Date: 28 July 2021

We are incredibly excited to be announced as a finalist in the 2021 HESTA Excellence Awards, in the Outstanding Organisation category.

By being recognised as a finalist, we are named among Australia’s top 26 organisations and teams working in aged care, community services, disability services and allied health.

Launched last year, these prestigious awards highlight the extraordinary work being done across these sectors to enhance the wellbeing and health of individuals, families and communities.

Whiddon CEO Chris Mamarelis said that this finalist award reflects the contributions of all of our people at Whiddon.

“Our people have continued to shine during turbulent times, and above all, have continued to provide the exceptional care and support we are well-known for, to those entrusted in our care.”

“We see the amazing work and the positive impact that people working in aged care create every single day. This is a reflection of that and reinforces just how special our people are.”

HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said every single finalist has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the quality of care and support for more Australians over a challenging year.

“From improving social connection for older people during COVID to increasing health education for people from refugee backgrounds, these professionals are having an incredible impact on the lives of the people who need these services the most,” Ms Blakey said.

“The quality of this year’s nominations has been phenomenal, and I wish to thank every nominee and finalist for their important work. HESTA is very honoured to help recognise their achievements.”

Whiddon is recognised for our initiatives to holistically support the health and wellbeing of all of our employees during these challenging times.

Chris Mamarelis said “When we recognised the pressures placed on our employees, from bushfires, floods and a global pandemic,  we wanted to do all that we could to support our people, at a challenging time, when they had so much to juggle in their own lives too.  We also wanted all of our people, as always, to know how valued they are.”