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ACGB webinar on supporting the loss and grief of families and relatives

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The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB) is holding a webinar to explore the impact that COVID-19 has had on aged care recipients and their families and friends.

The presenters will be Christopher Hall, who for the past 23 years has been Director and Chief Executive Officer of ACGB, and Associate Professor Lauren Breen, an Associate Professor of Psychology at Curtin University, who has developed workshops for emergency services personnel on grief, trauma, and self-care and more recently, delivered workshops (with Angela Ryder) on Aboriginal loss and grief.

Tania Garner and Jennifer Carnell will also speak about their experiences as a family member of an aged care resident through a pre-recorded interview.

The speakers will identify key concerns and offer practical strategies to help aged care recipients, their families and loved ones.

The webinar will be held on Thursday September 30, 2-3pm (AEST) and a recording will be made for those unable to join online.

For more information and to register, visit the ACGB webpage.

The webinar is part of the aged care COVID-19 grief and trauma support package, under which the Federal Government has funded expert organisations to provide free grief, trauma, dementia and advocacy support for those living, working and caring for people in the aged care sector.

This is intended to support aged care residents, home care recipients, their loved ones, friends, families, community visitors and aged care staff during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engaging in this webinar may help you and your organisation to meet your obligations under the Aged Care Quality Standards.

Under the Quality Standards, providers are required to treat care recipients with dignity and respect, this activity directly relates to Standard 1 and Standard 3 to help you embed safe and inclusive, tailored practices.

For more information contact ageing.and.diversity@health.gov.au.

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