Upcoming Anglicare Australia network meetings
Time has been set aside before, after and throughout the upcoming Anglicare Australia National Conference for Special Interest Network meetings. Staff with interest in and responsibility for a particular field of work can join a relevant network and learn from the experience of others and provide leadership themselves:
- Research network, 10am on Sunday 16 September 2018. For more information, contact [email protected].
- Chaplaincy and parish community work network, 1.30pm Sunday 16 September 2018 and 3.45pm on Monday 17 September 2018. For more information, contact [email protected].
- Aged and community care network, 3.45pm on Monday 17 September 2018. For more information, contact [email protected].
- Media and communications network, 3.45pm on Monday 17 September 2018. For more information, contact [email protected].
- First Nation's staff network, 3.45pm on Monday 17 September 2018. For more information, contact [email protected].
- Reconciliation network, 5pm on Tuesday 18 September 2018. For more information, contact [email protected].
If you plan to attend any of these meetings, please let the contact person know so they and the conference team can get an idea of likely numbers. There is also space in the conference timetable for additional network meetings. If you would like to schedule a network meeting, please contact [email protected].
Forum: Financial counselling, families and emergency relief
Anglicare Australia will host a joint gathering of the emergency relief, financial counselling and family, children and communities networks. The forum will be held from 3.45-5.15 pm on Monday 17 September in Ballroom 2. Participants will discuss key ongoing issues such as dealing with DEX (the DSS database), the upcoming expiry of grants, and interactions with Centrelink.
Financial Counselling is a proposed new network; while the Emergency Relief and Family, Children and Communities networks have often used the Conference to catch up and decide on further possible meetings or collaborative projects through the year. After the update from AA and subsequent discussion, we hope to use the room to talk about the possibilities for future action, either all together or in separate networks.
For more information about the Forum, contact [email protected].
Ian Carter AM to step down from Anglicare WA after 25 years
Anglicare WA CEO Ian Carter AM will leave the role next year after nearly 25 years at the helm. Mr Carter announced that he will depart Anglicare WA on 30 June, 2019 to ensure a smooth transition to a new CEO.
Ian has led the organisation over a remarkable era as Anglicare WA evolved to a leading community service provider for WA’s most vulnerable people. Ian said the time was right for change.
“Anglicare WA provided help to more than 34,000 people in the last year, supporting 40 per cent of State’s homeless youth, and distributing over $1.6 million in emergency relief aid,” he said.
“It’s an exciting time for Anglicare WA as the organisation strives to achieve a just and fair Western Australia where all people thrive, which will continue long into the future.”
Anglicare WA Chairman John Barrington said Ianwill leave a lasting legacy on the organisation.
“Ian was appointed CEO of Anglicare WA in April 1995. By the time he leaves next year, Ian will have been CEO for 24 of Anglicare WA’s 43 year history, and has overseen phenomenal expansion in the organisation’s service delivery,” said Mr Barrington.
“It’s a remarkable achievement.”
Click here to read the announcement, and click here to read a profile of Ian in The West Australian.
Introducing the “Assisted Dying Legislation” into Benetas
Sandra Hills, CEO of Benetas and Anglicare Australia Council Member, has published an article exploring the implications of the Assisted Dying Bill 2017 by the Victorian Legislative Assembly.
The law will go through an 18 month period of implementation before individuals can request access to voluntary assisted dying. Importantly, the voluntary assisted dying legislation is not intended to, nor should it, replace the need for end of life discussions, Advance Care Planning and information sharing on the role and significance of palliative care.
Sandra's article explores the next steps for Benetas - to read, digest and understand the legislation, and identify the issues, risks and mitigation strategies, develop policies for discussion with staff, clients and their family, and monitoring all of the review of all aspects of our approach.
Click here to read Sandra Hills’ article.
AnglicareSA launches Moments That Matter campaign
AnglicareSA has partnered with the State Government to launch a new campaign called Moments That Matter. It's aimed at trying to attract families to help meet the growing demand for carers.
AnglicareSA CEO and Anglicare Australia Council Member Peter Sandeman said "we now have 3,300 children in out of home care and too many of them are in residential care, they need families to support them."
"Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and we want a diverse range of foster carers as well," he said.
The Moments that Matter campaign stresses that foster carers are not alone - AnglicareSA provides training and ongoing support to help make a difference in a child’s life. It also informs people about flexible and weekend options for being a foster carer.
Click here to find out more about the Moments That Matter campaign.