Winners announced in 2022 innovAGEING National Awards

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We are proud to announce the winners of the 2022 innovAGEING National Awards.

Head of innovAGEING, Mr. Kong, said the winners from each of the six award categories, demonstrates just how far Australia’s aged services industry has come in terms of its ability to respond to changing needs and consumer demands through the development of innovative products and practices.

The winners announced at an online awards ceremony on 24 November 2022 which featured a welcome address by Aged and Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) CEO Tom Symondson.

Mr Symondson congratulated the winners and praised the innovative spirit of the entrants which set an example for the sector.

“This is precisely the kind of innovation that our sector needs to encourage and acknowledge – work that goes some way to enabling older people to maintain their wellbeing, stay safe, and to live their best lives,” Mr Symondson said.

“These are great examples of involving older people in how they are supported, or helping them to manage health issues, and ways of assisting staff as they provide support and care for their clients.”

Mr Kong said that across the six categories there have been outstanding examples of innovation with the ultimate aim to provide a better aging experience for older Australians who require aged care services.

“Innovation in aged care is not just about having the right technology and set up, it’s about supporting the workforce to deliver better care, and equipping them with the right tools and systems,” Mr Kong said.

“I’d like to congratulate all the winners – as well as the finalists – not just for being recognised in our awards program, but also for their commitment to supporting better aged care in Australia.

“In keeping with National Awards tradition to recognise an innovAGEING network contributor for the year – this year’s acknowledgement went to Byron Cannon, CEO at LDK Seniors’ Living, and Melissa Argent, CEO at Rockpool Residential Aged Care for their support of nationwide innovAGEING initiatives.”

Mr Kong thanked the judges and the Foundation Partners the Commonwalth Bank and KPMG Australia for their ongoing support in making the awards possible.

“Our Foundation Partners have been on the innovAGEING journey from the very start, and stayed with us over the last five years. The network would not be what it is without their incredible support. Thank you.”

The 2022 innovAGEING National Awards Winners

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.

Enhancing Consumer Experience

  • 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.

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.

Improving Consumer Choice

  • 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.

Increasing Care and Service Productivity

  • 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.

Increasing Access to Care and Services

  • 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.