MAC 2015 AGM was held 29 October with guest MC, Rosemary Warmington AM. Many thanks to Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS), Carers SA and Carers Support for supporting our ‘Carers’ EXPO theme, which gave guests the platform to become informed, collect resources and ask questions.
Matt Williams MP, Member for Hindmarsh, addressed more than 100 guests and read out a message on behalf of Sussan Ley, the new Minister for Ageing.
The annual MAC AGM continued with the financial report, recognition and thanks to retiring members and the announcement of new members being nominated; a new Board of Management was ratified. With all the official proceedings of the AGM completed, the Hon Grace Portolesi, Chair, South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) gave her key note address; Aged Care in CALD community groups in SA. All in attendance were completely immersed in her words. She then went on to launch two new resources:
- Understanding the people you care for – a Greek-specific Learning Resource – produced by the Greek Welfare Centre of SA, to support professionals and volunteers working in generalist and Greek speaking residential aged care facilities. This resource is a product of the successful completion of a three year Commonwealth funded ACSIHAG programme. It is designed to enhance the capacity of workers to provide Greek-specific CALD appropriate care. It includes specific practical suggestions of a variety of lifestyle activities, as well as much more valuable information.
- Elder Abuse CALD Perspectives project – produced by MAC and funded by the Government of South Australia, Attorney-General’s Department, provides information about working effectively, sensitively and appropriately when identifying and responding to those who may be experiencing mistreatment. It is a scenario based resource with MAC’s 4A’s Cultural Intelligence Model solidly embedded in its foundation.
To add to the list of distinguished guests, Liz Edwards, Assistant State Manager, DSS, followed with her update on CALD aged and community care. She discussed the current overarching issues of the My Aged Care website, its equitable access and portal use; the barriers of access for the members of the CALD community. To implement a proactive, innovative and targeted project with positive outcomes, an opportunity to tender for Commonwealth funding was offered to the PICAC’s in each state and territory. The successful applicant will be announced shortly.
As is tradition, following the closing of the AGM, the annual MAC ‘Volunteer Recognition’ commenced and once again identified and celebrated many dedicated hardworking and outstanding volunteers. Matt Williams MP kindly presented them with their ‘Certificate of Appreciation for Australian Volunteers – Australian Government Volunteer Award 2015’. All the volunteers proudly stood tall and took photos with the Hon Grace Portolesi MP.
Of course, such an event could not end without the ‘famous’ Love Duet entertaining the guests while they networked with colleagues, sector workers and volunteers and CALD community members over a delicious supper.