An awards night has capped the leading forces in workplace health and safety, rehabilitation and return to work services.

Organisations and individuals from Comcare and Seacare schemes were recognised at the Comcare Work Health and Safety Awards and the Seacare Awards last week.

The prize nights were combined for the first time, celebrating the achievements and innovations of the two vital yet under-valued industries.

"This year's entries were of extremely high quality, with the finalists demonstrating a high level of impact, innovation and collaboration in their health and safety or rehabilitation," Chief Executive of Comcare, Jennifer Taylor said.

The Royal Australian Mint took out the Workplace Health and Safety Management System category with its Health, Safety and Environment Management System.

Major Bruce Hughes from the Defence Support and Reform Group in the Department of Defence was awarded the Individual Contribution to Health and Safety category.

Mohammed Ibrahim from Australia Postwas recognised as the best individual with responsibility for WHS as part of their duties.

The Army was awarded for its innovative rehabilitation programs for soldiers in the 8th/9th Battalion, in the Rehabilitation and Return to Work Management, an organisation category.

Katrina Ashcroft, of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, took the individual award in that category.

Claims Manager of the Year was Comcare’s Rachael Passlow.

A full list of Comcare awards and winners is accessible online, as is the list of Seacare accolades, here