COMMUNITY

Australia’s residential aged care facilities are getting bigger and less home-like

Residential aged care facilities should be more like a home and less like a hospital. from shutterstock.com Most older people want to stay at home as long as they can. When this is no longer possible, they move into residential aged care facilities, which become their home. But Australia’s care facilities for the aged are...

A community fix for the affordable housing crisis

Caggara House in Brisbane caters for low-income residents aged 55 and over who previously lived alone in state-owned houses that were too big for their needs. UDIA Qld/Facebook Jeannie loves her apartment. It has a separate bedroom, a small bathroom, and an open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area. It’s compact, but sliding doors...

After a long struggle, the Uniting Church becomes the first to offer same-sex marriage

For some, this recent decision is a source of celebration and perhaps even symbolic, finally, of full equality in the church for gay and lesbian members. Wes Mountain From Friday, September 21, the Uniting Church (UCA) will be the first of the three major Australian Christian denominations to endorse same-sex marriage, and thus the first to offer gay and lesbian Christians the...

Silver Screen Classics playing this Saturday – Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy

Dr Jonathon Welch AM will present Silver Screen Classics, on Saturday, at Australian Catholic University, at 3pm. This spectacular, free concert celebrates beautiful music and also the launch of Jonathon’s new vision for arts inclusion for all Australians. A myriad of performers will be joining Jonathon, including Jan van de Stool, 'International Music Therapist' and star...

A new project shows combining childcare and aged care has social and economic benefits

Intergenerational care programs encourage relationship building between generations. Griffith University What happens when you bring a group of older residents to mix with young children in childcare? Clapping hands and singing songs is just one way they spend the morning together. These interactions are made possible by intergenerational care programs that have gained popularity in Australia in recent years. Intergenerational care programs provide...

School of Hard Knocks presents Street Requiem & Tattoo for Homelessness Week

Don't miss this special concert on Sunday 5th August, 3pm at Deakin Edge. Presented by the School of Hard Knocks, this concert includes Street Requiem for those who have died on the street by Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne & Jonathon Welch … AND the premiere of Tattoo, a new musical, written by the Choir of Hard Knocks in collaboration with...

How the ‘yeah-but’ mentality stalls progress on bag bans and other green issues

Is forgetting your bags really such an inconvenience?  AAP Image/Peter Rae The debacle over the removal of single-use plastic bags from supermarkets has been analysed from a range of different perspectives. Supermarkets have been described as breaking a psychological trust contract with their customers and cynically using environmental concerns to reduce their costs and increase their profits. The pushback by Australian shoppers has been the...

Migration helps balance our ageing population – we don’t need a moratorium

Cutting immigration to Australia will impact the country’s demographic composition, with consequences for the working age population and income tax base. Andrew Seaman/Unsplash Australia’s population is set to reach 25 million in the coming weeks. This is much earlier than expected. Eighteen years ago, projections estimated Australia’s population wouldn’t get to 25 million until 2041. Western Australian Liberal Senator Dean Smith last week proposed a moratorium...

Films and short films

Looking After Port Melbourne Beaches BeachPatrol received notice from Documentary Australia Foundation of the upcoming showing of  Blue on Wed 25 July 18 at The Jam Factory, Chapel St.  Filmed in the seas surrounding Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and the USA, BLUE looks at how the very nature of the ocean is being altered. There is some amazing footage, and very powerful messages about the health...