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Position Vacant for Finance Officer at Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Service

Position Vacant for Finance Officer at Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Service

Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Service Inc (NORWACS) is seeking applications from suitably qualified and experienced women for the position of Finance Officer – 14 hours per week permanent part time.

The Finance Officer will ensure that the financial obligations of NORWACS are fulfilled through the provision of financial services to internal and external stakeholders.

All work is undertaken in accordance with Northern Rivers Women and Children’s Services Inc. philosophy, policies and procedures and relevant legislation.

To request the position description or other information email us at: [email protected]

Email your expression of interest in the position, addressing the selection criteria, and a current resume to: [email protected]

A Working with Children check will be undertaken on the preferred candidate.

NORWACS considers being a woman is a genuine occupational qualification for this position under s31 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

Expressions of interest close: Monday, November 8.

Short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews the week commencing 15 November 2021, with commencement date following as soon as possible.

Certificate IV Community Services

Certificate IV Community Services

Sharing information 2022 offering;

Certificate IV Community Services delivered 

12 month course –2 evenings a week , study in a virtual classroom supported with teacher – Study in comfort of your own home.

This course is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members employed in Community Services wanting to obtain a formal qualification.

Register your interest ASAP via email with Aboriginal Education & Engagement Coordinator Katrina Radburn by emailing: [email protected]


First Nations Training from ACSA on Oct 28 and Nov 4

First Nations Training from ACSA on Oct 28 and Nov 4

Aged and Community Services Australia is running First Nation Ways of Being: Respect, Understanding and Safety in Aged Care training  on October 28 at 3pm – November 4 at 4:30 pm.

The First Nation Ways of Being: Respect, Understanding and Safety in Aged Care Series – is designed specifically for aged care, utilising both applied and action research. Combined with a fusion of First Nations’ ways of knowing and being, the program offers materials from reputable sources and demonstrates appropriate cultural protocols.

Designed with consideration to the learning preferences of First Nations Peoples, the meaningful content engages the participant to ‘walk together’ through appropriate activities to reinforce learning. All material delivered has been guided via a peer review process.

Find out more here

New model designed by mob helps support culturally safe vaccine yarns

New model designed by mob helps support culturally safe vaccine yarns

A new way of yarning about health decisions for Aboriginal people and healthcare professionals has been created with mob, for mob.

Healthy North Coast Chief Executive Officer Julie Sturgess says she is delighted to promote Finding your way, a new culturally adapted model to help Aboriginal communities and their health providers talk through health decisions together.

“At Healthy North Coast, our role is to make sure any North Coast resident who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can access it and to help residents make that decision in a culturally safe way,” Ms Sturgess said.

“We know that sometimes talking about your own health isn’t easy and you want to talk to someone you can trust to get the information that’s right for you.

“This new resource is a great model for conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people because it recognises the role of family and other cultural factors, and highlights the non-linear approach Aboriginal people often take to decision-making about their health.

“Finding your way tells the story of an individual’s journey in making a health decision. We all start at the beginning, but choose different paths based on our experiences, knowledge and beliefs.

“This model incorporates many of the practices, cultural beliefs and values that our region’s Aboriginal medical services and Aboriginal health workers already use when yarning with their community about the vaccine.

“Using this approach, people can ask questions, share stories and weigh up options for them and their family – even take a break if they don’t want to make a vaccine decision straight away.

“For this reason, I also encourage GPs and other local health providers to offer this way of talking about the COVID-19 vaccination to their communities.

“Making the right health decision is not always straightforward and we need to incorporate new ways of thinking and yarning into our health conversations,” Ms Sturgess said.

COVID -19 mortality rates plummet in aged care facilities

COVID -19 mortality rates plummet in aged care facilities

Vaccinations are having a positive effect on COVID-19 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities (RACFs).

Australian Government data indicates that mortality rates of residents in RACFs have decreased by 91% from October 2020 to October 2021.

During this time, there were 82% more RACF COVID-19 outbreaks across Australia, but the high level of vaccination among residents and staff resulted in significant improvements in outcomes.

Despite there being 82% more outbreaks, the transmission rates increased by a much smaller amount on the pre-vaccination outbreak data from 2020 (residents 23% and staff 14%).

It is anticipated that transmission rates will decrease by October 2022, with a higher proportion of residents and staff vaccinated for the entire year.

In both data sets, 42–43% of outbreaks only contain one case, which indicates manageability of outbreaks.

In light of the improved survival and transmission rates, it is timely for general practitioners and RACF RNs to revisit discussions with residents (or guardians) who have not consented to be vaccinated.

Changes and updates for RACF health professionals

By October 25, all RACF staff are to be double vaccinated.

By October 31, all health practitioners and students must have one dose. A second dose is required by 4 December to enter an RACF.

Visitor and resident directives are outlined on the NSW Health website.Mid North Coast and northern NSW RACFs, the Public Health Unit, local health districts (LHDs) and Healthy North Coast continue to prepare and monitor local clusters occurring. However, the focus is changing, with the NSW and Federal Governments moving toward a COVID-19 outbreak being ‘business as usual’. Imminent changes to decreased self-isolation periods for double vaccinated people will support these changes.

Healthy North Coast’s COVID-19 RACF GP Framework remains in place. However, as outbreaks become business as usual, the focus will be on ensuring timely communication between all sectors and flexibility in responses based on the outbreak team’s assessment.

The Protocol to support joint management of a COVID-19 outbreak in one or more RACFs in NSW remains in place, with the most significant aspect for primary care being that the LHD physicians lead medical management of COVID-19-positive cases. The RACF outbreak response plans through the LHDs vary, but the overarching principles of the joint protocol are in place.

The COVID-19 Assessment and Management in Residential Aged Care HealthPathway has been updated to reflect the joint protocol arrangements.

‘Stay Strong to Keep Moving’ campaign

‘Stay Strong to Keep Moving’ campaign

Stay Strong to Keep Moving is a campaign to bring you some simple ways to be more active. It has been put together by COTA NSW, Arthritis NSW, Diabetes NSW and ACT and the National Heart Foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that people have spent more time at home than usual. You may have spent a lot of time sitting, which is not good for your health. You may have found it difficult to keep up your physical activity or exercise, let alone start a new exercise program.

We all know that staying active is good for our health and wellbeing. It is recommended that older adults accumulate at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on most, preferably all days.

However, did you know that strength and balance training is even more important as we age, and has many benefits for the body and mind? Maintaining muscle mass and strength helps us remain independent and able to do the things we want to do.  Other benefits of strength and balance training include:

• Reducing the risk of falls and other injuries

• Improving joint health and bone density

• Improving coordination

• Reducing stress, anxiety and depression

• Improving confidence in the way you move

• Improving insulin sensitivity

• Increasing brain function and learning

• Helping to maintain a healthy weight

• Supporting good sleep patterns

Why not get started now?

If you’ve become a COVID slug, Stay Strong to Keep Moving is here to help you get moving again. It doesn’t have to take a lot to start being more physically active, and it can be fun.

And remember, exercise isn’t one size fits all. If you have any concerns, talk to a healthcare professional about the types of exercise that are suitable for you, or look up one of these evidence- based strength and balance programs.

Download brochure with simple exercises to do now

Brochures in other languages: Arabic  Greek  Italian  Chinese (Simplified)  Chinese (Traditional)  Vietnamese

Heart Foundation Walking

Regular walking is one of the simplest ways you can improve your health, and  walking in a group has social benefits too. Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest free walking network. Find out more

Living Longer Living Stronger

COTA NSW Living Longer Living Stronger strength and balance program is designed to help people aged 50 plus improve their strength, mobility and balance. You have an individual assessment to develop a tailored exercise plan, then join a fun and friendly group where you can work towards your individual goals with a trained exercise professional. Find out more

Arthritis NSW Strength and Balance

The Arthritis NSW Strength and Balance Program is designed to help people living with arthritis and other musculoskeletal complaints.  It’s a social program developed to support healthy joint function, build strength, manage pain, maintain and improve mobility and support healthy balance. Find out more

Beat It Program

Beat it is an eight-week physical activity and lifestyle program from Diabetes NSW. It includes moderate-intensity aerobic, strength and balance-based exercises, as well as education sessions on healthier living. Suitable for all levels of fitness. Find out more

Join and learn more ‘Diversity Communities of Practice’

Join and learn more ‘Diversity Communities of Practice’

Leaders in the aged care sector are invited to a Diversity Communities of Practice zoom on Tuesday, November 9, 2pm to 4pm. The Diversity Communities of Practice zoom will give you the opportunity to:

*Learn from your peers in the sector on how to develop a diversity strategy

*Explore the Aged Care Diversity Framework and Inclusive Service standards through facilitated conversations with diversity mentors

To learn more about the Diversity Communities of Practice and Terms of Reference visit HERE.

To register for the Diversity Communities of Practice webinar on 9 November from 2pm to 4.00pm (Melbourne time) via Zoom, please click HERE.

National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) calls for Home Care reform.

National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) calls for Home Care reform.

The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) released a position paper on transforming the system of home care for older Australians, which analysed the Federal Government’s responses to key home care recommendations from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and what more needs to be done to ensure a secure and safe system for older people.

Director of Clinical Gerontology at NARI, Associate Professor Frances Batchelor, says the NARI research found that the home care system should be needs-based and not rationed, similar to how the healthcare system currently works.

“The Royal Commission highlighted that older Australians want to remain at home, but the current aged care system is not providing adequate access to services and supports to help them remain at home,” Assoc. Prof. Batchelor said.

“While the Federal Government has committed to providing additional home care packages and other incremental reform, this will only provide temporary relief. Without substantial change to the ration-based system, the waitlist will only build up again as more and more people require aged care at home into the future.

“Funding should be linked to individual needs and care planning. Under the current model, bundled funding is allocated to a limited number of older people in need. This model lacks flexibility and is not truly tied to the unique needs of each older person.

“Funding needs to be better distributed so it is allocated in a more cost-effective way, to ensure every person in need of care at home is able to receive it, when they need it.”

The Federal Government is committing $7.5 billion to support older Australians to remain living at home for longer, including $6.5 billion to provide an additional 80,000 Home Care Packages by 2023.

In the recommendations from the Royal Commission, it suggested a needs-based approach to home care, however, the Federal Government did not make any commitment to address this suggestion.

While NARI appreciates that the Government is making positive changes in the sector, they don’t believe the current system will be able to handle a growth in the number of people who need to access home care services.

NARI would support a reformed home care system that is more streamlined, effective and flexible when undertaking a needs assessment, which would improve the overall experience for older people and their families when accessing aged care services.

The full article can be read on this link: https://www.agedcareguide.com.au/talking-aged-care/nari-calls-for-huge-home-care-reform

To view the National Ageing Research Institute Position Paper, head to: https://www.nari.net.au/position-paper-transforming-the-system-of-home-care-for-older-australians

Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Australian Residential Aged Care Residents and Staff

Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Australian Residential Aged Care Residents and Staff

Mental Health Australia was part of a consortium with Swinburne University that undertook research into the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of Residential Aged Care residents and staff. The research found elevated levels of anxiety and feelings of loneliness resulting from reduced family visits and recreational outings and constant news coverage. It recommended increased access to counselling and training for staff in mental health.

Summary of the article can be found here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07317115.2021.198567

Jam Pakt — Indigenous Radio Program a highlight this Mental Health Month

Jam Pakt — Indigenous Radio Program a highlight this Mental Health Month

Jam Pakt is a one-hour entertainment-driven radio program designed specifically for Indigenous audiences across the country, delivered to a network of 269 Indigenous markets/stations across Australia. The show for Mental Health Month is dedicated to promoting World Mental Health Day and the idea of Looking Up, Looking Out for each other and Looking Forward to #LookAfterYourMentalHealthAustralia and featured The Hon Ken Wyatt MP, Troy Cassar Daley, Shari Sebbens, Shellie Morris, Joe Williams, Hunter Page-Lochard, Dr Clinton Schultz, and more. Catch up with Jonzy and the mob here.