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It's not what McArthur does, it's more
what we don't do that can make all the
difference to your career, and what makes
us one of Australia's leading recruitment
specialists in the sector.
We're here for the long haul,
not the short term.
With over 30 years' experience recruiting aged care
and support professionals, it's fair to say we know the
and expertise of our consultants. Many come from
the aged care sector itself and some from long term
recruitment roles, so you can rest assured your career
It's about the person,
not just the professional.
are your personal aspirations. That's why we take
time to understand your lifestyle needs and family
It's this approach that helps ensure you have the
We focus on long-term solutions,
not quick fixes.
By developing long-term partnerships with
your next temporary or permanent career move
is always a step in the right direction.
We'll help you grow, not go-slow.
regular in-house and external professional learning
activities (including accredited OH&S disciplines).
To our clients, it means the peace of mind knowing
they are getting informed, trained professionals that
can hit the ground running. To you, it means your
career will never stop moving and you will always
Now, to find out what McArthur can do for
your career, give Lorin a call on 9828 6565,
or visit www.mcarthur.com.au
It's what we don't do that makes us special.
Care and Support
All I want is a room somewhere
Merri Outreach Support Ser vice staff members Hope Jenkins (right) and Halime.
Homelessness is never far away for an
increasing proportion of our
population, particularly for those on
low incomes or dependant on welfare.
Helping them means more than crisis
accommodation and short-term handouts.
More permanent solutions, that the people
can apply for themselves, are far more
MOSS, the Merri Outreach Support Service,
is dedicated to this task. ''We provide support
to people --- men, women and children, of
any age group or background, who are
experiencing or have experienced
homelessness,'' says Hope Jenkins, an
outreach support team leader.
''We cover the Hume and Moreland area.
We are a medium to long-term support
provider, we assist people in identifying
support needs. We talk though how a person
can become homeless, and find strategies
and changes to prevent homelessness
''We work alongside many organisations
--- financial counsellors, mental health
workers, drug and alcohol workers, family
violence workers. We work closely with
childcare providers, ensuring that children
who have experienced family violence and
homelessness are receiving that little bit of
''We are really happy for people to give us
a call if they feel their housing, or an aspect
that may affect their housing, is becoming
unstable. We will provide them with a short-
term response, or advice, or a referral, to
prevent the situation from escalating.''
The causes of homelessness are many, but
one stands. ''In my experience, in the
geographical area where I work, I would
definitely say that family violence is the
number one factor,'' she says.
''We have a new wave of homelessness
caused by poverty. People who have
managed in private rental are now entering
homelessness as their private rentals become
unaffordable, or are being sold.''
Ms Jenkins loves her work. ''I have always
been interested in justice, and have always
noticed disadvantage, I have not been able
to walk past a beggar in the street without
feeling an emotional response. I have always
had that reaction to seeing someone clearly
disadvantaged or with mental health issues.
I always knew I wanted to work with
disadvantaged people, and try and make a
''It can be heart-wrenching, you have to be
a stable and strong person yourself to work
in this field. You need good coping
mechanisms, a good support network ---
friends, an active lifestyle.''
The MOSS work culture is highly
supportive, Ms Jenkins says. ''It's an awesome
place to work, I have really enjoyed my time
here. I can't speak highly enough of my
colleagues and the management team, we
are all like-minded people.''
Rob Sago, MOSS chief executive officer,
sees an expanding role for his organisation.
''In the last 15 years, government has taken
homelessness far more seriously, and we
have been recognised as an agency that does
''Welfare, and homelessness in particular,
has steadily been moving away from being
seen as a charitable exercise, and has been
recognised as a human rights and social
justice issue. If you want to have a healthy
society, then everyone needs to be able to
When families can't cope, it is the children
who suffer most. Giving children the
security and stability they need is a task that
can only partly be accomplished by
organisations, there is no substitute for real
people, and real homes.
Taking a child --- possibly disabled or
maybe disturbed --- into your home, is a
challenge that many couples are keen to
accept, says Jane Grant, operations
manager at the Cranbourne branch of Life
''There are a lot of enquiries and we go
for people who are interested in helping.
What they get out of it is a sense of
achievement, a sense of giving.''
Ideally, prospective foster parents will
have prior experience of caring for people
with a disability, Ms Grant says. ''But they
can be people who have brought up their
own children and want to give back to
society. A lot of the children are
traumatised, so we need to work
collaboratively, and encourage a better
quality of life for children, with or without
a disability, and help them reach their
Initial training, ongoing 24-hour support,
and generous reimbursement are all
features of the Host Family Care program.
Ms Grant says: ''Our values at Life Without
Barriers are relationships first, so we have to
be able to build that rapport, quality
delivery uncompromised, so we have to
have that person at heart, honesty, and
acknowledgement that everyone is
Life Without Barriers is a secular, not-for-
profit organisation providing care and
support services across Australia in urban,
rural and remote locations and in New
Zealand, now establishing itself in Victoria.
Go to www.lwb.org.au for the full story.
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