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Queensland organisation receives national acclaim

A QUEENSLAND organisation best known for its ‘blue nurses’ has won national praise for encouraging driver safety among its staff, winning an Australasian Fleet Managers Association (AfMA) award in Melbourne last night. There were three categories in the 2010 Fleet Awards and Blue Care, a leading not-for-profit community health and residential aged care provider, won the esteemed Fleet Safety Award. ...

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Gail Austen OAM guest speaker at Blue Care Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Brisbane entrepreneur and community advocate, Gail Austen OAM, today recognised the wonderful support that donors give Blue Care – one of Australia’s leading providers of community health and residential aged care. Ms Austen was the guest speaker and television personality Lexy Hamilton-Smith was the emcee at the Blue Care Donor Appreciation Luncheon, which recognises and thanks donors for their contribution ...

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Closing the door on child trafficking

INIDA IS a country that overwhelms the senses. Visitors describe it as vibrant, expressive, hectic, hot, confronting, charming and spiritual. But amongst the romance sits a dark reality where vulnerable children living in poverty come face to face with the realities of sex trafficking and child labour. With Nepal to the north, Sri Lanka to the south, China and Bangladesh to ...

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The Christmas Bowl Offers a Chance to Vote for Refugees

MANY AUSTRALIANS have said that a vote for either major party at the recent Federal Election was a vote against refugees. As the people of Burma (Myanmar) go to the polls on November 7, Act for Peace’s Christmas Bowl will give church-goers a chance to reach out to Burma’s refugees during a time of political repression and unresolved armed conflicts. Mr ...

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A new Eden at Parkview

Wesley Mission Brisbane’s (WMB) newest aged-care community, Parkview, has successfully achieved registration in the Eden Alternative which is a caring philosophy of person-directed care. Parkview, in Brisbane’s northern suburb Chermside, is now the only Eden Alternative registered aged-care community in the Brisbane metropolitan area. In Australia, the Eden Alternative believes in challenging the norms in aged care and focuses on ...

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Lifeline Gold Coast celebrates 40 years of service to the Gold Coast community.

LIFELINE GOLD Coast will host an awards ceremony tonight to celebrate 40 years of services on the Gold Coast. As a largely volunteer based organisation, Lifeline will also thank and acknowledge current volunteers of Lifeline Gold Coast who have contributed selflessly to the organisation. “Lifeline Gold Coast has come a long way from our humble beginnings 40 years ago in ...

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Laughter still the best medicine

CLIENTS OF Wesley Mission Brisbane’s Hadden Place Demen-tia Day Therapy and Respite Centre at Sinnamon Village, Brisbane, are taking advantage of a new humour therapy program thanks to $50,000 funding from the Department of Health and Ageing. Hadden Place Program Manager Lenore Eggins said people with dementia don’t lose their sense of humour. |“But they may forget how to instigate ...

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UnitingWorld launches 2011 experiences

UNITINGWORLD’S 2011 Experience opportunities are now on the UnitingWorld website. More than 100 placements are available in a range of exciting locations for participants to experience a diverse array of cultures in places such as Tonga, Papua New Guinea, India, Zimbabwe and South Korea. There are many new opportunities available for volunteers to spend anything between four weeks and three years ...

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Both major parties fall short on social policy commitments

NATIONAL DIRECTOR of UnitingCare Australia Susan Helyar said today social policies announced by both the ALP and the Coalition during this election campaign amount largely to punitive, short-term measures that will encourage prejudice in many people, but will do little to address the intergenerational cycle of poverty and disadvantage experienced by some Australians. The campaign has predictably been fought on economic ...

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Aid Workers in Pakistan Urge Australians -Time is Running Out!

ACT FOR Peace’s partners responding to the floods in Pakistan welcome the Australian Government’s $25 million increase to the response effort though insist the need is much greater and time is running out. Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia, is asking the Australian public to support the response as a matter ...

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