Aspect March 2016

Aspect Newsletter

From the Executive Director

The cost of caring

Kasy Chambers EDLet me say up front that caring, truly caring, is a wonderful thing. It is what makes us human, what binds us, what lies at the heart of families and relationships between people. Caring for a loved one can be the most relationship affirming thing; caring for people in need can be one of the most rewarding careers.

In a speech about the inequity for women in retirement incomes given on International Women’s Day, I suggested that while the gender pay gap produces inequity in retirement incomes, it is gaps in pay that creates the poverty we see many older women enduring. Many of these gaps are caused by periods of caring.

Taking time out of the workforce to care creates a hole in superannuation and earning capacity that people can rarely fill. And once one part of a family takes that time to do so and lowers their salary because of that, they are then the economically logical choice to take time out the next time a family responsibility rears its head.

What this generally looks like is the woman taking the time out to care for the young children and re-engaging in work part time whilst the male partner’s career and earning capacity increases. When the opportunity to care for elderly parents presents itself, it makes sense that she again takes this on as that maximises the household income. If a relationship breakdown is added to this picture, this person is in trouble.

Of course we recognise that not every family is made up of two parents raising their biological children, but for many of the older women managing their maturity in poverty the scenario above rings true.

We need to de-gender caring. True encouragement to male partners, as well as female, to take parental leave (perhaps even policies of leave being forgone rather than transferring to the other part of the couple) could address this inequity and perhaps drive the need for other economic recognition of caring (not to mention address a major cause of discrimination in the workplace). Superannuation paid by government for periods of caring, and more generous tax treatment for superannuation when people re-enter the workforce after a period of caring, are both examples of economic recognition and support for people taking the time to care.

Another large piece of work we have been engaging with over the last month is responding to the Senate Inquiry into the future of the Aged Care Workforce. This is important for us for several reasons. The standard of care and wellbeing we offer the people that share their lives with us in residential and community aged care is dependent upon the quality of the workforce. We care too about the wellbeing of the people who are our workforce. And finally, if we are not careful, the very people that work for us in this area today could become those people coming to us in poverty in their own old age due to low income, part time hours and casualisation necessary to make the aged care reforms work.

Caring can be such a privilege, a transformative experience that we should open it up to people of all genders and recognise it for the rewarding and important career choice that paid caring is.

It would be a bitter irony if those who contributed deeply to our society by caring couldn’t themselves be cared for by the community they helped create. But in this new, disrupted, agile and responsive world of human services, the risk is that the people who will be delivering flexible person-centred care end up paying the price for that low cost flexibility.

National Office News

National Office out and about

Another busy month for the National Office.

Executive Director, Kasy Chambers and her Major Church Provider peers met with the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter and Department of Social Services Deputy Secretary for Families & Communities, Barbara Bennett, at Parliament House in March.

Minister Porter meeting
Major Church Provider CEOs meet with the Minister for Social Services [from left]: Marcelle Mogg (CEO, Catholic Social Services Australia), Kasy, Minister Porter, Lin Hatfield Dodds (National Director, UnitingCare Australia), Barbara Bennett (Deputy Secretary, DSS) and Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Pho (National Secretary, The Salvation Army).

Anglicare Australia supported National Shelter in its two-day housing affordability advocacy forum. Deputy Director, Roland Manderson met with Senator Claire Moore (Qld, ALP), David Feeney MP (Vic, ALP) and Tony Pasin MP (SA, Lib), and National Policy & Research Director, Sarah Jewell met with Senator David Fawcett (SA, Lib) and John Cobb MP (NSW, Nat). Discussions with these MPs and Senators focused on the need for all parties to work together on housing affordability and tax, the need for a national plan to address housing and homelessness and housing affordability research (Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot and National Shelter’s Rental Affordability Index).

Roland and Sarah also attended a meeting at Treasury in Canberra to discuss Anglicare Australia’s submission to the Council on Federal Financial Relations Affordable Housing Working Group on innovative financing models. They were accompanied to this meeting by Jeremy Halcrow (CEO, Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT), Grant Reubenicht (CFO, AnglicareSA) and Michelle Gegenhuber (General Manager, Housing & Development, AnglicareSA).

Special interest network meetings featured in March and involved a number of national office staff: Fundraising, Chief Financial Officers, Human Resources, and Aged & Community Care.

Kasy and Sarah attended the launch of the ALP’s report, Growing Together – Labor’s Agenda for Tackling Inequality. Anglicare Australia participated in the roundtable discussions that lead to its development. The following day, Anglicare Australia distributed a media release commenting on the report, saying the agenda was encouraging, in that addressing inequality had been put at the centre of social and economic policy. Kasy was also interviewed by The Guardian.

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Shadow Minister for Families & Payments, and Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin speaks at the launch of the ALP's new agenda for tackling inequality in Australia, Growing Together.

Anglicare Australia submissions

Submission to Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee inquiry into the Future of Australia’s aged care sector workforce.

In responding to this inquiry, Anglicare Australia is considering:

- the capacity of Anglicare aged and home care services to provide high quality, inclusive care and support across communities
- the development of an aged and community care workforce which has the skills and commitment to value, and respond to the needs and capabilities of the people it serves
- the wellbeing, development and respect for the people who make up the workforce itself in the present and into the future.

Submission to the Council on Federal Financial Relations Affordable Housing Working Group.

In this submission, Anglicare Australia recommends a set of principles for the Working Group to consider as members assess submissions that propose new and innovative ways of financing an increased supply of affordable housing. It then outlines the barriers experienced by its member agencies in partnering to provide more affordable housing, and shares some of the potential solutions to overcome these barriers. It also provides high-level responses to the financing models proposed in the Issues Paper.

Kasy speaks at IWD event

Executive Director, Kasy Chambers, was a guest speaker at the Older Women’s Network International Women’s Day event at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney on 8 March.

Other speakers included Susan Ryan AO (Age & Disability Discrimination Commissioner), Pru Goward MP, Ludo McFerran (Research Affiliate, University of Sydney's Women and Work Research) and Nicole Watson (Indigenous academic).

Kasy’s speech focussed on the impact of inequity on older women, leaving so many behind when it came to income, superannuation, housing and more.

Farewell to Coco

After four and a half years with Anglicare Australia, we farewelled our Policy & Research Officer, Coco Ho.

Coco has been instrumental in our annual statistics collection, collaborative research projects, as a member of the National Research Network, and the management of research for the Rental Affordability Snapshot for the past two years. She has also provided support in the development of submissions, the monthly newsletter and other publications, and social policy research.

To all our subscribers and beyond, Coco says:

Anglicare Australia was my very first full time employer, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with staff from our member organisations over the years on various national projects. You’ve all given me a taste of what it is like to work with colleagues who are considerate and respectful, and I’m sure what I’ve learnt from you all and Anglicare Australia will allow me to further grow professionally and personally.

I don’t actually have a plan as to what is coming up next, so I’ll take my time to figure out what’s on the horizon, as well as having a little break.

Thank you for being such a fantastic bunch of colleagues. I will surely miss our interactions and conversations. I look forward to crossing path with you again in the future. Do take care and have a great life!!

Coco farewell lunch
At Coco's farewell lunch [from left]: Sarah Byrne, Michelle Waterford, Coco, Skye Owen, Erin Clark, Erin's baby Maddie, Roland Manderson, Pam Rowley, Sarah Jewell and Kasy Chambers.

Telstra's personal mobile safety information

Telstra orangeOn International Women’s Day, Anglicare Australia partner, Telstra, released its Personal Mobile Safety page on the Telstra web site, which addresses safety as it relates to personal safety and mobile phones.

The site has practical information for users to improve their personal mobile safety and includes a series of useful tips.

WESNET (Women’s Service Network) has endorsed the page and believe it will be a valuable resource to educate agencies and women impacted by domestic violence to understand technologies and how to increase their safety.

Fairer super for all

Anglicare Australia’s partner, HESTA, speaks on women’s superannuation inadequacy and its Fairer super for all campaign. These policies align with Anglicare Australia narrative around this issue, as shown in the recent speech by Executive Director, Kasy Chambers at an International Women’s Day event and past submission on the subject.

HESTA is at the forefront of the current political debate, examining why women retire with less than men.

We are strongly advocating on behalf of our members at the Senate inquiry into the economic security of women in retirement. This inquiry is examining why women retire with significantly less super than men and what changes could be made to improve the system.

HESTA’s submission stresses that the wage gap between men and women remains the biggest factor in women retiring with less than men.

“The gap in super savings that women experience is not due to the choices they make – the main causes are the gender pay gap that sees women earning less than their male counterparts and unpaid time out of the workforce,” says HESTA CEO, Debby Blakey.

The vast majority of HESTA’s more than 800,000 members are women working in health and community services, where the gender pay gap is 27.7%, according to figures from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

“Super is there for every Australian and the conversation needs to start including low-income earners and women”, adds Debby.

Closing the pay gap is clearly vital and must be tackled through structural and societal changes. In the meantime, the super system can also evolve.

Three important recommendations underpin HESTA’s Senate inquiry submission:

Remove the $450 monthly super threshold

The successful introduction of SuperStream, which simplifies and removes the admin burden on businesses, means employers can now make contributions more easily. That barrier is removed, so all employees should be eligible for guaranteed super contributions, including those who earn less than $450 a month.

This is particularly vital for nurses or other people in care-giving professions, who may work shift work across multiple employers. For instance, consider a nurse who returns to work following the birth of a child and takes irregular shift work across three health providers.

In one month she earns:
•    $360 from a pathology lab drawing blood samples
•    $420 from a casual night shift at a hospital
•    $445 teaching first aid at a GP practice

Gross pay (monthly) = $1,225
Mandated super guarantee contribution = $0

SuperStream makes it easy for employers to make contributions, so there is no reason why anyone working, no matter what they earn, shouldn’t be eligible for super.

The low income super contribution

We are continuing our campaign of pressuring the government to abolish plans to discontinue the low income superannuation contribution (LISC) in 2017.


Because if it’s removed, 3.6million Australians, including more than 2.1million women, will pay the same, or in some cases, a higher tax rate on their super contributions than they pay on their wages. HESTA believes the LISC must remain in place in its current form. Since 2014, HESTA has been a leader in the campaign to retain the LISC, in cooperation with the wider super industry.

Value unpaid caring roles

We think Australia can learn from the many overseas examples where unpaid caring roles are recognised and remunerated. Many European and South American countries have systems that ensure women receive a pension voucher or benefit for time taken off work to raise children or care for the elderly.

HESTA’s submission to the inquiry points to the success of Chile and we believe a similar system could be adopted here in Australia. These recommendations would help ensure all Australians can afford a dignified retirement.

With more than 25 years of experience and $33 billion in assets, more people in health and community services choose HESTA for their super.

Issued by H.E.S.T Australia Ltd ABN 66 006 818 695 AFSL No. 235249, the Trustee of Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia (HESTA) ABN 64 971 749 321.

Hesta SuperFund

Anglicare Network News

Being a/part peer reviewed

being a-partA peer-reviewed article on the Anglicare Australia network’s being a/part research has been published in Science Direct.

Titled Childhood adversity, sense of belonging and psychosocial outcomes in emerging adulthood: A test of mediated pathways, the article focuses on the quantitative side of the research project.

Anglicare Northern Inland CEO vacancy

Anglicare Northern Inland CEO, Larry Apthorpe will be retiring around the middle of this year and the search is on for a new CEO.

Anglicare Northern Inland is part of the Anglican Diocese of Armidale, located in the north and north west of New South Wales. It is a provider of non-clinical mental health and community support services, delivering program diversity, a commitment to quality and an intent to facilitate personal recovery for all who use the services.

The CEO position suits a senior leader with an understanding and commitment to community support and the counselling process. It will provide the opportunity to build on solid organisational achievements.

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Anglicare Victoria introduces new brand

Anglicare Victoria has spent the last few months reviewing, refining and evolving its brand.

CEO Paul McDonald says the rebrand has been an important project and represents what the agency stands for, with an impetus being its recent merger with St Luke’s.

“As we now unite with a shared vision and purpose, we can make an even more positive difference to the lives of the people we support every day,” he said.

Anglicare Victoria’s new tagline, Better Tomorrows serves as a snapshot to its plight – to transform the futures of disadvantaged Victorian children, young people and families.

This ‘journey’ has been incorporated into the elements of the ‘letter A’, beginning with colours of purple and red for hardship at the bottom of the design, which travels up and out to promise and hope with the colours of orange and yellow.

Anglicare Victoria logo

New Chairman for Anglicare Victoria

The Hon Chris Pearce has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Anglicare Victoria, following the retirement of Damian Neylon. He has been on the Board of Anglicare Victoria for seven years, during which time he has made an exceptional contribution.

Formerly the Federal MP for Aston and Parliamentary Secretary, Chris’ appointment coincides with him leaving his position as Executive Director of Government and Not for Profit for Telstra Corporation.

Chris is Chairman of the Board at Global Voices and has served on the Board of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation.

Interactive map shows poker machine losses

Anglicare Tasmania has released an interactive map that reveals the money lost by local communities on poker machine gambling.

The map is part of a campaign to urge local councils to speak up in defence of their communities by supporting the removal of poker machines from clubs and pubs. It shows the total dollar loss experienced by each Local Government Area (LGA), how much each poker machine takes from the community and the average loss per adult.

There are 16 LGAs where every poker machine in the community takes the same or more than the local average wage. Tasmanians now lose almost $200 million each year to poker machine gambling.

A state-wide poll in November last year revealed that four in five Tasmanians want poker machines reduced in number or removed entirely from clubs and hotels.

As part of its campaign against poker machines, Anglicare Tasmania will be screening free the documentary Ka-Ching, which takes you behind the scenes of the poker machine industry.

AngTas poker machine map

Rumble’s Quest measures children’s wellbeing

AngTas Rumbles QuestAnglicare Tasmania has showcased an interactive computer game, Rumble’s Quest, to measure the wellbeing of children. It was developed by Griffith University.

The game is suitable for children aged five to 12 years. Rumble’s Quest gives children an opportunity to report their own feelings and sense of wellbeing in relation to school and relationships.

A child who is dealing with trauma may be physically present in a classroom but not able to learn effectively. Rumble’s Quest can help schools to measure the wellbeing of children, run particular interventions to give support and take measurements to see if wellbeing has increased.

Anglicare members acknowledged in WA Parliament

Shortly after Anti-Poverty Week last year, ALP member of the Western Australia government, Dr Sally Talbot, moved in a session at Parliament “That in recognition of Anti-Poverty Week 2015, the Parliament commends the work of all the Western Australian groups, schools and organisations that actively participated in the week’s activities and calls on the government to acknowledge that poverty and severe hardship affect the lives of too many Western Australians.”

Highlighted in the acknowledgement from Dr Talbot and a number of other state politicians were Anglicare WA, Anglicare Australia, Kasy Chambers, Mark Glasson (Anglicare WA) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Anglicare NT to benefit from Doctors' Orchestra

Anglicare NT has been chosen as the charity to receive proceeds from the Australian Doctors’ Orchestra concert in Darwin on 19 June 2016.

The Australian Doctors’ Orchestra is a unique national fellowship of medical professionals who are also classically trained musicians. The not-for-profit orchestra plays public concerts across Australia, and concert proceeds benefit selected charities.

Funds raised from from Music from Moscow will go to Pandanus Childbirth Education and Perinatal Support Program.

Music from Moscow

Abseil for AnglicareSA fundraiser

In March, AnglicareSA hosted its second Abseil for AnglicareSA fundraiser. The event was a great success, with 100 participants taking in stunning views of Adelaide Oval as they abseiled down the 70-metre tall InterContinental Adelaide hotel.

South Australian luminaries who took part in the event included Bruce Linn (AnglicareSA Board Chair), Kyam Maher (SA Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister), Jay Schulz, Jackson Trengove and Alipate Carlile (Port Adelaide Football Club AFL players), Channel 7 personalities and AnglicareSA CEO, Peter Sandeman.

The event raised around $75,000, which will support three AnglicareSA programs – Emergency Assistance, Star Bear and Power Generation.

Abseiling - Peter Sandeman - Kyam Maher
AnglicareSA CEO, Peter Sandeman (left) and South Australian Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister, Kyam Maher.

Abseiling - Jackson Trengrove - Alipate Carlile

Port Power AFL players, Jackson Trengove and Alipate Carlile abseiling for AnglicareSA.

BSL's youth unemployment hotspots

A new snapshot by Anglicare Australia member, Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL), has mapped unemployment ‘hotspots’ for those aged 15 to 24 across Australia – with some regions grappling with rates above 20%.

The national youth unemployment rate at over 12% remains double the rate of overall unemployment, according to analysis of ABS data by BSL. The picture is worse in youth unemployment hotspots across the country, particularly in regional, rural and outer suburban areas.

Young people continue to be at higher risk of unemployment than other age groups. The 12.2% unemployment rate for 15-24 year olds was more than 2½ times the rate among adults aged 25 and older (4.6%).
While the national youth rate is down from a high of almost 14% in December 2014, it still well up on the level before the global financial crisis in 2008, when it dipped below 9%.

BSL infograph

Brotherhood to help implement NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Agency, administering the NDIS roll-out, has announced the appointment of the Brotherhood of St Laurence to deliver Local Area Coordination services in Melbourne's north-east region. This work will span five municipalities – Banyule, Darebin, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra.

The Brotherhood’s Executive Director Tony Nicholson welcomed the opportunity to participate in an important national initiative. "The NDIS is Australia's most significant social policy reform in the last forty years, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence is pleased to be able to contribute to implementing it.''

Helping parents prepare for work

The Brotherhood of St Laurence will receive funding for a new initiative, ParentsNext, to assist parents with young children in preparing for future employment.

ParentsNext providers will work with parents of young children to identify their education and employment goals and help them access support services such as TAFE, secondary schools, training providers and employment services.”

Anglicare members to get aged care funding

Anglicare Australia member organisations – Benetas, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and Anglicare NT - will be funded under the 2015 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) announced in March.

This is the last ACAR to include home care places. From February 2017 funding will follow the consumer not the provider, allowing people to choose the care which suits their individual needs and then direct funding to that provider.

Applications for the 2016 ACAR round will commence in June, focussing on the provision of residential aged care places and capital funding, as well as introducing short-term restorative care places.

Benetas CEO features in Aged Care Insite

Benetas CEO and National Council member, Sandra Hills featured in Aged Care Insite magazine in March. She wrote about how a marriage of formal services and informal assistance can provide more support for Australia’s vulnerable population.

Aged Care Insite - Benetas

Victoria releases Royal Commission report

The Royal Commission into Family Violence has made 227 recommendations in a report tabled in the Victorian Parliament receiving widespread praise from the Not for Profit sector and the community generally.

“I think the key message in the report is that although there are good things being done by many services and good features of existing systems the overall response to family violence needs to be transformed,” Chair of the Royal Commission, Marcia Neave said.

“The 227 work together as an overall package many of them are dependent on others being put in place.”

Commissioner Marcia Neave AO, was supported by Deputy Commissioner Tony Nicholson (Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director) and Patricia Faulkner AO.

Anglicare Victoria CEO, Paul McDonald responded in a Tweet: "I think the recommendations are a game changer for the system and the victim and a game changer for Australia."

Benetas CEO and National Council member, Sandra Hills said in a media release: “the report’s focus on elder abuse was important, and acknowledged the vulnerability of older people in the community.”

National Awards Profile

Highly Commended - EXCELLENCE - Anglicare Tasmania

Welcome to the next in our series of profiles on the winners and highly commended of the Anglicare Australia 2014 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence. These profiles are also be featured in the 2016 Anglicare Australia Review.

The EXCELLENCE category is for a particular service or project or for the overall service provided by an agency.

Service with respect and dignity

People who inject drugs are often on the receiving end of stigma and discrimination, and their only contact with health and community support services might be through a Needle and Syringe Program.

Anglicare Tasmania’s Needle and Syringe Program is acutely aware of this, so it ensures its services are accessible, welcoming and client-friendly, above all else.

Anglicare Tasmania has operated a Needle and Syringe Program in Hobart and Glenorchy since 2011. The program provides a non-judgmental, confidential, friendly service with a range of sterile injecting equipment, disposal facilities and resources for people who inject drugs. It also makes available to clients, fresh and nutritious food.

The program works within a harm reduction model, to increase the capacity of people who inject drugs to initiate solutions for their own health and social support. The program’s clients are able to provide feedback and consequently determine the services they receive, giving them options about their care and support.

One Anglicare Tasmania worker, providing an unsolicited impression of the impact of the program said, “It is the way in which people are treated that most impresses me. People are treated just like that – as people. They are given the utmost respect, privacy, dignity and confidentiality.”

Clients echo these same sentiments: “Thanks so much for helping me out the other day. I was impressed that you remembered my name and who I was and everything – and you helped me out straight away! I know you’ve been around for a lot of years - but you’ve never become bitter or jaded about working with us – you’re just as passionate as ever! Thanks heaps for what you do!”

Additional to the day-to-day services of the Needle and Syringe Program, staff contribute to the development of skills and attitudes of a broad range of health and community service workers, providing advice and strategies on non-judgmental support.

Award judges were impressed with the program’s emphasis on respect and dignity, and that clients were able to voice opinions about its operation.

Excellence HC - Anglicare Tas

Award judge and Telstra representative, Robert Morsillo (left) with Excellence Highly Commended winner, Daryl Lamb from Anglicare Tasmania. Photo: Josh Selleck, End Vision Photography.

Research and Resources

Take part in a Royal Commission survey

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to investigate how survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and their families access support services.

AIFS invites all victim/survivors of institutional or non-familial child sexual abuse to take part in an anonymous online survey about their views and experiences of accessing support services.

Parents and carers of victim/survivors are also invited to participate.

Mothers' experiences with DHS

An article in the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Family Matters journal explores payee mothers’ interactions with the Department of Human Services’ child support scheme. The article highlights how interactions with the DHS-Child Support Agency can facilitate or undermine the receipt of child support.

Women more vulnerable to homelessness

Council to Homeless PersonsWomen are more vulnerable to homelessness due to a number of factors including lower incomes, workplace discrimination and domestic violence, says the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP).

The CHP's submission to the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy directly responds to these factors and identifies what is needed to break their link to homelessness.

How to vote if you are homeless

The Australian Electoral Commission has a campaign running at the moment which encourages homeless people to vote.

Your vote, Your voice points out that even if you don’t have a permanent home, you still have the right to enrol and vote. People experiencing homelessness or living in temporary accommodation have options available to them to help them enrol and vote.

There is a page on the AEC website with advice on how to vote for people with no fixed address.

Posters are available for your services to order, to encourage your clients to vote.

Feeling safe in OOHC

The majority of children in out-of-home care say they feel safe and settled in their current placement, according to a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The report, Views of children and young people in Out-of-Home Care, shows that 91% of surveyed children reported feeling both safe and settled in their current placement, while a further 6% reported feeling safe but not settled (4%), or feeling settled but not safe (2%).
The majority (94%) described feeling close to at least one family group; either the people they live with now (co-resident family), family members they do not live with (non co-resident family), or both.

A practical mental illness guide for service providers

A Practical Guide for Working with Carers of People with a Mental Illness has been created and launched by a consortium of experts in mental health care, including Helping Minds, Mind Australia, Private Mental Health Consumer Carer Network (Australia), Mental Health Australia and Mental Health Carers ARAFMI Australia.

In any given year, almost two and a half million people care for a person with mental illness in Australia. Too often, when dealing with organisations providing treatment and care, these same carers can end up feeling left out of the process of creating the care their loved one needs.

This new guide will enable existing services and programs to work with, and draw on the expertise of carers when designing and implementing care and ‘packages’ of care for people with mental illness.

Mental health worker toolkit

Swell is an online and paper-based recovery toolkit for mental-health service workers and service users – who can use it collaboratively or independently of each other.

Swell will give service workers access to best-practice information and advice on resolving common recovery challenges. It is different from most other mental-health-related website and apps, as it is peer informed, whole-of-life and integrated into service delivery.

First dementia clinical guidelines

The first Australian Guidelines on dementia were launched at the Alzheimer’s Australia National Consumer Summit at Parliament House in March.

The evidence-based guidelines, comprising 109 recommendations, have been developed specifically for Australia and are designed for use by health care professionals and those caring for, or working with, people living with dementia.

Improving CALD ageing experience

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) have held a national roundtable to examine the gaps in research around ageing and aged care for older culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) Australians.

The collaboration of FECCA and NARI is an innovative approach between industry and research, to develop a research agenda and plan of action to further advance understanding of the needs of older CALD Australians, in line with the government’s reform agenda.

Dental Foundation National Day of Action

Dental posterThe National Dental Foundation (NDF) is coordinating a National Day of Action in line with National Volunteers Week (9-15 May 2016), to collaborate dental efforts in helping those most at need access urgent dental care.

The NDF is holding this national event to help raise awareness of the NDF’s mission in helping those less fortunate, and to help highlight the dental community’s involvement in philanthropic endeavours within local communities around Australia.

The NDF is a charitable organisation that facilitates the provision of pro bono dental treatment to those in society who cannot access timely dental care.

Policy, consultations and grants

ACNC to stay

The government will retain the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC); a decision the government says follows extensive consultation with the sector on the alternative option of repealing and replacing the ACNC.

It is intended the ACNC will have a renewed focus on working with charities to help them to become more effective, and helping them to improve their governance.

ACNC data available

Data from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Register of Charities is now available from provides an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from federal, state and territory governments. The site aims to encourage public access to and reuse of government data by providing it in useful formats and under open licences.

Anglicare Events

Sector Events

Sector Events

Think Outcomes: delivering, measuring & communicating social change
Date: 12-13 April 2016
Venue: RACV City Club, Melbourne

Collaboration for Impact Conference
Date: 4-5 May 2016
Venue: Rydges Hotel, Melbourne

Innovative Business Models for Not For Profits
Date: 11-13 May 2016
Venue: Radisson Blu, Sydney

Financial Counselling Australia Conference
Date: 16-18 May 2016
Venue: Hilton Hotel Adelaide

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services - Services for Older People Conference
Date: 12-13 May 2016
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

National Dental Foundation’s National Day of Action

Date: 9-15 May 2016

National Volunteer Week
Date: 9-15 May 2016

National Families Week
Date: 15-21 May 2016

Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Date: 18-20 May 2016
Venue: Mantra on View Hotel, Gold Coast, QLD

Child Aware Approaches Conference
Date: 23-24 May 2016
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Communities in Control Conference
Date: 30-31 May 2016
Venue: Moonee Ponds, Melbourne

International Dementia Conference
Date: 16-17 June 2016
Venue: Hilton Sydney

International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference
Date: 21-23 June 2016
Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

AIFS 2016 Conference
Date: 6-8 July 2016
Venue: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Active Ageing Conference

Date: 4 August 2016
Venue: Swissôtel, Sydney

Date: 8 September 2016

LASA National Congress
Date: 9-12 October 2016
Venue: Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

Anti-Poverty Week
Date: 16-22 October 2016

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