LiverWELL’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Tuesday 12th October, and was attended by up to 65 people, which included Board Directors, Health and Community members, and staff.
Guest speaker Jane Martin, Executive Manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) and Alcohol and Obesity Programs, Cancer Council Victoria presented on long term strategies that can improve people’s health for chronic diseases through articulate planning of behavioural change campaigns with multiple stakeholders.
The AGM then concluded with the Recogniton Awards Ceremony of the following four recipients, with their pre-recorded acceptance speeches.
The Awards recognise individuals and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the lives of those who are living with viral hepatitis and liver disease.
Mark Farmer Memorial Award
Organisational Collaboration Award
Individual Contribution Award
Mark Farmer Award – Jules Cassidy
The Mark Farmer Memorial Award, honouring former Hepatitis Victoria Board Member Mark Farmer, is awarded annually to an individual with lived experience of viral hepatitis who has:
- Shared their knowledge and experience to help others in the community living with viral hepatitis and liver disease
- Increased community knowledge and understanding of viral hepatitis and liver disease
- Demonstrated positive use of self-management principles in their daily lives.
Jules has made a significant contribution to LiverWELL and the broader community by sharing her own story and lived experience of viral hepatitis. Her advocacy has been particularly helpful in raising awareness and challenging the stigma of viral hepatitis in regional communities, leading to improved care and management for those in need. She has been a wonderful addition to many of LiverWELL’s health promotion events, such as our HEP Ready trainings, and has shown us all the meaningful impact an individual can have in the community through the sharing of personal knowledge and experiences.
Organisational Collaboration Recognition Award
The Organisational Collaboration Recognition Award is made to an organisation from the fields of health services, community service organisations and/or research that have:
- Made a significant contribution to reducing the prevalence of hepatitis in Victoria and/or to maximising the well-being of those living with viral hepatitis
- Has organisational arrangements that allow it to effectively respond to hepatitis
- Collaboratively works with Hepatitis Victoria and other organisations across the viral hepatitis sector.
Organisational Collaboration Award – SK Media
SK Media plays a significant role in raising awareness on liver health and viral hepatitis in Cambodian communities both in Australia and internationally. Every week, SK Media promotes health messaging to over a hundred thousand followers through SK Health Time, with appearances from Councillor and pharmacist, Richard Lim, and Cambodian medical doctor, Mr Pisith Prak. SK Media, and its leader Mr Korb Sao, are valued collaborators with LiverWELL’s Priority Populations team, assisting to engage the Cambodian community through livestream talks, interviews, and promoting our educational videos.
Individual Contribution Recognition Award
The Individual Contribution Recognition Award is made to an individual who may or may not have lived experience of viral hepatitis, who has:
- Made a significant contribution to reducing the prevalence of hepatitis in Victoria and/or to maximising the well-being of those living with hepatitis and liver disease
- Inspired others to similarly contribute to the response to hepatitis in the community collaboratively worked with Hepatitis Victoria and other organisations across the viral hepatitis and liver disease sector.
Individual Contribution Award – Dr David Hiep Phan
David has contributed immensely to LiverWELL’s work with the Vietnamese community. Through events such as the Wellness Forum and his very popular Facebook livestreams, Dr David has opened up the discussion about liver health and viral hepatitis in the Vietnamese community alongside LiverWELL’s Priority Populations team.
Individual Contribution Award – A/Professor Paul Gow
Paul has made an outstanding contribution to raising awareness of liver disease through his work as a liver specialist and ongoing collaboration with LiverWELL. With his support, LiverWELL was able to expand our remit and reach new audiences through his participation in a communications campaign that promoted awareness of liver diseases, particularly fatty liver disease.