The Better Practice Awards recognise and showcase better practice, innovation and excellence across Australia’s aged care sector.
Benefits of the Better Practice Awards program
The key benefits of the Better Practice Awards program include:
- being acknowledged as an ‘exemplar of better practice’ or as ‘a leader in innovation and excellence of national or international note’;
- sharing and celebrating success with consumers, managers, staff, visiting health professionals and others involved;
- contributing to sector improvement by sharing your better practice program;
- promoting service innovation across the sector as well as to consumers.
How we judge the Awards
In 2018 there were 102 nominations considered for the Awards. An independent expert panel assessed each nomination against the selection criteria that included a focus on quality of care and quality of life outcomes for consumers.
Winners were recognised at an Awards reception on day one of the Better Practice for the Future national conference held in Sydney, 23 August 2018.
Nominations covered initiatives across the following descriptors:
- Clinical care/Medication management
- Consumer engagement and/or co-design
- Dementia care
- Enablement and/or transition care
- Health and wellbeing
- Leadership and culture
- Living environment and/or sustainability
- Social participation and lifestyle
- Technology and/or social media
- Workforce development
All nominations for Better Practice Awards were evaluated against the selection criteria.
- consumer focus and outcomes
- partnering with consumers and others
- evidence-informed approach and measurable outcomes
- continuous improvement and sustainability
- exemplar better practice or innovation and excellence in aged care.
The 2018 Awards were open to Commonwealth-funded aged care providers subject to accreditation or quality review by the Commission, formerly the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency - including Commonwealth Home Support Program providers, Home Care Services providers, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible care service providers and Residential Aged Care Homes.
- The approved provider’s services must have had no cases of failure to meet the applicable Standards in the 24 months prior to 1 April 2018.
- The service(s) must have met the applicable Standards up until the Awards were announced at the conference in August.
- The project, initiative or program nominated needed to have been in place for a long enough period to demonstrate outcomes for consumers evidenced through qualitative and/or quantitative data. A period of more than 12 months was suggested as appropriate.
The previous winners of the former Australian Aged Care Quality Agency Better Practice Awards.