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2017 Better Practice Award Presentation

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2017 Better Practice Award

RSL Care SA receives the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency ‘Better Practice 2017 Commendation Award’

Today staff and residents were thrilled to welcome Ms Philomena Mitolo, Assistant Director SA/NT of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA), to present RSL Care SA with the ‘2017 Better Practice Award’ trophy and certificate for the ‘Social Connectedness for Mental Wellbeing’ program. Every year there are 37 Better Practice Awards presented nationally and RSL Care SA is proud to be one of only five awarded in South Australia.

Social Connectedness for Mental Wellbeing

Our ‘Social Connectedness for Mental Wellbeing’ program was developed in response to an increasing number of post-World War Two veterans entering aged care that have experienced, and continue to experience, complex mental health diagnosis and/or substance abuse issues along with secondary co-morbidities associated with their service. The significant age difference between existing residents from the silent generation and the incoming baby boomers (currently aged 67-74) results in difficulty assimilating when seeking social support. Lifestyle activities are traditionally tailored toward the silent generation resulting in the incoming baby boomers feeling “left out” of activities relevant to them. This emerging need has been particularly highlighted from within our organisation, due to the prevalence of complex mental health conditions within this cohort.

Mental Health Services

Working closely with mental health services within SA Health, the opportunity to develop a community based day program to support existing residents, residents from other facilities, and potential residents, with their mental health became apparent. At the time of inception, there were limited community engagement options available where residents could increase and strengthen their social support networks in an environment that valued their individual and collective experiences. In response to this identified need, our organisation set about developing a proactive approach in supporting this emerging cohort of veterans with their mental health, through a purposeful social engagement program that sought to reap benefits from the existing sense of identity and belonging that these residents feel towards their service.

The social program is open to residents of our organisation, including veterans living in other aged care facilities, as well as members of the general community who require mental health or social inclusion support. The community mental health support may be accessed through either in-patient or out-patient services within sectors of SA Health’s mental health services. Particularly for outpatients who require admission to residential care in the near future. The social program occurs weekly and includes visiting guests, usually over a lunch that enables the gathering to remain relaxed and open. Over the course of the week there are many informal gatherings and activities that have now arisen as a result of this program. Participants are supported to develop social connectedness with their peers and are encouraged to continue the development of these relationships outside of the social group formalised gatherings. Residents are developing relationships within the program, and are now more engaged and willing to participate in choices that will enhance their mental wellbeing. We provide access to healthy choices, as well as providing positive support for other co-morbidities they have.

We are immensely proud of the positive impact this program has had on the lives of our residents.

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RSL Care SA staff support Walk a Mile in my Boots

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Walk a Mile in my Boots

RSL Care SA walk for the Homeless Veterans Support fundraiser

For the fourth year in a row, RSL Care SA staff braved the chilly early morning conditions to participate in the Hutt Street Centre’s Walk a Mile in my Boots on Friday 11th August.

Walk a mile in my boots provides RSL Care SA with a fantastic opportunity to show its support for an organisation that does so much for those experiencing homelessness in Adelaide. Staff are particularly passionate about supporting those experiencing homelessness. Homeless Veterans support is one of the many services we offer at RSL Care SA.

RSL Care SA has its own Andrew Russell Veteran Living program (ARVL) supporting ex-service personnel who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. ARVL has received a number referrals from the Hutt Street Centre. We have been able to reach out and provide transit, accommodation and support services. These services directly contribute to getting these individuals back on their feet.

It was great to see a number of our staff braving the cold to support ‘Walk a Mile in My Boots.’ It is a key fundraiser for the Hutt Street Centre. Funds raised are directed into their Day Centre which provide many services including:

  • crisis assistance
  • access point for those experiencing homelessness
  • essential services
  • referrals to support organisations, including RSL Care SA

If you would like to support the Hutt Street Centre, access their website here.

RSL Care SA has many opportunities to Volunteer as well. If you would like to know more about Volunteering click here.

We are an organisation that has been helping the ex-service and wider community for 100 years.

Winners in the ACSA Excellence Awards 2017

  • John Dennis, Winner of ACSA Volunteer Award 2017

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ACSA Excellence Awards 2017

Congratulations go to our wonderful long serving volunteer, John Dennis OAM and Enrolled Nurse, Julie Chapman. John and Julie were finalists in the Volunteer and Employee categories. The ACSA Excellence Awards 2017 were held on Friday 23rd June at the National Wine Centre.

RSL Care SA volunteer John Dennis won the Volunteer category of the Awards. John has been a volunteer at our War Veterans Home site in Myrtle Bank for the past 16 years, and John has positively impacted the lives of many of our residents and staff. This impact led to his nomination for an Order of Australia, which he received in 2016. John’s commitment and dedication is outstanding. He is a very worthy recipient of the Award.

Julie did not win the Employee Award, but Julie’s nomination testifies to the great care taken in her work with our residents. Julie also volunteers her time to assist with our weekly Vietnam Veterans Social program. She directly contributes to improving the health and wellbeing outcomes for this cohort of residents.

Well done John and Julie!! We are very proud of you both.

Well done to all the nominees for their hard work, care and devotion.

The ACSA Excellence Awards

The Aged and Community Services Association Awards promote and recognise excellence in a range of areas that contribute to the quality of life of older people, people with disabilities and/or their carers.

To see a complete list of nominees and winners check out ACS SA & NT Awards for Excellence

Volunteering at RSL Care SA

Have you considered volunteering at a not for profit organisation? We would like to hear from you. Find out more information about volunteering at RSL Care SA here.

DVA Veteran Study

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Andrew Russell Veteran Living & DVA Veteran Study

Partnering with University of New South Wales and The University of Adelaide

The ARVL  program contributed to a DVA Veteran Study regarding homelessness in Australia. The University of New South Wales and the University of Adelaide invited ARVL to participate. The study commissioned by DVA  aims to accurately estimate the number of homeless veterans within Australia. The DVA aims to present an up to date account of the lived experiences of homeless veterans, and ARVL supplied quantitative and qualitative data to the study.

The project is being undertaken by a team of researchers from four main parties including:

The Board and management of RSL Care SA look forward to the results of the completed report at the end of 2017. RSL Care SA are thankful for the generous donation of $7,000 to the ARVL program by the Universities.

If you would like to know more about the Andrew Russell Veteran Living Program please click the link below.

RSL Care SA ARVL Program

If you would like to volunteer or donate to the program please contact us.

Anzac Day Services 2017

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Anzac Day Services 2017

Both War Veterans Home and the RSL Villas conducted Anzac Day Services 2017.

RSL Villas held their Anzac service on Monday 24th April which was well attended by residents, staff and volunteers. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the service, the West Croydon Singers, Graham Nybo, Liz Lees and John Martin.

The War Veterans Home conducted a very special 100th Dawn Service on Anzac Day, which again was extremely well attended by residents, staff, volunteers and the local community. Our thanks to Pastor Glenn Clark, Bugler David Lang, Australian Air Force Cadets SQN 617 Unley, Burnside Youth Concert Band, Nick Atkins, Lew Harman, Valentine Starkey and the many volunteers and staff that assisted leading up to, and on Anzac Day.

Lest we Forget

Support for Trojans Trek

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Luncheon in Support for Trojans Trek

On Thursday 11th May, RSL Care SA hosted a networking Luncheon in support for Trojans Trek where RSL Care SA Chair, Loretta Byers presented a cheque for $10,000 to Lieutenant Colonel Moose Dunlop OAM (Retd) from Trojans Trek in support of their veteran programs.

What is Trojans Trek?

Trojan’s Trek plan, conduct and evaluate wilderness based peer support interventions to assist service and ex-service personnel, adversely affected by their service. Trojan’s Trek is the only Australian evidence-based peer to peer therapy for ex-service people. Research shows the programs have a lasting effect on lifestyle long after leaving the trek.

As Trojans Trek state on their website, the trek is a trek in name only. The journey is not physical, it is more in the mind than skeletal. The approach taken by Trojans Trek is that it is not an extreme event designed to test body and soul, it is the start of a new approach to life; a new way of looking at their existence and the people they love and deal with.

RSL Care SA is proud to have been providing this level of financial support to Trojans Trek since 2014 and is pleased to be involved in bringing about positive change in the lives of veterans.

War Veterans Home 100th Anniversary

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War Veterans Home 100th Anniversary

On Friday 24th March 2017, the RSL Care SA in Myrtle Bank celebrated the War Veterans Home 100th Anniversary of care and support to the veteran community. On the 24th March 1917, Colonel Stanley Price-Weir, Commander of the 10th Battalion, AIF at Gallipoli, officially opened what was called the ‘Soldiers’ Home’.
Exactly 100 years later to the day, RSL Care SA celebrated the War Veterans Home centenary with residents, staff, volunteers, guests and members of the Defence and veteran community.

Andrew Russell  Veteran Living Launched

It was a wonderful evening which also included the launch of RSL Care SA’s veteran homelessness program, Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL). ARVL is named after Sergeant Andrew Russell who was a South Australian soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2002. Andrew’s parents, Bob and Jan Russell, cut the ribbon to officially open the program at the 100th Anniversary.

Miller Mack

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Aboriginal World War 1 Veteran Miller Mack

RSL Care SA is extremely pleased to provide financial support to the Aboriginal Veterans of South Australia Association (AVSA) for the service and reinterment of Aboriginal World War 1 veteran, Private Miller Mack.

Private Mack saw service in WW1 as a member of the 50th Battalion, particularly in France at the Battle of Messines. Miller Mack contracted tuberculosis while overseas, was medically discharged and on his return home, spent some time as a resident of the War Veterans Home. Miller Mack died in 1919 at the age of 25, and was buried in an unmarked grave at the West Terrace Cemetery, not far from many of his fellow soldiers buried in the AIF section.

On Friday 24th March 2017, Miller Mack’s remains will be exhumed from the West Terrace Cemetery and reinterred at Raukkan Aboriginal Community, near the Murray Mouth where he and his family came from, returning Miller Mack’s ‘spirit’ home.

ABC News coverage of Miller Mack reinterred

Immanuel College Art Program

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Immanuel College Art Program 2017

RSL Care SAs War Veterans Home was very pleased to welcome 48 Immanuel College year 8 students as part of their Art program for 2017. The students will be creating sculptural pieces based on the theme of ‘coming home’ from war and how that how that experience has affected veterans and/or their families.

RSL Care SA CEO, Nathan Klinge spoke to the students about the experiences of many veterans who have ‘walked the halls’ of the War Veterans Home over the past 100 years. The students were then shown around the site, highlighting to them the many pieces of military memorabilia and artifacts displayed throughout the Home.

We look forward to seeing how the year 8 students interpret the ‘Coming Home’ theme and the creative sculptural pieces they create.

Service Voices interview with CEO Nathan Klinge

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Service Voices Interview

with CEO Nathan Klinge

Radio Adelaide program Service Voices interview with RSL Care SA CEO, Nathan Klinge to find out more about RSL Care SA and the services RSL Care SA provides to the ex-service and wider community.

Nathan spoke with Sharon Mascall Dare – you can listen to the podcast by clicking here.

This was a great interview where Nathan was able to reveal the many services of our organisation. Many people haven’t been familiar with RSL Care SA and our rich history of over 100 years serving the ex-service and wider community.

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