Fronditha Care was the stand-out winner at ACSA’s Victorian Aged Care Awards 2019.
The organisation won two of four awards at this year’s industry event on Friday 9 August, putting Fronditha Care at the forefront for innovation in service and individual contribution in aged care in Victoria.
The Employee of the Year Award went to Khoryom Tut Nyon, who is a personal care worker at Fronditha Care’s 60-bed facility in Lower Templestowe, STORGI.
As a South Sudanese refugee, Tut has overcome incredible adversity and through the understanding, love, care and patience he displays daily in his care of elderly Greeks he has gained the love and trust of residents and their families.
Fronditha Care nominated Tut for the ACSA award after he received the organisation’s Contribution of the Year Award in 2018, nominated by the families of those he cares for.
He has affected many people in a positive way, breaking down prejudice and racist attitudes amongst the community towards the African community.
Meanwhile Fronditha Care Clayton’s Lifestyle and Activities team received the Team Award for their service innovation. The team was recognised for the innovative program they run that has respect for and the celebration of the Greek cultural heritage of the elderly residents they care for at its core.
Moreover, Vivi Mihailidou, the coordinator of the team is a recent immigrant, who settled in Australia as a personal care worker on the Labour Agreement Fronditha Care has with the Federal Government. She is now a Support Services Coordinator.
For Tut and Vivi to come so far and to gain industry accolades for their work in their adopted country is very special.
“There are many people employed in the aged care industry who do wonderful things on a daily basis that benefit the people they care for. As we all know there is not a lot of coverage about the good things that happen in aged care. It is fantastic to have these industry awards to recognise staff in all areas for their hard work,” said Jim Scantsonihas, Acting CEO.
“We are so proud of them and will continue to support them in striving for better outcomes for our residents. Fronditha Care congratulates all of the winners and nominees for their outstanding efforts.”