The next generation of age services professionals is being called on to highlight their achievements, in a new category of the national LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards.

The Next Gen Young Leader Award will recognise bold and inclusive leaders under the age of 40 who are making outstanding contributions to the age services sector.

“We are looking for younger people who are using their passion, drive and initiative to support older Australians to age well,” said Samantha Bowen, LASA Next Gen Advisor.

“These Awards are open to people under 40, right across the age services industry. We want to acknowledge young people as drivers of positive change, through a rapidly growing area of professional opportunity.”

 The new Next Gen Young Leader prize will join the four existing Awards in LASA’s Excellence In Age Services awards: Organisation, Team, Individual and Rising Star.

“The Awards recognise excellence across the diverse and dynamic fields of endeavour in our industry,” said LASA CEO Sean Rooney.

“LASA is proud to have initiated the Next Gen program to support young leaders and we encourage everyone to consider their achievements and enter the Awards.”

State and Territory Award winners will be announced at conferences during 2020. The Next Gen Young Leader Award is open to any young person making a difference and creating change in our age services industry. Overall winners will be announced at LASA’s National Congress in October.

“As far as our young age services professionals are concerned, we want to recognise them as being front and centre of a better future for older Australians,” said Ms Bowen.

“This is about challenging stereotypes and helping young people see age services as a growing set of dynamic and innovative careers.”

Entries are now open in all categories of the Excellence in Age Services Awards – including Organisation, Individual, Team and Rising Star – enter here by the following dates:

  • VIC/TAS Monday 10 February 2020
  • QLD Friday 28 February 2020
  • SA/NT Friday 6 March 2020
  • NSW/ACT Friday 3 April 2020
  • WA Tuesday 5 May 2020

 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.