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Excellence Awards 2021


On 3 June the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing hosted the Cultural Diversity in Ageing Excellence Awards 2021. The event was initially planned for 2021 but had to be rescheduled due to COVID-19. A vibrant night was attended by approximately 100 industry leaders working amongst the aged care and multicultural sectors.

The Excellence Awards recognise and showcase initiatives that promote excellence in the provision of culturally inclusive aged care services across Australia.

The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing was delighted to have John Kennedy MP, representing the Hon. Anthony Carbines, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers and the Hon. Ros Spence, Minister for Multicultural Affairs addressing the participants. The awards themselves were presented by Robert Day, Assistant Secretary, Dementia, Diversity and Design Branch, Department of Health, Mohammed Yassin, from Spectrum, a Board member of the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria and former VMC Commissioner, and Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM, former Head of the Department of Nursing and Midwifery at RMIT University, and the first Professor of Transcultural Nursing.

The three categories are:

Excellence in Organisational Leadership

The winner for this category was Northern Health for its in-house Transcultural & Language Services (TALS) Department.

Excellence in Service Delivery

The winner for this category was Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong (MACS).

Dr Olga Kanitsaki AM Award for Individual Excellence

The winner for this category was Professor Bianca Brijnath.

For more info on the winners and festivities click here