Free Workshop: Enhancing Resident' s lives through Music Therapy (18 March 2010)

Anglicare is sponsoring a free workshop on Thursday 18 March 2010 about music therapy in aged care by Music Educator and Therapist, Jim Latta (B.Mus.mimt). Venue: Anglicare Nursing Home – 23 Burkitt Street, Page ACT 2615 When: Thursday, 18 March 2010 Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm For enquiries or bookings please phone (02) 6123 9000 or email: attal@iprimus.com.au The event flyer has been reproduced below:

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ACT Government Consultation Report: Working with Vulnerable People Checks

The ACT Government sought community comment on a proposed background checking system for people working with vulnerable people in the ACT. The closing date for submissions was 12 October 2009. The paper, A Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) Checking System for the ACT, is the first step towards the ACT Government’s commitment to reducing the risk of sexual, physical, emotional or financial harm or neglect of vulnerable people, through the establishment of mandatory minimum background checking standards. There is currently no consistent process for background checking in the ACT.

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Multicultural aged care seminars (February-March 2010)

ACT Health invites you to a series of free seminars on issues affecting older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Seminars on different topics are held regularly and are in English. All interested members of the community are welcome to attend. The Community Partners Programs Officer can arrange for many topics to be presented to any CALD group with an appropriate interpreter if desired.

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Campbell residents potentially exposed to loose asbestos

ABC Online News and iPrime Canberra are reporting about potential asbestos exposure for residents in Campbell at the site of a house being demolished. There are disturbing reports that ACT Government agencies (ACTPLA and Office of Regulatory Services – Workcover) have been severely talking down the nature of the risks involved despite the fact that samples originating from the demolition project have been confirmed as asbestos and found in neighbouring driveways, yards and gutters.

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Invitation to Comment: The Review of the Mental Health (Treatment & Care) Act 1994 (Closing 29 January 2010)

The purpose of the Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 (the Act) is to ensure the Act reflects best practice in mental health law, as it has developed over the last 10 years. The introduction of the ACT Human Rights Act 2004 (the HR Act), and the required review for compatibility with the HR Act, provides an appropriate context in which the Review will be carried out. The purpose of the review The purpose of the Review of the Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994 (the Act) is to ensure the Act reflects best practice

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Public forums on proposal for ACT Government to buy Calvary Hospital (16/21 October 2009)

You may have heard in the media that the ACT Government has commenced public consultation on a proposed change to the ownership and governance of Calvary Public Hospital and Clare Holland House. The Government and Little Company of Mary Health Care have reached in-principle agreement on the proposed changes and the Government now wishes to consult with the Canberra community about the best way to proceed.  The consultation will run from 1 October to 12 November 2009.  

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Did you know: Ambulances are not a free service

The ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) is responsible for providing emergency and non-emergency ambulance services to the ACT community. In providing emergency ambulance services, ACTAS include at least one intensive care paramedic (ICP) on every emergency ambulance. This is the highest level of pre-hospital clinical care provided by any ambulance service in Australia. Non-emergency ambulance services are provided by ICP and Patient Transport Service resources. Patient Transport Service crews undertake routine ambulance transport of patients to, from and between hospitals and other medical facilities. Unfortunately use of the ACT Ambulance Service is NOT a free Service* and fees and charges reflect

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The Chronicle: Terminal underway as master plan ticked off

The September 1 2009  edition of the  Chronicle ran a story written by Rebecca Thisleton reporting on the approval of the master plan for Canberra Airport and the serious concerns that residents have as the Airport evolves. Curfew4Canberra was critical of the decision-making process, as Ms Savigny said there had never been any health assessment to measure the level of sleep disturbance that would occur with jet freighters generating noise throughout the night. “If Airservices Australia believes that they can find ways to minimise aircraft noise at night then this should have been part of the community consultation, not something

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