas to attract patients for check ups and advocates a combination of both bush medicine and modern medicine for patients.


The winner was Terence Guyula - For many years of commitment and outstanding achievement in reducing chronic disease in Aboriginal men in the community.

Terence is a senior Aboriginal Health Worker with a history of valuable contribution to improving Aboriginal Health within the East Arnhem Area. Terence promotes the need for men to access health services and emphasised that males need to manage their own health. He also collaborated on a health literacy CD aiming to improve health literacy to health professionals and communication between client and practitioner. More recently Terence has concentrated his efforts on the promotion and prevention of Rheumatic Heart Disease.

3.      Individual outstanding Contribution to the Field of Chronic Disease - This category had joint Winners

Estrella Munoz - For leadership in chronic disease management and excellence in providing an evidence base to inform health practice. Estrella Munoz was a PCD Educator in the Health Development Unit. Estrella has worked in the NT for approximately 30 years. Her interest and focus is on continuous quality improvement and systems which support best practise in relation to Chronic Disease. Estrella has been involved in supporting clinics to implement and use audit tools to generate performance reports.

These reports then inform actions for health improvements in remote communities. Estrella has primarily been involved in developing and facilitating a continuous quality improvement model of best practise using care plans and health checks within the Preventable Chronic Disease team. She is also a valued member of Primary Care Information System group.


Hilary Bloomfield - For leadership in developing and implementing a multidisciplinary chronic disease management program. Hilary is a health worker at Danila Dilba Health Service. She has designed and led the implementation of a new Chronic Disease Program which focuses on a systemic approach to the delivery of chronic disease care which includes clear identification of clients, systematic recall, extended appointments, ongoing cycles of care, best practise delivery and approaches to improve communication with clients.

Hillary has shown leadership, a willingness to share knowledge and train other professionals. In addition, she strives to develop strong partnerships with other teams in the Top End which supports the provision of better patient care and the enhancement of an improved patient journey in services external to Danila Dilba.

4.       Conference Theme Award

The 2010 winner was Aboriginal Resource Development Services - For their extensive work in developing culturally appropriate health education resources to improve the health literacy of Aboriginal people.

ARDS primarily works to improve and promote health literacy among the Yolngu people in North East Arnhem Land. Their main aim is to empower Yolngu communities to understand their own health, engage in self management, participate in health services and to maintain and strengthen traditional healing, social and cultural practises.

Over the past 12 months ARDS have produced a number of resources to educate Yolngu communities including:

  • the English to Yolngu Matha Dictionary of Anatomy
  • a number of audio educational programs
  • community educational workshops and
  • educational DVD's regarding health.

ARDS have also presented on a number of different topics at a number of conferences to educate health professionals about their programs and health literacy. ARDS pride themselves in that they work directly within traditional community structures, speak in the language of the people, maintain and grow relationships with the Yolngu people and spend time with the people in their communities while educating and encouraging well being.

Congratulations to all the Winners from 2010!