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Emmy employees reach finals of State awards for excellence

26 March 2012

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Aged & Community Care Victoria (ACCV) has recognised two Emmy employees in their 2011 State Awards for Excellence, which promote and recognise excellence in the aged care industry.

We are extremely proud of Helen Buitrago and Lisa Barnett, who were both finalists in the Trainee division that celebrates “the outstanding achievement of an employee who is studying and working towards a qualification in the aged care sector.”

Helen’s work for our elderly began in the laundry of a Jewish aged care facility. By 2008 when she joined Emmy Monash she was an authorised nurse. Today, Helen is a team lader responsible for 37 residents and supporting staff in our high-care and dementia units. Helen’s contributions include utilising Montessori methods to enact daily activities, and a dementia-specific program developed in conjunction with the National Gallery of Victoria.

Lisa joined Emmy Monash in 1998 as a personal care attendant and was offered support to qualify as a nurse. Emmy management worked to get her education sponsored and created a roster that would enable study. By 2004 Lisa was a registered nurse and in 2005 she was named team leader of our low-care unit that houses 30 residents. Lisa oversees the welfare and needs of each resident and maintains close contact with their families.

With Emmy’s encouragement and support, both Helen and Lisa are undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, which they report as is very intensive, but provides expansive experience: “My understanding of aged care now extends beyond nursing,” says Lisa, “I understand what it takes to run an aged care facility and now have more ways to contribute to my community.”

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