Committee for Melbourne presented the prestigious 2017 Melbourne Achiever Award to VicHealth at its annual gala dinner last night.
The Award celebrates contributions to Melbourne that will leave a lasting legacy.
Recognising the significant impact VicHealth has had on Melbourne and in Victorian communities, Committee for Melbourne CEO Martine Letts said, “VicHealth is a most worthy recipient. They’ve pioneered health and wellbeing promotion, leaving their mark on our city’s health, liveability and resilience”.
VicHealth celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The organisation was established to promote good health and improve the lives of all Melburnians and Victorians, and has led prominent campaigns like Quit and SunSmart.
VicHealth is the world’s first health promotion foundation and the first Australian-designated World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Leadership in Health Promotion.
It is responsible for the enormous decline in cigarette sales, the absence of tobacco sponsorship and promotion in the arts and sport, Victoria’s leadership in building community support for the prevention of violence against women, and championing gender equality in sport through the Change our Game campaign.
VicHealth Chair Ms Fiona McCormack and VicHealth CEO Ms Jerril Rechter accepted the Award on behalf of the organisation.
“VicHealth’s very inception was a moment of innovation. I’m extremely proud of the progress VicHealth has managed to achieve over our first thirty years”, said VicHealth Chair, Fiona McCormack.
The Committee’s annual black tie dinner was held in Melbourne Museum’s Touring Hall, which houses major international shows including the recent LEGO® exhibition ‘Wonders of the World’. As Committee for Melbourne focuses on preparing the city for the innovation and disruption brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Melbourne Museum was a fitting venue reinforcing the importance of understanding the past to prepare for the future.