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THE HIGH STANDARD of quality
aged care residents and clients of
CatholicCare have received since 1992
will continue to grow this year, following
the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle’s
announcement that all staff working in
aged care will continue employment when
its aged care services are transferred to
another qualified Catholic provider.
The diocese has entered into exclusive
negotiations with Little Company of Mary
Health Care (LCMHC) for the transfer
of its aged care services operated by
CatholicCare. As part of the negotiations,
a commitment has been given to continue
employment of all of CatholicCare’s staff
carrying out work in the aged care sectors;
something Bishop Michael Malone
advocated as an important criterion in
any transfer for the benefit of residents,
clients, staff and their families.
“The most important priority for
CatholicCare, the Diocese of Maitland-
Newcastle and LCMHC is the wellbeing of
residents, clients and staff and continuing
the outstanding reputation CatholicCare
has built for providing excellence in care
for each person,” said Bishop Michael.
Formerly known as Catholic Care of
the Aged, CatholicCare operates nine
residential aged care facilities including
St Joseph’s Home Sandgate and offers
respite accommodation, independent
living and community aged care services.
It is anticipated that LCMHC would
commence operating the aged and
community care services of CatholicCare
from 1 April 2011 (subject to the
satisfactory completion of negotiations,
the undertaking of final due diligence and
necessary government approvals). It is
expected that residents will experience
very little noticeable change.
Despite being called “Little” Company
of Mar y Health Care, the organisation
is a major national Catholic health care,
aged care and community care provider
with a very significant presence already
established in the Hunter region. LCMHC
manages the Calvary Mater Hospital
Newcastle, Calvary Retirement Community
Cessnock and Calvary Silver Circle
Community Care services.
Bishop Michael Malone said the size
of the aged and retirement ser vices
of LCMHC should provide significant
opportunity for CatholicCare staff
“The aged care and retirement services
of LCMHC are of a similar size to those
of CatholicCare. This facilitates the
opportunity for significant involvement
of staff from CatholicCare in setting the
future direction of the combined services
and also means [following a transfer]
an increased network which would
provide substantial career advancement,
education and staff support opportunities.
“With LCMHC, there is also a unique
opportunity to strengthen existing services
and develop new services which link
with the Calvary Mater Newcastle. These
could include transitional care services,
restorative care, and palliative and end
of life care for older people living in their
local communities,” Bishop Michael said.
The decision to transfer the diocese’s
aged care ser vices came following a
review of diocesan ministries. Bishop
Michael confirmed that a transfer should
also increase the long-term financial
stability of the diocese and help support
its charitable and pastoral works and
allow for the development of current and
future ministry needs.
“While any decision of this type can
be potentially distressing for those
affected by it, I am satisfied that, if the
negotiations and due diligence can be
satisfactorily concluded, the transfer of
the aged care services of CatholicCare
to LCMHC will ultimately benefit the
people of the Hunter-Manning,”
Bishop Michael said.
The social services sector of CatholicCare
Hunter-Manning which includes services
such as Out of Home Care (foster care),
counselling, community development,
child, youth, family and disability
services will be retained and operated
by the Diocese as part of its mission
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
(back, l-r) Mark Doran (National CEO of LCMHC), Rev Barr y Tunks (Vicar General Diocese of
Maitland-Newcastle), John Watkins (Chair, LCMHC) (front), Liz Niland (CatholicCare), Carmen
McLean (CatholicCare's St Mar tin de Por res Aged Care), Kala Notley (CatholicCare).
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