As we reach the end of the year, it is a good time to reflect on the work we’ve done and what we have achieved this year.
We recently finalised the Annual Report for 2017-2018 which provides a good overview across VMCH for the first half of this year. To view the Annual Report, click on https://vmch.com.au/about-us/publications/ or for a hard copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to again congratulate the fundraising team for the success of the recent Art and Craft Exhibition, to raise funds for St Paul’s College. It takes an enormous amount of work and commitment to pull together an event like this and build momentum to get people on board. Well worth the effort as $45,630 has been raised so far to go toward a Discovery Centre of Imagination in the new school.
It’s important I also acknowledge the hard work from teams across VMCH who are contributing to the mammoth task of moving St Paul’s College so it is ready at the beginning of 2019. It seemed like an almost impossible task at the beginning of the year to realise a complete relocation, but true to form, we’ve pulled together, and are on track for the opening. Thank you to the property team and St Paul’s Principal Tim Hemphill for the work they’ve done so far.
Safety continues to be a priority for VMCH and we recently held a safety day for senior staff at the Catholic Learning Centre. The day was a reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility and creating a culture that continuously keeps safety front of mind. Please speak to your Manager to find out more about the day.
We have had further information on the Royal Commission which will commence in 2019. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was called by the Prime Minister in September 2019. The aim is to:
- Examine issues of what is not working in the current aged care system; and
- Explore what needs to change in order to meet the changing needs and expectations of the growing number of older Australians.
As part of the initial information gathering stage, VMCH has been asked to respond to an initial questionnaire, regarding our record of care over the past five years. VMCH is among over 100 large and smaller organisations who have been asked to submit information. Led by our legal counsel Natalina Velardi, a working group was established and we had commenced collecting information we anticipated would be required.
Our deadline for reply to the Royal Commission is 7 January 2019.
We will contact you if we need further information but at present, relevant Senior Managers and Residential Services Managers have been sent a request for information.
If you have any questions from clients or residents, feel free to refer them to your Manager.
Finally, thank you for your support this year. In such a large and dispersed organisation, it is sometimes difficult to pull together as one team. As an organisation, VMCH is heading in the right direction and will continue to grow and evolve in the New Year. I look forward to sharing that journey with you and I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas.
Chief Executive Officer