How reflective practice can improve our aged care sector

How reflective practice can improve our aged care sector

Social Futures recently made a submission to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommending all aged care workers are given the opportunity to participate in Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice in order to continuously improve the quality of the care they provide.

Wellness and Reablement approaches support older people to maximise their independence and remain in their homes for as long as they can. Embedding Wellness and Reablement within this sector is a key goal for both the government and the broader aged care sector.

While most aged care workers are aware of Wellness and Reablement principles, many have not received formal training in the approach and are unclear how it relates to their individual work. Reflective practice is an important tool to enable aged care workers to successfully apply Wellness and Reablement in their practice. It provides a space for staff to think about how they work and practically apply Wellness and Reablement approaches to a range of relevant service delivery modes. The practice emphasises the value of their contributions while safely challenging any biases and assumptions they may hold.

Since Social Futures first piloted the concept in 2018, we have facilitated fifteen Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice sessions with aged care workers in the Northern Rivers region. These participants reported that reflective practice is far more effective at integrating Wellness and Reablement into their day-to-day work than a traditional information session. Importantly, reflective practice allows for continuous learning and reassessment of skills, critical in changing established ways of working.

Social Futures offers free Wellness and Reablement Reflective Practice sessions for community aged care service providers in the Northern Rivers to help embed this approach within their service framework. Email [email protected] for more information or to book a session.

Puberty, Sexuality and Relationships: Forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability

Family Planning is running FREE information sessions for parents and carers of children and young people with intellectual disability, at Wednesday 7 June 2017 at Alstonville Anglican Church or Thursday 8 June 2017 at Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre.

The transition from childhood to adulthood can be a difficult time for parents and carers of children with intellectual disability.

Find out how to support your child’s personal development and sexuality in a positive way in this two-hour information session.

Lismore Aboriginal Breast Screen Day

Lismore Aboriginal Breast Screen Day

Aboriginal women aged 40-74 from Lismore and surrounding communities are invited to a pampering day and Breast Screen yarn up, 10:30am—1pm on Friday 24 March at BreastScreen NSW, 29 Uralba St, Lismore.

Join in to yarn about:  Why Breast Screening is important, PLUS Enjoy pampering activities for mind and body.

There will be a limited number of screening appointment on the day, however future bookings can be made. Complimentary refreshments and lunch provided.

For more information please contact:

Teena Binge – 66207558 OR

Terri Jullums AMS – 6621 4366  OR

Mandy Eller—Breast Screen 13 20 50



NCPHN Substance Misuse Program: Expression of Interest

The North Coast Primary Health Network (NCPHN) is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) to participate in the 12 month Substance Misuse Program (SMP) from organisations on the NSW North Coast who provide case management services in a range of settings (e.g. Housing, Employment, Aboriginal Services, Refuges, Youth Services, Community Services).

The aim of the SMP is to improve the capacity of a broad range of health and community service providers to work with people who have substance misuse problems (particularly Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islanders) in addition to their presenting concerns (particularly mental health).

Successful applicants will have access to 12 months free training and monthly individual and group mentoring to support them to more effectively work with their clients.

Delivering services around COVID-19

Social Futures is committed to the continuation of delivering support services in a safe, practical and innovative way while navigating COVID-19.