Bass Coast Health celebrates staff on Aged Care Employee Day


Bass Coast Health (BCH) are so proud to praise the many wonderful staff who work in aged care on Aged Care Employee Day - Monday 7 August. 

Aged Care Employee Day acknowledges the more than 360,000 people who care for and support around 1.3 million older Australians who receive aged care services. 

BCH is privileged to operate two very special residential care facilities, Kirrak House at Wonthaggi and Griffiths Point Lodge at San Remo. As the sub-regional health service for the Bass Coast and South Gippsland shires, BCH’s aged care services also include Flexihealth, Transitional Care, Residential In-Reach and Sub-Acute services. 

“We have the most extraordinary Nurses, Cleaners, Personal Care Workers, Diversional Therapists, Food Services staff, Care workers, Support Services staff and Administration staff who provide exceptional care for our most treasured senior citizens,” BCH CEO Jan Child said.

“Working in aged care is often perceived as difficult, but it isn’t difficult – it’s a privilege. And importantly, it is a specialty that requires specialist skills and expertise, and enormous kindness and compassion. Being able to support older community members is enriching. 

"Our staff hear beautiful stories of time passed. They hear the rich wisdom of our older community members, they become part of an extended family, and they are able to support older people and families during some of their most vulnerable and frail times. 

“Working in aged care can be immensely satisfying. It can bring many opportunities for growth and personal and professional development, and it can bring everlasting friendships. If you would like to be part of the fabulous team that work in this rewarding specialist area, please reach out to our Human Resources team by emailing”

Kirrak House residents said of their experience: 

•Margaret: “I love the fact they all treat me like a human not just a number. They all show a lot of respect. They listen to my needs not my wants. They are caring. Their team-work is seamlessly dovetailed.” 

• Lisa: “They are all terrific, very caring and helpful.” 

Griffiths Point Lodge residents had this to say about their care: 

• Hazel: ”All of the staff are just wonderful. My favourite time is when the staff settle me down at night and make me comfortable.” 

• Bonnie: “I came in for respite and decided to stay for all the love and attention I got. This is my home.” 

• Ronda: “Thank you for the cups of tea and the smiles that come with it.” 

Enrolled Nurse at Griffiths Point Lodge, Michelle Dosiak, wrote this moving poem about why she loves her job: 

“Caring for the elderly, 

“Is a joy beyond compare. 

“Happiness and laughter, And fun times to share. 

“An ear to listen closely, A hand to hold on tight. 

“A reassuring smile, In the middle of the night. 

“A warm, comforting hug, 

“When family are away, 

“A bond of strong friendship, 

“No matter how long the stay. 

“A love so deep and true, 

“For those so precious and dear, 

“Easing any pain, 

“And taking away all fear.”