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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/

Head to Health connecting people to mental health care and support

Head to Health connecting people to mental health care and support

Lismore’s Head to Health hub is offering short and medium-term care and service navigation to people experiencing mental health issues, distress, or crisis.

Located at Healthy North Coast’s new Lismore Primary Health Precinct, Head to Health hubs provide a welcoming, low stigma, soft entry point for engagement, assessment and treatment.

They offer free mental health support both in-person and through telehealth, based on need.

By visiting or calling, people can be assessed immediately by mental health professionals. They will then be connected to an appropriate service, which may be an existing mental health service or an on-site clinician.

Peer workers are available to provide support and assist with navigation and connection.

Head to Health is free and a mental health care plan is not required.

For further information or to refer a patient, please call 1800 595 212. Hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.

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


Change is in the Air: Brave New World International Dementia Conference

Change is in the Air: Brave New World International Dementia Conference

The 2022 International Dementia Conference is being sponsored by the Dementia Centre and Hammond Care in Sydney 8-9 September.

Early Bird registrations are open 1 June.

upport is being offered to any person living with dementia or a carer who would like support submitting an abstract for this conference.

Contact [email protected].  Conference details can be found on the link https://www.dementiaconference.com/

Australia Dementia Research Forum is on in May

Australia Dementia Research Forum is on in May

The Australian Dementia Research Forum is the premier annual event for Australian dementia research, bringing together dementia researchers, health professionals and policy makers, as well as people living with dementia and their families and carers. The forum is dedicated to advancing dementia science and research.

It will be held virtually on 30-31 May 2022.

For the Program: https://www.australiandementiaresearchforum2022.org.au/program

To register: https://www.australiandementiaresearchforum2022.org.au/registrations

Crana – bush support

Crana – bush support

A toll-free 24-hour telephone counselling service is every day of the year for ALL remote health workers/service providers and their families.

You can call 1800 805 391.

Bush Support provides a range of programs and resources to assist remote workers and their families in managing the stress of living and working in a remote location. The program includes an anonymous, nationwide 24-hour telephone debriefing and support service, staffed by psychologists with remote experience.

Click here to find out more.


Family and Carers Mental Health – May Calendar

Family and Carers Mental Health – May Calendar

The Family and Carer Mental Health Program invites anyone who is supporting a friend, neighbour or family member with a mental health issue to join us in their activities and support groups.

The Family and Carer Mental Health Program aim is to keep people connected and supported and looking after their own mental health.

Many people would have found themselves in  a caring role in recent times and whether this is new or something that you’ve been doing for sometime, the Family and Carer Mental Health Program would love for you to join them.

Japanese encephalitis spreads south- what you need to know

Japanese encephalitis spreads south- what you need to know

Another viral threat has been spreading across the country.  Japanese encephalitis has been found in part of Australia where it has previously been clear.

National Seniors reports that there are ways to stay protected. Follow the link for the full article.


Head to Health service available locally

Head to Health service available locally

Healthy North Coast has established the Head to Health service in collaboration with the Department of Health (DoH). The free mental health service includes a 1800 helpline to help support local intake, assessment and referral, plus a new Head to Health Hub located at Lismore’s Primary Health Precinct at the Southern Cross University Campus.

Head to Health provides immediate mental health support and short to medium-term mental health care under a ‘no wrong door’ approach. If long-term care is needed, Head to Health will help connect people to the most appropriate services.

Head to Health can assist and support GPs and other health professionals in:

  • providing a comprehensive patient assessment using the Initial Assessment Referral Decision Support Tool (IAR-DST) to identify the appropriate type of intensity of care needed for their patient (Level 1 to 5).
  • finding the most suitable mental health support for their patients, including:
    • access to existing low-intensity services and resources
    • dedicated care provided at a Head to Health Hub or at other community-based services
    • warm referral into specialist or acute mental health services, including emergency care or an area mental health triage.

Clinical care available at Lismore’s Head to Health Hub

Head to Health Hubs are staffed by multidisciplinary teams of skilled mental health professionals, including psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers, and alcohol and drug workers. These teams will collaborate with GPs to support their patients onsite or through telehealth services.

No referral needed

Patients do not require a GP referral to access Head to Health. The free intake and referral helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 5 pm on 1800 595 212, as is the Lismore Head to Health Hub. No appointment is needed to visit the Hub.

The Head to Health Hub team may request further information to assist your patient with the most appropriate care. If your patient is going to receive care from a clinic, with their permission, you will be contacted for further information and shared care planning.

Patient care plans can be shared with a person’s regular GP or referring health professional if the patient consents.

Please note, Head to Health is not a crisis service and patients requiring immediate care or crisis intervention should be managed through the local mental health triage or 000 if there are immediate safety concerns.

A lap for Parkinson’s

A lap for Parkinson’s

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. So, in conjunction with Parkinson’s Queensland, Home Instead presents ‘A Lap For Parkinson’s’.

A collaborative initiative focused on raising funds and awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. In partnership with local Health Professionals and community groups, this event was designed to reduce stigma and enhance education for a disease that affects over 130,000 Australians.

You are invited to find out about available support and to celebrate Parkinson’s Awareness Month on Saturday 30 April 2022 from 8:30 am – Midday. Where: The Gold Coast Performance Centre, 1 Sports Drive Runaway Bay QLD.

To find out more details go to https://a-lap-for-parkinsons.raisely.com/

National Conference on incontinence to be held in May

National Conference on incontinence to be held in May

The 30th National Conference on Incontinence will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in May 11-14. Early Bird registration has been extended to May 1.  The full program can be found on this link. https://continence.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/ncoi2022/information/Agenda

For full details and registration follow this link https://www.continence.org.au/registrations

Dementia Practice Webinar free series

Dementia Practice Webinar free series

Dementia Australia Centre for Learning is hosting a free Webinar, called ‘Making a difference in dementia care’.

It will be held on Thursday, 28 April, from 12pm to 1:30pm

The live session will focus on achievements and challenges and how to offer quality care for people living with dementia.

Registration is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/making-a-difference-in-dementia-care-online-webinar-registration-305133952867

Other inquiries can be emailed to [email protected]