LASA is proud to announce the State and Territory finalists in the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards 2020, with young people among the contenders for top accolades.

This year a new category – the Next Gen Young Leader Award – has been added to acknowledge talented young current and emerging leaders working in age services.

The award recognises innovative achievers under the age of 40 who have made an outstanding contribution to the age services industry, using their passion, drive and initiative to improve the lives of older people.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney says now is the time to promote age services to a younger workforce, and recognise the contribution of young people in this growing industry.

“With increasing demand for services, collectively we must attract, develop and retain our current and emerging leaders, and promote our dynamic age services industry to the next generation.

“Those who are eager to learn and are ready to make a difference will play a vital role in helping us develop our industry into an innovative facilitator for ageing well – now and into the future.”

There are 11 Next Gen Young Leader Award finalists across SA/NT, NSW/ACT, QLD and WA who are anticipating the announcement of the State/Territory winners on Aged Care Employee Day on 7 August.

The VIC/TAS Next Gen Young Leader Award winner – 19 year-old Personal Care Assistant Tyla Haining from Martin Luther Homes – was announced earlier this year, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young people also feature in the Rising Star category, which recognises individuals with less than five years’ industry experience.

The LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards aim to promote and recognise excellence across the diverse and dynamic fields of endeavour in the age services industry.

The five categories are: Organisation Award, Team Award, Individual Award, Rising Star Award and the new Next Gen Young Leader Award.

The awards celebrate the passion and achievements of organisations, teams and individuals in the service of older Australians, and seek to increase public confidence and community involvement in aged care and services.

“We are incredibly proud of all our finalists across Australia. They demonstrate the calibre of age services employees who devote themselves to the heartfelt care of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, each and every day,” said Mr Rooney.

“At this unprecedented time, our age services workers have shown incredible professionalism, care and commitment to avoid a worst case scenario with COVID-19, and keep our older Australians safe.

“Every one of them deserves our gratitude.”

The 56 finalists across the five categories from SA/NT, NSW/ACT, QLD and WA are listed on LASA’s website.

Award winners will be announced on Aged Care Employee Day on 7 August, with separate live broadcasts:

  • NSW/ACT 10am (AEST)
  • QLD 1:30pm (AEST)
  • SA/NT 30pm (3:00pm AEST)
  • WA 30pm (4:30pm AEST)

Aged Care Employee Day is a national campaign to acknowledge the role of aged care workers in the lives of our older people, by saying #ThanksforCaring.

More information about the day and how to participate is available at agedcareday.com.au