Catholic Healthcare's newest homes nominated for awards

Two Catholic Healthcare aged care homes have been nominated as finalists in the prestigious 2022 Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Awards for Excellence.

The recently-opened Holy Spirit Casula and Mackillop House Norwest (pictured), both in Sydney, have been recognised in the Aged Care category, with the winner to be announced on 12 August; both include bright and airy rooms, indoor and outdoor communal areas, a variety of amenities, and sustainability features such as rooftop solar.

According to Bruce Message, Catholic Healthcare General Manager of Property, the recognition allows Catholic Healthcare to benchmark its offerings against the industry’s best of the best.

“This is a proud moment for Catholic Healthcare as the homes were constructed and opened through the ongoing COVID pandemic.

“Both homes are now approaching maximum occupancy, with residents enjoying the welcoming environment and sense of community fostered by considered architectural design and quality care from our dedicated teams,” he said.

Other finalists include Anglicare’s Porter Lodge in Minto and Uniting Edinglassie Emu Plains, both also in Sydney.

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A special thanks to our contributors

Jill Donaldson


Jill has been practicing as a clinical physiotherapist for 30 years. For the last 13 years she has worked solely in the Aged Care sector in more than 50 metropolitan and regional facilities. Jill has also toured care facilities in the US and Africa and is a passionate advocate for both the residents in aged care and the staff who care for them. She researches and writes for DCM Media.

Chris Baynes

DCM Media, agedcare101

Chris has been a journalist and publisher in the retirement village and aged care sectors for 11 years. He has visited over 250 retirement villages and 50 aged care facilities both within Australia and internationally. Chris is a regular speaker at industry conferences plus is a frequent radio commentator.

Annie Donaldson

Nurse and Carer

Annie has a long career in both nursing and the media. She has planned and co-ordinated the medical support from both international TV productions and major stadium events. In recent years she has been a primary family carer plus involved in structured carer support.