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Read the latest media releases from UnitingCare NSW.ACT and its Service Groups on the issues that affect the people for whom we care.

To contact the media team, email or call:

Mark Filmer
Public Relations Coordinator
0467 761 680
Anna Greenhalgh
Media and PR Officer
0417 133 179



UnitingCare Supporting Carers to Take a Break
14 October 2014
UnitingCare Ageing is celebrating the work and commitment of unpaid Carers during National Carers Week (12-18 October)

Bowden Brae Village prepares for annual spring fete
1 October 2014
Bowden Brae Retirement Village will be a hive of activity on Saturday 11 October when the village’s annual spring fete takes place.

Walkers put dementia in the spotlight in Orange
25 September 2014
About 40 people took part in a walk in Orange on Tuesday (23 Sep) to help raise awareness and funds to fight dementia. 

Gala dinner organised for Dubbo to thank local foster carers
16 September 2014
UnitingCare Burnside has organised a gala dinner in Dubbo this week to acknowledge and thank its local foster carers for the high quality care they provide to many children and young people in the Orana region who cannot live with their birth families. 

Mid-north coast events planned to thank local foster carers
16 September 2014
UnitingCare Burnside has organised a luncheon in Coffs Harbour and a morning tea in Port Macquarie this week to acknowledge and thank local foster carers for the high quality care they provide to many children and young people who cannot live with their birth families.

UnitingCare Ageing gets green light for Wontama redevelopment with additional upgrades planned
4 September 2014
UnitingCare Ageing has received the green light from Orange City Council for its plan to replace the existing high-care residential buildings at Wontama Village in Orange with a state-of-the-art new facility.

Elizabeth Gates Village prepares for annual spring fete
28 August 2014
Elizabeth Gates Village residents, staff and supporters are gearing up for the aged care facility’s annual spring fete, which this year coincides with its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Melbourne Cup trophy to visit Caroona Jarman
27 August 2014
Lismore residents are hosting the Melbourne Cup trophy as part of the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour. UnitingCare’s Caroona Jarman residential aged care service is the second location in a series of local planned visits for the Melbourne Cup trophy. 

Newpin Social Benefit Bond: successfully restoring children to families
19 August 2014
The Year 1 results of Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond (SBB) have been certified and demonstrate that the Newpin SBB has successfully restored children in foster care to their families and generated positive returns to investors. It has been a success in human and investment terms.

Visit from farm menagerie delights Caroona Kalina residents
13 August 2014
Residents of Caroona Kalina in Goonellabah had some special visitors earlier this week when local alpaca farmer Roland Schwertner visited the UnitingCare Ageing facility with several animals in tow.

Information night to focus on raising happy, healthy teenagers
8 August 2014
There are still seats available for a free information night in Port Macquarie next week focusing on how parents can get along better with their teenagers.

Productivity Commission Right to Focus Funds on Greatest Need
22 July 2014
UnitingCare Australia is pleased to see priority going to where need is greatest in the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Early Childhood Care and Learning.

Vulnerable children should be forefront concern from Productivity Commission’s report
21 July 2014
UnitingCare Australia looks forward to tomorrow’s release of the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, hoping it will pave a way forward for an increase in the proportion of disadvantaged and vulnerable children receiving early childhood education. 

Preschool children contribute to the design of the new bridge
23 June 2014
Children at UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool have been contributing to the design of the new river crossing in Grafton. The children had been researching and investigating challenges with the old bridge, and came up with real and meaningful ideas for the new one.

Plans to revitalise Uniting Church sites in Leichhardt
25 June 2014
Almost 50 years after Harold Hawkins Court was officially opened in Leichhardt to accommodate and care for local seniors, plans are afoot to revitalise and transform this now unused facility and two other nearby sites.

Children’s Health and Nutrition Stall
10 June 2014
Parents of children aged between 0-12 years of age are encouraged to attend the free Junior Checkpoint Health stall at Centro Shopping Centre, this Thursday 12 June, between 12-3:30pm.

What it means to care
5 June 2014
Seniors in the Nambucca community can now benefit from emotional and spiritual guidance proved by UnitingCare’s Pastoral Care Worker.

UnitingCare launches Reconciliation Action Plan
30 May 2014
The single largest provider of aged care in NSW, UnitingCare Ageing has committed to a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), developed to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in aged care.

Federal Minister for Social Services visits Arrunga residential aged care service
21 May 2014
Minister for Social Services, The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP today visited UnitingCare Ageing’s Arrunga residential aged care service and the accompanying Arrunga Community Men’s Shed.

UnitingCare and SSI to deliver disability inclusion program
16 May 2014
Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka MLC has announced UnitingCare NSW.ACT and Settlement Services International (SSI) as successful partners to roll out a new program, Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) across suburbs in Sydney City, Northern Sydney, Western Sydney and Southern NSW.

Help available for South Coast problem gamblers
12 May 2014
In the lead up to this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May to 1 June), UnitingCare Unifam would like South Coast residents to know there are new gambling help services available in Nowra.

Help available for Central Coast problem gamblers
12 May 2014
In the lead up to this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May to 1 June), UnitingCare Unifam would like Central Coast residents to know professional gambling help services are available in Gosford, Wyong and Warnervale.

Help available for Macarthur region problem gamblers
12 May 2014
In the lead up to this year’s Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (26 May to 1 June), UnitingCare Unifam would like Macarthur district residents to know there are new gambling help services available in Campbelltown.

New Ability Links partnerships announced
12 May 2014
Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka today announced the three successful partnership applicants for the Ability Links disability community program.

The importance of sound oral and dental care the focus of education and awards day at Goonellabah
15 April 2014
The importance of sound oral and dental care in the overall health and wellbeing of seniors will be the focus of an education and awards day at UnitingCare Ageing’s Goonellabah aged care services on 30 April.

Keeping Youth on Track in Kempsey
3 April 2014
Attorney General and Minister for Justice Greg Smith SC visited Kempsey yesterday to see first-hand how local scheme Youth on Track is steering young people away from crime.

Chatswood Expo to help seniors live life!
2 April 2014
As we get older, it is more important than ever to look after our health. UnitingCare Ageing Keenagers Day Centre in Chatswood is hosting a Health Expo next Tuesday to provide seniors with practical ideas on how to best look after themselves.

UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool exceeds National Quality Standard
2 April 2014
Both staff and parents alike were delighted but not surprised when UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool in Clarence Valley was recently rated as exceeding the National Quality Standard.

Cinema Under The Stars planned for Youth Week
2 April 2014
An open-air movie night for the whole family will be one of the many activities taking place during Youth Week (4-13 April) in Dubbo this year.

Enrol in HIPPY to encourage a child’s love of learning
1 April 2014
Since 2010, UnitingCare Burnside’s HIPPY program in Bidwill has encouraged local children and parents to develop a love of learning. HIPPY is now taking enrolments for 2014 to give children the best chance of doing well at school.

Home maintenance service to seniors set to expand
1 April 2014
A valuable home maintenance service for seniors operating in central Sydney will be expanded to the city’s inner western suburbs.

Open Day to focus on youth homelessness
31 March 2014
Youth homelessness in the Orana region will be the focus of an Open Day in Dubbo on Wednesday 9 April.

Andrew Daddo to join Dads for Kids Festival in Dubbo
31 March 2014 
One of Australia’s best loved television personalities and accomplished author, Andrew Daddo, will be special guest at the fifth annual Dads for Kids Festival in Dubbo next month.

Nambucca Expo to Fall Proof local seniors
31 March 2014
One in three people aged 65 or over fall at least once a year and many fall more often. In NSW each year, falls lead to approximately 27,000 hospitalisations and at least 400 deaths in seniors.

UnitingCare Ageing calls for CALD representation
31 March 2014
UnitingCare Ageing commends the Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield for consulting with stakeholders in the aged care sector through the establishment of the new Aged Care Sector Committee, which will advise and support the Australian Government as it implements aged care reforms, including red tape reduction.

Newly expanded Nareen Terrace fully occupied
28 March 2014
Reflecting the demand for quality seniors’ developments the recently opened new stage of Nareen Terrace, UnitingCare’s independent living village, is already fully occupied.

UnitingCare Ageing to bring affordable housing to the Mountains
28 March 2014
UnitingCare Ageing this week received development approval from Blue Mountains City Council to transform an unoccupied building in the heart of Katoomba into affordable housing for older members of the Blue Mountains community. 

UnitingCare Ageing cautions against the misuse of restraints in aged care
26 March 2014
UnitingCare Ageing has today voiced support for Alzheimer’s Australia’s report into the use of physical and chemical restrains for people living with dementia in aged care. 

Open Day for highly valuable dementia respite service
25 March 2014
A relatively little-known but highly valuable allied health service in Orange will open its doors next month to allow interested members of the public to inspect its facilities and ask questions of staff about how the service operates. 

18 March 2014
Over 300 people danced against dementia in Sydney Town Hall; joining thousands more across NSW for the launch of UnitingCare’s THE BIG MOVE on Monday 17 March. 

UnitingCare launches the BIG MOVE
12 March 2014
Sydney Town Hall will be transformed into a festival of colour and movement when UnitingCare launches the BIG MOVE on Monday 17 March, from 10:30am.

Elanora to stage Seniors Week art exhibition and auction
7 March 2014
The residents and staff of Elanora Aged Care Centre in Shellharbour are preparing to celebrate Seniors Week (15-23 March) with an art exhibition and auction.

Optus RockCorps helps out at Harris Community Centre
5 March 2014
UnitingCare Harris Community Centre was overrun by the Optus RockCorps team today. Mulching, planting, hammering and painting the crew of around 70 volunteers took to the task of overhauling the community centre’s external spaces.

Younger Onset Dementia program to be launched at Waverley
4 March 2014
An innovative program designed to improve the independence and quality of life of people living with younger onset dementia will be launched at the War Memorial Hospital (WMH) in Waverley this Friday (7 March). 

School training provides foundation for aged care career
25 February 2014
Training and experience gained at Elizabeth Gates Nursing Home has given a young Singleton nurse a bright start to her career in aged care. 

National Apology Day Reflection Walk
11 February 2014
Members of the Dubbo community are invited to participate in a ‘Reflection Walk’ tomorrow (Wed 12 Feb) to mark the sixth anniversary of National Apology Day. 

Demand for students to pursue caring careers
20 January 2014
Recent studies have found the Australian health and community services workforce will grow up to 77 percent in the next 12 years. Choosing a career path that makes a difference is now not only a meaningful choice but a good option for potential employment. 


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