Pictured above (l-r) are: Rising Star Nicole Trueman (KinCare), the Bethanie Nurse Leaders Team, and Individual winner Linda Kuuse (Stirling Community Care) and the team from EPIS Incorporated.

The best in age services from across Western Australia have been recognised with the presentation of LASA’s Excellence in Age Services Awards at its inaugural WA State Conference in Perth last night.

The award winners are:
Organisation Award – EPIS Incorporated, for providing an integrated range of support services to people who are frail and aged (and those with disabilities) in the Pilbara region of WA for the past 23 years.
Team Award – Bethanie  Nurse Leaders Team, for developing and delivering the Bethanie Nurse Leader Program to a cohort of nominated nurses from Bethanie residential aged care homes.
Individual Award – Linda Kuuse (Stirling Community Care), for oversight of five adult day clubs across the City of Stirling, which comprise 30 staff, 35 volunteers and 400 clients per week.
Rising Star – Nicole Trueman (KinCare), for providing clinical leadership, mentorship and supervision to the community clinical and Allied Health Team at KinCare.

“It’s great to see a diverse range of winners delivering excellence in age services in regional, remote and metropolitan settings across this vast state,” LASA CEO Sean Rooney said.

“The individuals, teams and organisations we have recognised at these awards show once again that our sector is passionate about providing quality care for older Australians.”

“There are thousands of other passionate professionals, volunteers and organisations whose dedication and professionalism make up the backbone of our sector.

“I congratulate all the Western Australian nominees, finalists and winners of LASA’s 2019 Excellence in Care Awards for their outstanding efforts and the contributions they make daily, not only to our sector, but to the lives of the older Australians they care for,” Mr Rooney said.

Sponsored by HESTA, LASA’s Excellence in Age Services Awards have promoted and recognised excellence across all fields of age services in Western Australia.

The state award winners will now progress as finalists to the national awards, to be presented at LASA’s National Congress in Adelaide from 27-29 October.

Congratulations also to the following finalists:
Individual: Cathy West (Community Vision Australia Limited), Mandy Banks (Curtin Aged Persons Home).
Organisation: Community Vision Australia Limited, Enrich Living Services.
Team: Stirling Community Care, CraigCare Maylands Lifestyle Team.
Rising Star: Emma McColm (Stirling Community Care), Nicole Platell (Curtin Aged Persons Home).

LASA’s 2019 Excellence in Age Services Award nominations were reviewed by a panel of industry experts. LASA would like to thank all the judges for their time and dedication and a special thanks to HESTA for making the awards possible.

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