Latest News & Updates

Latest News & Updates

Change can be scary, especially when it’s something as big as the NDIS. It has the potential to be life-changing in a positive way, but it’s rational to fear the unknown and to wonder whether there is a chance you could be worse off under the NDIS.

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From 4-15 April, the Gold Coast and parts of Brisbane will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

While an exciting time for Queenslanders, this international event is expected to create challenges on our roads and cause disruption for businesses, public services and in many of our daily lives.

Centacare has been hard at work to ensure we can continue to provide high quality care services in our communities. For the most part it will be business as usual for Centacare, with some minor adjustments for service locations heavily impacted by road closures or changed traffic conditions. In these areas we have offered our clients and their families alternative arrangements to ensure they are fully supported during the games period.

While every effort has been made to minimise disruption to our services, please be mindful that increased pressure on our transport network could result in unavoidable delays and interruptions. We appreciate your flexibility and patience over the coming weeks.

For detailed information on Centacare service changes, please phone 1300 236 822.

For further information about road closures, changed traffic conditions public transport options, please visit www.gc2018.com or www.getsetforthegames.com

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A grateful Rose Smith is helping spread the word about Centacare Brisbane’s day centre services.

Ms Smith, 79, accesses the Amelia House day service by minibus, door to door, from her southside home. 

She enjoys light entertainment and morning teas with new friends each Monday.

“As I’ve become a little older I thought it would be nice to connect with other people, particularly as I don’t drive and only catch public transport,” Rose said.

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PROTECTING children from dangers online should start when they turn four, Centacare Regional Coordinator for Child Care Services Michelle Densmore has said.

Mrs Densmore said with increasing numbers of young children using the internet, child care services needed to create more awareness about how to better protect children online.  She encouraged Centacare’s 11 kindergartens and 11 long day-care centres to include cyber safety training in their centres. 

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Centacare Beaudesert recently created a fun workshop project for their male dementia clients – after having a number of old window frames donated.

The clients, who are part of Centacare’s ‘Share The Care’ program, were shown how to sand down, use the paint scraper and then paint the window frames to remake into picture frames and a notice board.

Centacare’s Manager in Beaudesert, Kylie Parnaby said the experience for the clients was very positive.  “Doing this project enabled the men to get outside and into the workshop.  It allows them space to talk about what they are doing and to share stories. They laughed a lot and bailed up all who passed by to look at their work and discussed it with them!” laughed Kylie.

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Disability clients at Centacare’s Learning & Leisure Services on the Sunshine Coast have created a successful social enterprise venture.

Clients have been busy planting succulents into upcycled kitchenware. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming waste materials or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality.

Several second-hand stores, landscaping businesses and gardening enthusiasts donated the goods needed for clients to create each unique pieces.

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The healing power of rhythm is being used for clients as part of Centacare’s Day to Day Living Program in Hervey Bay.

Holyoake’s DRUMBEAT is an evidence-based therapeutic program that uses music to engage participants, teach social skills, and build self-esteem. 

DRUMBEAT is an acronym for Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes, and Thoughts.

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This winter, thirty-six clients and staff from Centacare’s Anam Cara mental health service, ventured out to Bestbrook Mountain Resort for an overnight camp. 

Keen campers enjoyed the fresh air and wagon rides, showed off horse riding skills and learnt how to milk cows, crack a whip and even throw a boomerang!  Everyone was kept well fed with plenty of fresh homemade scones, billy tea and damper that camp goers cooked themselves over the fire.

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In Australia, on average, one woman is killed by her partner or former partner as a result of domestic and family violence every week. But more shocking is the statistic that since the start of this year that figure has doubled, with two women killed every week as a result of domestic and family violence.

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Stand Up, Step Out is an exciting new program that was launched at the end of May this year by Footprints. Footprints is a well-known not-for-profit provider of community based services in Brisbane, recognised for quality service and individualised care.

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