NAIDOC Awards Week 2018
Each year during NAIDOC Week, the department holds the DHS NAIDOC Awards, to recognise the outstanding achievements and service of our Aboriginal staff members. This year two awards were given.
Outstanding contribution by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander young person under the age of 35
Tallara Rankine – A/Office Manager, ASSIST Therapy Services
Tallara is from the Raukkan family of the Ngarrindjeri people and has been with DHS since September 2017. She quickly became a valued member of the team, regularly going above and beyond her regular duties.
A key achievement in her time with DHS has been the design and implementation of the ASSIST Therapy Service appointment scheduling process. This process has made it easier for clients to gain faster appointments with therapists, as well as increasing service delivery for the therapy team.
Tallara's outstanding IT skills have resulted in her becoming the go-to for any IT issues across the team, and often works on projects in her own time to resolve long-term issues.
She is also well-known for going out of her way to make clients feel welcome and respected, and actively responding to their needs and concerns.
Chief Executive's Award – Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander of the year
Winnie Warrior – Senior Policy and Programs Office, Aboriginal Youth – Community Services
Winnie has been advocating for Aboriginal people her whole life. She is particularly passionate about supporting young Aboriginal people in the youth justice system to change their future and avoid the adult prison system. After working in education for 20 years, she joined DHS in 2017 to coordinate the community engagement for the Making an Impact Project in Northern Adelaide.
Making an Impact aims to reduce the number of Aboriginal young people in the youth justice system in Northern Adelaide. Winnie worked with young Aboriginal people involved in serious offences to co-design a program, Yunga Nungas. This is a two-day program of short courses, boxing and support. The support is provided by Winnie and the Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Service (MAYFS) and includes providing transport for young people to their youth justice supervision, support to attend meetings with lawyers and support at court appearances.
Since the program began, eight out of ten young people involved have not reoffended in eight months which is a huge outcome, given they have been involved with the police and youth justice since they were 10 years old.
Winnie also works closely with SAPOL Operation Mandrake to improve relationships between the Aboriginal community in Northern Adelaide and SAPOL. This has resulted in an increase in young people actively presenting themselves and getting bail.
Tallara and Winnie will be presented with their awards at the NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day on Friday 13 July 2018 in Victoria Square, Adelaide. Congratulations to both of you for such fantastic efforts.