Manning-based Southcare won the New Projects Award for Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care Boards Project.
The project was the result of an initial meeting between Southcare chief executive Dr Nicky Howe and Alicia Curtis, one of Australia’s most experienced mentors of emerging young leaders, to discuss how young leaders could help shape the future of aged care.
‘Innovation starts with sharing conversations with people outside your usual networks and for aged care that can happen by talking with young people,’ Dr Howe said.
Baptistcare, which is based in Applecross and Welshpool, and MercyCare joined the team and helped developed an innovative approach to the problem.
The Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care Boards Project then received a social innovation grant via the State Government.
The project included a Young Leaders in Aged Care program designed to educate and mentor 20 strong, young leaders to become aged care board directors.
Also developed were online resources for members of the aged care and other sectors who are interested in engaging emerging leaders on their boards and committees.
Baptistcare received three high commendations for the Categories of Organisation, Trainee and Employee Awards.
Enrolled nurse Tina Brunalli received the high commendation for the Employee Award for her innovative and best practice programs at Gracewood Residential Aged Care Facility in Salter Point.
Rebecca Baseley, who is administration assistant at Baptistcare’s Support Services in Welshpool, was awarded the high commendation for the Trainee Award.
She undertook a Certificate II in Business through Central Tafe as part of a school-based traineeship through Kent Street High School.