The eight winners of the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards were last night announced in a virtual celebration of Australia’s top organisations and teams working across aged care, allied health, community and disability services.
Professionals were recognised for achievements including bringing together aged care residents, chefs and gardening teams as part of an innovative gardening and hospitality program, reducing ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and teaching film studies to people with intellectual disabilities and from marginalised communities.
“My congratulations to this year’s extraordinary winners and finalists,” HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said.
“I am incredibly humbled by the innovation and dedication they have shown in caring for their communities during such challenging times.
“Their contributions have made, and will continue to make, a positive and long-lasting difference to health outcomes for Australians.”
Each winner took home $7500, made possible with the generous support of HESTA Awards supporter ME.
“Congratulations to these deserving winners, whose passion for service often sees them helping our community’s most disadvantaged,” ME CEO Adam Crane said.
The 2021 winners in the ‘Aged Care’ categories are:
Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI), NSW & ACT
Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) is recognised for their Mental Moments Show, a week-long show designed to highlight the importance of mental health for aged care professionals.
Lifeview Hospitality and Gardening teams, Lifeview, Carnegie VIC
Lifeview’s Hospitality and Gardening teams are recognised for their Planting with a Purpose Program, which brings together the chefs at all four Lifeview homes with the gardening team and residents to create menus and grow the required produce.
For more information on the Awards program and all of the 2021 winners in all categories, click here.