Home Stretch campaign celebrates major win in Victoria
The Home Stretch campaign has applauded the Andrews Government for its nation-leading pledge to offer extended care arrangements to every young person in the state to 21 years on an ongoing basis. The initiative was announced by the Victorian Treasurer, Tim Pallas, as part of the Victorian Budget.
From 1 January 2021, the Home Stretch program will provide an accommodation allowance to every young Victorian in out-of-home care until the age of 21. This means a young person can remain living with their kinship or foster carer if they wish, or transition to supported independent living arrangements.
The game-changing $64.7 million commitment will give vulnerable young people the best chance of a successful transition to independent living. Under current child protection arrangements, the majority of young people in state care across the country have their support terminated once they turn 18.
Home Stretch Chair and founder Paul McDonald, also CEO of Anglicare Victoria, said the announcement was a model for other states to follow, and said it was the single most significant reform to child welfare in a generation.
“This announcement will transform the lives of vulnerable young people for the better, giving them options they would not have if their support had been terminated at 18 - as it is for the majority of young people across the country,” he said.
“Regardless if a young person is in kinship care, residential care or foster care, Victorian young people in care will be offered the option to continue receiving the full care of the State until they turn 21 years. Without doubt this will halve the homeless rates of this group of young people and double their education and employment engagement.”
The Home Stretch campaign is an initiative of Anglicare Victoria, who have won multiple awards for their campaigning efforts. Several other Anglicare Australia Network members are active in the campaign in States and Territories across Australia.
Click here to read more about the Victorian Government’s landmark announcement.
Anglicare Southern Queensland named Best Home Care Operator in Asia-Pacific
Anglicare Southern Queensland has been announced as the Asia-Pacific’s Best Home Care Operator in the Eldercare Innovation Awards in Singapore in November.
More than 88 organisations from 15 countries were named as finalists for their innovative and high-quality approaches to changing the way older adults age, and for their contribution in shaping the future of the ageing landscape in the region.
Finalists came from Australia, China, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan ROC, Thailand, United States and The Netherlands.
Anglicare’s Community Aged and Disability Group Manager, Sue Montgomery, said she was humbled to accept the award on behalf of all staff for their commitment to looking after older Queenslanders for the past 150 years.
“This award is a great acknowledgement of the dedication and commitment of our staff and volunteers and the work they do each and every day with love, care, hope and humility,” Ms Montgomery said.
“Thank you to the judges, organisers and all other entrants and finalists, but most of all, thank you to our staff, volunteers, clients and the communities we serve at Anglicare Southern Queensland.”
At an awards ceremony hosted in Singapore, 25 awards were announced as part of the Ageing Asia 2020: World Ageing Festival 2020. The awards were created to recognise organisations that demonstrate innovation in their business, operational and service models to change the way seniors age.
Click here to read more about the Anglicare Southern Queensland’s work, and their win at the awards.
Benetas staff find spirit in song at the end of a long year
Launched last week at the Anglican aged care provider’s annual Industry Breakfast, Benetas employees raised their voices in a powerful rendition of Vanessa Amorosi’s hit song, Absolutely Everybody, to mark what can only be described as an incredibly hard year.
Reflecting on a significant outbreak at their Western Melbourne aged care home, the Benetas team got together to consider what really matters and recall on what got them through the long year.
While those in aged care were most vulnerable to the virus with often reduced lung capacity and physical resilience, the dedication that each and every aged care employee and volunteer brought to their work day in day out was incredible, said Benetas CEO Sandra Hills.
“They truly worked through the hardest of times to ensure that absolutely everybody received much needed care and support regardless of the personal and professional pressures they faced in doing so.”
“Like all frontline workers during this pandemic, our team put those most vulnerable to the virus at the front and centre of their care. Never has their deep commitment to older Australians been more apparent than this year.
“As a resident from our home who endured a significant outbreak said earlier this week, older Australians are the same as everyone else in the nation.
“This is something that our team know better than anyone and are singing loud and clear to the tune of this today.”
Click here to watch the song. Click here to watch a recording of Benetas’ annual Industry Breakfast.
Anglicare Australia Network members invited to webinar on disaster management
After a year like no other, disaster response and management has been a feature of many conversations across our Network.
To build on these conversations, Anglicare Australia is pleased to invite Network members to a webinar with leading Australian risk and resilience expert, Andrew Gissing, who has agreed to present to his latest research into the role of the community sector in disaster management.
Andrew is a project leader at the Bushfires and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, and Director Government Business and Enterprise Risk Management at Risk Frontiers, with extensive career experience in crisis, risk and emergency management for state governments.
Andrew’s presentation will be accompanied by information sharing from our Network regarding the impact and lessons learnt from natural disasters over the last year.
This is an excellent opportunity for our Network to engage directly with a leading national thinker on our role and needs in times of disaster – a situation sadly we are likely to need to prepare and respond to more frequently.
The webinar will be held at 2pm AEDT on Wednesday 16 December.
For more information about the webinar and how to join, email [email protected].
Housing and Homelessness Network
The Housing and Homelessness Network has begun planning a Zoom meeting, o be held in February next year. The meeting will have a focus on homelessness during and post the COVID pandemic. It will also look at increasing the profile of housing as it relates to other issues such as age, disability and mental health, as well as major changes at the state and territory level. For more information or to express interest in the Network, email [email protected].
National Reconciliation Network
The National Reconciliation Network will hold its final Zoom meeting for the year at 1pm AEDT on Tuesday 8 December. The agenda will focus on Reconciliation Action Plan reporting on employment; anti-racism policies and actions; and future planning priorities. For more information or to express interest in the Network, email [email protected].
First Nations Staff Network
The First Nations Staff Network will hold its final Zoom meeting for the year at 1pm AEDT on Thursday 10 December. It will focus on priorities for 2021. Members of the Network are invited come along to share their thoughts about topics the Network could explore in 2021, or just catch up with your colleagues across the country. For more information or to express interest in the Network, email [email protected].