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Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan impressed by services in Port Macquarie

Fr Frank Brennan in Port Macquarie

CENTACARE staff in Port Macquarie met with the head of Catholic Social Services Australia recently to discuss the impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. CSSA chief executive officer Jesuit Father Frank Brennan visited Port Macquarie for the discussions and toured facilities in Port Macquarie and Kempsey. Centacare general manager Tony Davies said part of the reason for Fr Brennan’s ... Read More »

Bishop John Gerry, a generous soul gone but not forgotten

Bishop John Gerry

ONE of Brisbane’s most popular leaders and the “architect” of an archdiocesan social welfare arm, Bishop John Gerry, will be laid to rest on the 67th anniversary of his priesthood. Tributes have flowed for the retired Brisbane auxiliary bishop, who died on December 13 at Holy Spirit Northside Hospital, aged 90. Hundreds of mourners are expected to attend his funeral at St ... Read More »

Cowboys’ star Matthew Scott is helping to tackle Townsville’s growing gambling crisis

Matthew Scott

RUGBY league star Matthew Scott has joined forces with social services organisation Centacare North Queensland to tackle the region’s gambling crisis. Working in the community as its official Gambling Help ambassador, Mr Scott was out and about in Townsville and Mount Isa to raise awareness of responsible gambling as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week held nationally from July 24-30. ... Read More »

NDIS rollout calls for reflection on original Centacare mission, disability service expert says

Annette Drew

DISABILITY services expert Annette Drew believes advanced pre-planning and keeping to the “mission at heart” would ensure Centacare’s Brisbane clients make a smooth transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Mrs Drew has managed Centacare’s Supported Accommodation Independent Lifestyle (Sail) in Sunnybank for 17 years, and said the NDIS offered great opportunities but also big challenges for staff and clients ... Read More »

Gold Coast Centacare receives over $1m to help women escaping domestic violence

Domestic violence housing

CENTACARE has received more than a million dollars to operate a mobile support service for women fleeing domestic violence on the Gold Coast, amidst claims that there is an accommodation crisis for survivors. At least 280 Gold Coast women fleeing domestic violence are being forced to stay in motels, which Queensland Opposition domestic violence spokesperson Ros Bates has described as ... Read More »

Memory Café offers flexibility, respite for carers in Brisbane

BRISBANE’S first Memory Café runs to support people with dementia and those who care for them. “It’s a relaxing opportunity to share stories and hear solutions from other people, whilst enjoying refreshments,” Centacare’s Caroline Grogan, who co-ordinates a program for carers, said. Ms Grogan said something as simple as a chat over a cuppa, with a slice of cake, and ... Read More »

Dementia emergency across the nation

TEN years ago at 53, Robyn Weller was working hard and looking forward to a happy retirement with husband Bob, but she was forgetting things. “She’d go downtown to do the shopping, and I’d get a phone call. ‘I can’t find the car’,” Bob Weller, who used to run cattle on a farm outside Kingaroy, said. “I’d drive into town ... Read More »

Catholic workers make pledge against domestic violence on White Ribbon Day

Jesse Jones

FAMILY mediator Jesse Jones has promised all women living in Australia that he would stand up for them if they were ever put in a violence situation at home. Mr Jones, who works for Centacare’s Family and Relationships Centre in Chermside, made a public pledge on White Ribbon Day to stand up and speak out against family and domestic violence. ... Read More »

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