Ru­ral North­west aged-care scoop

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Ru­ral North­west Health has stolen the aged-care spot­light af­ter win­ning the ma­jor ti­tle at Vic­to­rian Health­care Awards.

The ru­ral ser­vice won the Pub­lic Sec­tor Ex­cel­lence in Aged Care award for its ex­clu­sive ABLE model of care and the ex­ten­sion of its mem­ory-sup­port nurse pro­gram.

The award was open to ev­ery pub­lic aged-care ser­vice in Vic­to­ria.

It comes on the back of another state award.

Ru­ral North­west Health won Em­ployer Ex­cel­lence in Aged Care at Vic­to­ria’s Re­gional Achieve­ment and Com­mu­nity Awards a fort­night ago.

Ru­ral North­west Health’s man­ager of aged care at War­rackn­abeal cam­pus Wendy Wal­ters said she was proud of her team.

“The aged-care team has a won­der­ful un­der­stand­ing of the ABLE model that we cre­ated a few years ago and that’s why it works so well for our res­i­dents, es­pe­cially those liv­ing with de­men­tia,” she said.

“The im­por­tance of the ABLE model is that it’s not just about the care team.

“En­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices also plays an im­por­tant role, as do com­mu­nity health clin­i­cians, so it’s a gen­uine team ef­fort.

“They have all worked hard with study and train­ing to make sure the ABLE model is de­liv­ered cor­rectly.”

Ms Wal­ters said the health ser­vice was clearly do­ing some­thing right to re­ceive such high recog­ni­tion from two sep­a­rate en­ti­ties in a mat­ter of weeks.

“It is tes­ta­ment to the team per­for­mance that th­ese awards have come our way be­cause we know ev­ery­one is this in­dus­try works with ded­i­ca­tion and care for their res­i­dents,” she said.

Ru­ral North­west Health’s ABLE model fo­cuses on the abil­ity of each in­di­vid­ual res­i­dent, so they have con­tin­ued ca­pac­ity and the op­por­tu­nity to keep do­ing things they want to do and stay ac­tive.

Its fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples are abil­i­ties, back­ground – fo­cus­ing on the in­di­vid­ual, lead­er­ship and or­gan­i­sa­tional cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment – phys­i­cally stim­u­lat­ing, wel­com­ing and abil­ity fo­cused.

Ms Wal­ters said mem­ory-sup­port nurse Katie Rams­dale de­served praise with the lat­est award.

“Katie has done a great job of tak­ing our mem­ory-sup­port ser­vice to the com­mu­nity so that we can do our best to help peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia to re­main in their own homes for as long as pos­si­ble,” she said.

“She was al­ready do­ing a great job with this role in Yar­ri­ambi­ack Lodge but now she is vis­it­ing peo­ple liv­ing with de­men­tia across the re­gion and show­ing them Montes­sori tech­niques to help them cope.”

Other fi­nal­ists for the award were Monash Health and Penin­sula Health.

RECOG­NI­TION: Pic­tured on stage re­ceiv­ing a ma­jor aged-care award are, from left, Ru­ral North­west Health aged-care man­ager Wendy Wal­ters, act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Jo Martin, board mem­bers Leo Casey and Janette Mc­cabe, mem­ory-sup­port nurse Katie Rams­dale,...

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