Umoona Aged Care Services

 Tjilpi Tjuta Kanyini

 

The services commenced on September 1996 with the appointment of the Coordinator. Three DEET Trainee's commenced Aged Care Personnel Service training in February 1997. Receiving their training through TAFE Distance Education Packages with on job training by the Coordinator. The first student graduated on 24th February 1998.

 

Programs setup and running;

Socialisation

Arts and Crafts

Shopping / Banking

Personnel Care

Home Assistance

Transport

Assistance with mail, pensions etc

Respite Care

Washing

Cultural Activities

Bush Camp facility and Trips

Traditional Medicine and Food collection

Personal Care

Hair and Nail Care

Phone Assistance

Emergency Medication Assistance

Clothing and Bedding

Nutrition Budgeting

Overnight Emergency Accommodation

 

Consumers receiving service;

39 Frail Elders

20 Elders over the age of 60

50 Prematurely Aged and Disabled are also assisted in times of urgent need.


 

The Aged Care Accommodation Facility

 

The plans are being developed to build an accommodation facility for a sixteen bed facility.

 

The facility has been based and designed on a Traditional Camp Site design. With the Elders input at all levels, from the site selection to completion. Considering in detail their wishes and needs along with a overall practical workable design.

 

Cultural considerations to be included are; Local family names for each building

Traditional signage and Painting stories to be done by local Artists.

Preservation of Heritage sites.

Bush Tucker and Bush Medicine used in the landscaping, that will be protected by a Sandhill for privacy, that will also be a soft place to sit and do Traditional dancing.

Fire pits. A Sorry Camp and Nangkari Camp. Outdoor sleeping and Wiltja will be alternative living arrangements for those who wish to continue living a semi Traditional life style.

 


STAFF PERSONEL PROFILES

 

Coordinator

Gwen Crombie

 

A Nurse at Coober Pedy Hospital for eight years, originally from Geelong Victoria. Married to local Elder Katatjunti ,Jack Crombie a Community Police Aide of the Antikirinya Tribal group. Live in their dugout home in Coober Pedy, and also have a Heritage home in Burra South Australia. Frequently travel around Australia following the travels taken by Jack in his Rodeo days.

 

Hobbies and interests;

 

Writing Jacks life story

Traditional Culture

Family Tree

Gardening

Reading and Art

  


Administration Assistant

Francesca Baldino

 

Married to policeman, originally from Adelaide living in Coober Pedy for 22 months in a dugout. Since working with Aboriginal Elders have learnt about some of their Culture and ways finding it an interesting and unique.

 

Hobbies and interests;

 

Arts / Crafts

walking

listening to music


 

PROJECT OFFICER

IAN CROMBIE

 

I am of Aboriginal descent and a full blood Antikirinya/Yankuntjara man, traditional name (Minyungu) 39yrs. Married to Pauline Joyce Lennon and a son Matthew John Crombie, (Katatjunti).

 

I have lived in the Coober Pedy region most of my life with the family, my parents are traditionally around this area. which is located in the Antikirinya Native Title area?

 

During my time in Coober Pedy I have developed a lot of skills and qualification over the past years and have been quite a benefit within the community that I've been involved. Currently I am working with Umoona Aged Care as a Project Officer to assist with the development of an Aged Accommodation in Umoona for the Elderly Frail and the Disability.

 


AGED CARE PERSONEL SERVICES WORKER

JIMMY PALMER

 

My name is Jimmy Palmer, I am of Aboriginal (Kukatha Tribe) and German decent. I've been in Coober Pedy for 25yrs, I did my Schooling at Coober Pedy Area School, and I've worked for the Umoona Community for the past 6yrs doing different duties. I have just completed a Traineeship in Personal Service Worker (Aged Care) for the past twelve months. I have also completed a Certificate in Hospitality. I have also completed the first two stages of Family Well Being.

 

Hobbies and interests;

 

Drama

Talking

Socialising

Communicating

Music

Watching Football


 

FIELD WORKER

ELIZABETH TAYLOR

 

My name is Elizabeth Taylor, I am of Aboriginal decent. I am from the Warrumunga tribe in the Northern Territory. I have lived in Coober Pedy for about 5 months, before coming here; I lived in Port Lincoln for one year. I currently work for the Umoona Aged Care services and love working here with the elders and co-workers and currently studying Management.

My aims and ambitions are to be come a full time worker within the Umoona Aged Care Service and to be of full assistance in the well being of our people.

 

 

Hobbies and interests:

 

cooking

watching football

camping

Cultural needs

Socialising


 

DEET TRAINEE AGED CARE

CHERIE SMITH

 

My name is Cherie Smith; I am of Aboriginal descent. My father's tribe is Kukatha/Yangkuntjara and my mother's tribe is Bangala. I've lived in Coober Pedy for six and a half years working in a variety of areas in the community. Born in Pt.Lincoln my family was nomadic and moved around a lot. We lived on the Pitjantjara Lands for six years, which gave me the opportunity to learn and have a better understanding of the traditional Aboriginal culture. I've completed a Clerical/Administration Traineeship at TAFE Coober Pedy and a Hospitality Course in Darwin N.T. I am currently undertaking a Traineeship in Personal Servicing Worker (Aged Care) which I will complete in November 1998.

 

Hobbies and interests

 

Exercising/Weight Training

Dancing/Listening to Techno Music

Socialising

Cultural Trips (Hunting, Bushtucker, Medicines)

Playing Netball

Watching Rugby

 


DEET TRAINEE AGED CARE

CONNIE RICHARDS

 

My name is Constance Richards I come from Ceduna S.A. I have four children with three of them attending school. I've lived in Coober Pedy for a year and a half and have just commenced a Traineeship in Personal Servicing Worker (Aged Care) which I will complete in February 1999.

 

Hobbies and interests

Listening To Country Music

Socialising

Playing Basketball/Netball

One Eyed Adelaide Crows Supporter (Aussie Rules)


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