In this issue:

  • CEO Update
  • Introducing a new name for our newsletter…Care Matters
  • MWP Care’s Vision Statement
  • MWP Care videos
  • Remembrance Day 11/11/20
  • Always Was, Always Will Be / NAIDOC Week
  • Infoshare – Prostate Cancer
  • Movember Sign up Grow a mo!!!
  • Staff Memo

CEO Update – November 2020

It’s hard to believe November is here with the end of year now in sight. What an unexpected and challenging year it’s been. To our amazing volunteers, thank you for your dedication and passion in helping to keep MWP Care’s client safe, well and socially connected.

This November we acknowledge the wonderful work of our male volunteers, and highlight the importance of male mental and physical health. Mental health issues amongst men are more likely to present as drug and alcohol abuse and tend to have a larger impact on their physical health and wellbeing than in women. Another harmful related condition is gambling amongst men with a mental health issue, roughly twice as prevalent as for women.

Prostate Cancer is another serious health concern for men, particularly older men and is the most commonly diagnosed cancer for Australian males. The risk of developing Prostate Cancer rises exponentially for men over 50. Men who are 50 years and older are encouraged to have a simple routine blood test called a Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test to detect the onset of Prostate Cancer which you can ask your doctor about.

So to our men, your male family members and to your mates this November, remember to keep an eye on these important health issues.

This November we also acknowledge and celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities during NAIDOC Week which runs from 8-15 November 2020.

We remember those who sacrificed and suffered in armed conflict all around the globe to keep us safe and free this Remembrance Day on 11th November at 11:00am.

I am pleased to report that we have resumed some social activities under our COVID-safe plan. While the number of participants able to attend outings is still restricted due to social distancing requirements, we have recommenced some key activities. For example, we held our first Movie Day in September, with another movie outing taking place in October. Interest has been high and an enjoyable event was held for all. A big thanks to all our volunteers involved.

Don’t forget, the work you do in supporting vulnerable, older people in our community is vitally important. Keeping older people connected socially, supporting their independence through services like escorted shopping and helping their physical health through GP and specialist supported visits all play a huge role in helping to keep our clients as healthy as they can be.

I am delighted to report we are close to formally appointing three new Directors to the MWP Care Board, each with outstanding leadership experience in their chosen fields. All three candidates have a genuine passion to make a big difference to how older people are cared for in our community.

We are also in the finishing stages of producing a video to showcase our vital work and the legacy of our mission in the community.

Stay safe, stay well, and look after yourselves and one another.

Kind regards,
Grant Simpson

Introducing a new name for our newsletter…Care Matters

We hope you like the new name which emphasises MWP Care’s mission to enrich the lives of older people and people with a disability living in our community, by providing excellence in care.

MWP Care’s Vision Statement

MWP Care’s Vision Statement

MWP Care has recently updated its vision statement.

The new vision statement focuses on four key values expressed through the acronym C.A.R.E – Collaboration, Agility, Respect and Excellence. These values will help guide MWP Care’s activities ensuring the highest standards of care are delivered to our clients.  Download the Vision Statement.

MWP Care videos

Staff at MWP Care have been working on developing a suite of videos to showcase our service to the wider community. We have employed a professional videographer to produce four videos to promote our organisation. He is helping us to bring the story of MWP Care together on video so we can more clearly communicate our message that as a service we are here to help in our community.

The first video is almost complete and we thank our clients Betty, Ben and Graeme, our volunteers Joy, Brian and Matt and our staff members who have assisted us in this project. This video educates and informs the watcher about our service, our history and the work we are currently engaged with. We have been lucky to have clients Betty and Ben allow us to film in their home and their testimonials are personal and genuine.

Thanks also to volunteers, Joy and Brian who have generously given their time to give voice to their volunteering experience with MWP Care.
We will be fleshing out the story with videos focussing on our Home Maintenance & Building Program, Neighbour Aid programs and Volunteering with MWP Care.
Watch this space! As the videos are complete they will feature on our website!

Remembrance Day 11/11/20

On 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. From the summer of 1918, the five divisions of the Australian Corps had been at the forefront of the allied advance to victory. Beginning with their stunning success at the battle of Hamel in July, they helped to turn the tide of the war at Amiens in August, followed by the capture of Mont St Quentin and Pèronne, and the breaching of German defences at the Hindenburg Line in September. By early October the exhausted Australians were withdrawn from battle. They had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers, but victory had come at a heavy cost. They suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead.

In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades.

Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

Remembrance Day National Ceremony

On 11 November 2020, the Australian War Memorial will hold a nationally televised Remembrance Day commemorative event. In light of the restrictions resulting from the pandemic, the format of the ceremony has been altered to ensure it complies with COVID-safe rules and will be attended by a limited number of invited guests; and broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and available later on ABC iview.

As always, the service will include the laying of wreaths and a minute’s silence on the eleventh hour.

Remembrance Day Memorial Service – Manly Dam
Manly Dam War Memorial Park – King Street, Manly Vale
Service commences at 10.45am
Presented by the Manly Warringah War Memorial Park Remembrance Trust

Remembrance Day Memorial Service – Manly
Manly War Memorial, The Corso
Service commences at 10.45am

Contact information
Events Department
Phone: 9976 1786

Always Was, Always Will Be / NAIDOC Week

Always Was, Always Will Be. recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this
continent for over 65,000 years. We are spiritually and culturally connected to this
country. This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first
engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists.

Stories are powerful. And Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories. The First Peoples engraved the world’s first maps, made the earliest paintings of ceremony and invented unique technologies. We built and engineered structures – structures on Earth – predating well-known sites such as the Egyptian Pyramids and Stonehenge.

This year, NAIDOC Week 2020 acknowledges and celebrates that our nation’s story didn’t begin with documented European contact whether in 1770 with the arrival of James Cook, or 1606 with the arrival of the Dutch on the western coast of the Cape York Peninsula. The very first footprints on this continent were those belonging to First Nations people.

NAIDOC 2020 invites all Australians to embrace the true history of this country – a history which dates back thousands of generations. It’s about seeing, hearing and learning the First Nations’ 65,000-plus year history of this country – which is Australian history.

Infoshare – Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in men in Australia.
Know the facts and take action early.

Early detection is key.

The difference between early detection and late detection can be life and death.

Here’s what you need to do, and when.

When you’re 50. You need to have a conversation with your doctor about PSA testing. If you’re of African or Caribbean descent, do it at 45. If you have a family history, do it at 45.

Who’s at risk?

Your risk of developing prostate cancer increases with age, but that doesn’t mean it’s a disease that only affects old men. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. Men who are of African or Caribbean descent, and men who have a family history (a brother or father with prostate cancer), are 2.5x more likely to get prostate cancer.

If you’re 50, you should be talking to your doctor about PSA testing. If you’re of African or Caribbean descent, you need to start that conversation at 45. And if you have a brother or father with prostate cancer in their history, do it at 45.

What’s a PSA test?

It’s a simple routine blood test.

It’s used to determine the measurement of Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) concentration in the blood, it is the primary method of testing for prostate cancer. You should be talking to your doctor about whether testing is right for you.

So what do you need to do?

Go to the doctor.
Ask about PSA testing.
Catch prostate cancer early.

The facts about prostate cancer

Only men have a prostate gland. The prostate gland is usually the size and shape of a walnut and grows bigger as you get older. It sits underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra, which is the tube men urinate and ejaculate through. Its main job is to help make semen – the fluid that carries sperm.

Prostate cancer occurs when some of the cells in the prostate reproduce far more rapidly than normal, resulting in a tumour. Prostate cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. These prostate cancer cells, if left untreated, may spread from the prostate and invade distant parts of the body, particularly the lymph nodes and bones, producing secondary tumours in a process known as metastasis.

Detecting prostate cancer

Not everyone experiences symptoms of prostate cancer. Many times, signs of prostate cancer are first detected by a doctor during a routine check-up.

Some men, however, will experience changes in urinary or sexual function that might indicate the presence of prostate cancer.

Signs and symptoms

  • A need to urinate frequently, especially at night
  • Difficulty starting urination or holding back urine
  • Weak or interrupted flow of urine
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Difficulty in having an erection
  • Painful ejaculation
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs

Treating prostate cancer

Treatment options are many and varied. Testing still can’t answer lots of key questions about disease aggression, prognosis and progression.

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, it’s important to keep in mind that many prostate cancers are slow growing and may not need surgery or other radical treatment.

Treatment options include:

  • Active Surveillance
  • Prostatectomy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Hormone Therapy
  • Chemotherapy

Choosing a treatment for prostate cancer

Aim to be ok with the treatment decision you make, take risks and benefits into consideration.

Learn what you can, make use of the quality services and resources available. When making treatment decisions the following is recommended:

  • Make a decision after a treatment recommendation from a multi-disciplinary meeting (where available). This meeting would ideally consist of input from the following specialists: urologists, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologist, nursing and allied health.
  • Seek a second opinion for a recommended treatment option that is right for you, from both a urologist as well as a radiation oncologist.
  • Enquire as to whether a specialist is part of a quality improvement audit, such as a registry.
  • Utilise the cancer support services available in your country to increase your levels of information and understanding around treatment options, and potential side effects. Phone Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia on 1800 220 099 or visit their website.
  • Approach your GP if you have concerns or want a second opinion.

Ongoing side effects of prostate cancer treatment

Depending on the treatment you undergo, you may experience some of the following:

  • Incontinence (involuntary leakage of urine)
  • Erectile dysfunction (difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection)
  • Weight gain due to hormone therapy
  • Depression

These side effects have different durations for different people.

Because a side effect of treatment may include erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer can have a serious impact on intimate relationships. As many people who have been through the journey will tell you, prostate cancer isn’t just a man’s disease, it’s a couple’s disease. Make sure you involve your partner as you think through the various treatment options.

Are you experiencing side effects?

There are treatments and actions you can take to manage many of these side effects. Take action to improve your quality of life. Go to Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, who have a wide variety of options to inform and guide you as to what services and resources are available to help.

Movember Sign up Grow a mo!!!

Patchy, lopsided, itchy or epic – whatever Mo you grow this Movember, your face will raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

Why get involved?

Men are dying before their time. But you can help us change and save lives.
With the money you raise, we fund groundbreaking health projects across mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer – 1,250 projects so far. We’ve had a huge impact and we’re hell-bent on making it even bigger – that’s where you come in.

Rain check Growing a moustache this year? No problem. You’ve got plenty of options.

Move for Movember

Run or walk 60km over the month, for the 60 men lost to suicide every hour globally. Learn more

Host a Mo-ment

Rally a crew and do something fun and easy. Have fun, doin’ good. Learn more.

Mo Your Own Way

Whether it’s a gruelling test of physical endurance or some other wildcard idea. Learn more.

Where the money raised goes

Mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer – we’re taking them all on. Since 2003, Movember has funded more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world, challenging the status quo, shaking up research and motivating men to take action for their health.

Farewell to Carol Wadham

Carol began her career at MWP Care as a volunteer which she enjoyed greatly. She moved into our Accounts department as Bookkeeper and has kept the wheels running smoothly for five and half years. She is looking forward to spending more time with her treasured family. We thank her for her dedicated service and wish her all the best for the future.

Welcome to Michelle Vade

Michelle has taken on Carol’s role in Accounts and we welcome her to the team!

Welcome to Richard Layton

Richard has joined our Home Maintenance team as Carpenter – Welcome!!

Welcome to Lizzy Bunting

Lizzy has joined as our new Social Support Assistant!