Anglicare Australia leads debates on the Aged Care Royal Commission
Anglicare Australia has spoken at several events this month focusing on the Aged Care Royal Commission. Speaking at the Governance in Aged Care Conference in Sydney, Executive Director Kasy Chambers advised the sector not to wait until the Commission ends before taking action:
“Don’t wait for that final report. Have a look at what you’re doing on the way through. What [the Commissioners] are interested in is that you as leaders can understand and see the cutting edge practice, the up to date knowledge, and that your policies and practices pick up on that.”
Anglicare Australia also spoke at the Strengthening the Aged Care Workforce conference. Ahead of the conference, Ms Chambers said that that the Commission must be treated as an opportunity. “Don’t paint the Royal Commission only as negative and don’t be defensive. Talk about it as an opportunity to learn from others, and to have the spotlight of the country on your work area,” Ms Chambers said.
“It is a time for us to think together as a sector about what really great aged care would, could and should look like. These are wonderful conversations to involve staff in and will help us generate lots of new ideas and innovations,” she said.
Coverage of Anglicare Australia's remarks is available here and here.
Minimum wage failing to keep pace with rents
Anglicare Australia has responded to the recent minimum wage decision, saying that wages weren't keeping pace with housing costs.
Executive Director Kasy Chambers said that the reliance on the CPI presents a problem because it doesn’t fully reflect the costs associated with private rentals.
“It’s all well and good to say these increases should be around inflation, but rents have actually shot up way more than that,” Ms Chambers said.
“Housing costs have gone up by 300 per cent since 1998, which is about five times faster than CPI which has increased 63 per cent over the same period.”
Anglicare Australia's most recent State of the Family report noted Australia's cost of living measures downplays essential costs, such as housing, transport, childcare, by treating them as equal to the costs of consumer goods.
Coverage of Anglicare Australia's comments is available here.
Anglicare Australia briefs community sector on The Real Story
Anglicare Australia presented on the findings of The real story: What Australians think about poverty and how we shape the debate to an ACOSS Member Strategy Day in Sydney. The day was aimed at reviewing the political landscape following the recent federal election and its implications on poverty and disadvantage.
The report was a study of social attitudes that looked at how Australians see people experiencing poverty. It also reflects on what these attitudes mean for how we as advocates communicate and persuade. Our findings showed that attitudes are not fixed. They are shaped and reshaped through persuasion and debate. We also found that Australians are more sympathetic to those in poverty then even they realise.
In considering the way the community sector can best influence the agenda, The real story was heralded as a valuable tool to help us talk to the wider community.
For more information about the 2018 State of the Family report, contact [email protected].
Implementing the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
Several members of the Anglicare Australia Network are working to develop tools, pointers and assistance on how members can best implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The National Principles reflect ten child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with a broader scope that goes beyond sexual abuse to cover other forms of potential harm.
The group is working to assist not only services with child facing services but also those that have services such as aged care and housing. The group is being led by Anglicare Australia Council Member and AnglicareSA CEO Peter Sandeman, and it will be bringing this work to members over the coming months.
For more information about the group’s work on child safe organisations, contact [email protected].
AnglicareNT hosts the inaugural 2019 Anglicare Australia Network Aboriginal Culture and Experience Program
In June 2019, ten delegates from across the country travelled to the Northern Territory to take part in the Anglicare Australia Aboriginal Culture and Experience program, hosted by AnglicareNT. This immersive week-long program being the first of its kind to be run within the Network, intended to facilitate deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture and people, and support reflection on how we as a Network are working to strengthen and grow our reconciliation efforts.
The amazing program was organised by Leonie Patterson, Senior Aboriginal Advisor, Cultural Safety and Partnerships at AnglicareNT, who worked closely with Aboriginal organisations and people to provide a truly unique experience for Network representatives who attended.
Commencing in Darwin, the first day participants met with Aboriginal leaders from within government, health, justice and business areas in the Northern Territory, as well as learning from Larrakia Traditional Owners. The day’s events culminated in participants experiencing the backdrop of one of Darwin’s famous sunsets all while savouring local Aboriginal tucker (periwinkles, long-bums, barramundi, mangrove worms and mussels) cooked fresh over a campfire at East Point.
Then onto the Katherine region, with the group travelling 3 hours down the Stuart Highway. After a quick stopover lunch in the historical township of Pine Creek, participants were greeted at AnglicareNT’s Katherine Office by local staff and May Rosas, a Wardaman/Dagoman Elder. Participants heard from both May and staff about the challenges and important cultural considerations for living and working in in Katherine, and how working in partnership with the Aboriginal community continues to support and shape the delivery of AnglicareNT services.
The following day, participants were the first to experience the Jawoyn Association’s newly developed cultural training, ‘Sharing Our Culture’. The Jawoyn workshop provided a unique opportunity to hear directly from Traditional Owners about their Elder’s vision for their people, hear the Jawoyn story and journey to reconciliation and recognition in the Katherine region, and their ongoing struggles and efforts to keep their culture strong. In the evening participants enjoyed a sunset dinner cruise against the backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, a place of immense cultural significance to the Jawoyn people.
The final days of the tour saw the group travel an hour south-east of Katherine to attend the annual celebration of Aboriginal music, sport and culture at the Barunga Festival, hosted by the Jawoyn Bagala clan group.
The continued generosity and openness of Elders, community leaders and organisations in sharing with the group made for extraordinary and humbling experiences throughout the tour.
Throughout the tour participants from the Anglicare Australia Network reflected together on the beliefs, values and biases we bring, and how we can work across all levels of our organisations to support culturally safe environments. All participants spoke of feeling changed by this experience and with a deeper commitment to continued learning and connection with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and working for reconciliation in their own roles and communities.
The hope is that this program will continue to run annually, hosted by different Anglicare Australia Network members, to continue the national conversation about reconciliation within our Network, and to connect with the diversity and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures around the country.
To find out more about the Anglicare Australia Network Aboriginal Culture and Experience Program, email [email protected].
Register for Anglicare Australia’s 2019 Conference
It is with great pleasure that Anglicare Australia invites you to the 2019 Anglicare Australia National Conference, to be held at the Pan Pacific in Perth from 8–11 September 2019. Early bird registrations have now opened, and registrations are open online.
Our theme for 2019, Our Stories: The Power to Change, will capture our work and builds on our mission. As Anglicare Australia Network members, we work in hundreds of communities across Australia to build resilience, inclusion and justice. And as a Network, we are always sharing stories of change as we advance our mission.
Speakers will include:
- Kim Beazley, Governor of Western Australia and former Opposition Leader
- Jane Caro, commentator and author, who is set to appear in an IQ2 debate on ageism
- Dr Tracy Westerman, West Australian of the Year, who recently launched the Dr Tracy Westerman Aboriginal Psychology Scholarship at Curtin University
- Katie Stubley, of the Centre of Social Impact and Director of the Social Impact Festival
- Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality Commissioner
- Archbishop Kay Goldworthy will preach at the conference’s opening service
- An expert panel will explore issues in philanthropy and social ventures
Delegates will be treated to concurrent sessions from experts from across the Anglicare network, outstanding keynote addresses, and networking opportunities throughout the three days. And as always, we will kick off on Sunday evening with an opening service on Sunday night.
Click here to register for the Anglicare Australia National Conference.
Award nominations open for Anglicare Australia National Conference
This year, we are again combining the Anglicare Australia Awards Ceremony and the conference dinner for one big night to remember. The event will be held at Fraser's Function Centre and Restaurant. Nominations for the Awards have now opened.
The Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence, sponsored by Ansvar Insurance, recognise outstanding services, projects and programs provided by the organisations of the Anglicare Australia network, as well as individual volunteers who have made a significant contribution.
The awards are an opportunity to promote successful programs within Anglicare agencies, or recognise the contributions of outstanding volunteers. We are seeking nominations in the following categories:
- Excellence (for example, excellence in client services, social justice, research, governance, or quality improvement)
- Innovation (for example, innovation in to improve client outcomes, focus on particular target groups, overcome barriers, or bring about social change)
- Partnership (for example, regional partnerships, partnerships with Indigenous communities, agency partnerships, parish partnerships, or cooperation with industry and community)
- Volunteer achievement (recognising exceptional service by an individual who has made a significant contribution).
This year we have streamlined our award forms. You will only be required to complete one form, although supporting material will strengthen your nomination. We hope this makes the nomination process easier.
You can find more information about the Awards, along with the nomination forms, on the Anglicare Australia website: www.anglicare.asn.au/national-conference/national-awards-2019.
Nominations should be submitted by Monday 22 July 2019. To find out more, or to arrange an extension, email [email protected].