The winners of the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards for Victoria/Tasmania and South Australia/Northern Territory will be announced at LASA’s Tri-State Conference in Albury next Monday evening, 25 February.

The awards promote and recognise excellence across the diverse and dynamic fields of endeavour in the age services industry and celebrate the passion and achievements of organisations, teams and individuals in the service of older Australians.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney praised the high quality of entries from across VIC/TAS and SA/NT saying the finalists represented the best and most innovative provision of care and services being delivered to older Australians and their families.

“I look forward to meeting the individuals and teams who are doing so much to help older Australians, their families and the communities they serve.”

Categories include Organisation, Team, Individual, and for the first time, Rising Star, which recognises an individual with less than five years industry experience who has made an outstanding contribution to age services.

Mr Rooney said LASA is particularly proud to have initiated a ‘rising star’ award for 2019 “in keeping with our future focus for the industry and nurturing the next generation of age services staff and leaders.”

The awards will be judged at a state level across the four categories with each of the state winners progressing to the national awards to be presented at LASA’s National Congress on 27-29 October.

LASA congratulates the following Vic/Tas and SA/NT finalists:  

Vic/Tas – Individual: Ryan Rodrigues (CraigCare), Khoryon ‘Tut’ Nyuon (Fronditha Care), Jo Laker (Benetas).  

Vic/Tas – Organisation: Old Colonists Association of Victoria, Cooinda, Martin Luther Homes – Boronia.  

Vic/Tas – Team: Wellness and Reablement Team, Bolton Clarke, Fronditha Care Lifestyle & Activities Team, Fronditha Aged Care, Sharing the caring: Lyndoch’s Care pilot Team, Lyndoch Living.  

Vic/Tas – Rising Star: Matiu Bush (Bolton Clarke), Eva Panouspoulos (Martin Luther Homes).

SA/NT – Individual: Jessica Coyne (Murray Mudge Aged Care), Moti Naral (My Care Solution).  

SA/NT – Organisation: ECH, the Willochra Home, Uniting Communities.  

SA/NT – Team: LGBTI Connect, ECH, St Pauls Clinical Team, St Paul’s Luterhan Homes, Occupational Therapy & Assistive Technology Team, The Royal Society for the Blind, Port Lincoln Home & Community Aged Care team, Uniting Communities.  

SA/NT – Rising Star: Hariz Sulaiman (Helping Hand), Marianthi Kosmarikou (Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia Community Care Services), Bill Papazafiropoulos (Ridleyton Greek Home for the Aged).  

About Leading Age Services Australia (LASA)

LASA is the national peak body representing and supporting providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living. Our purpose is to enable a high performing, respected, and sustainable age services industry delivering accessible, affordable, quality care and services for older Australians.

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, 57% of our Members are not-for-profit providers, 33% are for-profit providers and 10% 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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Media Contact: David O’Sullivan Ph 0427 138 024  E davido@lasa.asn.au