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Diane Gellatly, Yulunda Matau and Bryan Lipmann. Photo: HETSA

Nominations open for HESTA aged care awards

Now’s the time for those wishing to spotlight aged care work to submit a nomination for the 2019 HESTA Aged Care Awards.

The gongs, presented by the super fund in partnership with the National Aged Care Alliance, were set up to recognise excellence in service provision, advocacy, leadership and innovation in the sector.

As always, nominations are being sought from employers, colleagues, recipients of care and family members.

HESTA chief executive Debby Blakey said: “Submitting a nomination is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of those working in aged care, who demonstrate leadership, contribute to innovative practices and uphold the highest level of professionalism.”

Jamie McPhee, chief executive of awards sponsor ME, said aged care roles are often under-recognised, which is why the awards are so important.

Last year, the Individual Distinction Award went to Yulunda Matau of Amana Living James Brown Care Centre in Osborne Park, WA.

Matau was recognised for her work in driving the cultural and business transformation of Amana Living’s James Brown Care Centre, which has a high proportion of residents who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Wintringham took out the Outstanding Organisation category for its contribution to the social justice of ageing Australians experiencing homelessness in Victoria, while the Team Innovation Award was presented to the Geriatric Flying Squad at Uniting War Memorial Hospital for designing a referral system for NSW emergency services, thereby reducing unnecessary hospitalisations of older patients.

The 2019 nomination period is open until 18 August. Finalists will be announced on 15 October and an awards dinner will be held on 14 November.

Those wishing to submit a nomination can do so here.


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