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Canberra’s first Light Rail route is now open. The service travels from Gungahlin Place to Allinga Street via EPIC and Dickson Interchange.

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Pilates was originally started to help injured athletes and dancers return to exercise and fitness. It is suitable for all ages as it is low impact and muscles are worked gently. Pilates is about concentrating, muscle control, developing core strength and postural alignment.

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It is well and truly summer with a blast of hot weather set to hit later this week. As NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declares another State of Emergency, NSW Health have issued a reminder for people to take precautions as the prolonged heat and poor air quality from the current bushfires pose increased risks of illness and distress.

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With the emergencies currently facing much of New South Wales, the need to be prepared is again highlighted. In the event you need to evacuate in a hurry, or you may be without power and clean water, a little planning now will spare you precious time.

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In the first part of Dawn’s Story, Dawn was diagnosed with Dementia and has taken up residence in an aged care facility.  When Bill her husband visits, there has been talk of how Christmas will be celebrated. Joyce, her favourite tea lady and friend has offered the family some tips for celebrating a dementia-friendly Christmas and holiday period.

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This week, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety examined the interfaces between the aged care and the healthcare system, including both Commonwealth and state or territory programs.

Community Engagement Conversations

Season’s Greetings from the Community Engagement Team. It has been a while since I last wrote something for the eNews. I went on annual leave, blinked and now find myself knee deep in December, with only 18 more sleeps till Santa comes… yay!

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The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (the Disability Royal Commission) continues this week with the second hearing in Melbourne, from Monday, December 2 to Friday, December 6, 2019.

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In October, the Aged Care Royal Commission published its Interim Report. The interim report was clear in outlining the urgent need for action in the aged care sector. Throughout 2019 and now into 2020, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has heard of shocking cases of abuse, neglect and mistreatment of residents in aged care.

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The Australian Government is funding free and independent counselling, as well as advocacy, legal and financial supports for people engaging with or affected by the Disability Royal Commission.