Australia Day honour for CHA Director Mr Don Neander

Catholic Health Australia Board Chair Paul Robertson AO has paid tribute to CHA Director Don Neander, saying “Don Neander’s inclusion in the 2019 Australia Day honours list is deserving recognition for his many years of service and leadership in Catholic health and aged care.” 

Mr Neander, who lives in Queensland, was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to aged welfare. That includes two years as a director on the Board of Catholic Health Australia.

Enriching the Care of Older Australians

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) welcomes the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission which commenced operation on 2 January 2019. Catholic providers of care services have supported the creation of this Commission which was a key recommendation of the Carnell-Paterson Independent Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes.

Women’s Healthcare: One size does not fit all

While there are examples of excellent practice, the healthcare needs specific to women are too often overlooked. Historically, most medical research was conducted in men and the findings from such studies were assumed to be equally applicable to women.

Q&A with Dr Louise Schaper

Head of Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA), Dr Louise Schaper, is determined to take health care into the digital age. Twenty years ago, as an Occupational Therapy student making home visits with a bootful of garbled handwritten patient file notes, Louise couldn’t grasp why allied health wasn’t using computers to manage patient information. Today, 20 years on, she’s asking the same questions.

“Live with Gusto” - Meet CHA Nurse of the Year 2018

Lorna O’Brien’s passion for caring for those with cancer or experiencing mental illness was nurtured at a young age. Raised in Sydney, her parents managed a home for young men with mental health disability, the nursery bed for her compassion. She hopes one day to see mental health treated justly. Her own battle with cancer has provided her rich insight into challenges faced by her patients.

Looking Back with Richard Gray

Catholic Health Australia’s Richard Gray, at 80 years of age, retired at the end of August having dedicated more than 22 years with CHA, firstly as Director Aged Care Services and in latter years, Senior Aged Care Advisor. Here he has penned his last article for Health Matters and takes the opportunity to look back at his 27 years immersed in peak body aged care advocacy in Canberra.

Exploring Your Own Suffering Will Help in The Healing of Others

In order to better heal those we serve, we must first deal with our own suffering. Dr Anthony Gooley calls on Catholic health organisations to consider the suffering and burn-out of their own people...

Greater Collaboration Will Deliver Mission

Catholic health and aged care has a gift to the world – the healing ministry of Jesus – a promise of love, care and compassion for all. But how can we ensure that Catholic health providers in Australia can fulfil their mission?

Q&A with Dr Shane Kelly and Annette Panzera, CHA Director of Health Policy

Dr Shane Kelly is an accomplished leader in and strong advocate for adopting technology to improve diagnosis, treatment and efficiency in the hospital sector. In June he took the reins as Group CEO of St John of God Health Care. 

Palliative Care - fighting for quality of life

At the CHA National Conference, palliative care specialist, Associate Professor Mark Boughey made a simple plea for the future- to ensure patients feel safe, valued, understood and heard. But dying in peace is not so simple. Read why in Health Matters forum feature.

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