ACSA seal_NATIONA; FINALIST Innovation in Service or Design 2019
ACSA seal_NATIONAL FINALIST Employee of the Year 2019

Industry Accolades

National ACSA Aged Care Awards 2019 

Fronditha Care firmly positioned atop of Australia’s aged care providers at national ACSA Awards

Australia’s Greek community has reason to be proud this week following the outstanding recognition not-for-profit aged care provider Fronditha Care received at the national Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Awards 2019.

After winning the state awards in June this year in the categories of Service Innovation and Individual Contribution, Fronditha Care was thrust into the aged care limelight as the Victorian candidate for two national awards.

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ACSA Seal WINNER Innovation in Service or Design 2019
ACSA Seal WINNER Employee of the Year 2019

ACSA Aged Care Awards 2019 Victoria

Innovation in Service and Design Winner
Individual Contribution Winner

Fronditha Care was the stand-out winner at ACSA’s Victorian Aged Care Awards 2019 on Friday 9 August. The organisation won two of four awards at this year’s industry event 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, while the Innovation in Service or Design  went to Fronditha Care Clayton’s Lifestyle and Activities team for their service innovation.

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2019 LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards Finalists

Team Award Finalist

Our Clayton South Lifestyle and Activity team were finalists in the LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards 2019. The eight person team was acknowledged for their innovative program that celebrates the Greek residents’ deep traditions and heritage, creates a culturally appropriate environment  that fosters belonging and understanding, and promotes physical activity and mental wellbeing.

Some of the projects they have initiated:

  • Greek costume design
  • Karagiozi theatre
  • Traditional Greek music therapy
  • Intergenerational bilingual playgroup:

2019 LASA Excellence in Age Services Awards Finalists

Individual Award Finalist

Khoryom ‘Tut’ Nyuon is a personal carer at Fronditha Care’s 60 bed residential care facility in Templestowe. He has devoted his life to helping others after fleeing the horrors of war in his native South Sudan.

Despite what he experienced, Tut never let it deter him from giving back wherever he went.

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His caring nature and desire to help the disadvantaged led to a career as a personal carer of elderly Greek Australians.

He became known for his calming personality and deep attention to the care of the frail residents.

He learned conversational Greek to help him communicate better with the elderly and to ensure that they were understood and their needs were met. His exemplary approach has been an example his fellow carers follow.

Tut was a state finalist for the LASA Excellence in Aged Care Awards 2019, and also received the Outstanding Contribution Award at the 2018 Fronditha Care Staff Awards. His nomination was also special as it was submitted from the family members of the elderly residents he cares for.

Tut leads by example and through his care for the elderly has broken down many entrenched prejudices in the community towards South Sudanese refugees.

Tut takes top prize at HESTA Aged Care awards

A South Sudanese personal care worker who won the 2019 HESTA Aged Care Awards individual distinction will devote his $10,000 prize money to his community so they can pay for schooling to enter the aged care industry.

Fronditha Care’s Khoryom ‘Tut’ Nyoun will donate his $10,000 prize money from the HESTA Aged Care awards to help his South Sudanese community pay for schooling to enter the aged care industry.

The South Sudanese personal care worker was recognised for his unique and kind approach to caring for the elderly Greek residents of the Templestowe STORGI nursing home.

In Adelaide for the national award ceremony, Tut was beaming with happiness and said the acknowledgement was “very special”.

“A lot of my community have called me and are so happy about the award,” he said.

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“They say this is a teachable moment, and hopefully I can inspire South Sudanese youth to follow in my footsteps.”

Tut has been a positive success story for his community – a stark contrast to the narrative that has been painted in the media about the South Sudanese.

Already an active participant in the Melbourne South Sudanese community and having lived as a refugee for many years, Tut said it was an easy choice to donate his prize money to his fellow community members.

“A lot of those that are struggling have told me they want to do what I do, but can’t afford to get the certificates or diplomas,” he said.

“So these funds will be life changing for them.”

He said he will also like to take his team at Fronditha Care Templestowe out for a nice dinner to pass on his thanks.

Tut started his aged care placement at Fronditha Care six years ago and decided to stay on after creating a great rapport with the Greek residents and his colleagues.

He has learnt some Greek to better communicate with the residents and has helped ease the anxiety and isolation that many often experience entering residential care.

Tut was also named Victorian Employee of the Year at the Aged & Community Services Australia Awards 2019 and received Fronditha Care’s own Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award in 2018, nominated by the families of those he cares for.

For more information on this story and to conduct interviews, please contact Zoe Angeli, Executive Manager for Public Affairs on zoea@fronditha.org and 0418 696 794.

Industry Awards

OSCARS Recognition of Excellence Award to Maria Kaitatzis

The OSCAR Care Group, a leading national service provider supporting the aged care, retirement living, childcare and hospitality industries, has recognised the exemplary work of Fronditha Care’s Food Services Team.

The group is so impressed that it will be awarding each team of Fronditha Care residential care homes, starting with the organisation’s 60-bed care home in Lower Templestowe.

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Maria Kaitatzis, chef of Fronditha Care’s Lower Templestowe care home, is the inaugural recipient of the OSCARS Recognition of Excellence program. OSCAR acknowledged Maria’s standards of excellence & passion in creating nutritious, delicious & beautiful culturally appropriate meals for her residents.

“I love creating special meals and give pleasure through my food to our residents. It’s like cooking for my family,” Maria said as she received her award.

Maria grew up in Thessaloniki, and her passion for cooking was sparked from an early age, helping her mother and grandmother in the kitchen and seeing their love about our traditional cuisine. After finishing high school, she completed a cooking course and worked in a hotel in Chalkidiki.

Six years ago moved to Australia with her family and worked as Assistant Chef at Fronditha Care’s facility in Clayton and later promoted to Head Chef at Fronditha Templestowe. For four years, Maria has relished the chance to cook for her much-loved residents and often personalises their meals to their liking.

We are delighted to have Maria as a member of the Fronditha Care family. And we are confident that Maria and her team will always mix love with traditional ingredients, to offer hearty and delicious meals to our residents, for many more years.

Industry Awards

OSCARS Recognition of Excellence Award to Amrinder Singh

Oscar Care Group recognises Amrinder’s excellence and passion in taking the time to personally review his delicious menus with his residents at the 66-bed care home in Newcastle, Mayfield.

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We are delighted to introduce Amrinder Singh, Head Chef at Fronditha Care’s Hippocrates facility in Mayfield NSW. Amrinder is the latest recipient of The OSCARS Recognition of Excellence program.

Amrinder spent many years of his childhood travelling to different provinces of India due to his father’s work responsibilities. During these trips he emersed himself into India’s various dishes and cultures.

With the multicultural group of residents at Fronditha Care’s Hippocrates facility, Amrinder shares a small touch of his own cultural food to his menus by adding some herbs and spices, to the residents’ preferences.

“I very much believe we need to treat our consumers as though they were our own family by providing meals that satisfy their choices and preferences.”

Congratulations Amrinder. We are proud to have you as a member of our family.

Industry Awards

OSCARS Recognition of Excellence Award to Gloria Andriolas

OSCAR Care Group recognises Gloria’s excellent skill and commitment in creating nutritious and delicious culturally sensitive meals for her second family of predominantly Greek residents at Fronditha Care in St Albans, Vic.

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We are delighted to introduce Gloria Andriolas from Fronditha Care in St Albans, recipient of The OSCARS Recognition of Excellence program

Gloria grew up on the island of Evoia, near Athens in Greece. She gained her knowledge of and interest in Mediterranean cuisine when she was 12, helping her mother prepare meals for their family of seven. Gloria says she “loved learning new recipes for the family and working with different ingredients!”

Gloria inspires a great Team spirit at Fronditha Care and brings her kitchen management skills and experience to her role as Head Chef. Some of the staff have worked there for up to ten years.

Congratulations Gloria. We are proud to have you as a member of our family.

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