This Mother’s Day … a competition from Prime Medical

Pamper your Special ‘M’ on Mother’s day with an indulgent 75 minute massage (voucher)!

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We have several “Bliss Escape” Massage Vouchers up for grabs with all natural products from Skin Things!

  • 45 minute Coconut back and Indian head massage
  • PLUS 30 minute Raw Chocolate Hydrating facial
  • value $158

To qualify for the competition you MUST –

  • Like us on facebook….click on this link…
  • Comment and tell us why your “M” is deserving
  • Share our page to go in the draw for an extra BONUS prize (French bubbles)
  • Enter by COB Thursday 11th May, 2017

Winners will be contact Friday morning 12th May 2017.

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Don’t hesitate to enter any special woman in your life…

So in the spirit of Mother’s Day – enter our competition now!

PS if you miss out don’t despair, contact Skin Things, mention our competition and ask for their Mother’s Day Special, Bliss Escape!


The ACS SA & NT office will close at midday on Thursday 22 December and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

For the latest news in aged care services

The latest edition has just been released. Click here to view.

Visit the Healthy Workers page, which has a wealth of resources for aged services providers, here.

An article in today’s Advertiser notes that the Mitcham Residential Care Facility has been re-accredited following an audit by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. We understand that the elder abuse incident that occurred in September 2015 was related to the behaviour of one care worker who is no longer employed. There is no evidence that residents are at risk now.

Accreditation of aged care facilities is highly regulated by legislative instruments – particularly the Quality Agency Principles 2013 and the Quality of Care Principles 2014 (incorporating the Accreditation Standards). These legislative instruments outline detailed requirements for systems and practices to provide quality of care; the Quality Agency is required to assess facilities against these requirements.

The requirements cover:

  • Management systems, staffing and organisational development
  • Health and personal care
  • Care recipient lifestyle
  • Physical environment and safe systems

A key requirement of the quality audit is that auditors must meet with at least 10% of the care recipients (or their representatives) to discuss care quality and service.

Melissa Centofanti, ACS CEO, encourages the Australian Government to work with providers to identify possible improvements to the legislative instruments governing quality in aged care. Our members are committed to providing high-quality care to all their residents, and are keen to work with government to ensure ongoing standards of care. South Australia is considered the national leader in service provision, innovation and quality. The standard of our members’ residential facilities is consistently high. The safety and quality of life for residents is the number one priority for aged services providers and any allegations of abuse and neglect are taken very seriously.

ACS acknowledges the complexity of the situation and is working together with Industry leaders to determine a way forward.

Media inquiries: Melissa Centofanti CEO, Ph. (08) 8338 7111 or mobile 0413 003 222

Aged & Community Services SA & NT Inc (ACS) is the peak body providing strategic leadership to 95% of the not-for-profit aged and community sector in South Australia and members in the Northern Territory.

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) yesterday announced a possible link between rockmelon and an increase in cases of salmonella in a number of states and territories.

As a precaution, FSANZ has advised that rockmelon should be avoided by consumers – especially the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, infants and pregnant women.

The FSANZ statement can be found here:

The NSW Food Authority has a guide to safe handling of rockmelons available here:

ACS has developed a notice that can be used to inform your residents and staff of the issue, as laid out below:

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand advises against consumption of rockmelon during investigation

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has issued a warning that rockmelons may be linked to cases of salmonella in a number of states. While this is not a final result, FSANZ has advised against consumption of rockmelons until the investigation is complete.

To ensure we continue to provide a safe home for our residents, and a safe working environment for our staff, we will ensure rockmelon is not included in our food until we are advised the risk is past. To support our aim of keeping residents and staff safe, we also ask that rockmelon not be brought onto the premises until the FSANZ is confident there is no risk of salmonella.

Perhaps most importantly, this is a preventive step – salmonella has NOT been detected in our facility; residents and staff are NOT at risk.



Click here to read the latest edition.

ACS acknowledges the significance of the recent elder abuse at Mitcham Residential Care Facility and condemns the improper actions of this staff member. Nevertheless, we want to reaffirm the critical importance, and excellent work, of staff in aged and community care generally. It remains of the upmost importance that the community continues to have confidence in the sector. The wider community needs to encourage people to undertake the highly valued and respected work offered in aged care.

With this in mind, we need to be very careful as a sector that any response to this incident does not cause unintended outcomes that may affect our workforce and their attraction to the sector and thereby not serve the needs of older people as they arise.

Please click here for the media release issued yesterday. For media comment please contact Melissa Centofanti, CEO Tel. 8338 7111 or 0413 003 222.


Feedback received was that today’s National Press Club Aged Care Forum went well. The link to the ABC iView recording is:

It will be live until 1.30 pm on 27 July. After that it will still be found on the Press Club’s website.



Photo of the 2016 winners (listed below) with ACS SA & NT CEO, Melissa Centofanti More photos available on the ACS Facebook page

Aged Living Design

  • Oakfield Lodge – Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Inc
  • All Hallows, Westbourne Park, Stage 3 – AnglicareSA
  • Resthaven Port Elliot – Winner


  • Frank Naso, Saint Hilarion Aged Care – Winner
  • Daniel Hope, Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Inc
  • Nick Atkins, RSL Care SA
  • Peter Jenkin, Resthaven Inc

Health & Wellbeing

  • James Brown Memorial Trust – Health, Safety & Wellbeing Program – Winner
  • Silver Chain Group – Staff Health & Wellbeing

Innovation in Service

  • ACH Group Inc – Interprofessional Learning Delivering Good Lives Program
  • Southern Cross Care (SA & NT) Inc – Health & Wellness Centres – Winner
  • Country Home Services – Valley to Coast: Reform in Action
  • AnglicareSA – Parallel Pole Dancing
  • Minda Inc – ReStyle Sanctuary (Op-shop and Café)
  • Uniting Communities – Colleen the Teapot Caravan


  • West Coast Home Care – Winner
  • Uniting Communities


  • Carmel Fuller, ECH Inc
  • Doug Smith, RSL Care SA – Winner

Please visit the ACS Facebook Page for photos.