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Germanus Kent wins aged care award for Aboriginal pastoral care
Posted by Marketing on February 24, 2016

Germanus_Kent_House_Residents_and_Staff_11_small.jpgResident Bertha Lindy and Care Worker Victoria Gardener

To listen to a podcast of Rosemary Hogan, Head of Residential Care at SCC talking about our award winning pastoral care approach click here.

Germanus Kent House in Broome has been recognised by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency for its Galiya Mabudyan, or “Life is good”, pastoral care approach designed to meet the needs of Aboriginal residents.

The Better Practice Awards are presented by the Federal Government’s Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, to recognise and showcase aged care providers that go above and beyond for the benefit of their consumers. All of the award winning programs are consumer focused, committed to understanding their consumers’ needs and using research and evidence to develop and maintain a program that gets results.

According to Rosemary Hogan, Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc.’s head of Residential Care, “one of the challenges to meeting the pastoral needs of Aboriginal residents is the complex differences between each of the Aboriginal communities.

“The Galiya Mabudyan approach incorporates a collective approach to memory and life, Waraja Ngarlu. The collective identity that binds people together is of foremost importance for a clear or healthy liaan (the spiritual and visceral core of a person) and those who have become dislocated from family and Buru – whose liaan is cloudy or poorly - suffer most.

“What the team at Germanus Kent House have discovered is that Waraja Ngarlu (the collective liaan of the group) can to some extent be replicated by simple group activities.

“There is a strong focus on Country Buru, with fire, smells and with the personal and familial memory and cultural identity associated with these tactile experiences. Buru promotes recollection, reaffirms identity and assists in the organic creation of a new reservoir of group and individual memories.

“A leadership development program for pastoral care in an indigenous context was also developed for senior care staff by Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. in collaboration with staff from the School of Nursing and Midwifery Notre Dame University.”

Germanus Kent House first opened in 1991 as an aged care facility for indigenous people, fulfilling the dream of the late St John of God Sister Germanus Kent, who spent four decades working amongst Aboriginal people in the North West. Southern Cross Care (WA) Inc. has managed Germanus Kent House since 2001 including a redevelopment completed in 2008.

“We are so pleased to be recognised for the program we have created for our Aboriginal residents here in Broome. The outcomes of the project are positive and appear reproducible for aboriginal and non-aboriginal residents alike”, explained Lisa Anderson, Acting Manager of Germanus Kent House.


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