Human Rights award winner
Annie Whitehead, a Peer Worker at the Wellways Burnie office in Tasmania, has earned a Human Rights award for her work with the LGBTIQ+ community.
Former Wellways Tasmanian manager John Edwards said: “Annie is a great advocate. The list of activities and work that Annie is involved in is extensive. I congratulate Annie on bringing her determination, energy and enthusiasm to the promotion and advocacy of the LGBTIQ+ community and to Wellways.”
Expanded services across eastern Australia
The integration of HealthCall into Wellways continues with increased use of our combined resources – both as an organisation and as a service provider.
Wellways now provides a greater range of services across eastern Australia to people seeking mental health care, aged care and disability support.
Wellways is an approved care provider under the New South Wales insurance agency, icare ‑ one of the largest insurers in Australia.
The icare umbrella covers Dust Diseases Care, Lifetime Care and Support and Workers Care schemes covering people who have been contracted dust diseases or severely injured at work or on NSW roads.
This means Wellways is an approved service provider to people severely injured in motor vehicle accidents and those who have suffered a workplace injury or disease.
Wellways has trained staff with skills and experience to support people with severe injuries in their day to day activities across eastern states. Our services include nursing and personal care, domestic assistance, help with home rehabilitation programs and also with getting involved in community activities.
You’re welcome to join the party
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 40 on March 3 and this year the Wellways community will be involved for the first time parading down Oxford St with 200 community groups and the singing legend and gay icon, Cher. For the first time, Wellways is also getting involved in the first Haaaaaay! Mardi Gras Party and Rainbow on the Plains Festival at Hay, New South Wales, being held the same day as a rural alternative for those unable to make it to the Sydney party.
Part of the Wellways Well Proud network, this group includes staff and volunteers who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Asexual (LGBTIQ+), as well as their friends, families and allies. Members put Pride into practice for mental health. If you are interested in getting involved with Well Proud, you can email us or phone 1300 111 400.
Thousands waiting for care
According to official figures released late last year, more than 101,000 people are waiting for a Commonwealth Home Care Package (HCP).
“We are hearing from dozens of people who are awaiting an Aged Care Assessment or to be assigned a HCP. We are able to provide private services to meet their needs in this interim period,” Bernard McNair, Wellways Director of Disability Services.
“We understand this is difficult time for many people and we want to do our best to help and support individuals and their families,” Mr McNair said.
Helping to keep independence
The ABC’s 7.30 recently profiled Wellways client, Michael Lee. Wellways support worker Annie Tracey is a member of the support team helping Mr Lee, who has multiple sclerosis, to live at home despite enormous barriers. This is an excellent story and offers some insight into the work Wellways does. Read more
We’re Opening Doors
The Opening Doors Residential Rehabilitation program in Melbourne has three participants who this year returned to study.
One of them, Nat C, has been in the program for eight months. She has shown great interest and emerging talent in the photography group.
“The photos Nat was producing were so amazing that staff encouraged her to apply to study,” Opening Doors program coordinator Kerri Griffin-Karasawa said.
“We helped her with her application, so when the news came that she had been selected, out of many applicants, everyone was over the moon for her! We are so proud and can’t wait to see what beautiful work she creates in the future.”
Nat is really appreciative: “I have benefited enormously from the group activities at Opening Doors. They enable me to learn skills and occupy my time.
“I have less time to dwell on negative thoughts which had been contributors to my anxiety and depression.
“In particular the photography group has had a very positive impact on my life. I have gained in confidence as my photography skills have improved enough to enrol in RMIT for vocational study.
“This has given me hope for the future that I may be able to gain employment in the field of photography, something I had never dared to believe was possible, Nat said. Read more
Serving up some fun
There was belly dancing, face painting and plenty of fun when our team at Shoalhaven, New South Wales, recently joined in community event, “Prosperity in the Park”.
The team Kath Vangelovski, Alex Niki, April Rich and Kathy Musico, from the Wellways Enhanced Adult Community Living Support Service (EACLSS), put together a stall and promoted Wellways mental health services.
The team also offered Indigenous stone painting, which many children enjoyed.
“April is a very talented artist and has a wonderful way of making people get in touch with their inner artist and feel proud,” said Program Coordinator Kathleen Vangelovski.
“It was a lot of fun being a part of the Nowra community and contributing to raising awareness.”
EACLSS is a community mental health service providing case management and psychosocial support to adults experiencing mental health issues.
We need your help
Wellways Helpline needs volunteers to assist up to 400 people a month who contact us for support. Great for students to get experience. Click on the link to apply now. Read more