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Commitment and excellence in aged care recognised


L to R: Kylie Whicher, Margie Tzanakos, Collette Arnheim and Sean Rooney

Individuals and organisations from across the aged care sector have been recognised for their commitment, dedication and achievements at a gala dinner in Adelaide.

A nurse practitioner, a carer wellbeing team and an aged care provider were honoured at the Leading Age Services Australia Excellence in Age Services Awards, which marked the closure of LASA’s three-day national congress.

The awards, sponsored by industry superfund HESTA, celebrate excellence in the industry and the achievements of those who are passionate about caring for older Australians.

Claire Abbott

Peninsula Villages nurse practitioner Claire Abbott was named winner of the Outstanding Individual Award. Ms Abbott collaborates with local visiting general practitioners on the NSW Central Coast to provide care, services and treatment plans to residents.

Ms Abbott’s role enables the organisation to help residents who require ongoing or one-off care and ensures they are receiving high quality services.

CarerLinks North’s Carer Health and Wellbeing Coaching Team in Melbourne took out the Outstanding Team Award for their innovative coaching program which aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of carers.

The program focuses on stress, fatigue, physical activity, nutrition and chronic disease management through individual coaching sessions undertaken either face-to-face or on the phone.

The coaching team works with carers to foster carer health literacy, goal setting, resilience, self-management, decision making and long-term behaviour change.

The Whiddon Group CEO Chris Mamarelis

Health data is collected at the beginning of the program and at milestones in each carer’s health journey to evaluate and generate a health profile and assess the impact of the program.

Residential aged care provider the Whiddon Group was named Outstanding Organisation for providing high level support and its demonstration of leadership and innovation.

The not-for-profit organisation has provided care for older people for over 70 years and operates across 20 locations in NSW and Queensland.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the winners represented quality care and services in the aged care sector.

“Committed and devoted people like Claire, the CarerLinks North team and the staff at Whiddon exemplify the best of what our industry has to offer to older Australians everywhere,” Mr Rooney said.

He said the awards demonstrated the outstanding work of individuals and organisations working in aged care across Australia.

The LASA National Congress took place in Adelaide on October 28-30.

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