Lorne Community Hospital’s Service Support Manager, Janet Smartt was awarded the highly prestigious ‘Aged Care Leadership Award’ at the aged care forum hosted by Victorian Health Association and Public Sector Residential Aged Care at the MCG on Friday 21 October.

The forum, which was held to coincide with “celebrating aged care week”, focused on the world of senses in aged care, including good nutrition.

Celebrating Aged Care week recognises and celebrates those who care for our older Victorians. It also showcases the opportunities and rewards of working in Public Sector Residential Aged Care (PSRAC).

This year’s event included the launch of three new awards which highlight the extraordinary contributions of the PSRAC workforce. The awards acknowledge workers committed to Victoria’s aged care sector through their initiatives in leadership, passion-driven and voluntary capacities.

Lorne Community Hospital CEO Kate Gillian said, “We nominated Janet for the aged care leadership award due to her outstanding work ethics. She not only inspires the workforce with her initiative and drive but also makes an excellent contribution to person centred care within the nursing home. Janet’s behind the scene influence on the resident’s well-being often goes unnoticed, so we were thrilled to hear she had won this award.”

“We are also extremely proud of our other nominated finalists Karen Jadinski, Katie Cook and Jessica Lesosky who have been recognised for their outstanding levels of professional excellence and passion for Aged Care.”