Date: 10 July 2018

Whiddon are delighted to announce that we have been named one of four national finalists in the Hesta Aged Care Awards for ‘Outstanding Organisation’.

Hesta’s Awards have been running for a number of years and recognise those in the aged care sector who have made an exceptional contribution to improving the quality of life for older Australians across three Award categories —Team Innovation, Outstanding Organisation and Individual Distinction. Whiddon were a finalist in the same category in 2013, and I very proud to be recognised for our work and contributions to the aged care industry once again.

“At Whiddon, making a difference to the lives of the people we care for is at the very centre of what we do best. Whiddon has long been acknowledged as a people-centric, innovative and industry leading organisation. I am really excited, for everyone involved, that Whiddon have been named a finalist in the Hesta Aged Care Awards and especially congratulate our outstanding people, who are at the very heart of all we do. I thank the Whiddon team for the energy and devotion they put in every day to make this nomination possible, and for creating exceptional impact through their incredible work,”  said Chris Mamarelis, Whiddon CEO.

Whiddon’s nomination in the Outstanding Organisation category recognises the not-for-profit organisation’s work across wellbeing and creative ageing programs that support, enable and improve quality of life and wellbeing for older people.

The award recognises creative ageing programs – HenPower, Chat Stories & Tea, VintageBites – along with Whiddon’s MyLife model of care and Best Week initiative and the incredible outcomes that these programs continue to deliver for residents and clients around connection to community, overcoming social isolation and loneliness and improving quality of life.

Programs like Best Week, which enables residents’ goals and dreams to come true, and creative ageing programs such as HenPower, which incorporates chickens at pets in their aged care homes, reflect Whiddon’s innovative approach to care and commitment to making a difference to the lives of those they care for and enabling them to stay connected to the people, interest and communities they love.

“This accolade recognises not only our innovative approach to care and wellbeing, it also demonstrates the commitment we have to our local communities and that we are an aged care provider who strive to truly make a difference and have positive impact. At the very heart of this are our people; our people are at the very heart of our organisation and without them, these incredible programs and initiatives would not be possible,” shared Mr Mamarelis.


The winner of the 2018 Outstanding Organisation Award will be named at the Hesta Awards Dinner on August 9th in Canberra.