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The Retired Teachers Association calls upon both the Coalition and Labor to commence a proper overhaul of the failed business model regarding the nursing home industry. Because of the many instances of abuse of the elderly being revealed so far at the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the introduction of appropriate patient-nurse ratios needs to be mandated in aged-care facilities promptly. Further, there must be at least one registered nurse on duty at all times and only these nurses should be supervising the administration of medication to affected residents. Shirley Bains’ motion was passed unanimously at our May general meeting.
Insights into dementia
Libby, from Dementia Australia, addressed our April meeting speaking to the theme “A healthy brain and healthy ageing”. Dementia is a general label for a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders influencing the brain. It can affect thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday tasks. The cognitive functions impaired may include memory, language skills, understanding information, spatial skills, judgement and attention. The most common forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s, vascular, Lewy body and frontotemporal degenerations.
Although there is no cure for dementia, there are some strategies that reduce the risk. Looking after your heart, being physically active, mentally challenging the brain, following a healthy diet and involving yourself in social activity all contribute positively.
Ron Denham reported that the booklet Why you need a Union has now been printed in Mandarin. The Combined Retired Union Members Association also notes how NRMA Motoring Services is infiltrating Sydney Harbour Ferry Services. The organisation is paying ferry staff below award rates by nominating such ferry services as “charters”. This has led to industrial action.
Ashleigh Hill, from the Human Rights Commission, spoke at our May meeting. The commission is an independent statutory body that was established in 1986. Its prime responsibility lies in promoting and protecting human rights in Australia. Core functions focus on human rights’ compliance, human rights’ policy and legislative development and the provision of an investigation and conciliation service.
The commission reports to the federal government through the Attorney-General. Ashleigh mentioned that there are approximately 2000 complaints about human rights’ violations each year.
On Wednesday, 22 May, a group of association members went to the Prince Henry Nursing and Medical Museum at Little Bay. Exhibits at the museum date from the late 1800s and provide fascinating glimpses into medical techniques and technologies. Vintage hospital ward set-ups, original medical artefacts, a first-rate reference library and historic picture galleries all added to the knowledge we gained from the visit. Thanks to Max Prince for organising this great excursion.
Our next two meetings will be held at Federation House on Friday, 12 July, and Friday, 9 August. Both meetings commence with lunch at noon, followed by a guest speaker at 12.45pm and conclude with a general meeting starting at 2pm.
An organised tour of the State Theatre will occur on Wednesday, 26 June, and a Christmas in July Lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, 24 July, at the International College of Management at Manly.
The Club York luncheons are happening on Wednesday, 17 July, and Wednesday, 14 August. Members should meet at noon for both events.
Why not join the Retired Teachers Association?
Have you recently retired from teaching or are you close to retiring? Retiring Federation members can maintain their interest in education by joining the Retired Teachers Association. The RTA has more than 5000 members and the association conducts monthly meetings where important issues are raised and discussed. Such meetings regularly canvass pertinent information relating to the aged, healthcare and education.
There are, in addition, regular visits to galleries, cultural exhibitions and places of interest throughout the year as well as organised lunches. The RTA is a great organisation to be a member of and you’ll make many new friends.
Paul Regan Administrative Secretary, NSW Retired Teachers Association