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Anglicare Inclusive Engagement Toolkit

This toolkit helps to support the inclusion and engagement of marginalised or vulnerable groups in the community. The toolkit has been developed using information from the Aged Care Diversity Framework as well as best practice examples. Resources include factsheets focusing on different vulnerable or marginalised groups, videos and factsheets on the different components of the toolkit, and toolkit information in 39 other languages.

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Environmental Audits for Dementia-Friendly Facility Design

Dementia Australia are offering to conduct an on-site environmental audit in an aged care, acute care or community care setting, to ensure the facility is as dementia-friendly as possible. Consultants will highlight what is going well and will recommend manageable improvements to the environment.

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Read factsheet: How to design dementia-friendly care environments

Key Referendum Dates

The Australian Electoral Commission has released a list of important dates to remember for the upcoming referendum on 14 October 2023. Postal voting applications are currently open.

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Grant Opportunity GO5304: Specialist Dementia Care Program

Eligible aged care providers in the Western Sydney Primary Health Network region will be able to apply for the Specialist Dementia Care Program (SDCP) Grant. This grant funds specialist dementia care units for those with very severe symptoms of dementia where mainstream services are not enough. The SDCP Grant provides specialist staff trained in caring for people with dementia, support from specialist services, and dementia-friendly living environments. The aim of the grant is to lessen or stabilise symptoms to enable people in these facilities to move into less intensive care settings. Applications close on 6 November 2023, 2.00pm.

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New Aged Care Knowledge Hub

In a partnership between The Department of Health and Aged Care and the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), this knowledge hub contains information that will support nurses in their development within aged care. Information includes nursing resources to support nursing in aged care, different standards within the aged care system, and aged care research.

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Resource Guide: Inclusive Use of Digital and Non-Digital Communications

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria have developed a practical and consumer-centred resource designed to assist CHSP providers in supporting older people who are not well-connected or engaged in the digital realm, or who experience challenges in communicating digitally. Although not comprehensive, this resource provides information across all areas of CHSP programs and activities to be used by leaders and staff working in design, operations and delivery of services, as well as those who have direct contact with clients and the general public. Feedback is also sought to improve the resource.

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WSCF Community Care News Digest Feedback Survey

WSCF is continuing our survey on the Community Care News Digest. The News Digest is primarily focused on disseminating information about aged care and older people. 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 for ongoing feedback.

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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.

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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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