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New faces on UnitingCare Board

THE BOARD of UnitingCare Queensland has appointed two new members – former Queensland Synod Moderator, Rev Dr David Pitman and Scenic Rim Regional Council CEO, Mr Craig Barke. UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross said, “These new Board members will bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and personal qualities that will enable them to provide valuable input to the work we ...

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Blue Care ‘leg’ club opens

BLUE CARE Springwood Community Care Leg Club celebrated its opening during Wound Awareness Week (28 March – 3 April). Blue Care Springwood Community Care Service Manager Alicia Wooding said the idea of the club was to create a social environment where clients can come together to have their wounds dressed, receive information about health and active leg care and also ...

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Cyclone affected graziers meet

GRAZIERS ROCKED by Cyclone Yasi – many of whom have barely left their properties since the natural disaster in February – met in April to fi nd out about services to help their recovery. The “Let’s Do Lunch” gathering as organised by Frontier Services and held at Lynd Junction, 186km from Georgetown, to provide support to the community which has ...

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High praise for child care

TWO OF Wesley Mission Brisbane’s child care services have been named State finalists for Children’s Service of the Year in the Australian Family Awards 2010-2011. The centres, Toowong Child Care Centre and Wesley Mission Brisbane Family Day Care, are two of the four State finalists. Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Child Care Manager, Dianne Holman, said they were committed to delivering “best ...

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Education and skills offer teenage mums and their children a brighter future

UnitingCare Australia supports the Federal Government’s goal, announced today, to roll out a series of initiatives in targeted areas aimed at skilling up teenage parents on welfare and ultimately preparing them for jobs. But National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the compliance measures that accompany the initiative are disappointing. “While we strongly support the principle of reducing the risk of ...

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Removing death threats

AUSTRALIA IS currently considering legislation to ratify the Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international treaty which bans the use, production, stockpiling and transfer of cluster munitions. Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is concerned that the Australian legislation contains loopholes allowing for use of cluster bombs under certain circumstances. Cluster bombs, ...

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Nature at your service

UNITINGJUSTICE Australia has produced a collection of worship and education resources for Church members to coincide with World Environment Day on Sunday 5 June. Themed as Nature at your service, the free resources include tools for educational use, theological refl ections, liturgical resources, sermon starters and activities for children and families. Established in 1972, World Environment Day is celebrated annually ...

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UnitingCare formalises reconciliation commitment

UNITINGCARE QUEENSLAND formalised its commitment to reconciliation with the launch of a Statement of Commitment to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) on 1 February. The RAP will build on the work that the organisation has already undertaken across its agencies and services in working towards closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other ...

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UnitingCare Australia welcomes price on carbon

UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to legislate for a price on carbon, with the support of the Australian Greens. National Director, Lin Hatfield Dodds said the agreement is an essential step in encouraging industry and households to reduce carbon pollution and shift to less damaging energy sources. “It’s absolutely appropriate to send a price signal to industry ...

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Blue Care residents return home

The 100-plus residents of Blue Care Townsville Garden Settlement Aged Care Facility returned home today, after spending three nights in the evacuation centre at Ignatius Park College. Blue Care Residential Services Director Richard Olley said a major clean up of the facility at Pallarenda is underway, involving army personnel, Blue Care staff and volunteers. “The army descended on the site ...

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