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Intouch : In Touch Issue 77
8 In touch Winter 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au QUALITY ACCREDITATION AlzNSW has received confirmation that our application for accreditation by the Quality Improvement Council has been accepted. This follows three years of reviewing our systems and processes to ensure they comply with standards provided by the Quality Improvement Council, which focuses on activities of the community sector. A team of independent auditors assessed our activities against the standards, finding that we met them all. We were awarded with ‘Exceeded’ status for our work identifying need at all levels of the community. This accreditation reflects our good business practice and ensures our ongoing sustainability. PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSIONERS’ BRIEFING AlzNSW hosted a briefing of 150 aged care workers, members and the general public on the draft report Caring for Older Australians by Productivity Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald and Associate Commissioner Sue Macri in March. Mr Fitzgerald and Ms Macri gave a briefing on key insights and findings from the report, and participants had the chance to ask the Commissioner and Associate Comissioner questions. The draft report contains a number of proposed reforms to overhaul Australia’s aged care system. The final report is due to be delivered to the Federal Government by mid-year. Art exhibition A unique exhibition featuring artworks from people with memory loss was held in Coffs Harbour in April. An official opening ceremony for the Talking without Words exhibition was held in the North Coast Regional Botanical Gardens on Tuesday 5 April. The artworks are a result of a joint project, managed by AlzNSW with the UnitingCare Ageing Social Support Monitoring Program and its Red Dove centre-based day care service. The project was launched in July last year and runs weekly dementia- specific art groups in Coffs Harbour and Nambucca Heads. AlzNSW Dementia Advisor Marg Coutts, who jointly runs the program, said visual art provides the means for people with dementia to express themselves without the need for words, logic or skill, and in a way that is completely individual. “This is a space that people with dementia can access and in which they can find the kind of nourishment that promotes quality of life,” Ms Coutts said. UnitingCare Ageing’s HACC Coordinator for the Mid-North Coast, Trudi McCaul, echoed these comments. “This is truly a place where clients can find connection where previously those connections may have been lost,” she said. “Using their own choice of media they can express feelings they may have struggled to find the words for.” The project was made possible through Home and Community Care, UnitingCare Ageing Red Dove Social Group and AlzNSW Dementia Advisory Service. ALZHEIMERS AUSTRALIA AlzheimersSudoku002.pdf NOVICE © Lovatts Publications 31/03/2011 54 21 5 3167 69 715 7 265 4 541 87 9283 4 93 53 637918542 215746389 894523167 369487215 781265934 542139876 928374651 176852493 453691728 Rating: Fill the grid so that every column, every row and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9. SolutiontoSudokuonpage20 Thank you to John Myers, who donated $100 from sales of his new book WaKudo beyond Sudoku, to AlzNSW. NEWS
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