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Nursing interns get new perspective

Nursing interns get new perspective

EIGHT new nursing interns have arrived at St Peter's at Lane Cove, one of Catholic Healthcare’s residential aged care services, with some saying they’ve gained ‘new perspectives on life’ since stepping into the world of aged care.
Oct 20 2017
Newcastle resident flies high

Newcastle resident flies high

NORMAN Jones may be 86-years-old, but his years of experience have hardly dampened his hunger for adrenaline.
Oct 09 2017
Snell family spring into action

Snell family spring into action

Compassion and care clearly run deep in the Snell family, with talented volunteer Dale Snell contributing her time and efforts to various Catholic Healthcare residents alongside the organisation’s Chief Information Officer, her son - Corey Snell.
Sep 11 2017
“Thank you for giving me my husband back”

“Thank you for giving me my husband back”

“Warm hearted”, “gentle” and “incredibly enthusiastic” are just some of the many kind words used to describe Walter Thomasson, long-standing employee and life-changing activities officer at Catholic Healthcare’s Maranatha Lodge.
Sep 07 2017
Walking with Confidence - success in numbers

Walking with Confidence - success in numbers

The Brighton residents are brimming with confidence after Catholic Healthcare’s Health and Wellness group exercise program
Sep 01 2017
St Joseph's staff member receives National Education prize

St Joseph's staff member receives National Education prize

Catholic Healthcare staff member receives National Education prize
Aug 21 2017
Olympian visits Holy Spirit Croydon

Olympian visits Holy Spirit Croydon

Jana Pittman visits Holy Spirit Croydon
Aug 17 2017
Dubbo's unsung hero

Dubbo's unsung hero

Who do you define as a hero? Is it someone famous? A celebrity maybe. Or perhaps an inspirational leader in the public eye, a politician at the frontline of their party, vowing to change the world for the better?
Jul 31 2017
Catholic Healthcare celebrates 23 years of service

Catholic Healthcare celebrates 23 years of service

Catholic Healthcare celebrates 23 years of service
Jul 28 2017
Intergenerational care paves the way for a positive future

Intergenerational care paves the way for a positive future

The Fortitude Valley Aged Care service holds a weekly playgroup session mixing those young in age to those young-at-heart, proving integrated aged care benefits both children and adults.
Jul 18 2017
Aquinas Court celebrates 25 years of service

Aquinas Court celebrates 25 years of service

Jean Yarker can tell you all about the Aquinas Court Retirement Village. Speaking from her experience as their longest-living resident, Jean tells all about her home in Springwood on this special 25th anniversary of the village - about why she came, and why 20 years on, she "simply wouldn't live anywhere else".
Jul 11 2017
Catholic Healthcare wins ACSA for Excellence in Cultural Competency

Catholic Healthcare wins ACSA for Excellence in Cultural Competency

Catholic Healthcare has taken away an industry-leading award at this year’s annual Aged and Community Services Awards (ACSA) night, held in June this year.
Jul 02 2017
Fifty-one years of helping the homeless

Fifty-one years of helping the homeless

The iconic Vincentian Aged Care service in East Sydney reached a proud 51 years of service this past week, celebrating their achievements in providing roofs over the heads of hundreds of residents in marginalised communities for over half a century.
Jul 02 2017

Awarded finalist at International Eldercare Awards

Catholic Healthcare has been internationally recognised for its success in supporting ageing-in-place with its Breezie software offered to clients utilising Home Care packages.
Aug 23 2017
The power of the written word

The power of the written word

THE phrase “age is just a number” has never been a more relevant than when intergenerational interaction occurs at St. Raphael’s Primary School in South Hurstville.
Jun 20 2017
Hunter region sees success in first MHACPI transition

Hunter region sees success in first MHACPI transition

In a first for the Hunter region, the Mental Health Aged Care Partnership Initiative (MHACPI) unit has had it's first successful resident transition, moving from specialist care to mainstream residential care.
Jun 13 2017
Preventing risk through research

Preventing risk through research

Residential aged care services and models of care will be the focus of a new research project, developed in conjunction with Macquarie University.
Jun 06 2017
Changing lives... one picture at a time

Changing lives... one picture at a time

AN art therapy program at St Joseph’s Residential Aged Care in Coffs Harbour has swept the pool at the local show, winning three awards and highlighting the amazing work the program does.
May 29 2017
Pet therapy warms the hearts of residents

Pet therapy warms the hearts of residents

Charles O'Neill Hostel takes happiness to a new height with the introduction of their pet therapy program.
May 23 2017
Resident celebrates 105 amazing years

Resident celebrates 105 amazing years

IT’S a tight squeeze inside the foyer of Joseph House, one of the nine residential cottages at Holy Spirit, Croydon. The room, spacious and fit for 30-plus residents is rarely populated by so many guests at once; all bearing gifts of flowers, balloons and framed certificates of achievement.
May 18 2017
McQuoin Park adds finishing touches

McQuoin Park adds finishing touches

THE finishing touches are being added to the new McQuoin Park development in Waitara, as the service prepares to accommodate more than 120 residents in state-of-the-art surroundings.
May 17 2017
40 years of compassion: our longest-serving nurse celebrates International Nurses Day

40 years of compassion: our longest-serving nurse celebrates International Nurses Day

Eileen McKeown will celebrate her 40th year of employment as an Enrolled Nurse (EN) with Catholic Healthcare this year, currently existing as the longest-serving nurse employed by the organisation.
May 11 2017
Volunteer retires after nearly two decades of service

Volunteer retires after nearly two decades of service

Volunteer of the Year Nominee, Jocelyn Jackett bids her friends at George Mockler House a 'see you soon' after 17 years of service to the residents of the home.
May 10 2017
St Catherine's opens its doors

St Catherine's opens its doors

RESIDENTS are settling into their brand new home, following the opening of new St Catherine's aged care service in Bathurst.
Apr 21 2017
Jemalong Residential Village expansion approved

Jemalong Residential Village expansion approved

THE expansion of Catholic Healthcare’s Jemalong Residential Village and its merger with Mater Aged Care has been officially approved.
Apr 03 2017
New funding provides support for Sydney’s west and the Illawarra

New funding provides support for Sydney’s west and the Illawarra

PEOPLE who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, will benefit from funding awarded to Catholic Healthcare under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).
Mar 10 2017
Opening doors to retirement living

Opening doors to retirement living

Are you looking to become a part of an active and connected retirement community but don’t know where to begin?
Mar 01 2017
Industry changes to Home Care Packages

Industry changes to Home Care Packages

Home are packages have changed. From 27 February 2017, funding for your in home care now stays with consumers, giving you control over how your care is delivered and who provides it.
Mar 01 2017
Transition unit welcomes residents

Transition unit welcomes residents

AGED care and mental health were the focus of a blessing in the Hunter last week, with Catholic Healthcare and Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) opening the first Mental Health Aged Care Partnership Initiative (MHACPI) transition unit in the region.
Feb 20 2017
Older Australians benefit from tailored technology solutions

Older Australians benefit from tailored technology solutions

A new software making it easier for older Australians to access the Internet is being pilot-tested.
Jan 09 2017
Recapturing the passion

Recapturing the passion

FOR talented artist Ursula, the support of her family and the assistance of Catholic Healthcare's Community Services team has meant she can continue to follow her passion for painting and focus on the things she loves.
Jan 06 2017
We are open over the holidays

We are open over the holidays

From everyone at Catholic Healthcare we would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe holiday season.
Dec 22 2016
New academic role to research quality aged care

New academic role to research quality aged care

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Catholic Healthcare to further quality research into residential aged care.
Dec 08 2016
Australian-first connected tablet solution to help transform care services

Australian-first connected tablet solution to help transform care services

Catholic Healthcare, Breezie Inc and Samsung collaborate to deliver Breezie for our community clients, enabling them to easy connect to services and reduce isolation and boredom.
Nov 24 2016
Construction commences on integrated aged care development in Ipswich

Construction commences on integrated aged care development in Ipswich

Catholic Healthcare celebrated the commencement of construction on a new integrated aged care development at the new Villa Maria Centre, Eastern Heights in Queensland.
Nov 23 2016
Supporting people living with a mental illness

Supporting people living with a mental illness

Catholic Healthcare is delighted to now be preparing to operate a 10 person Mental Health Aged Care Partnership Initiative (MHACPI) transition unit within its Charles O’Neill Hostel at Mayfield West in Newcastle.
Nov 14 2016
Restorative care conference: functioning independence of the frail elderly

Restorative care conference: functioning independence of the frail elderly

JOIN Catholic Healthcare and Professor Lee-Fay Low (Associate Professor in Ageing and Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney) to be among the first to hear the positive trends in 'Lifeful', a restorative care and reablement program.
Nov 04 2016
St Catherine’s Aged Care turns 50

St Catherine’s Aged Care turns 50

CARING for the local community of Bathurst since 1966
Nov 01 2016
Learn more about a career in community work

Learn more about a career in community work

CATHOLIC Healthcare is hosting a number of information sessions to help highlight a career in community work, and show you how you can make a difference in someone else's life.
Oct 24 2016
Finish each day knowing you’ve made a difference

Finish each day knowing you’ve made a difference

AT Catholic Healthcare, we believe work should be more than just a job; it’s an opportunity to make a difference in the community and in the lives of others.
Oct 07 2016
Physical activity could make all the difference

Physical activity could make all the difference

Researchers analysed the activity levels of one million people from Australia, the US and Western Europe in a bid to work out how many hours of daily physical activity is required to offset prolonged periods of sitting.
Sep 28 2016
Height of health

Height of health

In less than two weeks, Catholic Healthcare community worker Mitch Evans will put his training to the test and climb Mount Kilimanjaro.
Sep 26 2016
Help for carers gets thumbs up

Help for carers gets thumbs up

LOCAL Willoughby resident Frank Attard has been living with dementia for 12 years and has been a client of Catholic Healthcare’s Willoughby Wellness Centre for six years.
Sep 22 2016
Life inspired art on show

Life inspired art on show

THE art of residents at Charles O'Neill Hostel at Mayfield West was on show for the local community on Wednesday (14 September) at a special art exhibition showcasing the results of the LifeCards Art Therapy Project.
Sep 16 2016
Exhibition to showcase life inspired art

Exhibition to showcase life inspired art

THE art of residents at Charles O'Neill Hostel will come to life at a special art exhibition on Wednesday 14 September, showcasing the results of the LifeCards Art Therapy Project.
Sep 07 2016
Celebrating 40 years supporting and caring for Northern Beaches community

Celebrating 40 years supporting and caring for Northern Beaches community

ON Friday 26 August, Mona Vale’s local aged care service celebrated its ruby anniversary, having been officially opened by St Vincent de Paul in 1976.
Aug 29 2016
Therapy dog Jack lends a paw to nursing home residents

Therapy dog Jack lends a paw to nursing home residents

IT'S not often we imagine angels with four paws and a wagging tail, but Jack, the eight-year-old cocker spaniel, is a miracle worker of a different kind.
Aug 29 2016
Plans to redevelop Jemalong

Plans to redevelop Jemalong

CATHOLIC Healthcare is excited to announce plans to merge two of their long serving Forbes based aged care services – Jemalong Residential Village and Mater Aged Care.
Aug 25 2016
St Catherine’s Aged Care is Relocating

St Catherine’s Aged Care is Relocating

After 50 years at Busby Street Bathurst, Catholic Healthcare’s St Catherine’s Aged Care will be relocating to Gorman’s Hill Road, in early 2017.
Aug 18 2016
Villa Maria finalist in Quality Practice Award

Villa Maria finalist in Quality Practice Award

CATHOLIC Healthcare's Villa Maria Centre at Unanderra has been announced as one of six finalists in the 2016 Meaningful Ageing Australia Quality Practice Award, which recognises innovation and excellence in the spiritual care of older people.
Aug 17 2016
A safe place to call home

A safe place to call home

Kristen Grainger is no stranger to the aged care industry, with more than 20 years’ experience and 12 years dedicated to the residents from Charles O’Neill Hostel in Newcastle.
Aug 15 2016
Be wise about medicine

Be wise about medicine

DO you need help remembering to take your medication? Take charge and keep your medicines under control with help from Catholic Healthcare’s Community Services.
Aug 12 2016
New Aged Care Development for Casula

New Aged Care Development for Casula

Catholic Healthcare is excited to announce the successful purchase of a large block of land on the Hume Highway between Marsh Parade and Lang Road, Casula.
Aug 04 2016
Lifeful

Lifeful

NOT even pelting rain could deter people attending Catholic Healthcare’s Restorative Care seminar at the Medical Education Centre, Concord Hospital.
Aug 03 2016
Dental tips for better teeth

Dental tips for better teeth

TODAY marks the start of Dental Health Week, an annual initiative of the Australian Dental Association, that is this year, focused on women and dental health.
Aug 01 2016
Catholic Healthcare secures prime Maroubra site

Catholic Healthcare secures prime Maroubra site

FOLLOWING a successful bidding process, Catholic Healthcare is excited to announce it has purchased the former Maroubra RSL Memorial Bowling Club site, situated just 280 metres from Maroubra Beach.
Jul 28 2016
Putting the patients first

Putting the patients first

FIRST service location of its kind in Sydney offers respite to families, aims to treat afflicted with care and respect
Jul 18 2016
Music to lift the spirit

Music to lift the spirit

Music can be a very powerful thing. It can inspire, generate emotions, engage and lift a person’s spirit. It’s therapeutic.
Jul 15 2016
Collaborative initiative set to improve aged care

Collaborative initiative set to improve aged care

Catholic Healthcare is excited to embark on a first-of-its-kind initiative with Mundipharma Pty Limited, a leader in chronic pain medication.
Jul 08 2016
Batehaven couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

Batehaven couple celebrate 70 years of marriage

In an era when some marriages can’t last 70 weeks, Batehaven’s Norman and Joy Miles are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.
Jun 23 2016
New Aged Care Service in Ipswich Approved

New Aged Care Service in Ipswich Approved

Catholic Healthcare has received development approval for their planned residential aged care site in Eastern Heights, Ipswich.
Jun 22 2016
Celebrating 50 years of supporting and caring for the community

Celebrating 50 years of supporting and caring for the community

For 50 years, Vincentian Aged Care has been a safe haven to those who sought shelter, a cooked meal or family support with the East Sydney icon, celebrating its Golden Jubilee this week.
Jun 15 2016
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: NSW Elder Abuse Helpline launches identification and response toolkit

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: NSW Elder Abuse Helpline launches identification and response toolkit

June 15 marks the annual, internationally recognised World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). 'It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted to some of our older generations.' UN.org NSW Elder Abuse Helpline launches identification and response toolkit
Jun 10 2016
Enjoy more of life

Enjoy more of life

PHYSICAL strength and mobility, social engagement and stimulating your brain. All important factors at any age, but an absolute key for an ageing population keen to stay independent at home.
Jun 10 2016
St Vincent’s Auxiliary celebrates 90 years

St Vincent’s Auxiliary celebrates 90 years

The St Vincent’s Auxiliary celebrated an impressive ninety years of fundraising support and service to the local Bathurst community since the auxiliary was first established in 1926.
Jun 09 2016
Construction commences at McQuoin Park Waitara

Construction commences at McQuoin Park Waitara

Catholic Healthcare has officially commenced work on a new integrated aged care development McQuoin Park.
May 25 2016
Setting new goals with restorative care

Setting new goals with restorative care

Catholic Healthcare’s community services approach to health and wellness is being embedded across its varying programs and services. In an exciting new restorative care pilot, it is continuing to roll out its Health and Wellness Framework and has shown what’s possible when the senior citizen is empowered and put at the centre of a health coach guided restorative program.
May 17 2016
Pathway Through The Maze - Hoarding and Squalor Conference

Pathway Through The Maze - Hoarding and Squalor Conference

The fourth National Hoarding and Squalor Conference will take place on 29-30 June 2016 at Rydges World Square, Sydney.
May 09 2016
Give Happy Live Happy - National Volunteer Week

Give Happy Live Happy - National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week May 9 -15 is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers.
May 07 2016
Memories from the frontline - a resident's story

Memories from the frontline - a resident's story

Catholic Healthcare's a resident story - ANZAC Day
Apr 21 2016
Living Well with Dementia

Living Well with Dementia

Invitation to Participate in Research
Apr 14 2016
New Dementia Unit in Lewisham

New Dementia Unit in Lewisham

A new and secure 16 bed dementia unit is now available on site at Lewisham Nursing Home.
Apr 04 2016
Aquinas Court Open Day on Saturday April 2, 2016

Aquinas Court Open Day on Saturday April 2, 2016

Join us at the Aquinas Court OPEN DAY on Saturday April 2. Aquinas Court is an intimate boutique style village community in the heart of the lower Blue Mountains.
Mar 23 2016
Work officially commences on Bathurst Redevelopment project

Work officially commences on Bathurst Redevelopment project

Tuesday March 22, 2016: Catholic Healthcare celebrated an important milestone with the commencement of construction at St Vincent’s Aged Care, Bathurst. To mark the occasion, a sod-turning ceremony was held at Catholic Healthcare’s St Vincent’s Aged Care.
Mar 22 2016
NSW Seniors Festival - Get Involved

NSW Seniors Festival - Get Involved

This year’s NSW Seniors Festival ‘Grow Young’ is a terrific time to get involved and try something new. Catholic Healthcare is offering a range of activities, in a range of areas to help you get involved and enrich your life.
Mar 21 2016
More than just a job

More than just a job

General practitioners, social workers and hospital discharge planners are just some of the health professionals who play a significant role in helping people select appropriate aged care services for their individual needs.
Mar 14 2016
Challenging beliefs around ageing - Restorative Care Pilot Program

Challenging beliefs around ageing - Restorative Care Pilot Program

When the Australian Government announced the release of Restorative Care Packages in February 2016, Catholic Community Services (CCS) commenced a pilot program named Restorative Care, which focuses on restoring quality and function to their clients’ lives.
Feb 23 2016
Raymond Denman Herps celebrates his 105th Birthday

Raymond Denman Herps celebrates his 105th Birthday

Raymond Denman Herps celebrates his 105th Birthday
Feb 08 2016
Beloved Benji – St James Villa’s most popular resident

Beloved Benji – St James Villa’s most popular resident

How a blind, toothless and formerly homeless Pomeranian is transforming lives at St James Villa.
Sep 27 2015
Excellence in construction at the Brighton recognised

Excellence in construction at the Brighton recognised

Grindley Construction have scooped two major awards for their work on The Brighton.
Sep 24 2015
National Award for Charles O'Neill Hostel

National Award for Charles O'Neill Hostel

Hostel providing accommodation to Newcastle’s most vulnerable wins national aged care award.
Sep 24 2015
Walk with confidence

Walk with confidence

Live at home for longer and stay away from hospital with programs like Walking with Confidence, Catholic Healthcare's Community Services falls prevention program.
Feb 06 2017
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