10-15 September 2018


The Celebrating Aged Care Week campaign is about recognising the positive impact that dedicated public health workers make within residential aged care (RAC). Since 2012, the campaign has prompted public sector residential aged care services to dedicate a day of a designated week to recognise the contribution of their residential aged care staff and volunteers.

The Public Sector Residential Aged Care Leadership Committee host these celebrations to highlight the rewarding and crucial work of those caring for our valuable older people living in public sector residential aged care.

This year Celebrating Aged Care Week will be held from 10-15 September. The theme of the campaign is We Care; reflecting an appreciation of the public sector residential aged care workforce and the significant role they play in caring for our senior Victorians.

VIDEO: Click here to watch last year’s video of Minister for Housing, Disability & Ageing Martin Foley talk about the importance of Celebrating Aged Care Week.

How to get involved

Register your event with us and receive a small batch of merchandise, below you will see online resources to help you plan and promote any activities you choose to host to mark the celebration.

While we don’t want to be prescriptive about how you acknowledge your residential aged care staff during the week, below is a list of ways the Victorian RAC services have celebrated over the years:


  • Morning/afternoon tea
  • BBQ
  • Fun activity with residents such as a dance, theatre, craft, games, sport or cooking activity
  • Public open day
  • Limited open day for family and friends of staff
  • A professional development opportunity for staff; such as an external speaker
  • A presentation from an inspirational speaker
  • Contact local businesses for their support with pro bono services for staff

Once you have established the details of your celebration, the committee invites you to submit your information by emailing your registration form to Tayla Baumann, Aged Care Project Officer PSRACsecretariat@vha.org.au. We also encourage you to post your events/photos on our social media outlets.

This year will celebrate three awards, highlighting the extraordinary contributions that the PSRAC workforce makes in the Victorian public healthcare sector. The Awards will acknowledge those workers committed to Victoria’s aged care sector through their recognised initiative s in leadership, passion-driven and voluntary capacities.

The 2018 Aged Care Awards include:

  • Aged Care Leadership Award
  • Passion For Aged Care Award
  • Aged Care Volunteer Award

Nominate for these awards by submitting a 100-200 word letter in support of your nominee and attach our cover sheet, email to Tayla Baumann, Aged Care Project Officer at PSRACsecretariat@vha.org.au

The closing date for award nominations is COB Friday 4 July 2018. Nominees will be shortlisted by a three person judging panel

Attend the state-wide celebrations

Attend, or recognise the values of your Aged Care staff by sending them to, the VHA state-wide celebration and the Awards Ceremony which will be held at the on Thursday 6 September 2018 (Details to come shortly).

A word from our Celebrating Aged Care Ambassadors

2017 Celebrating Aged Care Ambassador – Denis Walter

Denis Walter is a former TV newsreader, whose Afternoons with Denis Walter program on 3AW is a Melbourne institution, is also a stalwart on Carols by Candlelight. Denis is passionate about many causes, particularly ensuring older Victorians are treated with kindness, respect and care.

“I’m honoured to be involved in Celebrating Aged Care Week. It shows our fantastic aged care staff how much their work is valued. Their contribution to supporting the high quality of care provided to residents is really appreciated by residents, their family, aged care operators and the community at large.

“Celebrating Aged Care week showcases the opportunities and rewards of working in Public Sector Residential Aged Care,” he said. “I’d also encourage people to nominate their workmates or someone they know for the annual Celebrating Aged Care Awards in Passion, Leadership and Volunteer categories.” – Denis Walter

2016 Celebrating Aged Care Ambassador – Maggie Beer

Well-known foodie Maggie Beer is dedicated to improving the food experience for older Australians.

“I am always so thrilled to be met with the same enthusiasm from others that I have for my work so when it came to the offer of an ambassadorship for the Celebrating Aged Care week for PSRAC, it was a definite yes! PSRAC have an unwavering commitment equal to mine when it comes to the wellbeing of our ageing population, and I couldn’t be happier to support the dedicated movement they have created in their efforts towards the health of those in their later years.

With our ageing population growing, we need residential aged care workers now more than ever – when it comes to our elderly moving into their next stage of life, everything can feel totally unfamiliar and at times overwhelming, but this is exactly why working in aged care offers such an incredible opportunity; the right support makes every difference.” – Maggie Beer


Aged Care Leadership Award Paul Mark, Wimmera Health Care Group

Paul’s initiative was demonstrated when he was caring for a resident in palliative care. Her family was with her in Horsham but her husband was recovering from a lung transplant in the Royal Alfred Hospital. Paul instigated a short-term transfer for the resident’s husband by contacting a social worker at the Royal Alfred Hospital and arranging for a doctor to oversee his care, ultimately gaining approval and enabling the husband to see his wife.

With the help of the Royal Flying Ambulance services, the couple spent two precious days together. The resident was able to pass away peacefully whilst holding her husband’s hand.

Paul inspires aged care workers to stretch the boundaries in advocating for residents and ensuring person centered care always remains at the forefront.

Aged Care Volunteer Award Raymond Miller, The Kilmore & District Hospital

Ray has volunteered at Dianella Hostel for six years, he is a quiet conversationalist, a ‘doer’, meticulous, and a skilled handyman.

Ray built housing for two resident goats bringing people together to visit, feed and laugh about billy-goat antics.
Ray has also built a garden fountain that includes wall mosaics created by the residents. Residents observe, chat and participate throughout project completion. Ray’s garden works have created a beautiful and dynamic space for residents, friends and families.

Ray compiles the bi-monthly Dianella newsletter, engaging residents and families with news and photos about recent and upcoming activities, encouraging and inviting reminiscing, participation and enjoyment of events.

Passion for Aged Care Award Susan Ritchie, Gippsland Southern Health Service

Sue frequently goes in on her own time, including weekends, to provide high tea, bringing in memorabilia and news items for particular individuals matching their current or past interests.

Sue also sews labels on and provides special care to stains on residents clothing. When the individuals are in need of clothes and slippers, Sue will shop at her local Op Shop supplying these basic needs.

Sue goes out of her way to spend quality time with residents, performing extra tasks like tidying wardrobes and attending to any special requests. On special days such as Mother’s Day and Melbourne Cup day when there are no DT’s around she will decorate drink glasses just to add a touch of celebration. The wellbeing of residents at Hillside is Sue’s passion.

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