Rural Northwest Health staff members at the Regional Achievement and Community Awards at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, from left, Wendy Walters, Bronwyn McIntyre, Irene Perry, Leo Casey, Betty Bartlett, Catherine Morley, Ngareta Melgren, Wendy James and Cheryl Reid. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDRURAL Northwest Health has been recognised nationally for its aged care work.
The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency awarded the grouptwo Better Practice awards for services at its Hopetoun and Warracknabeal campuses.
The Hopetoun campus was recognised for organising a beach holiday for residents and family members, whileYarriambiack Lodge at the Warracknabeal campusreceived anaward for resident outcomes in the Wattle memory support unit.
Rural Northwest Health chief executiveCatherine Morley said she was rapt.
“Yet again our small rural health service has been recognised nationally, and it really is testament to the wonderful team we have looking after our residents,” she said.
“This was a huge accomplishment because there are 770 aged care residential homes in Victoria and only seven better practice awards were handed out, and we got two of them.
“I couldn’t be more proud of both groups.”
Better Practice awards recognise Australia’s home care services and aged care homes that move beyond minimum levels of compliance to demonstrate innovative and inspirational aged care practice.
Ms Morley said it was fantastic to see Rural Northwest Health’s services recognised in such a way.
The Better Practice awards will be officially presented at a meeting at the Warracknabeal campus on November 24.
The awards topped a successful few months for the group, which was alsoa finalist for the Employer Excellence in Aged Care award at the Regional Achievement and Community Awards last week.
Two Rural Northwest Health programs were also among four finalists for the 2015 Victorian Healthcare Association Annual Award.
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