Long Road, Short Road – The tale of two horses

Long Road, Short Road – The tale of two horses

Two weeks ago I fractured a rib; somewhat painful and an injury I could have done without. Explaining the situation to Carrie, all I had to say was “horse”, backed up by the “don’t worry, I’m okay, really… I can still sit and type – I...
Work Instructions – Do it like Ikea

Work Instructions – Do it like Ikea

I recently purchased a storage unit from Ikea – yes, that bastion of ‘ready to assemble’ furniture, which of course meant that I needed to put it together. Thankfully, the kit came with all necessary hardware, a basic set of construction tools and a set of...
Finding Your Inner Wall-E

Finding Your Inner Wall-E

In the consultancy work we do, one of the biggest challenges that organisations often seek some guidance around is the development, or review, of their policies and procedures and other related documents. Managers want to make sure that they have a structure in place...
Ignoring the Squirrels

Ignoring the Squirrels

Do you remember ‘Dug’? He’s the dog from the kids movie Up. Dug was easily distracted by squirrels, taking him off-conversation and off-course. We too can become distracted by the ‘squirrels’ in our lives; I know I’m prone to getting sidetracked unless I have a very...
Planning to Succeed

Planning to Succeed

Happy New Year! As we move into 2020, there are no shortages of ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ being flung around from every direction, most not making it past the end of January. Why do you think that is? It’s because people don’t know that they must plan to succeed. When...
Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a good soaking rain

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a good soaking rain

I stepped out of the car to take a picture of the dry paddocks on the way out to a small town located in northern New South Wales and found myself sinking into a pile of sand and chaff, the fallout from recent dust storms that had picked up everything that was laying...
Are You Using the Aged Care ‘Dirty Words’?

Are You Using the Aged Care ‘Dirty Words’?

Come on, you know what they are: lovey dearie old fella oldie the old fart you old folks young man or young lady over the hill The ‘dirty words’ are those that attach an ageist attitude towards older people. After all, I take offence at the young cashier at the...
Undervalued, Underpaid, & Insufficiently Trained

Undervalued, Underpaid, & Insufficiently Trained

The findings of the Royal Commission will not be a surprise to many working in the sector. The title of the Interim Report is ‘Neglect’, which at first glance looks to be aimed at those providing direct care and support. However, the Foreword provides a clear insight...
Good Things Often Come in Small Packages

Good Things Often Come in Small Packages

Big is not necessarily better. Neither is an increase in the numbers of care providers who may have entered the industry driven by the lure of profit. This is something that is becoming evident from reports in the media lately, especially when it comes to aged care...