Congratulations to all winners and finalists in the 2020 LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards for Victoria and Tasmania, presented at the Tri-State Conference Dinner in Albury. State winners will progress to the national awards being announced in October at LASA National Congress. LASA wishes to thank the judges for their expertise and time and also extends a special thanks to HESTA for once again making the awards possible.

Individual Award – Julie Folan, Cooinda

Julie began as an enrolled nurse with Cooinda 22 years ago and is now Executive Manager, Quality and Compliance. She passionately supports residents and families and is a driving force behind many community events, including the Benalla Cancer Foundation’s Light the Night, street parades and Cooinda’s dementia awareness event, Walk and Wake Up to Dementia.

Organisation Award – Princes Court Homes

A not-for-profit, community owned organisation, Princes Court Homes has been part of the North West Victorian community for over 60 years and currently is currently home for 100 residents and around 76 retirees in their independent lifestyle units. Innovative and engaging programs include the Mallee’s Living Histories project and a partnership with the Mildura English Language Centre.

Team Award – Princes Court Homes, Chaffey Aged Care, Jacaranda Village, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and
Murray House

This collaborative team is focused on enhancing the lives of older people in North West Victoria and tackling the challenges of providing care across the region. Partnering with Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, with Department of Education funding, four of the facilities have now offered leadership training to over 30 staff.  The ten-month course is fostering new leaders and sharing knowledge to improve care.

Rising Star Award – Amorette Smith, Cooinda

Amorette is a newly endorsed Enrolled Nurse leading a high needs aged care team. She is an outstanding role model and mentor, ensuring the highest standards of person-centred care for up to 28 very frail residents each day. She has also collaboratively developed a “Resident of the Day” program which includes a special personal welfare check, noted on resident’s files with their permission.

Next Gen Young Leader Award – Tyla Haining, Martin Luther Homes

At 19, Tyla is the youngest Personal Care Assistant in her team and an inspiration to many of her colleagues.. She has developed her own communication strategy to build rapport with residents and encourage them into activities and lifestyle programs, while acting as a mentor for new staff.


Organisation Award
Princes Court

Individual Award
Julie Folan, Cooinda 

Rising Star Award
Amorette Smith, Cooinda

Next Gen Award
Tyla Haining, Martin Luther Homes

Team Award
Left: Collaborative Team of Princes Court Homes, Chaffey Aged Care, Jacaranda Village and Sunraysia Institute of TAFE Murray House