Yaandina takes home top gong

Alexander ScottPilbara News
Emma Dumbrell, Marnie Alefosio and Sue Leonard
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Roebourne’s Yaandina Community Services has won the top gong at a prestigious Statewide awards night recently.

The aged care facility took home the Prime Super employer excellence in aged care award at the Regional Achievement and Community Awards held at the Hyatt Regency in Perth earlier this month.

The 20-bed Hampton Road facility has been in Roebourne for more than 40 years and also provides drug and alcohol coun-selling services and runs youth engagement programs in Karratha and Roebourne.

A statement by the Regional Achievement and Community Awards said Yaandina staff had extensive knowledge of the local Indigenous language and family groups and provided staff with development programs.

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It also stated Indigenous staff were supported with lore and cultural leave and were supported at sorry business and funeral times.

Yaandina finance and services manager Emma Dumbrell said the award was a recognition of the unique services provided by the organisation.

“We’re the only aged care between Geraldton and South Hedland, our residents are mainly Aboriginal, and we’re in a mining region,” she said.

Yaandina youth and community care services manager Marnie Alefosio said the company provided as much training as possible for its staff.

“We’ve got really good governance around HR,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Ngarliyarndu Bindirri Aboriginal Corporation-owned Brida that delivers cleaning, grounds maintenance and waste management services in Pilbara took home the Prime Super business achievement award.

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