Award winning year for Amana Living

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17 Oct 2018

Amana Living has been delighted to win a number of national and state awards this year, recognising the organisation and individuals for the exceptional work and commitment to the people we serve every day.

Most recently, the 2018 Amana Living Arts Festival won the 2018 Anglicare Australia Award for Innovation and Excellence!

Anglicare Australia’s National Awards for Innovation and Excellence celebrates outstanding services, projects and programs provided by agencies of the Anglicare Australia network, as well as individual volunteers who have made a significant contribution. The Award judges recognised the Amana Living Arts Festival for its innovative approach to enhancing people’s lives, and they acknowledged the significant scale of the event.

The Arts Festival delivered an amazing array of events ranging from tactile tours of Sculpture by the Sea through to performances by WA Symphony Orchestra at Amana Living locations across Perth. More than 1000 seniors took part in the 2018 Arts Festival and planning has already commenced for the 2019 event.

Meanwhile, Yuluda Matau took out the Individual Distinction award in the 2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards in August. This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to aged care in Australia over time, through development or provision of high quality care to ageing Australians.

Yulunda is the Service Manager of James Brown Care Centre in Osborne Park and she was nominated for her role in helping to transform the centre, which had a history of high staff turnover.  Yulunda has also been instrumental in introducing the Dedicated Staffing Model to Amana Living.

She was the only finalist from Western Australia and was awarded $10,000 in prize money which she will use to attend an international conference and participate in educational sessions focused on innovations in mental health and palliative care for residents.

Yulunda said: “It’s a real honour to be recognised for the work I love to do.  This award is a testament to our staff at Amana Living James Brown Care Centre and our residents, as much as it is about individual distinction.”   

The Dedicated Staffing Model was recognised at both the national and state 2018 ACSA Aged Care Awards, receiving the Innovation in Service or Design award. Also at the state ACSA awards, Emily Lees – Amana Living’s Manager of Enrichment and Volunteers -  won a High Commendation for Employee of the Year. This was on top of five other Amana Living finalists at the state awards, including: 

  • Amana Living – Organisation of the Year
  • 2018 Amana Living Arts Festival – Innovation in Service or Design
  • Nicole Gardiner - Employee of the Year
  • Terry Walsh - Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Kevin Knott -  Volunteer of the Year

Finally, Sue Pettigrew won the Excellence in Primary, Public and Community Care category at the 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, announced in May. Sue is the clinical lead nursing and care in Amana Living’s home care division which supports older people to live independently at home. She received the award for her ongoing commitment to community care.

Congratulations to everyone involved. These awards are wonderful testament to the dedication the entire team has shown to helping Amana Living become the provider of choice.