Upcoming Anglicare Australia Network meetings
A number of Anglicare Australia’s special interest networks have meetings planned for May and June.
Confirmed dates include the Chief Financial Officers Network meeting on Thursday 6 May, and the Financial Wellbeing Network meeting on Wednesday 9 June.
The National Reconciliation Network and First Nations Staff Network will hold a forum during National Reconciliation Week, featuring Tanya Hosch and other special guest speakers discussing anti-racism policies and action. The forum will be open to all staff, but HR managers and organisational leaders are particularly encouraged to come and learn about organisational approaches to anti-racism. Details will be confirmed closer to the date. National Reconciliation Week will take place from 27 May to 3 June.
The Aged and Community Network, which recently met to consider the initial reaction to the Royal Commission’s final report, will meet again following the Government’s response to the Commission due at the end of May. This meeting will consider future work, and is set to be held in June.
For more information on these meetings or any other network activity, contact [email protected].
Benetas acquires new 90-bed aged care home
Benetas has acquired Clarinda on the Park, a 90-bed aged care home in the Melbourne south-east suburb of Clarinda.
With the opportunity presenting itself in an area deemed a priority for the business, Benetas moved to negotiate an agreement on the sale with a view to expanding its portfolio to 14 homes across the state.
Benetas CEO Sandra Hills OAM said it was really important for the organisation to continue to look at ways of providing the services Benetas is proud of, sustainably into the future.
“Clarinda on the Park is aligned with our values and strategic direction and we are thrilled to be able to continue the service for the local community for years to come,” she said.
Together with its home care, allied health services and retirement living villages, Benetas supports over 8,500 people in metro and regional Victoria, with the support of some 2,000 employees and volunteers.
For more information, contact Jenni Pattinson at [email protected].
New research from Brotherhood of St Laurence shows JobSeeker rate is plunging people into poverty
April has seen the release of a new report on financial stress commissioned by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Conducted by the Australian National University, Financial Stress and Social Security Settings in Australia looks at the latest trends in financial stress and poverty through recent decades but also through the COVID-19 period.
The research found that people receiving working age social security payments such as the Disability Support Pension, Carer Payment, Parenting Payment and JobSeeker have have seen their financial stress and poverty levels worsen through Australia’s long economic boom of the last thirty years.
Anglicare Australia and several other groups supported the findings of the report, and called for an increase to paments such as JobSeeker above the poverty line.
Click here to download the report, and click here to read Anglicare Australia's media release.
HESTA Super Fund calls for action on climate health threats
HESTA Super Fund, an Anglicare Australia sponsor and partner, has joined the Australian Medical Association and 55 health and medical groups in signing an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, calling on the federal government to scale up emissions reduction strategies to prevent premature deaths and declining health outcomes associated with climate change.
The open letter calls for three key actions from the federal government:
- Prioritise health in Australia’s Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement;
- Commit to decarbonising the healthcare sector by 2040, and establishing an Australian Sustainable Healthcare Unit; and,
- Implement a National Strategy on Climate, Health and Wellbeing for Australia.
“By implementing the systematic and ambitious actions on climate change and health described above, the Australian Government will demonstrate its commitment to the health and wellbeing of Australians, the economy, and the environment,” say HESTA and the other signatories.
“This will deliver a decrease in climate change associated morbidity and mortality and the associated economic costs, and unlock substantial benefits from a healthier and more prosperous society.”
Click here to read a copy of the open letter.