Home' Community Care Review : CCR Nov 2016 Contents local business owners and residents has
had a powerful effect on building a sense of
belonging in their community, says Aykut.
Many migrants and refugees who settle
in Tasmania often leave after a few years
because culturally appropriate services are
limited and social support is weak.
From a sheep shearing demonstration to
visiting an aged care facility, the program
has sought to expose the group to the social
and cultural life of Tasmania.
“The big success story has been
introducing the Bhutanese community to
people who live in Launceston and what they
do in their day-to-day life,” she says.
As most of the Bhutanese clients come
from rural backgrounds, farming has
proven to be an important point of
Aykut says during an exchange with a
local sheep farmer, one of the Bhutanese
clients remarked how impressed he was
with the shearing technology available, and
with the help of an interpreter, described
the manual blade shears he had used in
Bhutan. To his delight, the farmer produced
a manual pair of blades he also uses.
“Language barriers dissolved between
the two farmers and their shared rural
connection was palpable,” she says.
Exploring local wildlife and the terrain
has further prompted participants to share
stories from their homeland.
As part of the program, the group has
“Opportunities to meet
local business owners
and residents has had
a powerful effect on
building a sense of
visited popular tourist and cultural sites
such as Bridestowe lavender farm where they
witnessed the production of lavender oil
and Tamar Island wetlands to observe native
birdlife, as well exploring local reserves.
Informal English lessons are interwoven
into the program so the Bhutanese elders
can practice common English words related
to the day’s outing, says Aykut.
The activities are proving to have an
important impact in the participants’ lives.
For example, following a visit to the local
community gardens some clients have
taken up a garden plot to grow their own
vegetables and others were inspired to
continue attending a local art class
centre, she says.
The program also arranged for a
massage therapist to visit the group, which
was the first time many had experienced
massage therapy to relieve aches and pains.
In June, the group was involved in state
consultations to inform the development of
the Tasmanian Palliative Care Community
Charter. The exercise sought to ascertain
what services the group participants wanted
at end-of-life and their understanding of the
availability of existing services.
As part of the program, health promotion
resources have also been translated into
Nepali to improve the health literacy of the
As a result of their involvement in the
program, anecdotal feedback from participants
has reported significant improvements to their
psychological and emotional wellbeing.
“Many of the participants say they are
feeling much more active and alive because
they out and about doing and experiencing
things,” she says.
Community Care Tasmania is also
planning to repeat the surveys it conducted
at the beginning of the project to formally
measure the program’s impact.
Participant Lok Nath Subedi says since
attending the weekly sessions he feels
more active and connected to others in
the Bhutanese community and to his
“It is good to meet new people and see
different places and learn about their history.
I really liked watching the shearing and
seeing how that was done here. When I went
to the Lilydale Falls I felt like I was back in
Bhutan. My father kept cattle in that kind
of forest and I felt lucky to be in Australia.
It was wonderful to feel similarities to my
homeland both at Lilydale Falls and on the
winding road from Scottsdale to Launceston,
which is also very like the winding road from
southern to northern Bhutan.” n
he City of Burnside in South
Australia has won a Better Practice
award for the development of a
targeted social inclusion program to
increase the inclusiveness and appeal of
services to older men.
The program sought to offer an
alternative to the popular Men’s Shed
model of social inclusion and involved older
men in program planning to deliver greater
choice in social activities.
In partnership with clients, new options
were created such as men’s breakfasts,
monthly outings, cooking classes and a
men only group in a respite program.
The council said it developed a
program of social inclusion activities that
could better match the socio-demographic
profile of the community. More than
half of residents have managerial or
professional career backgrounds and the
proportion with university qualifications
is more than double the national or
“The program helps older men retain
their sense of identity – particularly
those from professional and other white
collar career backgrounds – who may
feel they sacrifice that identity in a Men’s
Shed environment in order to access
male company and new friendships,” the
council said. n
More than Men’s sheds
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