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Breaking the Silence Around Men’s Mental Health

  • Ruvinie Pannala
  • November 11, 2019
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The concern for mental health and mental illness is widespread in Australia. In 2017- 18, 4.8 million Australians (20.1%) had reported experiencing a mental or behavioural condition. This is an increase from 4 million (17.5%) in 2014-15. And looking into the gender disparities, these were fairly similar with women at 22.3% and men at 17.9%. …

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Core and Capacity Building Budgets to be Flexible From 1st July

Core and Capacity Building Budgets to be Flexible From 1st July

  • Luke
  • November 11, 2019
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Minister Stuart Roberts fronted the National Press Club this afternoon, announcing a plan to deliver the final 20% of the NDIS and “set it up for future success.” There was a lot of talk about the progress the government has already made. But, significantly more interestingly, there was also some promises of changes to come …

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NDIS Toolkit

NDIS Eligibility & Pre-planning Toolkit

  • Luke
  • November 11, 2019
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As part of a Department of Communities state-wide grant, Brightwater has developed a useful one-stop NDIS resource for individuals and their families, carers, guardians, health and other human services professionals, and disability service providers. The NDIS Toolkit has been developed to support the sector in guiding individuals with complex support needs through NDIS eligibility and …

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Why Your Mental Health Matters

  • Ruvinie Pannala
  • October 10, 2019
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One in seven young Australians experience a mental health condition but only 65% of these people seek help from health services. Mental health is a person’s emotional and psychological well-being, where they understand their ability to function positively and cope with change in day-to-day life. Often the term ‘mental health’ is misunderstood with ‘mental illness’, …

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Enable the Disabled with Quality Care

  • Ruvinie Pannala
  • October 10, 2019
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Over 4 million people have some form of disability. That’s 1 in 5 people. The disability rate in Australia has remained fairly stable, with 18.5% of people reporting disability in 2012 and 18.3% in 2015. However, the disability community is more than just numbers, as Australia continues to strive towards the support and inclusivity of …

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The Importance of Quality Aged Care

  • Ruvinie Pannala
  • October 10, 2019
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Australia’s population is aging as we are living longer than ever before. The percentage of people aged 65 years and over in the total population was 15% in 2017, but is expected to increase between 21% and 23% by 2066. A growing number will mean a greater demand for aged care and added pressures on …

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Insights from the latest NDIS report August 2019

  • Ruvinie Pannala
  • September 09, 2019
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Jess Karlsson, Chairperson My Care My Choice The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as the largest health reform in Australia since Medicare was launched in the mid 80’s. This is due to the significant change it is, and will continue to have on the disability sector, providers, participants, carers and the broader …

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My Care My Choice – Creating the care map for WA

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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The community services sector is currently facing its most disruptive period in Government reform. Following the lead from the NHS in the UK, the Australian Government is currently implementing reforms which harness an individual’s choice and control. To align with this new way of working and thinking, funding models have also changed. In most cases, …

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Customer service and the customer experience

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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A community services perspective Customer service is about taking care of people by providing professional, helpful and high quality service and assistance before, during and after transactions with customers. Given the Government reform agendas of consumer choice and control, individualised support and budgets in aged care, disability and mental health services, there is now a …

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Consumer Voices to Drive Change

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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It is relatively easy for Australians to find out about others’ experiences when it comes to restaurants, hotels or movies, but the same cannot be said about community services. While these facilities are all required to be accredited, they are not currently obliged to measure the quality of their services based on the person’s experience. …

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4 top reasons why customer feedback is so important to your business

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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Considering the transitions of the community services sectors to individualised support, the customer experience as never been so front of mind for many providers. Managing the consumer experience and extensive marketing campaigns including digital marketing, is a new set of skills that providers have to become aware of in order to appeal to their future …

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Hear from co-founder, Kelly, on why she started My Care My Choice

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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Our co-founder, Kelly Gray, was recently on 6pr to tell her story of why she started My Care My Choice. Kelly told Darren and Sue her experience in the industry highlighted the need for more clarity.   Kelly developed the one stop review and ratings site to empower and educate clients, carers and families who’re making …

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Hear from ‘Nadia’, a consumer of in-home aged care services in Perth, about her experiences.

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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My Care My Choice has released the first episode of a series of conversations with aged care consumer, ‘Nadia’. ‘Nadia’ is completely bed-bound and is heavily reliant on aged care services to enable her to stay healthy and at home. In this first episode we discover who Nadia is, including a bit about her history and …

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Why are customer reviews important?

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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Perception is reality Believe it or not, a recent rise of technology means that people no longer look at the star rating of a hotel or facility! Rather they look into the reviews of the hotel or facility to ensure they are getting the best and their money’s worth. According to the Aged care guide …

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A Complete Guide to NDIS

  • Luke
  • July 07, 2019
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What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)? The NDIS is a scheme, not a welfare system, that will provide eligible people with intellectual, physical, sensory, cognitive or psychosocial disabilities with early intervention support. The scheme is being introduced progressively across all Australian states and territories. The NDIS gives Australians the peace of mind that …

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All Your Questions About My Health Record Answered

  • Luke
  • March 03, 2019
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What is My Health Record? A My Health Record is an online summary of your health information, such as medicines you are taking, any allergies you may have and treatments you have received. It was previously known as a Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record (PCEHR) or eHealth record. How does My Health Record work? The …

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