An aged care facility that has united residents in supporting a disadvantaged community in Papua New Guinea has won the inaugural Catholic Health Australia Outreach Healthcare Award.
Tasmanian Health Minister Lara Giddings last night announced Catholic Care of the Aged, in Port Macquarie (NSW) as the winner, in a gala ceremony at CHA's National Conference in Hobart.
"Catholic Care of the Aged aims to improve the quality of life and health status of the vulnerable and marginalised, not only within its own facilities and community client base, but also in communities outside Australia," CHA CEO Martin Laverty said.
"Since 2005 Catholic Care of the Aged in Port Macquarie has been working with the St Agnes Foundation to support people living in Bereina, Papua New Guinea, through specialist nursing, resources and fundraising, and two scholarships a year for local students to train as health workers.
"A different and important aspect of this program is that it has involved Catholic Care of the Aged residents in fundraising and other support, such as making toys and clothes for people of the Bereina community.
"This has not only contributed to the health and wellbeing of the people of Bereina, but has made a big positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of the CCA residents -- their physical and mental health has benefited enormously from their involvement in this program."
CHA's Outreach Healthcare Award honours a CHA member organisation that has demonstrated its commitment to the healing ministry of Jesus through the development and delivery of innovative services devoted to improving the health status of the vulnerable and marginalised.
Highly commended were the Community Medical Emergency Team of St Vincents and Mater Health Service Sydney, and the outreach collaboration between St Patricks Community Support Centre and St John of God Hospital Murdoch, in Fremantle, WA.