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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

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 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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Wayne Belcher
Wayne Belcher Apr 17, 2018

Sensory experiences in aged care: “We often underestimate the power of our senses”

If you have visited Braemar Cooinda in Melville recently; you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into a beautiful forest thanks to new wall decals in the facilities’ lifts. Linking the various floors at Cooinda, the lifts were originally installed in a standard stainless steel cladding. However resident feedback suggested a preference for something more decorative, leading to Braemar investigating ways in which to improve the sensory experience for those living at Cooinda. Sensory stimulation can connect people to...
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