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COVID-19 and how the Greater Brisbane lockdown impacts Mercy Community

In response to a positive case confirmed with UK strain of COVID-19, Queensland’s Premier and Chief Health Officer have issued a health directive to protect all members of our community, especially those who are most vulnerable. This means that Aged Care facilities and Disability Accommodation in Brisbane are now in lockdown. While this new development regarding …

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Finding kin and igniting hope

The Mercy Kinnected Program in Toowoomba has now been established for over 12 months. The program focusses on finding kinship carers for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who go into care. Melinda*,  14 years old, was placed in a residential care setting as there were no family-based placements available in her local area. …

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Making a new start

Ella, a mum of three, left her long-term marriage. For many years her husband had been violent and emotionally controlling. She self-referred to our Family and Child Connect (FaCC) service. Although still managing to work she had been living out of her car. Her main priority was finding a stable home so that she could …

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Christmas Reflection 2020

When all the shopping is done, the presents are wrapped, the house is clean, the cooking is complete, and the tree has been trimmed with decorations shining bright—do we stop to remember what the busyness has been about?  This Christmas, as we enjoy all the celebrations and festivities, let’s stop, take some time and ask …

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A letter from the heart

Every day, our care workers support people in all kinds of ways. Sometimes it’s directly, and other times it’s through our community programs, which offer connection and companionship in a safe, welcoming space. Recently we received a letter from Kylie* who had been volunteering for the Green Care program in Toowoomba. Green Care provides a …

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Managing COVID-19 in our disability accommodation services

Queensland Health’s Chief Health Officer has announced new measures to protect our most at risk community members in response to the recent cluster of confirmed cases linked to the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre. They have instructed disability accommodation facilities to implement restrictions on visitors and consider each person’s risk if they are going to any …

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Visiting our aged care facility

It’s good news! We have reopened our aged care facility to visitors as per Queensland Health’s Aged Care Direction No 9 this week. We want to acknowledge what a difficult time this is for our families and friends and and thank you for your patience. Obviously, this is also a very difficult time for residents …

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Strong women, strong families

Before coronavirus changed our world, Mercy Community held an uplifting event for the mums in our New Families Program: a “Pamper Day” during Queensland Women’s Week 2020. Mums laughed and chatted as hairdresser Caitlin Dallas (Dallas Hair) and beauty therapist Brooke Eades (Bayside Bliss Mobile Therapy) treated them to a “full face” of makeup, and …

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