RESOURCES & SERVICES
Harmony in C Choir
This pilot research project is designed to study the health benefits of a community choir for people who have been affected by cancer in the South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). The aim is to increase their social capital and health literacy through community connection and social support.
This three-year research project is seeking participants over 60 years old living in the greater Sydney region who have noticed changes in their memory or thinking. This study will examine the effects of metformin (a safe medication used to treat diabetes as well as other conditions) on cognition, brain anatomy and early signs of dementia.
Frailty Map Interactive Tool Now Available
A new interactive frailty map has been developed by researchers at the University of Adelaide’s Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing. This tool maps out 2016 prevalence of frailty and pre-frailty as well as 2032 estimations of frailty and pre-frailty. A resource such as this will help to raise awareness of frailty and inform health and aged care services.
Hawkesbury Library Service iPad Program for Seniors
Hawkesbury Library Service and Digital Literacy Foundation have partnered to launch a free three-month trial program providing seniors aged 65+ and First Nations seniors 50+ with iPads, internet access, and support from a Tech Mate (a volunteer digital mentor). Registration is essential. Contact the Digital Literacy Foundation on 9090 4141 or email@example.com, or Hawkesbury Library Service on 4560 4460. You can also apply to become a Tech Mate.
Free Interpreting Service for Allied Health Professionals Pilot Program
Eligible allied health professionals in private practice delivering service to people in the Blacktown, Fairfield and Liverpool LGAs can now access a free interpreting service. Patients must be Meidcare cardholders, unless they have recently arrived from Ukrainian.
BrainTrack App Now Available
Dementia Australia’s new app BrainTrack helps people monitor their cognition over time to better notice any changes. The app uses fun travel-themed games based on validated cognitive testing to convey brain health information and track cognitive performance. The results can then be taken to a GP to start the conversation about any possible cognitive concerns they may have. The app does not replace formal assessments, but can be used as a tool to identify and track cognitive changes over time that may require further testing.
How to Co-Create a Multicultural Dementia Education Initiative Video
Canterbury-Bankstown Dementia Alliance have released a video on their multicultural dementia education initiative, which came about due to the evidence of poorer health outcomes among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) people. This initiative is accessible, culturally sensitive, and tailored to meet the needs of English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Greek-speaking communities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.