Credit where credit is due: Annette McCurdy

Annette and team

Annette McCurdy is the latest recipient of the OSCARS Recognition of Excellence program – presented by the OSCAR Care Group.

Annette McCurdy loves working with the elderly so much so, that after selling an aged care facility she ran with her husband in Geelong, she then commenced a new chapter of her career with Japara.

This month Annette celebrates 10 years with the organisation and in that time has progressed with further study to achieve a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery and has been promoted to Head Chef Supervisor.


Annette says, “my parents come from both an Italian & Australian background, and this has influenced many of my culinary dishes”.

She knows how important food styles are to identity, and often cooks cultural foods for residents at Japara. Annette is happy to make the fried, buttery snacks for one Dutch resident, while another Indian resident loves that Annette will cook her rice with most meals!

Between running her own aged care facility and time with Japara, Annette has more than 40 years of experience providing care to ageing Australians.

“We are only as good as the team”, said Annette.

After 10 years with the Kitchen Team cooking for the 110 Residents at Japara Balmoral Grove, Annette has made many work friends and values each of them. She humbly credits her workmates with continually motivating her excellent work ethos.

Part of her role as Head Chef Supervisor that Annette enjoys is training new staff. She is also inspired by the visits and ongoing coaching that the team receives from their Area Manager,  Doug Gillan. Annette says that one outstanding element of working for Japara is the organisation’s great communication with staff.

Annette has been the Head Chef Supervisor at Balmoral Grove for the past 10 years and always goes out of her way to help residents and staff with any Catering concerns or special dietary requests that they have on a daily basis.

Annette developed a special vegetarian menu some time back, offering residents a good choice of vegetarian options at both Lunch & Dinner, which was well received at Balmoral Grove.

Balmoral Grove had some issues with meal temperatures 12 months ago and with Annette working closely with Gayle (Home Manager), ScanBoxes were introduced and the tray service model changed to Care staff serving the hot meals from the ScanBoxes located in each wing. This system fixed the problem and is still running smoothly today.”

Douglas Gillan – Regional Hospitality Manager Japara

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