Diversity and wellness at the Brisbane North Annual Aged Care Forum

In September over 200 attendees gathered at the Kedron Wavell Services Club in Chermside as part of the Brisbane North aged care forum.

The forum is an annual event aiming to bring together those in the region who are working at the forefront of aged care services.

With a focus on diversity and wellness, the day featured presenters, networking opportunities, a keynote speaker and 13 stall holders from a diverse range of organisations.

Alasdair McDonald from New Direction spoke about a new style of residential life, the micro-community residential care model. This new model allows residents to experience the freedom of home while promoting connections with the surrounding community and demonstrates the shift in thinking from a ‘quality of care’ model to a ‘quality of life’ model.

Keynote speaker, Dr Sarah Winch highlighted the importance of improving our death literacy. Dr Winch spoke about the preference for dying at home, exploring whether location should be a factor when deciding the best place to die, and suggesting that a hospital death shouldn’t be viewed as a failure.

A consumer presentation saw 16 women from Greek Orthodox Community Care demonstrate group exercises and explain their own approach to keeping fit and active. The Greek Orthodox Community Care also boasts a men’s choir who treated the audience to some traditional Greek songs.

Dr Timothy Henwood and Dr Sharon Hetherington talked about the active@home program that will soon be available nationally for aged care service providers. The program provides accredited training to care workers to deliver basic strength and balance exercises in the home during regular planned visits. In an 18-week pilot study last year, there was a 19 percent reduction increase in physical performance, reducing the level of frailty of participants.

Other organisations that presented included Kilcoy Gem, Queensland Health, Leading Aged Services Australia, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and Brisbane North PHN. 

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