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Juniper opens new high care service in Perth

Juniper has opened its latest residential aged care service in one of Perth’s most rapidly ageing suburban areas. Juniper Chief Executive Vaughan Harding said in the next 20 years the number of people aged over 70 years in the Gosnells-Armadale area is expected to grow by more than 115 percent to nearly 26,000. Opening Juniper Hayloft residential care facility in Martin this week, Mr Harding said the new centre brings 100 much-needed additional high care beds to Perth’s south-east. “The Gosnells-Armadale area takes in more than 177,000 people or 7.2 percent of WA’s total population with an annual population...

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Silver Chain Group takes over domiciliary care services in SA

RDNS SA (part of the Silver Chain Group) has taken over Domiciliary Care services for the South Australian Government, following a competitive tender process last year. “We have a proud history of caring for South Australians of all ages in their homes and with the addition of Domiciliary Care services, we will provide a wider and more integrated health and aged care service to over 8,000 South Australians every week,” Bronwyn Masters, Transition Director for RDNS SA said. Domiciliary Care is currently one of the largest providers of home-based care for older South Australians. Taking on all Domiciliary Care clients and services will grow RDNS SA’s presence in South Australia and expand the range of allied health and home support services it offers, to complement its well-established nursing services. “Our top priority is providing clients with safe, high quality health and home care that meets their needs, now and into the future. “Whether they need a little help or a lot, this is about partnering with clients, their carers and families to provide a truly integrated model of care that remains affordable and supports them to live at home for longer,” said Ms Masters. The Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Human Services, Lois Boswell, said the Department and Domiciliary Care had a proud legacy of serving the South Australian community. “Continuity for Domiciliary Care’s clients and achieving the...

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‘Living Lab’ key feature of new health city

Springfield City Group, the driver behind Australia’s biggest master-planned community, has appointed Broadway Malyan to design a 52-hectare “health city” as part of Greater Springfield, located near Brisbane. The practice is working on concepts for the integrated healthcare development in Springfield, which will be delivered between now and 2030. The masterplan comprises medical office buildings, and facilities dedicated to aged care, hospitality and wellness, education, research and business, start-ups and incubators. Residential space is incorporated throughout the development as well as complementary retail and leisure. The site is already home to the highly acclaimed Mater Hospital, which will be...

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Delivering Equality@Work in aged care

Mercy Health is taking proactive action in delivering workplace-based solutions to promote gender equality and prevent violence against women. Mercy Health has partnered with the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) over the past 10 months to deliver Equality@Work, the first gender equality and primary prevention of  violence program specific to migrant women in Australian workplaces. Funded by the Victorian Government under the Community Partnerships for Primary Prevention Program (CPPP), the program aims to engage and address the needs of migrant women aged care workers. Mercy Health Group Executive Director People, Learning & Culture Kate McCormack says staff were engaged through forums, Gender Equality Advocates’ training, and a photo shoot depicting their responses to the question: “What will promote equality and respect for aged care workers?”. “We will be launching a series of 11 Equality@Work postcards featuring staff from our aged care home in Springvale holding their responses to this question,” says Ms McCormack. “These postcards will be distributed to staff to promote gender equality and respect in the workplace.” Dr Adele Murdolo, Executive Director of MCWH, says feedback from the participants has been overwhelmingly positive. “Participants told us that they have loved the opportunity to bring gender equality discussions into their workplace. The project has made women feel valued as employees and inspired to lead positive change in the workplace,” says Dr Murdolo. “One participant also told us...

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New roles, recruitment strategy for small-house model

Mercy Health has commenced recruitment to fill more than 100 positions in its new residential aged care home in regional Victoria. Mercy Place Ballarat will house 112 residents in 14 small households when it opens in September. It is the first home by Mercy Health to be purpose-built around the concept of small household living, specifically designed for people living with dementia. The company is recruiting for a variety of roles with a mix of full-time, permanent part-time and casual opportunities. Among the many roles available is the newly created position of Care Companion, which the company says is...

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