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Inside the System: Aged Care Residents’Perspectives

Inside the System: Aged Care Residents’Perspectives

Report for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

This report presents the results of a survey designed to enable those living in residential aged care, including those living with cognitive decline, to express how they feel about their lives and the care they receive. To our knowledge, this is the first detailed study of its kind in Australia.

Click here to read the full report

Northern Sydney Regional Forum- registrations now open

Northern Sydney Regional Forum- registrations now open

Voices from the frontline

Webinar: 12.00pm – 1.30 pm, Wednesday 25 November

This Forum is time to reflect on all that we have achieved in the community aged care  sector during 2020 and look forward to 2021. In this webinar, our panellists will discuss changing service delivery, workforce challenges, lessons learned from COVID and how we can plan effectively for 2021.

The Forum will give our frontline care workers a voice as well as celebrate the efforts of frontline staff and acknowledge the challenges and triumphs that came in 2020.

See the attached flyer or click here for more information and to register.

Grief and trauma support for Australia’s aged care sector

Grief and trauma support for Australia’s aged care sector

The Australian Government is investing in a Grief and Trauma Response Package to ensure support is available for those affected by COVID-19 across the aged care sector. 

 The package will provide direct support to aged care residents and their families through improved advocacy assistance, grief and bereavement counselling and for aged care residents, home care recipients and their families. It will also ensure aged care staff have access to training in trauma-informed care, including advice on self-care, and postCOVID19 support for aged care residents living with dementia and those experiencing adverse physical, social and psychological impacts.

Click here for more information

Recruitment opportunities for aged care providers

Recruitment opportunities for aged care providers

ETC is partnering with aged care providers to find skilled local candidates wanting a career in aged care, including people of all ages, genders and nationalities. This includes access to candidates who are currently studying, or recent graduates from the Certificate III in Individual Support. Subsidies to support employees are available.

See flyer for more information.

Volunteers needed for rough sleeping survey

Volunteers needed for rough sleeping survey

Connections Week is a week to focus on the stories and needs of people sleeping rough in our community. 

Byron Shire Council in partnership with local community organisations and End Street Sleeping Collaboration are working together to establish a register of people sleeping rough and living in crisis accommodation in the Byron Shire.  This register will be created during Connections Week: Monday 16 – Friday 20 November. 

During Connections Week, trained volunteers and community sector workers connect with people sleeping rough to conduct surveys and understand their housing and health needs.  

From the information and personal stories collected a By-Name List is created. This is a real-time list of all people sleeping rough in our community and their ongoing support needs.   

This information helps to coordinate support services, inform policy innovation and create systems change.  

If you are interested in being involved, you can help out as a volunteer.  

When is it? 

Connections Week will take place over five days across the Byron Shire from Monday 16 November – Friday 20 November. 

What do I need to do? 

Participate in 4.5 hours of mandatory training (1.5 hours online and 3 hours face to face). 

Training dates will take place between: 5 November – 15 November 2020.   

Volunteer for a minimum of 4 hours during Connections Week.  

What’s involved? 

Volunteers will work in teams in designated areas of the Byron Shire to engage with people who are sleeping rough and record information using a survey tool.  

Strong interpersonal skills based on respectful relationships and confidentiality are required for this role.  

Availability and commitment to attend all compulsory training dates is required in addition to a minimum of 1 shift during Connections Week.  

Where do I register?   You can register your interest and nominate your preferred times and dates via our Registration Form

Understanding Kinship Systems

Understanding Kinship Systems

Please join the Communities for Children team in this two-hour session on First Nations Kinship Systems presented by Lynette Riley.

The workshop will be held on Oct 29, from 10 am to midday.

Lynette is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman from Dubbo and Moree and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney.

During this workshop, you will develop a greater understanding of contemporary Aboriginal relationships and their importance in today’s social structures.

To register go to this link: https://events.humanitix.com/kinship-systems

Nominations for Lismore City Council’s 2021 Australia Day Awards are now open

Nominations for Lismore City Council’s 2021 Australia Day Awards are now open

These annual awards recognise people who volunteer, do community work, or excel in sport or other endeavours.

“A chance to recognise our unsung heroes who put in many hours as volunteers to make our community a great place to live and raise a family,” said Lismore City Mayor Isaac Smith.

“Australia Day Awards give us a chance every year to honour those passionate people in our community who dedicate a large part of their lives to building a stronger and healthier community with no thought of personal gain,” he said.

“If you have a friend who works hard for a volunteer group, know a student who is kicking goals in life or admire a person for the work they do for our community, please nominate them.

“It only takes 5-10 minutes to complete an online nomination, so please get online before the deadline and nominate today.”

Categories in 2021 are:

• Citizen of the Year

• Young Citizen of the Year

• Aboriginal Citizen of the Year

• Services in Community (Individual)

• Services in Community (Group)

• Sportsperson (Senior)

• Sportsperson (Junior)

• Sports (Team/Group/Organisation)

• Sustainable Environment

• Art/Cultural

Council now only accepts online nominations. Nomination forms are available at www.lismore.gov.au

Nominations close Nov 21

Towards Zero Suicide – a three-day workshop for those with a lived experience of suicide

Towards Zero Suicide – a three-day workshop for those with a lived experience of suicide

This workshop is presented by “Roses in the Ocean” –  for people who have a lived experience of suicidality (have suicidal thoughts, or close to someone who exeriences suicidal thoughts, or bereaved by someone who has died by suicide).

After the workshop you would become part of a group working with the Northern NSW Local Head District on suicide prevention projects in your community. Your perspective, from your lived experience, will inform the group.

The three-day workshop runs 26, 27, 28 November 2020 in Lismore.

To attend please call 1300411461

We understand that 2020 has been a particularly challenging time for some people and so we have provided several crisis support options below.

Position Vacant: Aboriginal Family Support Worker – Murwillumbah Community Centre

Position Vacant: Aboriginal Family Support Worker – Murwillumbah Community Centre

We are seeking an Aboriginal Family Support Worker, with demonstrated experience in case management and the capacity to work collaboratively with a range of services, to provide culturally informed support, advocacy and case management to families within our community. 

14 hrs per week – 2 days pw – Wednesday & Thursday 

Fixed term to 30th June, 2021 with the possibility of extending 

SCHADS Award Level 4 

*This is an Indigenous identified position*

The Murwillumbah Community Centre is an Incorporated, community based not for profit organisation established in 1976 to provide innovative, quality services to the community. 

MCC provides a cross section of direct services to the community with special attention to disadvantaged members including children, families, men and women, homeless and unemployed people, Indigenous and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.  MCC also manages community development projects which assist in building community capacity.

Application information:

1. Please email [email protected] for the Job Description  
2. Address ALL “Key Selection Criteria” questions in the Job Description – please ensure you answer each question separately and include a cover letter about yourself. 

3. Please attach an up to date resume with contact details for two (2) work referees

All applications to be emailed to [email protected]

Applications close Monday 2nd November, 2020 – 9:30am