2022 innovAGEING National Awards Finalists Announced

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We are proud to announce the innovAGEING National Awards Finalists for 2022.

Head of innovAGEING, Merlin Kong, said the finalists represented another inspiring cohort of innovators in this year’s innovAGEING National Awards and also revealed some interesting trends.

“There is a clear shift towards innovation to support our workforce this year,” Mr Kong said.

“This is an urgent and timely topic, and it’s great to see sector innovators putting their smarts to address workforce matters.

“In the past few years, we’ve seen a growing sophistication on what the sector considers innovative. This year’s innovation projects builds on this further with greater multidisciplinary focus on people and organisations.

“It’s clear that the sector understands that technology is an important tool, but without understanding customer needs and wants, and developing tools and systems so support workers can deliver better care,  being a viable business will be a hard slog.”

Mr Kong said the innovAGEING Nationl Awards are a way for the industry to acknowledge the hard work, ingenuity, and grit that goes into making change happen.

“To this year’s finalists, we get you, and with that, we celebrate you,” Mr Kong said.

The winners of the innovAGEING National Awards will be announced on Thursday 24 November. To register to watch the event live please follow this link:

The 2022 innovAGEING National Awards Finalists

Age Services Innovator of the Year

  • Aidan O’Flaherty, Tulich and Asset Journey
    Creation of Asset Journey, allowing operators the ability to track all assets and every maintenance and repairs to those assets provide pivotal guidance on repair/replace decisions.
  • David Cox, Curtin Heritage Living
    Implementing an artificial intelligence falls prevention and monitoring system at Curtin Heritage Living homes.
  • Helen Kemp & Samantha Billing, Benetas
    Developing better approaches and processes for sourcing and recruiting care workers at pace and volume in an increasingly competitive talent market.
  • Michelle Wicky, St Basil’s NSW & ACT with Ausmed Education
    Spearheading adoption ofAusmed Passport™ at St Basil’s NSW & ACT compliance training program resulting in reduced costs, elimination of duplicated training, and faster onboarding.

Enhancing Consumer Experience

  • Catholic Healthcare with YourLink
    Implementation of their Connect App for clients and families to have a single source of truth to time-critical information, and the Smart Technology digital inclusion program.
  • Lifeview Residential Care
    Design and implementation of the Planting with a Purpose Program, which sees residents teaming up with chefs and gardeners to cultivate and grow fresh produce for lifeview’s kitchens.
  • Southern Cross Care NSW & ACT
    Development of the Southern Cross Care Dementia Engagement Project, creating a best practice approach to the design and physical environment of dementia units that promotes independence and meaningful engagement opportunities.
  • St Vincent’s Care Consumer Experience Team
    Development of St Vincent’s Care’s Consumer Experience program enabling the organisation to recreate how it engages with the elderly in care delivery.

Realising Wellness and Reablement

  • Atticus Health
    Creation of Mark & Sylvie’s Home Care, and initiative to successfully integrate health care into care at home services.
  • Australian Red Cross & YourLink
    Establishment of the Tech Smart Seniors digital literary and volunteer buddy program to address client isolation during the pandemic and floods in the Newcastle Hunter/Central Coast NSW.
  • LiveUp
    Development of a free digital-first healthy ageing platform, designed to give older people a breadth of impartial information and opportunities to maintain their independence and social connection

Improving Consumer Choice

  • Bay & Basin Community Resources (BBCR) with ExSitu
    Development of a values-based onboarding tool to ensure the person feels seen as a person and services are offered in a targeted way as opposed to a one size fits all offering grounded by the presumption of frailty.
  • Catholic Healthcare with YourLink
    For upskilling Catholic Healthcare team members as digital coaches, thus ensuring clients have more accessible support as the organisation rolls out future digital services around allied health and social support.
  • Inclusee
    Development of the Interests2Enjoy initiative to connect senior participants with volunteers in disparate geo locations, for social support in group settings, utilising digital technology.
  • Wantirna Residential Aged Care with Rauland Australia
    Creating an integrated resident information and resident-focused engagement and entertainment for greater connection, and with access to care information and activities.

Increasing Care and Service Productivity

  • Hillside at Figtree with Brenna
    Co-design initiative leading to the development of the Brenna app, a user-friendly communication tool allowing RNs to provide family members with digital updates on their loved one’s condition through a mobile app.
  • McKenzie Aged Care Group with Ausmed
    Development of an “Aged Care Industry Passport” a digital certificate that aged care workers can carry with them from one employer to the next to evidence they have completed mandatory training relevant to and recognised by the sector.
  • St Anna’s Residential Aged Care with Telstra Health
    Development and application of the CareKeeper mobile app, allowing care workers to view and record resident care information in real time, and cutting out the process of documenting at the Nurse’s station at the end of each shift.
  • St Vincent’s Care ASPIRE Program
    Creation of the ASPIRE Program resulting in optimization of care delivery, equipping graduate nurses with the proper skills and knowledge, and retention of early career nurses to remain in aged care.

Increasing Access to Care and Services

  • Gold Coast Primary Health Network with Wound Specialist Services
    Implementation of the Wound Management Pilot Project, which gives care providers access to real time, point-of-care support, specialist advice and practical, evidence-based strategies that can be implemented into everyday clinical practice, thus empowering carers and improve care and safety.
  • HammondCare Restorative Care Team
    Deployment of the Virtual Restorative Care program to connect HammondCare At Home clients via telehealth to an allied health professional to complete required assessments and interventions (aided by a present Care Manager).
  • Whiddon Innovation and Strategy Team
    Testing and scaling the Exercise 4 Life Program, a pain management and reablement initiative focussed on partnering with residents to entirely customise it to their needs.

The innovAGEING Awards event will be on 24 November 2022. Please use this link to register for the live broadcast.

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