In this issue:

  • Long wait
  • For homecare
  • Be connected
  • World Central kitchen
  • Keeping safe at work post pandemic
  • Comings & goings

Long Wait For Home Care

SOURCE: ’The Senior’

More than 100 000 elderly Australians still live without adequate supports at home. The latest Sep – Dec 2019 figures show almost 59 000 people were waiting on a homecare package: a further 45 537 had been offered a package below their assessed level. Of those waiting for a package, about 96% were approved for basic level supports from the Commonwealth Home Support Program.

‘For the fIrst time the reduction in the number of people waiting for a package can be credited purely to the government increasing the number of packages’ said Paul Versteege from the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association. ‘Previously , the waiting list got reduced because of people dying waiting’.

However, he said according to the government’s forward budget estimates, the government only plans to add another 12 710 packages by June 2023 while 59 000 are waiting without an interim package.

The data shows those assessed as needing the highest Level 4 package wait more than a year to get help at even the much lower support Level 2. In December 2019 , 7757 people assessed as needing Level 4 help had not been offered a home care package.

What is Be Connected?

Source: Australian Government

Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. BeConnected have online learning resources as well as a Network of community partners – the Be Connected Network – who offer support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others.
Learning to use technology is one of the best ways older Australians can deal with these challenging times.

Knowing how to get online, use a smartphone, or make video calls keeps everyone connected and prevents isolation. It also means they can access vital services like online shopping and health information apps.

Want to help someone learn new skills but don’t know where to start? Take a look at the wide range of easy-to- use lessons on offer, find out how the Get Started app can assist, or find out about the free support on offer through the Be Connected network of community organisations.

For further info:

Be Connected Helpline: 1300 795 897
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm (AEDT)

The Be Connected Network is a movement that supports older Australians to engage with digital technology in their local communities. The network is managed by Good Things Foundation and is part of the wider Be Connected campaign run by the Department of Social Services, in partnership with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.

Great Volunteer Story!!!

When our international friends help our fire-affected communities with sustenance.

Source: Cat Woods/SBS NEWS JAN 2020

Australia’s bushfire-affected communities of Cobargo, Quaama and Mogo have been the beneficiaries of meals from the self-proclaimed “first food responders”, World Central Kitchen!!

From its Australian base at the South Coast town of Bermagui—Eastwoods Deli with the help of over two hundred local volunteers – the World Central Kitchen team served up meals such as Massaman beef curry, rice garnished with fresh herbs and chilli, and a vegetarian korma with coriander and snow peas. Plus, hundreds and hundreds of sandwiches!!

The WCK team, which is headquartered in Washington, DC collaborated with local chefs and organisations such as OzHarvest to feed fire crews and locals. (It even provided vegetables to the resident fauna at Mogo Zoo).

Its founder, award-winning Spanish-American chef, Jose Andres, began World Central Kitchen almost a decade ago with his wife Patricia. His goal was to respond to hunger and poverty internationally through training and social enterprise ventures.

Providing food relief in disaster situations wasn’t his initial vision, however, the initiative has since grown to encompass this too. WCK has fed children living in shelters on the Mexico – US border, those displaced by earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, people in need following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, wildfire-affected Californians, and those affected by recent unrest in Haiti as well as Australians battling the worst fire season we’ve ever known.

Dannielle Kyrillos, WCK vice president of communications, says, “World Central Kitchen initially focused on rebuilding and strengthening communities through clean cookstove initiatives, culinary training programs, and social enterprise ventures, but has always had at its core a strong belief in the transformative power of food.

“After Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in 2017, World Central Kitchen began to mobilise urgently to serve hot meals to people affected by disaster and first responders,” she says.

WCK partners with local organisations to set up food trucks and emergency kitchens, and often in response to disasters happening on opposite sides of the globe. Its modus operandi is freshly prepared, nutritious meals designed to comfort and provide essential sustenance.

Fresh Meals Served as of 31/5/20

Putting Restaurants Back to Work

As part of its #ChefsForAmerica nationwide emergency food relief program, World Central Kitchen has purchased over 2 million meals from local restaurants, and delivered those meals directly to people who need assistance.

Keeping Us Safe Post Pandemic

Source: Safe Work Australia

In home services – Duties under WHS laws

The model Work, Health & Safety (WHS) laws require MWP Care to take care of the health, safety and welfare of workers, contractors and volunteers, and others (clients, customers, visitors) at our workplace. This includes –

  • providing and maintaining a work environment that is without risk to health and safety
  • providing adequate and accessible facilities for the welfare of workers to carry out their work, and monitoring the health of workers and the conditions of the workplace for the purpose of preventing illness or injury.
Duty to workers

The organisation must do what it can to ensure the health and safety of workers and volunteers. MWP Care must eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 if reasonably practicable.

If not able to eliminate the risk of exposure to COVID-19, the risk must be minimised, as far as is reasonably practicable.

Protect workers from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by, for example:

  • considering working from home arrangements
  • requiring workers to practice physical distancing
  • requiring workers to practice good hygiene (e.g., through workplace policies and ensuring access to adequate and well stocked hygiene facilities)
  • requiring workers to stay home when sick, and cleaning the workplace regularly and thoroughly.
Duty to provide information, training, instruction and supervision

The organisation must provide workers with any information or training that is necessary to protect them from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 arising from their work.

Information and training may include:

  • providing guidance on how to properly wash hands and training workers in how to fit and use any necessary personal protective equipment
  • training workers to exercise adequate cleaning practices throughout the day
  • providing workers with instructions on how to set up a safe home workplace, and providing workers with instructions on staying home from work if sick.
If you have any concerns regarding your Health & Safety please contact a staff member.

Comings & Goings

Welcome to Our New Volunteer Geoff !!! We hope you enjoy your Volunteering journey with MWP CARE!!

We say farewell to Cathy Clarke who was our wonderful bus outings staff member. All of our social outings clients will miss her caring skills and fun loving nature!!! We wish her all the best in the future!!!!

Reminder to volunteers

Optional motor vehicle insurance policy Renewals due

Optional Motor Vehicle Gap insurance is available through MWP Care at a cost of $15.00 per financial year. Optional insurance covers Volunteer’s comprehensively insured vehicles whilst they are performing a service for MWP Care. It is the Volunteer’s responsibility to keep the payment current. Payments can be made at Reception, Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 4 pm, or by direct deposit.

The policy covers:

  • Any excess and loss of no claim bonus, with a limit of $1,500 on any one claim.
  • Hire costs of a replacement vehicle, with a limit of $5,000 and a maximum of $1,000 per week on any one claim.

In the event of an accident:

  • Advise MWP Care immediately and complete an incident report/claim form
  • If you need to make a claim contact your own Insurer to arrange the repairs and pay the full costs.
  • When the work is completed a claim form will be provided by MWP Care.