End of life care
Improved end of life care management should be a key health priority for both South Australian political parties if they are to meet the growing needs of the State’s ageing population and the terminally ill, according to a recent statement from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).
Professor Ian Maddocks, 2013 Senior Australian of the Year and palliative care specialist, said current models of care and the lack of coordinated service delivery meant elderly patients and the terminally ill often faced isolated, undignified deaths in acute hospitals, rather than in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) or in the comfort of their own homes.
Other recommendations include:
• Rural Workforce – The RACP calls on the incoming government to implement a rotating model of physician placements to rural South Australia with administration coordinated by a Director of Medicine in metropolitan Adelaide.
• Health reform – preventative health and integrated healthcare - The RACP calls on the incoming government to consult with the RACP to design and build on models of care that shift the focus of treating episodic illness towards primary and ambulatory and preventative health care.
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Australian Catholic University (ACU) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, (pictured) will chair the new Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group.
The Group will provide advice to the Federal Government on how teacher education programs could better prepare new teachers with the practical skills needed for the classroom.
Professor Craven said he was honoured to have been appointed to chair the group, and was looking forward to making practical recommendations on how to improve the quality of teacher education in Australia.
"As Vice-Chancellor of Australian Catholic University, the largest producer of teachers of any university in Australia, I am particularly delighted to chair this group," he said.
“Teachers deserve our support. Teacher bashing diminishes the profession, lowers morale and discourages good students to choose it as a career. The Ministerial Advisory Group needs to work out better ways to marry both the theory and practice components of teacher education.”
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Bali paradise for pigs
Changes are afoot in Songan Village, Kintamani, where ‘Piggy Paradise’ has been established, reports Patricia Kerkenaar-Richards, Year 5/6 Teacher from Our Lady of Hope School in Adelaide.
From dark, confined, concrete quarters, to roaming free amongst a patch of exquisitely lush vegetation at the base of Gunung Batur, Bali pig farming has taken the lead and moved a step forward in how pigs are treated.
This ‘Piggy Paradise’ evolved out of a fundraising initiative undertaken by students at Our Lady of Hope School, Greenwith. Social justice is intertwined in Catholic school philosophy at this school so it was a logical step to support children in need, as many Australians holiday in Bali.
Plastic bottles, cans and fruit boxes were collected, cleaned and sorted, before selling them to raise money. The project is now known as, 'Cans for Kids Project' where kids work to help kids in Bali, more specifically the Cempaka Putih Foundation, Songan Village.
"'Piggy Paradise’ is also about stepping closer towards the practice of humane pig farming, environmental awareness, maintainable business practices and a more productive future with the promise of hope which binds us all,” said Patricia.
‘Piggy Paradise’ will provide a living for six families and even though pigs will be killed for ceremonies and food, the concept of sustainability will shine through.
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Feast Day for a cause
St Francis Xavier’s Regional Catholic School students from Reception to Year 7 took part in some fundraising activities on their patron saint’s Feast Day – St Francis Xavier - on December 3 last year.
Students from Years 2-7 organised stalls selling homemade food and ice-creams, while activities like find the jelly bean in mashed potato, ghost tunnel, hair and makeup studios, wet sponge throw and soccer shoot outs were organised, to name some of the events on the day. The students raised an amazing $3,024.80 in support of Catholic Charities.
It is because of the hard work and generosity of school students that Catholic Charities is able to continue to fund and support our eight different charitable agencies in South Australia – Hutt Street, Centacare Catholic Family Services, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, St Patricks and Our Lady of La Vang Special Schools, Mary MacKillop Care - Ain Karim, Catherine House and the SA Catholic Deaf Association.
Students from reception to year 7 at Catherine McAuley School, Craigmore, recently joined together for their annual Catholic Charities fundraising event.
United in giving
The children organised stalls to sell goods at school and because of their efforts they raised an impressive $1,182.40 for Catholic Charities.
Annie O’Neill (pictured) from Catholic Charities presented students with a certificate of thanks.
Catherine McAuley School is founded on the example of its patron, whose values of faith, growth and unity inspires its dedicated staff to celebrate the potential of all the children and families in their care.
Royal Commission update
The Royal Commission began its eighth public hearing in Sydney this week, this time examining the response of the Catholic Church in what is known as the John Ellis case.
John Ellis was an altar boy in the Bass Hill Parish in Sydney in the mid-1970s when Assistant Priest, Father Aidan Duggan, abused him. In 2004 Mr Ellis sued the Archdiocese of Sydney and Cardinal Pell for damages, but his court action was unsuccessful.
After the John Ellis case the Royal Commission moves to Adelaide from March 17 and will begin looking into the responses by the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, and the South Australian Police, into allegations of child sexual abuse at St Ann’s Special School.
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Mount Carmel College will join with six Catholic Parish Primary Schools in the western Adelaide region in a day of celebration on Sunday (March 16) from 11am to 3pm.
The Family Cultural Festival, to be held at Mount Carmel College in Rosewater, will bring together the communities of Mount Carmel and parish primary schools: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish School, Pennington; Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Albert Park; St Margaret Mary’s School, Croydon Park, St Patrick’s School, Mansfield Park; Whitefriars School, Woodville Park; and Our Lady of the Visitation School, Taperoo.
The celebration will consist of music and dance performances from many different cultural groups, as well as food representing the various cultures in these school communities. There will be face-painting and bouncing castles for the under 12s as well.
Entry is free and all members of the broader community are invited to come along and join in this wonderful day of celebration.
Click here for the poster or contact Mrs Marianne Shaw, Assistant Principal: Religious Identity & Mission, Mount Carmel College on (08) 8447 0500 or email email@example.com
From May 16 to 23 Soles4Souls Australia (The Butterfly Movement Ltd) is heading to Africa to join its sister charity Soles4Souls to distribute shoes and hope to people in West Tanzania.
The aim is to create lifelong ambassadors of change by providing opportunities for people to travel and distribute shoes in developing countries to people who need a hand.
Their aim is to eradicate poverty, one life at a time…one pair of shoes at a time.
Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit institution dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty. The organisation advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organisations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by providing qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.
For more information on their Tanzania shoe distribution program please go to https://www.facebook.com/DonateShoesAustralia
Online Lenten journey
The Archdiocese of Sydney social networking site Xt3.com has announced the release of the Xt3 Lent Calendar 2014 in partnership with The University of Notre Dame Australia.
The calendar will include a video reflection on Ash Wednesday by His Eminence Cardinal George Pell; testimonies from students at Notre Dame; questions and answers about Lent from Xt3's "Ask a Priest"; plus reflections from international authors and guest speakers.
The Lent Calendar is also available as a FREE App for your iPhone, iPad and Android devices.
The calendar can be downloaded for Android devices by searching for "Xt3 Lent" in the Google Play store. It is also available for download on the iPad and iPhone - just search for "Xt3 Lent" in the App store.
Watch the promo video to get a sneak preview of what to expect in this year's calendar. Visit www.xt3.com/lent
For meditations of the Holy Father Francis during the Daily Masses celebrated in the Chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae.
At the end of 2013, students, staff and families from St Mary Magdalene's School, Elizabeth Grove, worked together to raise $1,622.40 for Catholic Charities. Students, staff and parents all ‘skipped for justice’ on a beautiful September day. This was their major fund raiser for the year and students enjoyed showing off their skipping skills, while making a difference to others.
The Year 5 class took a lead role in initiating, planning and running several fundraising events.
"Last year Shannon, Josh, Sean and I raised money for Catholic Charities. The whole day was a casual clothes day and everyone donated a gold coin to participate. At first lunch we sold cupcakes and at second lunch we held a disco in the hall. All three of these activities helped us raise the total amount of $280.70. Thank you to all of the students and staff that helped us to raise this money.” James
Pictured above are St Mary Magdalene's students: front row Jeremy, Norah, Savannah, Jordyn; back row, Zachary, Jamie-Leigh, James and Samuel.