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John Langoulant AO | Chair of the Amana Living Board
I was approached to join the Amana Living Board at a time when the quality of aged care had been on my mind. The opportunity to participate in the sector in an active way was attractive, and as an agency of the Anglican Church, Amana Living was a good fit with my religious tradition and personal values.
Since joining the Board in March 2019, I’ve visited many Amana Living locations from Kinross to Mandurah and witnessed the genuine care and engagement of every staff member. The consistently high quality of Amana Living facilities has also been impressive.
Commitment to care and quality services is a clear indicator of the importance Amana Living places on its values and guiding principles. The culture is positive, and this is reflected in the high level of respect our staff have for each other and the people they care for.
This is why I was incredibly honoured to be appointed by the Archbishop to the position of Chairman in October, taking the reins from Steve Scudamore after eight years of dedicated service.
Taking over as Chair of an organisation that deeply cares for its staff, volunteers, residents, clients and community is a big responsibility but it’s one I accept with gusto.
The organisation faced some challenges last year and will continue to do so in 2020, but it has also celebrated considerable achievements.
Amana Living now supports more than 5,800 people across the State, which is 1,000 more people than last year. The organisation climbed from WA’s sixth largest provider of home care services in 2017 to third in 2019.
We successfully implemented the new aged care quality standards across residential care and home care. And we developed a new approach to gathering feedback from our customers which will inform how we design and deliver our services.
And the McCusker Nurse Service was recognised by Anglicare Australia at their national awards, receiving a high commendation in the Excellence Category.
The future looks bright with projects like the redevelopment of Kinross Care Centre progressing with the plans approved by the City of Joondalup; the introduction of a graduate program for healthcare professionals in partnership with Edith Cowan University; and the pilot of the internationally recognised palliative care program, No One Dies Alone, at Lady McCusker Home.
These achievements were only possible because of the combined efforts of the team at Amana Living. I’m proud to be part of an organisation that strives for to deliver its mission to excel in providing Christian care, accommodation and services to older Western Australians.