See media Release below from 28 September 2017
Community Care TASMANIA wins national recognition
Local northern home care provider Community Care TASMANIA was the only successful Tasmanian organisation in this year’s National Aged Care Quality Agency’s Awards.
Newly elected Board of Management Chair Dr Jennifer Baird, said today that the Community Connections program had been recognised for its innovation and effectiveness in building a sense of belonging, wellness and integration in the ageing local Bhutanese community.
“This best practice award is based on our research to identify the need for such a program of social inclusion but also the quality of the care and support we have delivered.”
“This has made a measurable difference to their lives.”
Dr Baird said that Community Care TASMANIA has always been at the forefront of new thinking.
“We are small and agile enough to be able to adapt and deliver the care that really helps people to live better lives at home and within their community.”
“We have proved we can do this with Community Connections but we are constantly building our capacity to identify what services are needed and how to best deliver to all our clients across Tasmania.”
“Our view is that the best care services are based on committed staff, working with management able to ensure quality care in a rapidly changing regulatory and social environment.”
“Not only has the recent AGM recognised the significant contribution of three retiring board members in positioning CCT to best manage these current and future changes, but also acknowledged a number of long term direct care staff – one of whom has worked here for 26 years. Members at the AGM also elected four well qualified new directors to the board of management.”
“These include Forico CEO Bryan Hayes, Launceston based accountant Shiralee Holman, Relationships Australia Senior Counsellor Simon Reeve and local solicitor Vanessa Bleyer.”
“This is a substantial renewal and reflects our ability to attract quality community support.”
“Their business, legal, accounting and people skills - together with those of the rest of the board - will add an extra dimension to our capacity to meet governance obligations while remaining firmly focused on delivering quality care.”
Dr Baird said that the new board faced many challenges.
We must compete with an increasing number of larger national organisations moving into Tasmania, and at the same time clients now have the capacity to choose their provider and the services they require.
“They will become more discerning and increasingly demand services that align more with the kind of lives they have already lived.”
“However I believe Community Care TASMANIA has built an enviable reputation. Combined with our local community culture we are confident we are well placed to continue to accurately identify and address client needs. That is the foundation of quality home care”