TOP AWARDS: Australia's top aged care workers and organisations are celebrated.
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'Exceptional': Aged care workers honoured at awards

AUSTRALIA'S most dedicated aged care workers and organisations have been brought into the spotlight, after 12 finalists were announced at the HESTA Aged Care awards this week.

The annual awards recognises aged care professionals who have made an "exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life for older Australians."

Chief executive Debby Blakey said this year's finalists had demonstrated an outstanding level of leadership and commitment in homes, retirement villages and aged care facilities across Australia.

"This year's finalists have proven themselves leaders in improving the way aged care services are delivered by challenging conventional thinking and developing innovative solutions to industry-wide challenges," Blakey said.

"It's an honour to highlight the amazing work of these teams, organisations and individuals, whose unwavering commitment ensures the highest standard of care is provided to Australians."

2017 HESTA Aged Care awards finalists

Team Innovation Award

  • Aged Care Indigenous Induction Program, NT: For developing culturally appropriate and engaging induction resources that support the recruitment and retention of Indigenous aged care employees.
  • Catholic Homes, WA: For developing the Comfort Care Centre, a specifically designed palliative care facility providing patients with end of life care, in a warm and welcoming environment.
  • Exercise Physiology in Aged Care Team, Helping Hand, SA: For their outstanding innovation in developing Exercise Physiology programs leading to significant improvements in the cognitive, social and physical abilities of residents living with dementia.
  • Specialist Dialysis Team, Resthaven Incorporated, SA: For forming a specialist dialysis team in response to a community need for services that enable Australians with complex dialysis care needs to remain living at home, whilst also providing support to their carers through the provision of residential respite.
  • Leisure and Lifestyle Team, Uniting Agewell Carnsworth Community, VIC:For developing CIRCLE, an intergenerational program fostering friendship and learning between aged care residents and kindergarten children by bringing them together in an inclusive, fun environment.

Individual Distinction Award

  • Anna Harrison, Umbrella Multicultural Community Care Services Inc. WA: For establishing Umbrella, a not-for profit aged care service that celebrates the individual and cultural diversity of their clients.
  • Gordon Manuel, Mark Moran Group, NSW: For creating innovative fine-dining and culinary experiences for aged care residents, encouraging them to enjoy the social aspects of dining, whilst promoting holistic and positive ageing by providing nutritious and tasty food.
  • Sandra Gilbert, Noosa Care, QLD: For leading the development of specially designed outdoor spaces, allowing dementia residents to wander freely outside and encouraging them to continue enjoying the outdoors.
  • Sara Marmo, Japara Healthcare, VIC: For her role in bringing elderly people from culturally diverse backgrounds in her community together to participate in social activities and events.

Outstanding Organisation Award

  • Lifeview Residential Care, VIC: For their employee growth and wellness initiative 'Be the Best You' that promotes inclusivity and wellbeing for staff by fostering a flexible and inclusive work culture.
  • Southern Cross Care, SA and NT: For partnering with local Adelaide arts festivals to deliver an entertaining, engaging and practical arts therapy program for residents and their families.
  • Vasey RSL Care, VIC: For their innovative community engagement project that utilised data and survey insights to better understand and address the needs of their veteran and war widow residents.

The winner of each category will share in a $30,000 prize pool. Winners will be announced on November 23.

This story was first published in Aged Care Insite as Best in aged care recognised

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