Hundreds of aged care workers in bushfire-affected communities have been recognised for their tireless efforts to keep our oldest and most vulnerable Australians safe.
During a visit to the hardest-hit regions in southern New South Wales, Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, has thanked staff for going above and beyond.
More than 750 people were evacuated from aged care centres as fires threatened townships.
But it was the efforts from committed workers that Minister Colbeck said showcased the determined spirit of locals.
“Some staff members stood outside with hoses, others came in to work even as fire threatened their own homes,” Minister Colbeck said.
“These people chose to remain at work and ensure the care of residents.
“It is a remarkable and humbling effort.”
The same staff continue to provide essential care as communities start the long process of recovery, Minister Colbeck said.