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Wayne Belcher
Wayne Belcher Nov 23, 2018

Increased funding and staff ratios they key to increasing care hours

I gathered these thoughts together the day the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was announced – Sunday 16 September 2018 if my memory serves me well. This information gathering was in response to the first question of the Prime Minister when making the announcement. The question was around the alleged $1.2 billion cuts to aged care. Folks, I get it – there have been many cuts from both major sides of our Australian Government over a...
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Wayne Belcher

Wayne Belcher

CEO Of Braemar Presbyterian Care

Wayne Belcher (OAM) is the CEO of Braemar Presbyterian Care. Having entered aged care early in his career, he has held roles including Chief Executive of Bethanie as well as Director and Interim Chief Executive of Baptistcare WA. Wayne was awarded a Medallion of the Order of Australia in 2007, in recognition of his significant contribution to community services.

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Wayne Belcher
Wayne Belcher Sep 17, 2018

“We have an aged care accreditation system that we can really ill afford”

I am a person with no clinical or “care” background. But after almost forty years in senior management and executive roles across the spectrum of health and aged care – particularly aged care – I have gathered some insights into the nature of care being provided throughout our care services. And before I suggest anything more, let me say this – my view is that if the major hospitals around Australia – public and private – were put under the...
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Wayne Belcher
Wayne Belcher Jun 12, 2018

Staffing ratios an “important requirement” for residential aged care

I have never been a great advocate for regulated minimum staffing ratios, but prefer regulation of the things that are really important around provision of care services to the people, our care recipients. If you like, having enough of the right people at the right time, and not just to fulfil a compliance requirement around the number of pairs of hands. In completing this Review my own views around staffing, quality of care, industrial considerations and the like have changed...
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Wayne Belcher
Wayne Belcher Jun 12, 2018

Age no barrier to new friendships

Age is proving no barrier for the unlikely friendships blooming at Braemar Village’s aged care home in Willagee, thanks to a new partnership with a local childcare centre. Residents at the not-for-profit home have been striking up friendships with youngsters from the Birra-Li Child Care centre next door, as part of an intergenerational partnership, which aims to encourage companionship and connections between young and old. Lyn Cattell, Facility Manager of Braemar Village, said the benefits of the partnership extended both...
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