The HBAW team are still on cloud nine after HAPPY PEOPLE claimed the top award for Best Website & Online Service - Health & Wellbeing, for our work with Optus retail at this year’s Amy Digital Awards.

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The winners were announced at the Digirati Awards Party in Melbourne on Friday 7 July. Taking to the stage to collect the award were HBAW’s Sharon Richens and Julie Taliana. They were joined by Optus’ Head of Branded Retail, Ben Murray, and Wellbeing Manager, Megan Kingham who were both instrumental to the success of the roll out to 1500 Optus Retail staff.

This year AMIA received hundreds of entries in 40 categories which were judged by over 130 judges locally and internationally. A total of 37 Amy awards and 18 highly commended trophies were given out on the night.

The Amy Awards are the most prestigious digital industry awards in Australia. Now in its 23rd year, the AMY's celebrate the digital industry and reward the best and most brilliant work.

The Amy Award takes Happy People’s 2017 award tally to four, after being awarded three LearnX Platinum awards earlier this year.


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Nurses and midwives work around the clock to care for our loved ones, and helping them to support their own health and wellbeing is of utmost importance. Which is why we’re so excited to be rolling out HAPPY PEOPLE to 2,500 nurses and midwives throughout Victoria.

The Happy People pilot was officially launched by the Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Martin Foley MP at the Women’s Hospital last month.

“Having a healthy and energised workforce is crucial to attracting and retaining the best people to Victoria’s health services,” Minister Foley said. “Nurses and midwives contribute significantly to the wellbeing of Victorians – and the Happy People tool is one important way to help support them. We're proud to support this important initiative.”

Head of ABC Commercial, Robert Patterson, also attended the launch.  

“Companies have realised that having happy, resilient and energised staff doesn’t simply lead to a safer workplace, it boosts productivity and keeps people well longer. “In today’s landscape, it’s not enough to engage employees in wellbeing programs, you have to be able to justify the investment,” he said. “This has led to a growing appetite for evidence-based programs like Happy Body at Work, that provide positive results for participants and tangible outcomes for business, backed up with data and analytics.”

More than 2,500 Victorian nurses and midwives are taking part in the Happy People wellbeing program aimed at helping them to manage their sleep, improve their moods and maintain their energy levels.

And what an incredible group of professionals they are! Happy People is a team based experience that encourages some friendly competition to encourage engagement. With team names such as ICU Smile, We Be Lung Together, and X-Rays of Sunshine, it’s wonderful to see the nurses and midwives getting onboard with the program in such a positive way.


Anna-Louise was honored to be invited to MC at the Corporate EA/PA Summit in Sydney and Melbourne this month. It gave her the opportunity to meet and introduce an incredible group of inspirational women including The Hon Julia Gillard, world champion cyclist Anna Meares, communication guru Amy Scott, and Dr Jenny Brockis.

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