Margaret Robinson: Why End of Life Care is Personal

As we celebrate National Palliative Care Week, few are more committed than Margaret Robinson to the right of every Australian to expect excellence in end-of-life care. Margaret is the Customer Relations and Admissions Coordinator at NewDirection Care Bellmere in Queensland which is one of the most innovative and ground-breaking aged care facilities in Australia. She…

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Unsung Heroes: The gentleman of the Wool Trade

Jim McDonald loves a neatly clipped lawn. He took such care with his own lawn at the family home in Melbourne’s Ringwood that complete strangers would knock on the door to ask who looked after the garden, and if they were looking for more work. And it’s that love for lawns and gardening that stands…

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Working at NewDirection Care, Bellmere, Is Much More Than Just a Job for Physiotherapist Alyssa Jenkins

Alyssa Jenkins loves her job at NewDirection Care, Bellmere, where she works as a qualified physiotherapist. She also manages the Allied Health services from the Wellness Centre onsite. Working at one of Australia’s most innovative and successful aged and dementia care facilities is a role Alyssa has come to cherish. “I’ve loved it from the…

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“People should be able to live the best life they can”

As a house companion for seven aged care residents, Mandy Armstrong cooks, cleans, and helps others live the best life they can – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Caring for others is something Mandy Armstrong is passionate about. In fact, it was her own experiences in New Zealand when her mother came…

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Unsung Heroes: Ralph Grimston

Childhood memories are among our most precious. They stay with us as we grow, provide the foundations for who we are and preserve the most poignant moments of our lives. For Donna Maloney, daughter of 90-year-old NewDirection Care resident Ralph Grimston, one of those memories is of her father Ralph working late at night in…

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