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Celebrate Australia’s unsung heroes on Aged Care Employee Day

Home care Whiddon employee and client

Aged Care Employee Day is a national day to celebrate our unsung heroes – the people who work in Australia’s aged care industry!

The day is designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in the journey of caring for people who receive aged care services.

Join us in celebrating and recognising these incredible people on August 7th, 2019.


How we’re celebrating at Whiddon

At Whiddon, Aged Care Employee Day is one of our biggest days of the year! On the 7th of August you’ll find us celebrating our people  with special celebration and recognition events. We’ll also be sharing stories from team members across Whiddon – career stories from dedicated people working in all areas of aged care.

We created the day in 2018 for one reason – to celebrate the dedicated and passionate people at our organisation and across the country.

About Aged Care Employee Day

What is Aged Care Employee Day?

Aged Care Employee Day is a national day designed to celebrate each and every team member involved in caring for people who receive aged care services. From the nurses and care workers, to the cooks and hospitality teams, the drivers, cleaners and laundry employees, the volunteers, the leisure and lifestyle officers and administration teams – this is your day.

Through their work, these people often develop meaningful relationships with our older loved ones – becoming defacto family members in the process. Their dedication to what is a rewarding, yet regularly challenging, profession in which they devote themselves to caring for others sets them apart.


How did the day begin?

While initiatives like International Nurses Day exist, they reach a small percentage of the incredible people involved in the industry. Over 8 in 10 employees in the aged care workforce are in roles outside of a registered nurse, enrolled nurse or nurse practitioner. The team at Whiddon recognised this issue and resolved to change it by creating the new day.

Chris Mamarelis, Whiddon CEO, said: “We have long felt that some of the most unsung heroes in our society are aged care employees – all of them. While Whiddon has always been committed to showing our own team members how much we care, we felt that was simply not enough and that everyone in the industry deserves special recognition and a day to pay homage to the work they do.

“We often leverage our strong community connections and engage families, friends and community groups to help care for older Australians, ensuring they achieve a healthy quality of life. But this often means people who work in aged care are putting others’ needs before their own. This is why we need to celebrate their hard work.

“We came up with the idea to officially create Aged Care Employee Day in 2018 and are delighted to be celebrating this new national day once again in 2019. This is the day to say a huge thank you and to celebrate the people behind our entire industry.”

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