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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

23 February 2005

CALLING ALL CHAMPIONS IN AGED CARE

Exceptional people working in aged care services, whose ideas and actions provide older Australians with innovative care and lifestyle activities, are to be recognised by the Australian Government, Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

Mr Hawker called for nominations in Western Victoria for the Minister for Ageing’s Awards for Excellence in Aged Care 2005.

The awards recognise the efforts of individuals whose enthusiasm and creativity make a real difference to the lives of people living in aged care homes or receive services in the community.

“The dedication, hard work and skill of those who care for our older citizens deserve to be recognised and rewarded,” Mr Hawker said.

“We are seeking people who have contributed to the delivery of creative lifestyle activities for residents, innovative catering, training and staff development, leadership and management and the improvement of qualifications and skills.”

“Throughout Western Victoria I have come across numerous aged care providers who fit the bill for this kind of recognition,” he said.

Businesswoman, author and former media executive Ita Buttrose will head the judging panel for the awards, which cover individuals and organisations working in both residential and community-aged care.

High profile nutritionist and media personality Rosemary Stanton, and Rob Knowles, the Aged Care Commissioner for Complaints, will also be on the judging panel along with a mix of people who have a strong understanding of aged cares issues.

This year’s awards have six categories and will offer total prize money of $70,000 for recipients to pursue training opportunities to enhance their skills.

Australian Government funding for aged care has more than doubled from $3 billion in 1995-96 to almost $7 billion currently, with nearly $150 million provided to assist aged care services to provide additional training and education opportunities for their staff.

Nominations close on 6 May 2005 and will be announced in a special National Day of Recognition in October. More information, including nomination forms, is available at www.health.gov.au or by phoning David Hawker’s Electoral Office on 1300 131 692.

Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100