Cystic Fibrosis WA wins charity award at 2016 Telstra Biz Awards

Cystic Fibrosis WA wins charity award at 2016 Telstra Biz Awards

NEDLANDS not-for-profit Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia has won the 2016 Telstra WA Charity Award.

The organisation, which was established in 1976, won the award at the 2016 Telstra Business Awards held at Crown on Friday night.

Chief executive Nigel Barker said winning the award “felt absolutely fantastic” and was “very humbling”.

“Any one of the four charities who were finalists could have won,” he said

“It’s wonderful for parents of kids who have Cystic Fibrosis to have awareness and recognition of this kind.”

Mr Barker said he hoped the award would lead to more fundraising opportunities.

“We are seeking private partners at the moment, so we hope this will be a boost for awareness and fundraising into research for Cystic Fibrosis,” he said.

The awards, which are in their 24th year, celebrate the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s small and medium businesses.

Subiaco-based PeopleSense won the 2016 Telstra WA Small Business Award and went on to win the 2016 Telstra Western Australia Business of the Year.

PeopleSense is a psychological consultancy providing injury management and prevention as well as employee assistance programs.

Managing director Anya Stephens said the objective of the business was to get employees back to work in the best conditions.

“Our driver is to ensure that the population of Australia can have access to the highest quality treatment to improve their functionality and employment outcomes,” she said.

Telstra Business Awards Ambassador Andy Ellis said the winners of the awards demonstrated innovation, competitiveness and strong financial performance.

“The winners of the 2016 Telstra WA Business Awards are brilliant businesses who innovate, push boundaries and inspire others. They are celebrated for being bold and disruptive. They are often at the forefront of technology, and are always looking for new ideas and ways of doing things,” he said.

“PeopleSense is a very impressive company with a strong business model with good growth potential, which address both changing customer demands and evolving patient needs.”