Nominations for innovAGEING National Awards Now Open

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innovAGEING, along with its Foundation Partners the Commonwealth Bank and KPMG, is proud to announce that nominations for the innovAGEING National Awards are open.

Now in its second year, the awards celebrate and promote the achievements of organisations that have successfully implemented new and better ways of providing care and services to older Australians, and those that have helped to make aged care more consumer-centred.

The age services industry is changing in line with community expectations, with organisations now actively looking for innovative ways to provide quality care, improve their workforce and organisational structure, create alternative revenue channels, and keep up with new demands.

Merlin Kong, Head of innovAGEING, says the dynamic nature of the industry has created a fertile ground for new directions.

“Age services is emerging as a key driver of innovation in Australia, from innovative technologies to innovative processes, bringing a fresh perspective to our industry,” he said.

“It’s more than high-tech features, it’s about applying a level of sophistication to our service delivery that takes into account the cultural shift we are experiencing.

“I’m proud to have another opportunity to work alongside our valued Foundation Partners the Commonwealth Bank and KPMG, to continue to highlight the important role of innovation in aged care.

“In our first awards we had outstanding representation and a very strong field of contenders, we’ve set the bar high.”

“Whilst the awards primarily recognised innovative age services organisations, we’re introducing an individual award category this year—the Age Services Innovator of the Year Award.”

Through their involvement with innovAGEING as well as their own efforts, Commonwealth Bank and KPMG are helping to drive the transformation of aged care in Australia.

With a deep understanding of the Aged Care Sector’s financial landscape, Commonwealth Bank is committed to supporting the sector. Through its investment in key areas such as design-thinking, data analytics, visual tracking, blockchain, and social robotics the Bank continues to look at driving innovation across the community. Earlier this year, CommBank launched x15 Ventures, which aims to build next generation digital solutions through partnerships with tech and innovation communities.

“Innovation is embedded at every level of the Bank. We see on a daily basis the benefits it brings and it’s why we’re so committed to supporting Awards such as innovAGEING”, said Belinda Hegarty, National Head of Healthcare, Commonwealth Bank.

“This year, the challenges facing the Aged Care Sector have been so much greater than any of us could possibly have imagined with the arrival of the coronavirus. While it is a very challenging period, it’s equally important we recognise and celebrate the incredible innovation across the sector and the 2020 innovAGEING Awards provides a wonderful opportunity to do just that”, Belinda said.

KPMG is also aligned to innovAGEING’s ideals, demonstrated through their world-class expertise and knowledge in ageing, digital transformation and innovation and their shared purpose of achieving better outcomes for the wellbeing of all Australians.

“Innovation is about doing things more efficiently and with speed, to keep the customer at the centre of what you do, in the best and worst of times. It is more than just technology, and should connect your entire organisation from front to back”, Nicki Doyle, Partner KPMG.

Nominations the innovAGEING National Awards are being called for from aged care operators and providers of products and services used by the age services industry, in the following categories:

  • Improving Consumer Choice
  • Enhancing Consumer Experience
  • Realising Wellness and Re-Ablement
  • Increasing Care and Service Productivity
  • Increasing Access to Care and Services
  • Age Services Innovator of the Year

The innovAGEING National Awards are now open until, 20 October 2020, with winners to be announced on 26 November 2020.

More information and details on how to nominate are available at:

About innovAGEING

innovAGEING is the national network for the age services industry, funded by the Australian Government. We are open to all who care for and support older Australians. Our network includes providers, suppliers, researchers, consumer groups, investors and public sector agencies, coming together to:

  • Accelerate innovation
  • Translate ideas into action
  • Deliver better outcomes for older Australians