COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS PODCAST

Latest Episode

This week we are joined by Gail Miller, author of ‘Aged Care Explained’!

Together we dive deep on the topic of aged care, including the topics of funding and financial planning in aged care, advocating for loved ones and assessment processes. Gail emphasises the importance of planning ahead, identifying trustworthy advocates, and addressing limited bed availability and transparency issues.

This weeks episode provides expert insight on aged care finance practices, assessments and the role of family involvement and advocacy in securing the best care. Additionally, we delve into the complexities of aged care and the issues surrounding aged care service provision. 

Where to Listen

Be sure to listen via Spotify, Apple Podcasts or the web player, weekly and follow our socials to stay notified as each episode is released.

About the Podcast

The Community Conversations Podcast will feature stories and information on community development efforts, the programs being run by our members and general community interest topics. Across the State of South Australia there are volunteers and staff helping our community members to find connections, access to food, housing and education in an environment that welcomes everyone to their doors. Community Centres are open for anyone and provide place based activities to enrich the lives of our community. We will be interviewing Community Centre members, community connection partners and community stakeholders who will share their experiences, activities and upcoming events.

The Podcast is aimed at highlighting the good work being done to make a difference at the grassroots level to address issues such as loneliness, homelessness, social injustice and how to improve wellbeing of our communities. Be sure to listen every week as we release each episode. The podcast will be easily accessible on our website and can be downloaded on your preferred podcast platforms.

Meet the Host

Kerrie Akkermans

Kerrie Akkermans, CEO of CCSA, is an avid supporter of the community sector. With years of experience as a broadcaster on FIVEaa, Kerrie has a natural ability to connect with guests and delve into their lived experiences and stories. Kerrie’s passion for supporting communities and sharing stories makes for an engaging and insightful listening experience.

Episodes

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This week we are joined by Gail Miller, author of ‘Aged Care Explained’!

Together we dive deep on the topic of aged care, including the topics of funding and financial planning in aged care, advocating for loved ones and assessment processes. Gail emphasises the importance of planning ahead, identifying trustworthy advocates, and addressing limited bed availability and transparency issues.

This weeks episode provides expert insight on aged care finance practices, assessments and the role of family involvement and advocacy in securing the best care. Additionally, we delve into the complexities of aged care and the issues surrounding aged care service provision. 

 

This week we are joined by Raphael Goldsworthy, Managing Director at Better Boards!

Together we discuss board structure in the not-for-profit sector, where Raphael provides insight into modern and traditional approaches. We discuss the potential in using subcommittees, task forces and advisory boards to provide expertise without the risks of shadow directors.

Together we delve into various discussions surrounding managing board relationships, challenges in recruiting suitable candidates and the work being done by Raphael and the team at Better Boards. This weeks episode provides fascinating and applicable insights on strategic planning, effective board reporting and the critical role of concise, strategic communication in building strong board relationships.

This week we are joined by Lisa Millar, ABC News Breakfast Host!

Together we discuss the transformative power of storytelling and empathy in coping with grief and loss. Lisa, a journalist and novelist, highlighted the importance of bringing people’s stories to life to give them a voice, emphasising the need to validate each person’s unique coping mechanisms without imposing external judgments.

We explore a range of topics, including grief and loss, the value of animals such as dogs for people in rural areas and the benefits of strong communities.  Furthermore, Lisa shares her experiences of becoming a novelist, covering traumatic events throughout her career and what she has found effective in coping with grief and loss.

This week we are joined by Maree Davidson, Managing Director at The Highwire Group!

Together we discuss the challenges and opportunities of implementing ASES accreditation in community service organisations, including Community Centres. Maree highlights the benefits of ASES, such as maintaining funding and improving client outcomes, whilst identifying the gaps and challenges in providing accreditations.

Maree discusses the services provided by her organisation, The Highwire Group. Furthermore, we delve into the ways organisations and Community Centres can enhance their operations and training. This includes staff involvement in self-assessment, individual professional development plans, enhanced risk management plans and documented performance appraisals.

This week we are joined by Bek Brown, Spiritual Care Chaplain at Royal Adelaide Hospital!

Together we discuss the complex and multifaceted subject that is grief and loss. Bek provides insight through her role as Spiritual Care Chaplain on grief and loss, touching on personal experiences and how grief and loss can vary for each of us. 

We continue to explore the topic of grief and loss through ways Community Centres can provide grief support groups and services. We also chat about the importance of in-person interaction and support for those grieving and the potential online resources such as podcasts can have in providing support throughout the healing process.

This week we are joined by Scott Buick from the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS)! 
 
Join us for an intriguing conversation on the recent changes in the elderly care industry, the amazing work done by the Aged Rights Advocacy Service and the importance of community connections in the industry.
 
ARAS play a significant role in identifying elderly abuse within aged care, with recent events having a significant impact on how aged care is conducted and monitored. Furthermore, we discuss the future of the industry in regard to funding, the check-in programs for those receiving at-home care and how Community Centres can play a role in providing services to older people.

Contact Us

Send us your feedback, ideas for future episodes or contact our team if you would like to be a guest on the podcast.

info@communitycentressa.asn.au

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