e-Bulletin: 7 September 2021

Action for Happiness: Self Care September Calendar

Each month, Action For Happiness releases a calendar packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world. This September, the focus is daily actions to help you be kinder to yourself (as well as others). Self care is crucial, particularly at the moment, and you may enjoy some of the daily challenges / reminders.


Three Good Things exercise

Even on a bad day there are normally some things that we can feel good about. Taking time to be grateful is not about ignoring the bad things – it just helps us focus our attention more on the positive, rather than dwell on the negative. 

Write down three good things that happened to you today.
They can be anything you feel good about or grateful for.
Try to include why you felt each of the things was really good.

Try to write down your three good things every day if possible – but if for some reason you miss a day then don’t worry, just carry on the next day.
You could even talk to your family or friends about your three good things and ask them about theirs.

In this edition:


Sector Development

– Grampians Service Provider Network Meeting: Last chance to register

– Australian Government: A Life Changing Life Campaign



– Val’s: LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Awareness Training – Introduction


Wellness & Reablement

– Goal Setting


Trauma Informed Care

– Article: Promoting trauma informed care during a pandemic


Department of Health

– Information for the Aged Care Sector: Issue 2021/16

– Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination reporting requirements for CHSP and NATSIFACP providers

Grampians Service Provider Network Meetings


Date: Thursday 9 September, 2021

Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm

Where: Online (Zoom registration required below)



Register in advance for this meeting:




After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting and also a link to add to your calendar.


Save the date:

Thursday 9 December 2021

Thursday 10 March 2022 (Face to Face pending circumstances)

Thursday 9 June 2022 (Best Practice)


The Australian Government has launched a new campaign — A Life Changing Life.

The campaign aims to generate interest in the care and support sector, which includes aged care, disability and veterans’ support.

The campaign will prompt job searchers who have the qualities and skills the sector needs to take action and consider a job or career in care and support.

You may already come across the campaign on television, social media, radio and in channels around your community.

Visit careandsupportjobs.gov.au to see the campaign (which includes videos to share on your socials), & download the campaign kit for more information.





LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care Awareness Training – Introduction

Sessions still available

The following training sessions still have places available so feel free to share amongst your networks:

Tues 12 October 2021 Afternoon session https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lgbti-ageing-aged-care-awareness-training-introduction-12-october-tickets-163136901865

Wed 17 November 2021 Afternoon session https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lgbti-ageing-aged-care-awareness-training-introduction-17-november-tickets-163137136567

Thurs 9 December 2021 Afternoon session https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lgbti-ageing-aged-care-awareness-training-introduction-9-december-tickets-163137236867

The LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care training session provides an introduction to supporting and working with older LGBTI people. This program is delivered via Zoom and ideal for staff working across CHSP and/or supporting older people in the community or care settings. The session will introduce participants to the following:

– LGBTI communities, terminology, definitions & history

– Key aspects of LGBTI ageing

– An introduction to LGBTI inclusive practice

This interactive sessions is delivered via Zoom – the Zoom invitations will be sent only to registered participants prior to the training session.

This session is funded through CHSP sector support and development, and open to a maximum of 4 participants per organisation.

Further information email: valslgbti@latrobe.edu.au


As places are limited please make sure you are able to attend and add this to your calendar.

Registration MUST include participants name and email – all bulk bookings (e.g. done by one person for others) will be deleted.

Goal Setting

Meaningful and achievable goals are critical to the success of wellness and reablement. Without goals, clients can feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to get where they want to go. While there is no universal tool for setting meaningful and achievable goals, there are certain principles that should underpin the goal setting process with your clients. 

The Department of Health’s Practical Guide Principles for goal setting is a great resource for providers.  The practical guide details the process of developing ‘SMARTA’ goals and provides clear examples to demonstrate this in practice.  It also contains a ‘Goal setting Checklist’ that could be incorporated within an audit process of Care plans, or as a guide for staff.

Take some time to reflect on the following:

  • Are goals always developed in collaboration with your clients?
  • How do you introduce the concept of goal setting with clients?
  • Do the goals developed met the principles of SMARTA goals?
  • Do your policy and procedures refer to SMARTA goals?  How are staff aware of the expectations around goal setting?

Melanie Perks, Wellness & Reablement Consultant: melaniep@bchc.org.au


Promoting Trauma Informed Care During A Pandemic


Covid-19 can be a source of trauma for older people, who may demonstrate physical, emotional, behavioural and cognitive responses.

It can also impact aged care workers involved in their care, according to experts involved in delivering the federal government’s covid-19 grief and trauma response package.
The health department-funded initiative includes a package aimed at supporting and up-skilling the aged care sector in trauma-informed care and self-care via a series of webinars, workbooks, fact sheets and self-assessment tools.

For the full article:

Information for the Aged Care Sector

Issue 2021/16

This newsletter provides important information on matters affecting the aged care sector, including aged care initiatives, programs and processes. We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues and workforce, particularly your communications teams, and encourage them to subscribe for future updates.

In addition to the newsletter, we also send announcements which provide short snippets of targeted information and are sent as required. To help ensure you haven’t missed any important information from us, we’ve added links to recent announcements including all COVID-19 updates.

In this issue:

Residential Care:

Announcements since the last newsletter:

The department has also distributed these ‘Protecting Older Australians’ and ‘COVID-19 vaccine’ updates:


Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination reporting requirements for CHSP and NATSIFACP providers

Reporting of the COVID-19 vaccination status of the aged care workforce of Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) and NATSIFACP home care providers will become mandatory from October 2021.

CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers will be required to report and provide weekly updates every Tuesday on the COVID-19 vaccination status of the aged care workforce.

Starting on Tuesday 21 September 2021, all CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers will be required to keep records of workforce COVID-19 vaccinations.

On Tuesday 5 October 2021, all CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers must provide weekly reports via the My Aged Care portal for providers.

The new reporting will require CHSP and NATSIFACP home care providers to record de-identified data at a service level on the:

  • total number of workers at each aged care service, and of those,
  • the number of workers at each service who have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • the number of workers at each service who have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Further information will be available on the department’s website shortly.

Contact Us:

Melanie Perks

Wellness and Reablement Consultant

0409 945 301


Kathleen Steenhuis

Grampians Regional Project Consultant

0418 309 849


Jimmy Driscoll

Aboriginal Development Officer

0409 945 301



Regional Advisor – Diversity, Inclusion and Wellness

0409 945 301


Sonya Irvine
0477 304 402

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