OSBORNE Park support workers Chris Black and Nadia Bamasri were two of 11 West Australians recognised for outstanding achievement at the 2017 WA Disability Support Awards last month.
The duo took out the Overall Award for Excellence as well as the Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion Award for their work as part of the Partners in Recovery Perth North team at Black Swan Health.
The national mental health initiative, which aims to facilitate the recovery of people with severe and persistent mental illness and complex needs, connects people to the services and supports they need.
Hosted by National Disability Services WA (NDS WA) and the Disability Services Commission, the awards aim to build the reputation of the disability sector and promoting it as a place for a rewarding career.
NDS WA state manager Julie Waylen said the awards set an important benchmark for excellence and recognised the positive impact support workers from the disability sector could have on the lives of people with disability.
“Working in the disability sector is more than just a job; it’s a great career choice for those looking for meaningful challenges and those who want to have a real and profound impact on the lives of people with disability, their families and carers,’’ she said.
“It’s about giving assistance that recognises the person, respects their dignity and enables them to live a good life.’’
The awards attracted 130 nominees from 58 disability support organisations across the sector.