Hesta Excellence Award Finalists for Tresillian and Mid North Coast Local Health District

Megan Carroll, Child and Family Health Nurse, Delya Smith, Aboriginal Health Worker and
Jane McRae, Child and Family Health Nurse with the Tresillian Mobile2U van ready to assist parents settling babies and children up to three years.


IF you or someone you know has had trouble getting a baby to sleep you have probably heard of the amazing work of Tresiliian and the Mid North Coast Local Health District.

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Tresilian works with parents to get babies into a sleep routine.

Now they have been recognised for their innovative approach to delivering child and family health services to regional NSW.

Hesta has announced Tresillian and Mid North Coast Local Health District as a finalist in the HESTA Excellence Awards in the Team Excellence – Community Services category.

Finalists in the inaugural HESTA Excellence Awards are in the running to share in a $60,000 prize money pool.

The Awards highlight the extraordinary work being done across the disability, allied health, aged care and community services sectors to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said each of the 24 finalists have been selected for their leadership, compassion and incredible dedication to improve the quality of care and support for more Australians.

“Their work has pushed boundaries, shown innovation and is making a real difference to people’s lives,” Ms Blakey said.

“These highly skilled professionals deserve to be recognised for the incredible impact they have had in their communities, which is why HESTA is proud and privileged to help shine a spotlight on their achievements.”

The eight winners will each receive $7500 for further education, service or team development, generously provided by long standing HESTA Awards sponsor ME Bank.

ME Acting CEO Adam Crane said, “We commend all of this year’s finalists for their dedication and incredible hard work in their local communities during the pandemic.

“These workers have donned stifling protective gear, undergone huge sector changes, endured testing and isolation, and many have risked their lives to help others.

“They are all superstars to us.”

Monica Carlon is the Nurse Unit Manager of Tresillian Family Care Centre at Coffs and the Tresillian Mobile2U service at Kempsey.

The Mobile 2U van goes to locations in communities such as the Kempsey Community Centre and the Council Chambers at Wauchope.

Ms Carlon said the Tresillian 2U mobile service is innovative, and unique.

Nurses are focussed on individual parenting plans and give focussed and individualised support.

Ms Carlon told News of The Area, “To be a finalist is a great achievement and rewards our passion to increase service for family in communities.”

Aunty Delya Smith, a Dunghutti woman, is the Aboriginal health worker in the team and close to twenty percent of families who access the service identify as Aboriginal.

The van also has two child and family health nurses who work with families providing the specialised services in the locations that are easy for families to access in their own communities.

Families can now self refer and the number to call is 66911912 or they can ring 1300 272 736 and can chat to a Tresillian nurse.


By Sandra MOON


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