2015 Winners

Congratulations to winners of the 2015 Better Practice Awards from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

The winners of the 2015 Better Practice Awards were announced at Better Practice Brisbane conference on Thursday, 12 November. 

The 31 Award winners were announced by Quality Agency CEO Nick Ryan, at the opening of the two-day conference on Thursday, 12 November.

The winning programs range from an early intervention working party to quickly identify and treat decline in health; a conversation club to enhance the work of a speech pathologist; an exercise program to prevent manual handling injuries; technology to connect rural and remote consumers with medical services; and a program that helped a male resident of an aged care home fulfill his dream of living as a woman.

Quality Agency CEO Nick Ryan congratulated the winners of this year’s Better Practice Awards.

“This is our way of recognising and showcasing aged care providers that go above and beyond for the benefit of their consumers. All of the award winning programs are consumer focused, committed to understanding their consumers’ needs and using research and evidence to develop and maintain a program that gets results.

You can read full profiles of the Better Practice Award winning programs by clicking on the links below: 


ACH Group - Rehabilitate and recover via early intervention

Bupa Cardiff - EmbrACE the ACE

Farmborough - UnitingCare NSW.ACT - A dignified farewell and memorial

Mid North Coast Community Care - UnitingCare NSW.ACT - Growing together community garden

Adventist Senior Living - AVID (Avondale Intergenerational Design) Challenge

Nareen Gardens - UnitingCare NSW.ACT - Community and connection a rewarding experience

Wesley Heights - UnitingCare NSW.ACT - Conversation club


Annesley House - UnitingCare NSW.ACT - Building capacity

Arcare - Dedicated staff assignment

Brightwater Edgewater - Wellbeing mapping - a collaborative approach to care

Ocean Star Aged Care, Catholic Homes Inc. - The Montessori approach - we are all working towards a better aged care

Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home - eLearning - interactive online education and training incorporating games and videos to engage staff

Southern Cross Care (SA &NT) Inc. - Graduate aged care worker program

Benevolent Society - Community Ageing and Disability Services - Making change stick

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus - Organisational leadership and retention through staff wellness - 'I like to move it move it!'


Alan David Lodge - Run Geelong - A virtual race

Arrunga - UnitingCare NSW.ACT - Physiotherapy pain management program for residential aged care residents

BlueCross Ashby - Grappling with grief

Catholic Homes Inc. - Circle of men - celebrating our stories

Churches of Christ Care in Qld - Preference driven care - a new quality improvement framework

Pathways Residences Sailors Bay - Increasing frailty palliative care review

Rural Northwest Health - ABLE model - innovative dementia care

Vasey RSL Care - Evidence-based diabetes management - implementation in residential aged care


Accessible Living Options - Mobile lunch and social club

Feros Care Residential Services - eVillage - Connecting residents with GPs, specialists and their community

Germanus Kent House - Galiya Mabudyan! (Life is good!)

Rural Northwest Health - Mallee devotion sees ocean dreams come true


ACH Group - Free to Be

Emmy Monash Aged Care - Art through the senses

Montrose Aged Care Plus Centre - Homelessness, mental health and holistic support - a lifestyle and wellness model in residential aged care

Hall & Prior - Tuohy Nursing Home - Transitioning a culture to support gender diversity


Find out more about the Better Practice Awards - the nomination process, judging criteria, and last year's winners.