Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) 2019 Excellence in Age Services Awards has celebrated the work of an innovative clinical care coordinator, an inspirational lifestyle mentor, an outstanding remote care provider and a passionate nurse leaders team.

The Awards recognise outstanding aged care individuals, teams and organisations and were presented in Adelaide on Tuesday, 29 October, at the gala finale of LASA’s National Congress, the largest age services event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Winner of the Individual Award was Ryan Rodrigues, who began with CraigCare in 2012.

Ryan’s passion has given him a unique role as a clinical care coordinator, driving him to develop the End of Life Trajectory Planning Tool, which has been so successful, it is now embedded across all seven of CraigCare’s facilities.

Ryan has stepped up as a future leader to help improve the system and quality of care outcomes for residents and spends his time progressing new initiatives and trialling new ways of thinking.

His approach means residents are cared for well beyond their clinical nursing needs, with their emotional and spiritual well-being also paramount.

The 2019 Rising Star Award has gone to Bill Papazafiropoulos of Ridleyton Greek Homes for the Aged in South Australia.

Bill began at Ridleyton in 2014, seeking the chance to give back to his Greek elders.

He became a Lifestyle team member, spreading enjoyment and smiles among residents.

As a result of his dedication, he is now coordinating the program for 120 residents and is a mentor and motivator for fellow team members.

Winner of the Organisation Award was EPIS Incorporated, the leading provider of quality aged care and respite services in the inland Pilbara and Western Desert of Western Australia.

With the motto “Every Person Is Significant”, the EPIS team is dedicated to delivering support with care and compassion across a vast area of remote WA.

EPIS has over 30 staff and small volunteer base, caring for more than 200 people each year and incorporating a strong Aboriginal workforce, building skills and knowledge to provide care for ageing communities.

Its strong culture reflects the organisation’s vision, mission and goals with pride each day as they deliver in-home and community care, home care packages and cottage and flexible respite care.

The 2019 Team Award 2019 went to the Western Australia’s Bethanie Nurse Leaders Team.

With a 60-year history, Bethanie is a care leader across 34 locations in metropolitan and regional areas.

During 2018, the multi-departmental Bethanie Nurse Leaders project team developed and delivered the Bethanie Nurse Leader program to a cohort of nominated nurses from Bethanie residential aged care homes.

A first for WA, it focused on improving customer experience and clinical practice in aged care and used a unique learning design structure that combined face-to-face seminars with workplace projects, reflective practice and online learning.

LASA Chief Executive Officer Sean Rooney congratulated the winners and everyone who entered the 2019 Awards.

“What comes through in every one of the winners is their passion,” Mr Rooney said.

“From Ryan’s innovation in Victoria to the team delivering remote care in Outback WA, these winners exemplify our commitment to ageing well, through the best care and support, with quality, safety and compassion, always.

“Australian care and age services are the big winners, thanks to the calibre of the entrants and award recipients.”

LASA would like to thank HESTA for sponsoring the 2019 Excellence in Age Services Awards.

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing. Our purpose is to enable high performing, respected, and sustainable age services that support older Australians to age well by providing care, support and accommodation with quality, safety and compassion – always.

We represent providers of age services of all types and sizes located across Australia’s metropolitan, regional and rural areas. Consistent with the overall industry profile, 56% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 36% are for-profit providers and 8% are government providers.

Our diverse and representative membership gives LASA the ability to speak with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and the age services industry.

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Contact: David O’Sullivan Ph 0427 138 024 davido@lasa.asn.au