Aged-care work­ers cel­e­brated

Benalla Ensign - - News -

Be­nalla Health’s Nathan Wil­loughby nar­rowly missed out on a lead­er­ship award at the 2017 Cel­e­brat­ing Aged Care Awards.

Ded­i­cated aged-care work­ers from the Wim­mera, Kil­more and Gipp­s­land re­gions took top hon­ours this year.

Nathan was one of sev­eral fi­nal­ists from towns and cities across Vic­to­ria, in­clud­ing Bairns­dale, Be­nalla, Echuca, Lorne and Mal­don.

The awards were an­nounced by Pub­lic Sec­tor Res­i­den­tial Aged Care (PSRAC) Lead­er­ship Com­mit­tee chair Don McRae, spon­sor and Health Met­rics chair­man Steven Strange, and Vic­to­rian Health­care As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Tom Sy­mond­son.

Vic­to­rian Health­care As­so­ci­a­tion co-hosted the event at the MCG.

‘‘Aged care work­ers are a tire­less bunch,’’ Mr McRae said.

‘‘There are no doubt eas­ier ways to make a liv­ing, but very few are more re­ward­ing.’’

The award win­ners and fi­nal­ists in pas­sion, lead­er­ship and vol­un­teer cat­e­gories were nom­i­nated by their work­mates.

Cel­e­brat­ing Aged Care Week ran from Au­gust 14 to 18 and ac­knowl­edges the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion of Vic­to­ria’s thou­sands of aged care work­ers.

The Cel­e­brat­ing Aged Care Awards have been run­ning since 2012 and is an ini­tia­tive of the PSRAC.

The PSRAC is a net­work of pub­lic sec­tor aged care di­rec­tors of nurs­ing com­mit­ted to the im­prove­ment of the pub­lic res­i­den­tial aged care sec­tor.

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