2018 Celebrating Aged Care Awards winners

September 20, 2018

The 2018 Celebrating Aged Care forum,The balance: taking care of the workforce too, took place on 6 September in Melbourne, with winners of the Celebrating Aged Care Awards announced.

This year the Aged Care Leadership Award went to Arun Thomas, a nurse with Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital. Working at the hospital’s Lakes Hostel facility, Arun was recognised for his work in palliative care, where he instigated initiatives providing staff, residents and their families with advance care planning and palliative care.

The winner for the Aged Care Volunteer Award went to Lynette Williams, a volunteer with the Numurkah District Health Service. With her husband Barry receiving the award on her behalf, Lynette was recognised for serving as an unrelenting advocate for the residents at the facility’s Karinya Nursing Home.

Gippsland Southern Health Service Enrolled Nurse Faye Hancock recieved the Passion for Aged Care Award. Working at the facility’s Koorooman House, Faye’s can-do attitude has led to a number of initiatives, particularly in the area of wound management. 

Tom Symondson, Chief Executive of the VHA, said that around 15 per cent of all residential aged care in Victoria is delivered by the public sector, making it unique in Australia.

‘The awards are a wonderful recognition of the innovative, high-quality work that aged care workers and volunteers, like our award winners and finalists perform regularly,’ Mr Symondson said.