Monday, 20 January 2014

Mental Health Initiative

Our Mental Health team is involved in a major government initiative which aims to improve the overall health of all Australians. 

Eastern Suburbs Medicare Local (ESML) is one of 61 primary health care organisations introduced under the Australia wide National Health Reform which is funded by Department of Health Ageing. The core objective is to improve the primary health care journey for patients and health professionals throughout the region.

ESML region has a population of approx 400,000 residents, covering 5 local government areas, including Sydney CBD, Botany Bay, Waverley and Woollahra.

An important role of ESML is to implement a new mental health program called Partners in Recovery  (PIR).

Along with other key Non Government mental health programs in the area ESML approached JewishCare to help map the unmet needs of clients. As a member of the PIR consortium committee Claire Gil-Munoz (JewishCare’s Manager Mental Health Services) attended many meetings to assist.
“This is an important task as I know we have clients who will benefit from this initiative “ said Claire 

The target group will be people experiencing a severe and persistent mental illness who will benefit from a more coordinated approach from support services.
The ESML team held their first team meeting at JewishCare last week.

If you need to find out more about this initiative call FirstCallJewishCare on 1300 133 660.


PIR team with JewishCare’s Manager Mental Health Services, Claire Gil-Munoz

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Have you heard of Alzheimer’s Australia’s ‘Living with Memory Loss Program’ ?

The Living with Memory Loss Program is a national initiative of Alzheimer's Australia and is funded by the Australian Government. This education and support program aims to maximise the health and well-being of people living with early stage dementia and their carers.

In a group format, participants have the opportunity to:
- Tell their story of memory loss
- Reflect on the impact of their diagnosis
- Develop an understanding of the importance of self-care
- Enhance their skills for communication with others and for problem-solving
- Extend their knowledge about legal and financial issues


- It runs for 3 weeks on the same day each week

- Each day runs for 5.5 hours

- Light lunch & refreshments are included at no charge

WHEN: Fridays 7th 14th & 21st March 2014
TIME: 10:00am — 3:30pm
WHERE: Burger Centre 120 King Street Randwick
To register or locate a Living with Memory Loss Program closest to your area contact ALZHEIMERS AUSTRALIA NSW on (02) 9805 0100  or

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Friday, 10 January 2014

Do you require some help at home? or know someone who needs assistance?

JewishCare's Aged Case Work Team supports aged clients to live independently in their own homes.

We regularly post information about available community resources to assist aged people in the community.

This week we would like to introduce the My Aged Care website that has been established by the Australian Government to help people navigate the aged care system. The Gateway was designed to give people more choice, more control and easier access to a full range of aged care services.

My Aged Care provides a variety of aged care information but this week we would like to look at home help information provided by My Aged Care that may assist people to be able to better manage and continue living in their own homes. You may be interested in looking at the information provided by My Aged Care on one or more of the following topics:

 -Personal care
 -Domestic help
-Social support and activities
-Counselling and support
-Staying physically active
-Health support
-Goods and equipment
-Home maintenance and modifications
-Nursing care
-Transition care
-End of life care at home

My Aged Care provides a useful tool that you can type your post code into locate specific services in your area.

My Aged Care also has a national contact centre. Together they can provide you with information on aged care, whether for yourself, a family member, friend or someone you're caring for. The contact centre can be phoned on 1800 200 422 between 8.00am and 8.00pm on weekdays and between 10.00am and 2.00pm on Saturdays.