UnitingSA staff came together on Friday, November 24, for our 7th annual Aged Care Conference held at Regency Green Multicultural Aged Care home.

Generously sponsored by TerryWhite Chemmart and many other aged care service suppliers, the conference allowed staff to gain insight into the innovative and uplifting success stories across our aged care sites.

The keynote guest speaker, Rachael Robertson, started the day off by sharing her humorous and inspiring experience of being the first female to lead a team of 18 Australians in the 58th Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition.

Rachael’s resilience and dedication to creating a positive team culture were testament to the Expedition’s success.

She now shares her teamwork and leadership insights through her book Leading on the Edge, and as a speaker at conferences and events.

The conference also featured staff from across our aged care sites, who shared feel good stories of how the Meaningful Life model of care is being implemented.

From a home brewery created by Hawksbury Gardens residents, to school visits from Portside Christian School students at Wesley house – the staff showed the multitude of ways they are delivering person-centred programs to help their residents flourish.

A reoccurring theme of reinvention tied in perfectly with UnitingSA’s new branding. In particular, presentations about introducing molecular gastronomy into functional food for aged care, and the transformation of the Memory Support Unit at Westminster Village, show how we can add more vibrancy and joy into our residents’ lives by trying new things.

UnitingSA Executive Manager Aged Care Deborah Burton says the conference keeps getting better every year.

“Each year our conference continues to reinforce the commitment of staff across both residential and community aged care services,” she says.

“It is a special opportunity for all levels of staff to come together and learn from each other to improve services to residents and clients.”

Many attendees left with gifts generously donated by the sponsors and, more importantly, with the confidence that UnitingSA is committed to the professional development of staff and holistic, optimal care for residents and clients.