SwanCare a Finalist in Care Awards
SwanCare has been announced as a finalist in the 2019 Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) Aged Care Awards for the category of Innovation in Service or Design.
The Award nomination reflects SwanCare’s partnerships with Curtin Medical School and The University of Notre Dame to support the growth and development of future doctors and nurses.
“While SwanCare maintains its focus on nurturing existing staff to meet the needs of our current residents, we are also committed to the development of a strong future workforce for our ageing population,” SwanCare General Manager of Health and Aged Care Services, Julie Atkinson said. “Fostering up-coming healthcare professionals for older Australians is of huge importance."
The SwanCare/Curtin Medical School partnership, called the Senior Citizen Partnership Program, works as in intergenerational program to help develop senior-savvy doctors of the future.
The main purpose of this program is to provide all first year medical students with an opportunity to establish positive relationships with older citizens, providing the students with an insight into the older citizen’s life as well as an in-depth understanding of the ageing process, the health and wellbeing issues experienced by the elderly and their experience with the health care system. This relationship continues throughout their five-year medical degree.
The Graduate Nurses program is a SwanCare/The University of Notre Dame partnership which every year welcomes two nurses to complete post graduate studies and attain their Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing while working at SwanCare’s residential care facilities.
About the Awards
The 2019 ACSA Aged Care Awards celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions made by organisations, teams and individuals in the aged care industry throughout the year. ACSA is the leading peak body supporting over 700 church, charitable and community-based Not-for-profit organisations that provide accommodation and care services to over 450,000 older Australians.
The winner of the Western Australian award will be announced on 12 July. Click here for more information. https://www.acsa.asn.au/Training-and-Events/2019-ACSA-Aged-Care-Awards