media release


10 July 2018


HESTA announces national aged care awards finalists


lAustralia’s most dedicated and innovative aged care organisations, teams and individuals have been recognised, with 13 finalists announced in the 2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards.

The Awards recognise those in the aged care sector who have made an exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life for older Australians across three Award categories —Team Innovation, Outstanding Organisation and Individual Distinction.

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey, said this year’s finalists were selected for their outstanding leadership and innovation in improving services and standards of care in the aged care sector.

“These finalists have developed innovative solutions and programs to overcome industry-wide challenges and all share an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality care to ageing Australians,” Ms Blakey said.

“It’s an honour to highlight the amazing work of these teams, organisations and individuals, who are improving the quality of life of Australians in their homes, retirement villages and aged care facilities across Australia.”

ME – the bank for you – a longstanding Awards sponsor, are generously providing a $30,000 prize pool, to be divided among the winners in three award categories — Outstanding Organisation, Team Innovation and Individual Distinction.

Winners will receive $10,000 in a ME Everyday Transaction account towards further education or team development.

The 2018 finalists are:

Team Innovation

Geriatric Flying Squad
Uniting War Memorial Hospital
Waverly, NSW

Recognised for partnering with local ambulance services and local police to develop a patient referral pathway that identifies older people at risk who may otherwise end up unnecessarily in the emergency department.

Hero’s Wish 
Vasey RSL Care

Hawthorn, VIC

Recognised for developing ‘Hero’s Wish’ a program that helps fulfil the wishes and dreams of their war veteran and ex-service residents.

Meeting Centre Support Program
3Bridges Community Limited
Carss Park, NSW

Recognised for piloting the ‘Meeting Centre Support Program,” a Dutch, evidence-based initiative that provides person-centred, comprehensive and integrated program support to  people with mild to moderate dementia and their family members, enabling them to adjust and to cope with the condition.

Outstanding Organisation

Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged
Adelaide, SA

Recognised for collaborating with disability service providers including Equals International, to develop an internal program that trains and employs people with intellectual disabilities.

STAR Community Services
Cleveland, QLD

Recognising that loneliness and social isolation can have a detrimental impact on the well-being of ageing Australians, STAR Community Services are recognised for its programs that promote social and community participation for its patrons.

The Whiddon Group
Glenfield, NSW

Recognised for developing a number of innovative programs that focus on improving the well-being of aged care residents through relationship-based care, creative ageing and social connection.

Flemington, VIC

Recognised for contributing to the social justice of ageing Australians experiencing homelessness for 30 years, through community outreach, housing support, housing, aged care and referral services.

Individual Distinction

Annette Nuck
Yackandandah Health
Yackandandah, VIC

Recognised for her outstanding leadership in the development of an intergenerational aged care model in a small, progressive Victorian country town.

Jason Bragg
Opal Aged Care
Denhams Beach, NSW

Recognised for his outstanding contribution towards improving the care and well-being of aged care residents.

Keith Cameron Smith
McKenzie Aged Care Group
Varsity Lakes, QLD

Recognising that death and grief are common realities for family members and aged care staff, Keith is recognised for developing a number of initiatives to help people grieve and say goodbye to aged care residents who have passed away.

Leanne Shannon 
Northern Health Bundoora 
Bundoora, VIC 

Recognised for implementing a range of strategies to improve the safety and welfare of high-risk dementia patients on her ward and the team that are caring for them.

Leanne Smart 
Royal Hobart Hospital 
Hobart, TAS

Recognised for implementing a range of assessments designed to improve the care of patients with cognitive impairments like delirium and dementia.

Yulunda Matau 
Amana Living James Brown Care Centre 
Osborne Park, WA

Recognised for driving the cultural and business transformation of an Amana Living residential aged care home, the James Brown Care Centre. 

Winners will be announced at the 2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards on 9 August 2018 in Canberra.

Find out more about the HESTA Awards Program


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