Thursday, 31 July 2014

Have you heard of War Memorial Hospital's 'Stepping On' falls prevention classes?

Are you or someone you know over 65 and worried about falling?

Why not attend a free 'Stepping On' group and learn how to prevent falls?

During the 'Stepping On' classes you will:

 o Learn how to increase your safety as a pedestrian

 o Learn how to identify and modify household hazards and make your home safe

o Learn how vision, medication and foot care management can decrease your risk of falling

 o Learn simple exercises to improve your balance

 o Develop skills and confidence to increase your mobility

Date: 7 week course commencing Thursday the 7th of August 1.00 pm – 3.00pm

Venue: Margaret Whitlam Recreation Centre,
Waverley Park, Bondi Rd Bondi Junction

For information and bookings contact:
Catriona Beaumont Tel: 9369 0215

War Memorial Hospital

Take a step in the right direction to prevent falls!
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Friday, 11 July 2014

Mental Health First Aid

Before being able to give Mental Health First Aid, First Aiders need some basic knowledge about mental health problems so that they may be able to recognise that an illness may be developing. It is important that the first aider does not ignore the symptoms of mental illness. They should approach the person and see if there is anything they can do to assist them. Having an action plan can help to do this more effectively.

The Mental Health First Aid Program provides an action plan on how to help a person in a mental health crisis or developing mental health problems. Its mnemonic is ALGEE:.

1. Approach the person, assess and assist with any crisis
2. Listen non judgementally
3. Give support and information
4. Encourage the person to get appropriate professional help
5. Encourage other supports

Although the action of assisting with a crisis is the highest priority, the other actions in the Mental Health First Aid Action Plan may need to occur first. Therefore these actions are not necessarily steps to be followed in a fixed order. They are numbered purely to help remember them. The helping person has to use good judgement about the order and the relevance of these actions and needs to be flexible and responsive to the person they are helping. Listening non judgmentally is an action that occurs throughout the giving of first aid.

Mental Health First Aid image from ESSPN
Brought to you by: Mental Health First Aid

This is the tip of an iceberg in the amount that you, a member of the public, can learn about providing simple mental health first aid by attending this FREE two day course.

A wide range of Mental Health Problems are covered including Depression, Anxiety problems, Psychosis, Substance use problems.

Mental Health Crisis Situations include:
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviours
  • Non suicidal self injury
  • Panic attacks
  • Traumatic events
  • Severe effects of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Severe psychotic states
  • Aggressive behaviours
You may never know when you might need to use this!
For more information you can contact the Mental Health and Wellbeing Staff.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Person Centred Practice

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Program emphasises our Person Centred Practice:

Person Centred Practice refers to a variety of approaches to organising and guiding community change in alliance with people, their families, and friends.

In our Mental Health and Wellbeing program, we have moved away from practicing a ‘provider centric’ model of support.

Have a look at the image below for an example of 'What is person centred practice' which was extracted from a page in our training manual that was provided to all staff members:

 Image: Ref:Person Centred Planning, JewishCare ©Carrie Hayter Consulting May 2014

Person Centred Approach includes:
  • Focusing on the individuals unique interests and preferences. It is important to emphasise dreams, ambitions and goals of each individual client.
  • Builds on strengths through a Strengths Base Approach. Empower the client to notice that they should enjoy the 'good' in their life.
  • Rather than focusing on early intervention, this approach offers long term strategies that cater for the future of the client. The service is modelled to fit the both the long term and short term goals of the client.
  • This approach main focus is on the individual and thinking 'outside the box' at unconventional option treatment strategies as opposed to increase reliance on the health care system - which is not individually catered.
  • Allows the individual to take personal control and power over their choices, wants and needs.
  • This approach focuses on what the roles of the individual include and how, as health professionals we can assist them in completing their daily occupations to achieve their role in life, and maintain their optimum performance in every area of their life.
All the other services within Jewish Care are adopting this new and exciting approach! 
For more information, visit our Jewish Care Website

In Pursuit of Happiness

In Pursuit of happiness is a free talk that has been organised by Woollahra Council.

This talk will be held on the16th of July and will be facilitated by Lyn Worsley, Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Resilience Centre in Sydney.

Lyn Worsley is an international speaker in the area of developing resilience to survive and thrive both personally and professionally. The two hour workshop will focus on:
· Common characteristics of happy and resilient people

· Research into adult resilience

· Transitional stages and resilience

· Signs of resilience in children, young adults and older people

· Bouncing 'forward' from life’s challenges and

· Ways to build resilience and avoid collapse in the midst of difficulties.

Date/Time: 16 July 2014, 6pm-8pm

Location: Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Bookings are essential and can be made

For more information: Call Community Development on 9391 7166 or email

You may also like to check out other activities and events organised by Woollahra Council.


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Come along to JewishCare's 'lecture and lunch' for seniors at Cremorne Synagogue on Monday!

Please join your friends at JewishCare's lecture and lunch!

Dr Anne Sarzin will be discussing the linkages between Jewish and Indigenous communities in Australia.

When: Monday 7 July 2014

Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Cremorne Synagogue

12a Yeo Street, Neutral Bay (near corner of Ben Boyd Rd)

Cost: $10.00 (Includes morning tea, entertainment and lunch)

RSVP to Linda on 9488 7100 by Wednesday 2 July 2014

Organised by JewishCare’s Links Program and Community Club Network.