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Minister's Awards for Excellence in Aged Care.



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THE HON JUSTINE ELLIOT MP

Minister for Ageing

MEDIA RELEASE

October 20, 2008

Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Aged Care

The Australian Government today announced the Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Aged Care.

The awards will identify world best practice in aged and community care in Australia.

“We have world class facilities and there is innovation in aged and community care in Australia,” the Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot said.

“Nurses, personal carers and allied health workers are the backbone of Australia’s aged and community care system - it is vital they are recognised along with providers for their commitment.

“I have been to every State and territory and I have seen world class facilities and met with hundreds of dedicated and hard working staff - and I believe they deserve to be recognised.

“Australians now have the world’s second longest life expectancy. The Australian government is responding to the challenges of the 21st century and our ageing population.”

“Over the next four years, we will invest more than $40 billion in aged and community care,” Mrs Elliot said.

Official award nominations will be called for next month with advertisements in national newspapers. Nominations will close February 2, 2009.

Awards are open to individuals and organisations across aged and community care including Commonwealth-subsidised nursing homes and hostels, Community Aged Care Package Providers and Extended Aged Care at Home Providers as well as Home and Community Care.

Awards will recognise:

• Overall leadership and innovation achievement awards; • Innovation in IT, human resource management, training and workforce issues; • Achievements in the not-for-profit sector; • Award for leadership in community care; • Merit awards for outstanding individuals in aged and community care; and • Awards for regional, rural or remote aged and community care innovation.

For more information, contact Mrs Elliot's office on (02) 6277 7280