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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407

Tuesday, 19 April 2005

TIME RUNNING OUT TO NOMINATE FOR AGED CARE AWARDS

John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee, today urged local residents to be on the look out for dedicated individuals and organisations who make a positive difference to the lives of older Australians in North West Victoria.

“Nominations for the 2005 Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Aged Care close on 6 May, leaving only a few weeks left to nominate for these national awards,” Mr Forrest said.

“These national awards are established to honour those who provide best practice and innovative services to older Australians in the Mallee electorate.

“Winners in the six categories will receive national recognition and financial assistance towards additional training opportunities.

“If you know of someone who has contributed to ensuring older people who receive aged care services also enjoy creative lifestyle activities or innovative catering, or who has helped provide strong leadership and increased training and staff development opportunities to increase the skills and qualifications of the local aged care workforce, make a nomination, or encourage the aged care service to apply.”

The judging panel for this year’s awards is chaired by businesswoman, author and former media executive Ita Buttrose. The panel also includes high profile Dr Rosemary Stanton and Aged Care Commissioner for Complaints Rob Knowles.

Winners will be announced on 19 October. More information, including nomination forms, is available at www.health.gov.au or by phoning 1800 500 853.

“These awards are part of the Australian Government’s vision for a world class system of aged care that provides high quality, affordable and accessible services to meet the individual needs of older Australians,” Mr Forrest said.

“The Australian Government has more than doubled funding for aged care, from $3 billion in 1995-96 to almost $7 billion currently, and provided almost $150 million to provide more education and training opportunities for aged care workers.

“These awards are another opportunity to recognise the excellent care provided to local residents, and to promote the skills, dedication and professionalism of a career in aged care.”

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-