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The lens we look through

Jacquie Molloy, Interim CEO

The way we look at the world around us can make all the difference to how we feel.

There is so much happening right now. As I write this, NSW and Queensland are weathering a deluge and record-breaking floods, Omicron still runs and runs, Ukraine is in the fight of its life – a fight to stay free and safe, and the aged care sector continues to feel the impact of stresses that put you and the vulnerable older people you care for at risk of despair and overwhelm.

How on earth can you refocus your lens on life to find the clarity and calm you need?

Last week, our Community of Practice workshop helped us do just that. Our session was entitled Filling the well: remembering how to care for yourself as you care for others. Spiritual care of self and others is what will see us through. It will give us the clear lens through which to see our world, knowing there will be brighter days.

That’s not to say we cannot also be in action! We can and we must.

In the past fortnight, we’ve petitioned Ministers Hunt and Colbeck on behalf of our members to review the eligibility for the Workforce Retention Bonus. We are part of the National Aged Care Alliance’s letter this week to the Prime Minister to do the same. And we are staying in communication with the Department of Health, Ageing and Aged Care Division to ensure the inclusion of spiritual and pastoral care in the redesign of the Home Care Package.



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