Local mental health worker Diana Calic was recently recognised for her hard work in the community by being named a semi-finalist in the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards.
Ms Calic competed in the Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award category, and was presented with a certificate by Education Minister Susan Close at a presentation ceremony on April 28.
She said she was happy with the result and enjoyed connecting with like-minded people at the event.
“We were all split onto different tables under individual categories so it was really good to engage with people who were also semi-finalists in the awards,” Ms Calic said.
“It is pretty awesome. I wasn’t expecting to become a semi-finalist, but to be judged as one is great especially coming from a small country town such as Whyalla.”
Ms Calic has also been achieving great things in the local community, having recently won the Centacare Prize.
This is awarded to the best student completing the Bachelor of Social Work degree.
“I didn’t know that I was going to win it. I was thinking it was likely someone else would get it over me. We are all a pretty tight-knit group in our year level,” she said.
“It was awesome to win that and a great achievement as well.”
Ms Calic, who works at Country and Outback Health, is hoping to further her experience in the field and later provide outreach support in areas around South Australia.
“I would potentially like to do some volunteering in indigenous communities and I would really love to do public speaking in schools to raise awareness about mental health,” she said.
“My speeches would focus on importance of reaching out to others so they can get support when needed.”
Ms Calic says the new Headspace unit coming to Whyalla could be an important step forward in providing more support for locals who are experiencing mental health issues.
Young people will benefit from the unit which will be welcomed by families in the community.