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Some of the faces behind the Ballan aged care team – (L-R) Sharon, Pete, Kym and Jacqui. Photo – BDH&C

In the past, media reports nationally paint a disturbing picture about Aged Care workers, but it is a lot brighter closer to home.
Aged Care Employee Day will be celebrated this Wednesday 7 August 2019 and Ballan District Health & Care are ready to thank their employees, just some of the 365,000 dedicated people who care and support around 1.3 million older Australians, who receive aged care and services each year.
Organisers of Aged Care Employee Day said all Australians are being urged to reach out to people they know who work in aged care and help recognise the positive contribution they make to the lives of our older community members.
Kym Hartup has been an Aged Care Nurse at Ballan District Health & Care for the last six-years and says that Aged Care Employee Day is a time for all of us to take a moment to recognise the excellent care that is being provided in our community by our colleagues, friends and family members.
“It is honestly a privilege to be involved in a resident’s care – and I know how hard the carers work, they go the extra mile,” she said.
“My role involves everything from running aged care shifts and working closely with doctors and carers, to having family conversations about care planning and ensuring Ballan’s care continues to align with the new aged care standards.”
Ms Hartup said that Aged Care Employee Day is also a timely reminder for the community to become aware of the new aged care standards.
“These standards are going to be a significant part of the aged care workforce’s role moving forward.”
Rowena Clift, BDH&C CEO, said there are eight standards, and each one is an aspect of care that contributes to resident safety, health and wellbeing.
“Over the next few months, the health service will be featuring one standard per fortnight.
“It’s important everyone in the community – residents, staff members and family members – are aware and understand the new aged care standards. This is how we continue to provide excellence in care here in Ballan,” Ms Clift said.

The Eight Standards
1. Consumer dignity and choice
2. Ongoing assessment and planning with consumers
3. Personal care and clinical care
4. Services and supports for daily living
5. Organisation’s service environment
6. Feedback and complaints
7. Human resources
8. Organisational governance

Community members can learn more about each standard at www.ballanhealth.com.au/acs