Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA Jan-Feb 2013 Contents It's said that small acts can make
a big difference. This is certainly
true, when it comes to the HESTA
Australian Nursing Awards, because
each person nominated for an award
receives a certifcate of recognition.
"This gesture is an important part of
the HESTA Australian Nursing Awards,"
says HESTA CEO Anne-Marie Corboy.
"Recognition plays a vital role in rewarding
personal achievement. A certifcate lets all
those who've been nominated know their
work is appreciated."
While only nurses, midwifes, personal
care attendants and assistants in
nursing are eligible to be nominated, it's
important to remember that anyone can
make a nomination.
"Nominations are a chance for patients,
patients' families, colleagues or
employers to say 'thank you', and to
tell the community about their 'above
and beyond' personal experience with a
nurse," Ms Corboy says.
"The achievements of remarkable
nursing professionals are heart-
warming, inspirational, courageous and
empowering --- and the awards are an
avenue to share these stories."
Winners in three categories --- Nurse
of the Year, Team Innovation and
Outstanding Graduate --- will share a
$30,000 prize pool, courtesy of long-
term HESTA awards sponsor, ME Bank.
Nominations close on 28 February
2013. Finalists will be announced in
April. Interstate fnalists will be fown
to Melbourne for an awards dinner on
Thursday 9 May where the winners will
To make a nomination or learn more about
the awards visit hestaawards.com.au
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super funds, with more than 750,000
members and $20 billion in assets. It is
chosen by more people in health and
community services than any other fund.
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aged care. The designs of
homes will become increasingly
important as more care is
provided in the community to
people with complex needs and
greater levels of disability.
Discussions during the
webinar event emphasised that
gerontologists need to work
more closely with all the sectors
involved in housing, and also
identified opportunities and
needs for a range of services to
assist older people in planning
for and carrying out appropriate
changes to their homes.
This year we will run more
webinars, and we will also initiate
an online short course in ageing
that will provide opportunity for
education and debate across our
The culminating event in
our calendar is our national
conference held in November
each year, and hosted by a
different state division. In 2012,
it was the Brisbane's turn. The
conference committee, chaired
by Associate Professor Evonne
Miller and Dr Andrea Petriwskyj,
turned on an informative program
that encouraged participants to
"challenge the boundaries".
This theme underpins the
operating values of AAG. As an
organisation we aim to bring
new understandings to ageing
as a process, and to promote
information that improves the
experience of ageing for us all.
This means we must
continually seek to challenge
stereotypes of ageing and
improve attitudes about what it is
to grow older; find better means
for prevention and management
of the concerns of older people
and better ways to provide care;
and think beyond the boundaries
of age and take a lifecourse
approach to ageing well.
AAG does this largely by
bringing together people across
traditional health and scientific
disciplines, and across sectors, to
forge links between researchers,
providers, and policy makers.
Through these links AGG provides
an important opportunity for
ensuring evidence is available,
shared, and made use of in policy
and planning and in providing
services for an ageing population.
AAG has always been a
growing and evolving organisation,
and the term of each president
is fuelled by the momentum
established by past presidents.
Our 45th national conference
included no less than seven past
presidents who have all left their
positive mark on the organisation.
Dr Glenda Powell, the first
woman president of the AAG,
provided an inspiring presentation
that celebrated the contributions
of the many influential and
committed people who built
the foundations of the AAG and
raised it to the organisation it
is today. We were joined by Dr
Keith Hirschfeld, Dr Anna Howe,
Barbara Squires, Professor Tony
Broe, Professor Laurie Buys, and
Professor Gill Lewin.
As I commence my second
year as president, I look forward
to continuing to see the AAG grow
in strength and numbers, and in
our contributions to Australia's
capacity for ageing well. n
"We must continually seek
to challenge stereotypes of
ageing and improve attitudes
about what it is to grow old."
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