Pilot program addresses intergenerational change within community

When a unique community program brought together a retirement community, aged care residence, shopping centre and local high school the results were beyond everyone’s expectations.

TriCare James Ommaney Retirement Community and Jindalee Aged Care Manager, Steven Pashley said the ten week Shopping Assistance Program, run in conjunction with Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre and Mt Ommaney & Centenary State High School was so successful they are making plans to continue it 2018.

What we learned through hosting TAFE students in our aged care facilities

A little over 20 years ago, TriCare, embarked on a unique partnership with the Gold Coast Region of TAFE Queensland. Our commitment was to provide supportive work based environments in which students of nursing, ageing and community health services, could meet course requirements for a vocational placement while gaining valuable first hand experiences of supporting older persons. As we have grown as a business and as we have opened new aged care services, we have continued to offer students the opportunity to experience our clinical care, the technologies we use to support residents as well as to engage with our range of lifestyle services.

Assistant Minister observes firsthand success of local VET Program

The Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, met with TAFE Queensland – Gold Coast Region graduates at TriCare’s new state of-the art extension to Cypress Gardens Aged Care Residence at Clear Island Waters today.

TriCare and TAFE Queensland – Gold Coast Region have enjoyed a long standing partnership for more than 20 years, working together to develop aged care training programs, vocational placement and provide subsequent employment of TAFE Queensland – Gold Coast Region graduates.

The Assistant Minister met with TAFE graduates who recently completed Certificate III in Individual Support, an 18 week course with a vocational placement component of 120 hours, giving students the skills needed to provide individual care to people in home, community or health care setting.

“It was a real pleasure to meet the graduates who have made their way into great jobs through their vocational education and training with Gold Coast TAFE,” Assistant Minister Andrews said.

“Closer collaboration between industry and training providers is essential to ensuring students get the skills employers are looking for and this is a great local example of that.”

TriCare Aged Care Manager, Daniel Aitchison said that TriCare is a long standing supporter of the VET sector and recognizes the value students bring to an organization.

“Students come to us with the latest technical knowledge and education, and we give them the practical application in a highly skilled and professional environment.

“As a leader in the aged care sector, TriCare is committed to working with training providers such as Gold Coast TAFE, to deliver high quality and relevant training and employment opportunities for people on the Gold Coast,” said Mr Aitchison.

TAFE Queensland – Gold Coast Region Director, Community Services, Health and Nursing, Debbie Blow, echoes TriCare’s sentiments.

“We want to send our students to an organization where they will experience best practice, will be afforded good experiential learning opportunities and be embraced by the facility. TriCare ticks all these boxes,” said Ms Blow.

In addition to Certificate III in Individual Support, TriCare provides vocational placement opportunities for TAFE Queensland students completing Diploma of Nursing, Certificate IV in Ageing Support, Certificate IV in Leisure & Health and Certificate II in Health Support Services.

TriCare Mt Gravatt resident celebrates 25 years of residency

TriCare Mt Gravatt Retirement Community resident, Brenda Murnane, recently celebrated 25 years as a resident of the village, making her the Village’s longest residing resident.

Prior to moving in on 1 September 1992, Mrs Murnane had thought long and hard about retirement living.

“I was living in a unit before moving to Mt Gravatt; however, the maintenance and upkeep was becoming a little more than I could handle.

“I don’t have to worry about any maintenance now; things get fixed quickly and nothing is a problem.

I enjoy the comfort of a lovely unit and have made so many new friends. There is always something going on,” said Mrs Murnane.

TriCare Mt Gravatt Village Manager, Tammy Watt, believes retirement living appeals because residents have the opportunity to participate in activities every day, or they can enjoy the privacy of their own unit.

“We have a busy monthly calendar of events with a wide range of activities to enjoy such as cards, craft, social outings and gentle exercise. 

“However, residents can also enjoy their own independence and space, knowing there is always someone close by to catch up with if they wish,” said Mrs Watt.

Mrs Murnane’s two sons live nearby and she is regularly visited by her grandchildren and great –grandchildren.

“I see my family a lot, it’s so lovely to have them call over for a cup of tea and catch up, only last week we made cakes together in my little kitchen!” said Mrs Murnane.

With public transport on its doorstep, TriCare Mt Gravatt is ideally situated for shopping and business. A twice weekly shopping bus provided by the Village, takes residents to and from Westfield Garden City and Mt Gravatt Plaza to do their weekly shopping, or to enjoy the many speciality shops, restaurants and cafes.

“TriCare Mt Gravatt is a very close knit community. Living here has been a very pleasant part of my life, and I really enjoy the lifestyle. It’s up to you to the make the most if it,” said Mrs Murnane.

For further information please contact Village Manager, Tammy Watt on 07 3849 4358.