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2016 National Manager of the Year announced

Victoria’s Janet Fisher has been named National Manager of the Year – 2016 at the National Retirement Living Summit. Janet has been manager at Lendlease’s Meadowvale village in Melbourne since 2007. She has worked together with its 225 residents to ensure it remains a vibrant and active community, with upgrades to communal buildings and villas that are now 30 years old. Janet has implemented sustainable, solar powered street lighting throughout the village to reduce residents’ utility bills, and established strong community connections with the Bunarong Men’s Shed located at the village, which is a national initiative promoting men’s health. She oversaw a change to the village’s pet policy, making it ‘pet friendly’ and consulted residents to allay any concerns they may have had. She now mentors other village managers in the Lendlease portfolio on how to enhance resident lifestyles by fostering strong community connections and creating a caring culture, with high occupancy rates and resident satisfaction levels. Janet was praised by residents in her nomination for her capacity to deal with everyday maintenance issues and ensuring every resident, including those not comfortable with expressing their view in a public forum, can raise any concerns with confidence. The other state winners were: Victoria/Tasmania and National Winner: Janet Fisher, Meadowvale (Lendlease) New South Wales/ACT: Mike Lans, The Arbour Berry Queensland: Kevin and Mika Humphreys, Eureka Care Rockhampton (Eureka Group) South Australia/Northern Territory:...

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Funded dementia training for aged care providers

Aged and health care workers can now access a fully-funded dementia training program, delivered by expert facilitators from Alzheimer’s Australia. The Commonwealth funded Dementia Training Australia (DTA) consortium, of which Alzheimer’s Australia is a member, is offering Dementia Essentials which will be delivered by Alzheimer’s Australia nationally. The consortium is led by the University of Wollongong, and brings together the expertise of Australia’s leading dementia educators. Dementia Essentials is a competency based, nationally accredited course. Uniquely tailored for people working with or supporting people with dementia in aged care, health care and community service settings, this training gives participants the knowledge, tools, capacity and confidence to provide the best possible care for people living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Australia Acting CEO Maree McCabe said this national, collaborative approach is essential for meeting the needs of the growing number of people living with dementia across the country. “There are currently over 350,000 Australians living with dementia. That number is expected to reach 900,000 by 2050. This rapid increase in prevalence will result in an ever growing demand across the nation for quality dementia-related services,” Ms McCabe said. “Dementia Essentials participants will benefit from the most up-to-date, evidence-based dementia training, delivered in a coordinated, nationally consistent way. The knowledge and skills acquired will be translated into best practice on the ground, improving care and quality of life outcomes for people living with...

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