Welcome to the winter edition of Baptistcare News.
My first few months at Baptistcare have been very busy and in June I travelled to Brisbane along with a number of our team to attend the Baptist Care Australia Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘Competing with Purpose’ and featured some excellent speakers including the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care. The conference also enabled members of our team to connect with their counterparts in Baptist organisations in other states to learn, share and grow from what we are all experiencing.
In June we also welcomed our new General Manager Aged Care Services, Graydn Spinks, who has been visiting all of the Baptistcare residential care facilities across WA. Graydn brings a wealth of experience in aged care service delivery in Western Australia. His experience and strategic insight are a great addition to the team.
From 1 July, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in WA focusing on enabling individuals living with disability to plan for their current and future needs. Our customers are currently going through a funding review, with the Disability Services Commission as their support as arrangements are transferred into the NDIS. This is a critical time for our customers and our service as funding decisions impact on the care we are able to deliver.
In this edition of Baptistcare News, you can read about our close relationship with a school in Rockingham and some ways in which men’s mental and physical health are being taken care of at our residential care facilities. We also feature the positive impact of having pets and how they are welcome in our retirement villages, as well as the ﬂexible working conditions at Baptistcare.
Russell Bricknell, Chief Executive Officer