A nurse practitioner, a health and wellbeing team and a provider serving older Australians in two states including remote areas have been recognised for excellence at the aged care industry’s biggest event of the year.
The inaugural Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Excellence in Age Services Awards recognising an outstanding organisation, team and individual were presented at its National Congress in Adelaide.
LASA is the national peak body representing and supporting providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living.
The awards promote and recognise excellence in the age services industry and celebrate the achievements of organisations, teams and individuals in the service of older Australians.
Nurse practitioner Claire Abbott, who works for NSW Central Coast retirement villager operator Peninsula Villages was awarded the Outstanding Individual Award.
Ms Abbott collaborates with local visiting GPs in providing care, services and treatment plans to residents.
The Outstanding Team Award went to the Carer Health and Wellbeing Coaching Team at CarerLinks North in Melbourne.
The team’s coaching program is aimed at focusing on the health and wellbeing of carers through individual coaching sessions, either face to face or over the phone.
Not-for-profit aged care provider The Whiddon Group took out the Outstanding Organisation award.
In congratulating the winners LASA chief executive Sean Rooney said they represented the best care and services being delivered to older Australians by LASA members.
“These awards show just how much great work is being done by our members right around the country, including isolated and remote parts of Australia,” he said.
“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.”