e-MAC – From the CEO

Was June 2013 a bit of a blur? Whoooosh! The days sped past. I took some leave, so May and June blended into each other for me. While on leave, I tried to assist my parents with their ageing and aged care needs (they are becoming more frail and vulnerable and yes, reverting to primary language and culture) and I engaged with the aged care sector in a more direct way. Interesting! Reassuring! Frustrating! were all emotions in the mix!

At MAC, as the financial year drew to a close, we facilitated a number of workshops on: Continence; Survivors of war experiences; Cultural Healing and cultural competency in service provision. If you like numbers, you may be interested to hear that in 2012-2013 MAC delivered 80 cultural competency workshops on a smorgasbord range of topics. Thanks to the Training Team at MAC for an exceptional effort. Thanks to Maria Johns; Nina Telford; Agnieszka Chudecka; Debbie Boock and Shannon Taheny for not only delivering an awe inspiring number of sessions, but also the feedback from the sessions was outstanding and valued! Some of our workshops are available online so access our website www.mac.org.au

Our increasing engagement with regional areas has been exciting and much appreciated by the locals. We visited Mt Gambier and environs; Whyalla and environs; Ceduna; Victor Harbor; Murray Bridge; Barossa Valley; Adelaide Hills to list a few, and Shannon will be back with more Mobile Library visits. The MAC Library catalogue can be accessed and the resources are post paid nationally.

Information and networking sessions were facilitated including: CALD Managers and CALD Communities Reference Group. We participated in a number of sector networks including Western Linkages and Alzheimer’s Consumers Alliance Group, and we contributed to National Aged Care Reforms and FECCA discussions.

MAC staff worked with CALD community groups to assist them to deliver their HACC programs and meet accountability requirements, particularly the Community Care Common Standards (CCCS). Our series of workshops program was well attended and referenced highly. Of the 35 HACC funded CALD programs, we engaged with them all and encouraged them to attend MAC information and training sessions. The statistics speak for themselves of the 16 programs which undertook their CCCS Review, 12 received the required Outcome 1. So we can confidently declare that HACC funded CALD programs are demonstrating their capacity to deliver programs to the expected standards and outcomes. Congratulations to these programs: Board members; staff and volunteers!! Our records also show that we engaged with over 40 CALD community groups regarding CALD ageing and aged and community care. This underlines the interest and value of canvassing aged and community care issues.

Furthermore, MAC participated in the ARAS Conference as a delegate and the MAC Information stall was a magnet during the breaks, and we were key partners in the Flinders University, 2nd International Conference on Ageing in a Foreign Land. There is more about the Conferences in this edition of the e-MAC.

As MAC looks ahead, we are planning and will be delivering information and training workshops to support HACC funded CALD programs; working one on one with several CALD community groups to support their HACC programs; developing and distributing NEW resources to support the integration of CALD perspectives into activities and services; facilitating workshops to assist service providers to deliver targeted and responsive CALD services; and watch out for our partnership with TAFESA. So exciting!! More and Better information, resources and training in CALD aged and community care. The way to go leads to MAC!