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ST0) =i eet BL) idee LOMO} NAIDOC Week Artist in Residence Project ec ws In recognition of NAIDOC Week Rathdowne Place was honoured to partner with RMIT and the Ngarara Willim Centre to coordinate and support an Arist in Residence Project for the Rathdowne Place community to engage in and participate in. In the week leading up to the event, the Rathdowne Place community was joined by Taylah Cole who is in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) at RMIT Taylah produced some beautiful pieces of art that were purchased by Rathdowne Place and now proudly hang opposite the Community Development offices on the ground floor. Taylah had also created some various other smaller pieces which were purchased by some residents and staff. Taylah commenced her work Monday July 9 in her “studio space” located on the lower ground floor, opposite reception. Taylah spent four days in this space creating and engaging with the Rathdowne Place community. On Friday July 13, Taylah officially unveiled her work at a special event on level five. For the event, Taylah presented to guests and enlightened them about where she drew her inspiration from Austroliony NEWS FROM RATHDOWNE PLACE Father’s Day Pub Trivia ICE ASS uC C ae eR fers Cee) Rerun tate eet CT ua) rent roy and how it poignantly aligned to this year's NAIDOC Week theme Because of her, we can”. We also heard from Benson Saulo, Head of Community for Australian Unity who shared some stories about his family, his life, how he has come to be where he is and updated guests on the Reconciliation Action Plan. We were joined also by various representatives from RMIT and the Ngarara Willim Centre to celebrate NAIDOC Week and lend their support to Taylah. The event concliided with some tantalising canapes, thoughtfully created with native ingredients by Lorin Jacobs. The menu consisted of confit of salmon with native lemon myrtle and urban apple chutney, sous vide cooked filet of kangaroo with native Kakadu plum and sweet chilli sauce crisp kale chips, roasted mini tomatoes with bocconcini and Outback wild herb salt on savoury home-made herb crostini, lemon myrtle and lemonade scones with cranberry jam and sweetened whipped cream and wattle seed jam cookies. If you enjoyed what Taylah created and are interested in purchasing some work, please make contact with Deanna on 9240 7050 specifying the size you desire, subject matter, colour and deadline for completion. Launch into Work Scheme Australian Unity and the Australian Government have joined ranks to prepare job seekers for employment in Melbourne's aged care sector. Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash, joined IAL CEO Kevin McCoy and employees at Rathdowne Place aged care facility to announce the Launch into Work scheme. The Minister announced that 15 participants who complete an initial eight-week project will be offered employment in one of five aged care facilities operated by Australian Unity. The Launch into Work scheme is primarily designed for women finding it difficult to get sustainable work, but also assists employers to meet their recruitment needs. The Aged care sector is one of the largest growing industries in Australia for Introducing Dalia, Mikaela & Sishi For those who have not seen their friendly faces around, we would like to officially introduce the Social Work placement students, Mikaela, Dalia and Sishi, that will be at Rathdowne Place three days per week until December. About their role The students are trained to provide counselling, facilitate group sessions, and to support and advocate for people in order to make positive changes in their lives. They can help in many ways to support the Rathdowne Place community. Invitation to Writing Your Memories: A 360 Degree Perspective On Friday 7 September at 10.00am, Drummond Place invites you to a talk with Kathleen Jordan and Vicki Steggall followed by morning tea. Kathleen Jordan’s memoir, Standing Up! My Story of Hope, Advocacy and Survival after Stroke, is about one incident that changed her life. This is one form of memoir. Kathleen wrote her book to give others hope that they can recover from catastrophic life changes such as stroke, death of a loved one, divorce or loss ofa job. She talks about the importance of love, advocacy and changing your inner dialogue to give yourself the courage to fight for survival and return to normalcy. Vicki Steggall is Kathleen's co — author, a writer and historian who has helped people to write and publish their memoirs. She will get you thinking about memoir, about how you view your life, and provide practical guidance on the process of writing it down The students sit along side the Community Development team and work closely with the care team. Mikaela — based on ground floor and level one Dalia based on level two and three fF & Sishi — based on level four and es Australian 7 Unity Rathdowne Place Editorial Deu y Hopefully the warmer months are just around the corner seen as though we are not too far away from being out of the frost. Since our last newsletter we have made some changes to the way we care for our residents at Rathdowne Place by adding a new nursing shift between the hours of 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Even though this new shift while dedicated to the first floor it also releases our current nursing shifts to focus their time more on residents on other levels. We look forward to this new improvement to our service starting in September 2018. Our Community Development team is also going through some change that will see Rebecca Hone become our Internal Activities Coordinator and we are currently recruiting for a replacement for the Moments That Matter Coordinator role. Our Community Development team has also been well supported by a new relationship with RMIT that sees three social worker students joining Rathdowne Place on placement for six months. Please join me in making Dalia, Mikaela and Sishi feel welcome. Our Community Development activities have continued to deliver through a fantastic NAIDOC week celebration that ended with our artist in residence Taylah Cole unveiling her artwork on the last day. At this event we Events & Activities Suggestions Ifyou have any suggestions of what you would like to see take place, we welcome you to fill out a “Tell Us About it” form that you can find on the bench on each level as you exit the elevators. We would love to hear about what you enjoyed about past events, anything that you would like to see happen again or more regularly, events had dignitaries from RMIT and Australian Unity and heard from Benson Saulo, Australian Unity’s Head of Community. We have also continued to evolve our service delivery through our kitchen with a new menu that started in July and the introduction of our monthly cultural luncheons that we have hosted including two Italian luncheons on level 2 from the regions of Calabria and Emilia Romagna and a Greek luncheon held on Level 3. On July 31 we also had a visit from Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash who joined IAL CEO Kevin McCoy and employees at Rathdowne Place aged care facility to announce the Launch into Work scheme. In some exciting news I can confirm that work on our Medical Clinic is in its final stages and is due to open in the next few months. This will provide fantastic services to the residents at both Rathdowne Place and Drummond Place as well as the greater surrounding community. Finally please join me in welcoming all of our new residents to Rathdowne Place and to all staff that have recently joined our team in the last few months. Best regards Gavin Young or activities you haven't enjoyed as much and how they could be improved or suggestions for new activities or outings so that we can continually invigorate the program. We thank you in advance Ee for taking the time to let us know your thoughts and helping us continue to grow and develop our program. ommunity Channel is LIVE. Switch to chann Aegean ves Volunteers Needed for Men’s Group Activity Are you someone that enjoys DIY projects and building relationships? Do you have some free time on your hands? IFyes, we would love to speak to you about running a men’s group at Rathdowne Place. We Staff Awards APRIL 2018 Better Together Award - Ashmina Timilsina For “her attentive and thoughtful care and pleasant personality.” Moments That Matter Award - Sandra Rodrigues For “her thoughtful creation of a photo album for residents and staff of level five in her own time.” OWOBS Ambassador - Rebecca Hone For “doing a safety check in the bathrooms and noticing that the baby change tables had not been checked properly and found a few serious safety concern.” MAY 2018 Better Together Award - Jade McGaw For ‘the positive changes she has made to clinical operations. This will make it easier for GPs, care and clinical staff whilst ensuring that the risk of clinical errors are mitigated.” Moments That Matter Award - Gayle Russell & Deborah Pavlovic For ‘the proactive care they provide the residents of MSU and always ensuring to meet the needs of each resident.” OWOBS Ambassador - Sarah Churchward For “her consideration of sanitising the visitor swipe cards handed out each day to mitigate the risk of the swipe cards harbouring pathogens and decrease the chances of illness spreading in the winter season.” welcome any suggestions or ideas that you may have. You might like to consider volunteering to run a DIY project group, discussion group, card group, outing group or another type of activity that might be enjoyable. If this sounds like an opportunity for you, please contact Deanna on 9240 7060 or alternatively via dsimmons@australianunity.com.au JUNE 2018 Better Together Award - Lorin Jacobs For “his thoughtful preparation and creation of the Greek Cultural Lunch for level three and guests.” Moments That Matter Award - Jerico Chua For “the person centred approach he has taken to engaging an unsettled level two resident in the kitchen.” OWOBS Ambassador - Veronica Urrutia For “ensuring the safety and wellbeing of staif and residents by preventing a potentially harmful incident from occurring.” JULY 2018 Better Together Award - Reuben Covington For ‘the fantastic BBQ he cooked on level four and the exemplary service he provided to. residents.” Moments That Matter Award - Sarah Churchward For “a compliment received from a family member expressing their sincere appreciation for her kind, gentle, efficient and professional way she conducts herself at work. Thank you for going above and beyond.” OWOBS Ambassador - Carlo Montalban For “his suggestion of a fluorescent vest for staff to wear that drive the bus so staff are easily sited and visible to traffic and residents.” Australian Unity