SWCC WA’s aged care winner

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Chief executive Claire Roach
Camera IconChief executive Claire Roach

South West Community Care has been crowned WA’s Aged Care Provider of the Year by ACSA, Australia’s peak aged care body.

The announcement came on Friday night in Perth, much to the delight of long-time South West Community Care chief executive Claire Roach.

“It was absolutely fantastic to win, I am so thrilled this organisation has finally got the recognition it deserves,” she said.

“We hoped that we were going to win but the actual announcement made my entire management team scream, jump in the air and then throw themselves on me — it was a bit like being in a rugby scrum.”

The organisation has been operating in the South West for more than 30 years with its head office in Harvey and branches in Australind and Eaton, employing more than 150 staff and providing aged care from Waroona to Capel.

Applications for the awards were called for earlier in the year with each entrant organisation having to provide a written submission which was then marked against an extensive criteria by a judging panel.

ACSA WA executive director Trevor Lovelle said South West Community Care were deserving winners and should be proud to have outdone some of the larger, metropolitan providers, a feat he described as remarkable.

“Winning brings great, great prestige,” he said.

“There’s no monetary prize for these awards, they’re simply an industry award and they (South West Community Care) are recognised by their peers as providing excellence in care and service.”

Winning the WA title now means South West Community Care is eligible to enter the National title for aged care provider of the year, an achievement Ms Roach said was entirely possible: “I think we’re in with a damn good chance.”

The national ACSA Aged Care Awards will be held in Melbourne in October.

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