Amana Living was the big winner in Aged and Community Services Western Australia’s (ACSWA’s) inaugural Excellence in Care Awards.

The Anglican-affiliated provider took out both the Organisation Award and the Media Award.

Amana Living has used a recruitment campaign featuring its own staff to promote its culture and obtain new staff in difficult times.

It has also developed a number of internal programs to foster continuing staff education and to maintain high quality services for clients.

The Trainee of the Year Award went to Neomie Dickerson who has managed to maintain a commitment to work and study while raising two young children.

Former nurse and Liberal Senator Judith Adams praised Ms Dickserson when she presented the award.

“Neomie is a positive role model for all her people and her passionate care of older generations is wonderful,” said Senator Adams.

The Employee Award went to Uniting Church Home chaplain Pearl McGill who was recognised for her proactive support to over 200 residents and 160 staff at four residential care facilities.

Ms McGill has developed a booklet called ‘Final Wishes – Palliative Basket’ which was endorsed by the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency.

She has achieved all of this despite suffering a life-threatening illness and undergoing intensive treatment herself.

The Volunteer Award went to Bill and Kay Fitzgerald and the Industry Supporter Award went to KGA Consulting.

A special award was presented to Mobile GP Network physician Dr Andrew Davies. Established in 2008, the Mobile GP Network is now the largest provider of healthcare to the homeless and marginalised in Perth.

Dr Davies also provides GP services to frail older residents at James Watson Hostel, St Bartholomew’s House.

The winners will now go into the running for the national Excellence in Aged Care Awards.

The national finalists and winners will be announced at the ACSA National Conference in Perth this September.

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