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Co-operative and Mutual Enterpises (CME) Support Program

Co-operative and Mutual Enterpises (CME) Support Program

The Government will commit $6.9 million to a staged rollout of the national Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises (CME) Support Program.

CMEs are organisations that are owned and run by members, such as consumers, service providers, employees or people in the local community.The CME Support Program will support aged care, and the broader care and support sector to:

· develop sustainable and coordinated approaches in growing a skilled workforce using a model which is likely to attract new workers to the care sector

· support the start-up of six to seven CMEs that will deliver care services in areas of need, and

· deliver up to six additional projects to help grow existing CMEs.

Case studies can be found in this link:


To find out more about how co-operatives and mutuals might work for you, contact a BLCW Regional Coordinator at [email protected]

Other resources on governance can be explored here: https://bccm.coop/about/what-we-do/governance/

Pride Health and Wellbeing – Free Membership

Pride Health and Wellbeing – Free Membership

Through the generosity of Coles, 2 two-year Pride in Health + Wellbeing Memberships are available to help smaller organisations provide more LGBTQ inclusive care.

These memberships will allow these organisations to not only review and upskill on their care for gender and sexuality diverse patients/service users but also to measure this change through the free annual Health + Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI) benchmark and surveys.


These two memberships will be awarded to organisations that meet the following criteria:

• Less than 25 FTE

• Be a not-for-profit organisation

• Working in the health, wellbeing or human services sector

• Working with vulnerable, marginalised and minoritised communities (e.g. culturally and linguistically diverse communities, refugee and newly arrived communities, those impacted by domestic, family and intimate partner violence, people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, regional and remote communities etc)

• Are located outside a capital city

• At least one is for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander focused organisation

Expression of Interest forms can be found here.


National Reconciliation Week: Theme: Be Brave. Make Change.

National Reconciliation Week: Theme: Be Brave. Make Change.

The National Reconciliation Week 2022 theme, ‘Be Brave. Make Change’ is a challenge to all Australians— individuals, families, communities, organisations and government—to Be Brave and tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation so we can Make Change for the benefit of all Australians.

This year we are asking everyone to make change beginning with brave actions in their daily lives – where they live, work, play and socialise.

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week 

Why is Aged Care so poor

Why is Aged Care so poor

In this opinion article, Emeritus Professor Hal Swerissen unravels the economics of aged care and how you’re paying for it.

Unlike other sectors, such as disability and mental health, Australia doesn’t have a clearly defined, rights-based framework of outcomes for older people when they need care.

Instead, the emphasis has been on managing costs. This has been a particular problem for residential aged care. As a result, Australian residential care has become more privatised and marketised over the past 25 years.

So, how has that affected the quality of care? And what can governments do to address this issue?

Full article can be found in the link.


Your thoughts on future aged care home services

Your thoughts on future aged care home services

Following recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the Federal Department of Health is seeking guidance on the types of services that should be supported through in-home care.

It has provided a short survey to consult with senior Australians and their carers and family members as well as providers and professionals who work in aged care about a proposed Service List which you can complete. You have until 24 May to respond.

Living Longer Living Stronger exercise programs near you

Living Longer Living Stronger is an exciting and affordable exercise program to help older people improve their physical strength and fitness. It is a progressive training program designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and endurance. The website offers free videos and other information to maintain your health. The link below identifies the programs running in our local area.


Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: fostering integration grants

Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: fostering integration grants

The Australian Government is inviting organisations in an open process to apply to deliver grants under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program – Fostering Integration Grants from 2022 to 2023.

The objective of the grant opportunity is to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and multicultural communities in Australia.

Applications close at 9:00 pm AEST on Tuesday 14 June 2022.

Information about applying for this round can be found on GrantConnect.

National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study: Final Report

National Elder Abuse Prevalence Study: Final Report

Elder Abuse has gained significant attention in Australia in recent years as a serious problem requiring increased policy focus. This report provides an evidence-based support to policy moving forward.

The complete report is in the link.


Plan ahead and avoid family heartbreak

Plan ahead and avoid family heartbreak

Have you talked to your family about how you would like to be cared for in your advanced years? Families notch up so much intimate knowledge about their loved ones. Yet, advance care planning is often the most important conversations and we end up avoiding it. If you were too unwell to speak for yourself, who would speak for you and what would they say?

Advance care planning offers all of us the opportunity to discuss our preferences early, preparing ourselves and our loved ones in case there comes a time when we can’t make our own treatment decisions, or communicate them.

View the stories in the new ‘The Questions that Matter Most’ video. Visit advancecareplanning.org.au to access a free email starter pack and other helpful information.

For free, personalised advice, call the National Advance Care Planning Support Service on 1300 208 582 from 9am to 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. Full article in link below