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WSCF Generation CommunitY Program
WSCF is running a youth leadership program called Generation CommunitY which is targeted towards young people (18-35 years) working in all areas of the community sector including aged care. These highly interactive workshops explore the principles of Adaptive Leadership and is designed to build capacity and provide young people withg theoretical frameworks and foundational skills to help navigate through the community sector in their day-to-day roles. The program will be running from 4 August to 13 October. Registrations close on 21 July 2023. Any questions or enquiries can be sent to John Le, Program Lead, at john.le@wscf.org.au or on 0424 878 288.
WSCF Community Care News Digest Feedback Survey

WSCF is conducting a survey on our very own Community Care News Digest. The News Digest is primarily focused on disseminating information about aged care and older people. In saying that, it also shares information that is useful to people working with people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, LGBTIQA+ communities, and other areas that may intersect with aged care and the older population. We would love to know how you use the News Digest, whether the information distributed has been valuable for your work, and if there is anything else you would like to see added into the Digest. The survey will remain open until 31 July 2023.

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Updated Strengthened Aged Care Quality Standards

The Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards) have been updated as per one of the recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Quality Standards set a benchmark for quality aged care, and are a helpful resource for any consumers and providers, as well as anyone else interacting with the aged care sector. The strengthened Quality Standards include 137 actions to help providers and workers strive to achieve the outcomes. There are now seven categories instead of eight, and align structurally with the NDIS Practice Standards. The Commission is currently piloting a program with 40 different providers putting these strengthened Standards into practice. The pilot program will run until September 2023, and outcomes will be shared with providers once the program has been evaluated. Fact sheets for providers and consumers provide more information about the pilot and engagement process. The consultation summary report contains the information received during the public consultation from 17 October to 25 November 2022.

Strengthened Quality Standards – provider factsheet

Strengthened Quality Standards – consumer factsheet

Read the Consultation Summary Report

Read more about the Pilot Program

Ageing and Disability Commission Knowledge Hub

This Knowledge Hub is a centralised knowledge and research platform supported by the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission (ADC) and curated by the Analysis & Policy Observatory (APO). This hub focuses on contemporary research, policy, data, reports, and tools relating to abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people, people with disabilities. It also contains information on children and young people in out of home care settings, and a range of systemic issues.

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Disability Worker COVID-19 Leave Grant

Funding will be made to the eligible members of NDIS workers who are unable to deliver support due to COVID-19 infection. Workers who contract COVID-19 and have no access to any leave, and who have been able to demonstrate a loss of income as a direct result of infection, will be eligible for a reimbursement payment. Registered and unregistered NDIS providers who provide specific classes of support to participants will be eligible.

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Grant Opportunity GO6263: Indigenous Advancement Strategy: Support for Community Sector Organisations Grant Opportunity Guidelines

This grant opportunity from National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) aims to support Community Sector Organisations (CSOs) already receiving an Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant for an eligible activity. This funding will help support eligible organisations who need supplementary funding due to cost pressures as a result of staff wages and inflation. Eligibility criteria applies, and the funding round closes on 30 June 2026 at 12.00pm (ACT Local Time).

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WSCF Affordable Translation Services

Western Sydney Community Forum offers a trusted document translation service for small and large organisations and businesses. We use NAATI-accredited translators with expertise in translating a range of documents to assist with your service delivery, from simple brochures to complex and sensitive publications. Members can access this service at a subsidised cost.

For more information, contact info@wscf.org.au.

My Aged Care consumer resources

The My Aged Care website features a range of resources for you to share with consumers about how to get started with My Aged Care.

These resources include new case study videos for:

  • people who speak other languages
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • You can view or download all of these resources from the My Aged Care website.

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Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program

The updated Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program is now available.
Please contact Sora Machida, Multicultural Access Project Officer
Ph: 8838 2173 Sora.Machida@health.nsw.gov.au

Free guide: Adding value to governance in aged care

The Governance Institute of Australia has refreshed their free guide, ‘Adding value to governance in aged care’ to help providers manage their governance responsibilities.

The free guide addresses a broad range of issues including:

  • the role of governance and a director
  • the unique challenges facing the sector
  • factors to consider before taking a board position
  • issues the board should consider when appointing a new member
  • the relationship between the board and management
  • risk management
  • interaction with stakeholders.

Download the Guide

WSCF Further Services
Did you know that WSCF can provide your organisation with a range of subsidised needs-based and customisable training and facilitation opportunities? Read below to find out more.
WSCF members are entitled to subsidised services.
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