Home' Australian Ageing Agenda : AAA May-Jun 2013 Contents Issued by H.E.S.T. Australia Ltd ABN 66 006 818 695 AFSL No.235249 Trustee of Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia (HESTA) ABN 64 971 749 321.
Who are Australia's outstanding contributors to Aged Care?
The search for Australia's top
contributors to aged care has begun,
with nominations now open for the
2013 HESTA Aged Care Awards.
HESTA is recognising those people and
organisations who demonstrate excellence,
leadership and dedication in the aged care sector.
The winners of the HESTA Aged Care Awards
share in $30,000 of prize money, generously
provided by long-term HESTA awards
sponsor, ME Bank.
Nominations are open until Friday, 31 May
HESTA CEO Anne-Marie Corboy said the awards
are an opportunity to recognise the important
contribution those working in aged care make in
improving the lives of older Australians.
"Like many other countries around the
world, Australia has an ageing society with
many people now living well into their 80s and
even 90s," she said.
"The ageing of our population poses
new challenges for health care and places
increasing demands on existing aged care
services and social supports.
"Aged care professionals provide a wide range
of services, from keeping older people healthy and
living independently, to preventing and managing
illness and providing high-level care to the frail.
"People working in this sector also provide a
great deal of emotional support to older people
and deliver vital services in a compassionate
manner, helping maintain their dignity and
independence for as long as possible."
There are three award categories ---
Individual, Organisation and Team --- which
acknowledge the breadth of services being
provided to older Australians.
The Individual Award recognises
exceptional service by an individual who has
significantly changed and improved the quality
of service provision to older Australians.
The Organisation Award recognises an
outstanding contribution by an organisation,
through the development and/or provision of
high-quality care using technology to develop
efficiencies and enhance the wellbeing of
those in their care.
The Team Award recognises health teams
that have used collaboration and innovation
to deliver better health outcomes for older
ME Bank CEO Jamie McPhee said, "We're
proud to continue our support of the HESTA
Awards program, recognising the tireless
contribution of individuals and organisations
in the health and community services sector."
Ms Corboy encouraged people to nominate
an outstanding individual, team or organisation
they admired as soon as possible.
"If you know a dedicated aged care
professional who is making a difference to the
lives of older people, nominate them now,"
"These awards are an opportunity to
acknowledge and reward the care and
compassionate support aged care workers
provide to the elderly in their home, or in a
residential care setting."
Finalists of the aged care awards will be
announced on 16 July 2013, with interstate
finalists flown to Sydney for the awards dinner
on 4 August 2013.
HESTA is one of Australia's largest super
funds, with more than 750,000 members and
$21 billion in assets. More people in health
and community services choose HESTA for
To make a nomination before Friday 31
May 2013 or to find out more about
the HESTA Aged Care Awards, visit
housing, including how current
housing stock can be made
more age-friendly; research
and investment into age-friendly
public housing; investigation of
the expanding role of service
integrated housing; research
into how homeless older people
and those in insecure housing
can be better serviced within our
aged care system; and the role of
new technologies and devices in
supporting people as they age.
New technologies and designs
can be used to help people
make the most of their older age,
despite physiological changes
and age-associated conditions.
It is great to see creative thinking
being invested in a wide range
of innovations, designs, and new
approaches to meeting the needs
of older people. However, maybe
the biggest redesign challenge
we have is to our own limited
thinking about what older people
can and want to do, and how
we can enable them to achieve
these goals. n
RMIT's Design Challenge: Ageing winning design, On My Life.
"Maybe the biggest redesign challenge
we have is to our own limited thinking
about what older people can and want to
do, and how we can enable them to
achieve these goals."
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