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Meet our team – Branka Ivkovic, Community Connections Manager

Branka has more than 20 years' international experience in the field as a manager and practitioner, providing support services to refugees, children, seniors and families, on behalf of government and non-government agencies. She's a qualified nurse and social worker who studied social work in both Europe and Australia and holds qualifications in family counselling, management, [...]

Art for everyone

Mayor of Hunters Hill, Mark Bennett, left, with fellow art-lover, Ardele Congratulations to all the artists and craftspeople whose work was exhibited at the 6th Annual Affordable Art & Craft Expo, held at Gladesville Shopping Village in November.   Branka Ivkovic, left, with Bob Mavin, a director of Gladesville RSL and Community [...]

Employment for more NDIS participants

NDIS Minister Stuart Robert last month released a long-awaited plan to boost employment for NDIS scheme participants into work by mid-2023 but advocates say the government is aiming too low. The goal of 30% of working age participants in employment is only 6% higher than the current rate of 24%  NDIS participants employed. “This strategy [...]

2019-12-03T17:55:46+11:00General - news|

International Day of People with Disability: December 3

Set up by the United Nations, IDPwD is celebrated internationally to boost public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions. This year’s Australian patron is Kurt Fearnley, who has achieved things most of us could only dream of. He climbed Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Track – not a [...]

Don’t fall for it

The rate of head injuries from falls by older Australians has nearly doubled in the decade to 2016-17, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). Its research shows that about 125,000 people aged 65 and over were seriously injured due to a fall in 2016–17 with injuries to the head hip and [...]

Meet our volunteer  – Eileen Lim, gardener, linguist and curatorial researcher

The volunteering bug seems to have bitten Eileen Lim since her retirement from marketing – for which she planned things she’d never tried before. She now has a packed schedule: Tuesdays and Wednesdays she volunteers as a curatorial research assistant at the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, working with her cousin who is the Senior Fashion [...]

Better governance for better aged care

The Tasmanian hearing of the Royal Commission into Aged Care concluded last month with suggestions as to how better governance and leadership could help to stop some of the sector’s bad practices – which which were slammed in the Commission's scathing interim report. Counsel assisting, Peter Rozen, referred to stories of staff- and cost-cutting, saying [...]

Help us brighten Christmas

Christmas is coming, and we hope you have a wonderful time. But not everyone does ... it's incredibly stressful for those who can't afford it. We also hope you can help us brighten Christmas for some folk who are struggling financially. With your help, we distribute about 100 Christmas hampers every year. Listed below are [...]

2019-12-03T14:46:44+11:00General - news|

Affordable art at 6th Annual Community Art Expo

You are invited to the opening of the 6th Annual Community Art Expo in Gladesville which will showcase local talent in the visual arts. “CREATE & enCOURAGE” is the theme of this year’s exhibition of creative work in the pop-up gallery which offers affordable art for shoppers and an exhibition space for artists. WHAT: Pop-up [...]

The Government must step up

The Federal Government and Department of Health leadership is ‘missing in action’ according to Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Peter Rozen, and expert witnesses.  Rozen said the sector was at risk of failing altogether if action was not urgently taken and was already was failing to deliver quality of life and quality [...]

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