Gallery - HESTA Aged Care Awards

The HESTA Aged Care Awards recognise aged care professionals who work tirelessly to improve the quality of life of ageing Australians in their homes, retirement villages and aged care facilities.

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A story worth celebrating

Do you know someone with a story worth celebrating? Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now open!

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Awards Dinner

The 2018 Awards dinner was held at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra on August 9 2018.

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Winners will share a $30,000 prize pool, courtesy of ME- the bank for you.

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Award categories

Outstanding organisation

This award recognises an organisation which has made an outstanding contribution to aged care in Australia, through development or provision of high quality care to the aged.

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Team Innovation

This award recognises a team working in the aged care sector who have developed or improved a product, service, process or system.

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Individual Distinction

This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to aged care in Australia over time, through development or provision of high quality care to ageing Australians.

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Who can enter?


Recipients of care, their family members, carers, colleagues, and aged care professionals can nominate a special individual, team or organisation. Everyone involved in every stage of the delivery of aged care can enter or be nominated.




Every person or team nominated will receive a certificate in recognition of their contributions.

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Finalists will receive two tickets to attend the Awards dinner.

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Winners will share in a $30,000 prize pool, courtesy of proud Awards sponsor ME- the bank for you.

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Nominations are now open!

Nominations for the 2019 HESTA Aged Care Awards are now open and will close on 18 August 2019.

2018 winners

Team Innovation

The Geriatric Flying Squad was recognised for designing a referral system for NSW emergency services reducing unnecessary hospitalisations of older patients.

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Outstanding Organisation

Wintringham was recognised for their contribution to the social justice of ageing Australians experiencing homelessness in Victoria through community outreach, housing support, aged care and referral services.

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Individual Distinction

Yulunda was recognised for 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.

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Outstanding Organisation




Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged

STAR Community Services

The Whiddon Group

Team Innovation

Geriatric Flying Squad



Hero's Wish

Meeting Centre Support Program


Individual Distinction

Yulunda Matau



Annette Nuck

Jason Bragg

Keith Cameron Smith

Leanne Shannon

Leanne Smart

Outstanding Organisation

Southern Cross Care (SA &  NT)



Lifeview Residential Care

Vasey RSL Care

Team Innovation

Aged Care Indigenous Induction Program



Comfort Care Centre

Exercise Physiology in Aged Care Team

Specialist Dialysis Team

Leisure and Lifestyle Team

Individual Distinction

Gordon Manuel



Anna Harrison

Sandra Gilbert

Sara Marmo

Outstanding Organisation

Southern Cross Care (SA & NT)



Atticus Health

Feros Care

Lifeview Residential Care

Maurice Zeffert Home


Team Innovation

Sub-Acute Care Program



Bloomers Cafe

Flametree Dementia Care Project

Manager in Training Program

Vietnam Veterans Social Group


Individual Distinction

Camille Koch



Stanka Cica

Liz Drew

Himanshu Singh


Outstanding Organisation

Southern Cross Care (Vic)



Montessori Ageing Support Services

Synovum Care Pty Ltd

Anam Cara House Colac- Community Hospice

Co.As.It. Community Services Inc

Team Innovation

A safe place to call home @ Charles O'Neill Hostel


Holistic Wellness Program @ Southern Cross Care Keon Park

The Companion Therapy @ Bupa Aged Care Berwick

Stronger Carers @ BaptistCare NSW & ACT

Identify Pain: Ask, Observe, Report @ Wesley Mission Brisbane



Individual Distinction

Paul Brophy



Helen Spence

Henry Pan OAM

Sheryl Cain

Frank Naso


Team Innovation Award

Better Together Cottage Team



Creating Connections Project Team

Gopher Gold Team

Killira Team

Safe Access & Eco Garden Project Team


Outstanding Organisation Award

RSL Care



Anam Cara

Bushland Health Group

Seniors Recreation Council 

The Whiddon Group


Individual Distinction Award

Helen Williamson



Kelly Jackson

Lisa Wu

Lorraine Eastwood

Sharon Henderson

Employee Award

Rhonda Sawtell



Kacey Hancock

Greg Crawford

Kimberly Harris

Janteena Gillam

Patrick Comarmond


Volunteer Award

Shirley Nelson



Diane Bynon

Brenton Griffiths

Barbara Newman

Laura Aguis

Fred Drake-Brockman


Trainee Award

Abby Dunnicliff



Brooke Greentree-Kent

Jamie Steinberger

Amelia Watkins

Linda Shillong

Terri Roberts




2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards

The 2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards dinner was held on August 9 in Canberra.
Montage of Award night