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Free TAFE courses in Victoria include Certificate IV Disability and many other industry-related qualifications.  

There was much excitement across the disability sector and many other industries yesterday when the Victorian Government announced their 2018 Budget will include free TAFE courses for tens of thousands of Victorian students next year. Included in this initiative are 30 "high-priority" courses under  a $172-million plan.31696380 1759356654128863 6174211639156408320 n

The free TAFE courses are being touted as a fantastic opportunity with the Government saying its investment in infrastructure construction, disability services, and family violence prevention has created strong demand for workers with the skills taught in the selected TAFE courses.

We’re very pleased to see the http://gsc-research.de/gsc/research/hv_berichte/detailansicht/index.html?tx_mfcgsc_unternehmen[uid]=1407 Certificate IV Disability is included in the free courses, along with http://ajm-web-designs.co.uk/website-design-development-midhurst-west-sussex/feed/ Certificate III, IV and Diploma of Community Services, Certificate III Individual Support, Diploma of Nursing, Certificate IV Ageing Health, and Certificate IV Mental Health. This is welcome news, as the ongoing search for fully qualified disability support workers is our top priority when it comes to providing the right support and very best care to our clients.onstruction, disability services, and family violence prevention has created strong demand for workers with the skills taught in the selected TAFE courses.


For more information about which courses are included, and how to apply for entry from January 2019 click here.

For employment opportunities with Lifestyle Centred Services, you can read information about our recruitment process and submit your resume here.

 

 



Is Your Working With Children Check Profile Up To Date?

It's a prerequisite for employment that all our Support Workers who work with children under the age of eighteen hold a current Working With Children Check (WWCC). Passing a Check is also a legal requirement for everyone in Victoria doing paid or voluntary child-related work.

We would like to remind all Support Workers who may have obtained their Check before commencing employment with Lifestyle Centred Services that although you have supplied us with your current Working With Children Check and met your obligations as far as our employment policy goes, you still have an obligation to update the government with your new employment details.

The process is very simple, and can be done online by heading to the MyCheck portal, signing in, and adding Lifestyle Centred Services to your profile. This update needs to be completed within twenty-one days of commencing employment.

For more information about your obligations as a Working With Children Check cardholder, head to their website here. You’ll also find answers to a lot of commonly asked questions, including:

- What if my circumstances change while I hold a card?

- What should I do if I have received an Interim Negative notice or Negative Notice?

- What should I do if my eligibility to hold a card is being reassessed?Working With children Check Disability Support Melbourne

- What to do if you lose your card?

The Working with Children Check is just one of our company’s responsibilities in creating and maintaining a child-safe environment, and we’d like to thank you all for your continued support and cooperation in upholding this by keeping your details up to date. 

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Office Opening Hours - Christmas and New Year

During the Christmas and holiday period it’s business as usual for Lifestyle Centred Services, and we work hard to ensure our clients and support staff experience minimal disruption to their regular support schedules and shift work.

Our Mornington and Frankston offices will be closed on the following public holidays:

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  • Christmas Day - Monday December 25th
  • Boxing Day - Tuesday December 26th
  • New Year's Day - Monday, January 1st

Please be assured that on these days one of the team will be available in case of an emergency, or unexpected roster change. As part of our commitment to our clients and staff, we’re contactable How To Get Viagra Prescription in Riverside California 24 hours / 7 days a week on (03) 9483 4755.

We would like to extend our very best wishes to all our clients, support staff, colleagues, and their families for a very Happy Christmas and New Year. We appreciate the trust you place in us, and look forward to working with you all in 2018.



Chocolate Cherry Truffles - A Healthy Christmas Treat

Are you looking for a healthy yet festive Christmas treat? Try this recipe for Chocolate Cherry Truffles!

These guilt-free little balls of bliss make great Christmas presents for family and friends, and with their low fat content and natural sweetness, you can treat yourself to more than one.cherry and chocolate truffles 92571 1

This recipe should make approximately 24 balls, and they can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.  naughty speed dating Enjoy!

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  • 1 1/2 tbs brandy
  • 1 tbs rice malt syrup
  • 120g pitted frozen cherries, thawed
  • 200g (1 1/4 cups) fresh pitted dates, chopped
  • 2 tbs cashew spread
  • 1 tbs coconut oil
  • 35g (1/3 cup) raw cacao powder, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tbs desiccated coconut, toasted

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Are you prepared for bushfire season? How to be 'Fire Ready'

Despite Victoria’s ‘Big Wet’ last week, summer is well and truly upon us, and with it comes bushfire season.  This year the warm, dry winter has ratcheted up the bushfire threat level.   The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre's (CRC) latest seasonal outlook has predicted elevated fire risk for the bulk of eastern and South Australian coasts.

According to the CRC, Australia's warmest winter on record has combined with the ninth driest winter on record and left fuel loads dry across most of southern Australia. On top of this, predictions of warmer weather in the south-east this spring suggest bushfires might arrive earlier and be more active.

In light of the increased bushfire risk, we encourage all clients, staff, colleagues, and the public to review or develop an Emergency Plan and Fire Ready Kit in preparation for a potential fire in their region.bushfires cropped optimized

When faced with a Code Red fire rating it is recommended by the CFA and DHHS that you move children, the elderly, and people with an illness or disability away from any fire danger as early as possible (the night before, or early in the morning). 

1 on 1 matchmaking atlanta ga The Fire Ready Kit was designed and implemented by the CFA to help you understand fire, and plan for survival. It covers the basics of preparing for the upcoming fire season, through to planning what to do if fire is in your area and you cannot leave.  Your Fire Ready Kit should include when to leave your home, where you will go and how you will get there. You should consider multiple routes out of your town (if possible), depending on which direction a fire may approach your property. It is highly recommended that all clients, especially those in bushfire-prone areas, have a Kit prepared in case the need to evacuate becomes essential. Your Kit should include, but is not restricted to:

  • Battery operated radio pre-tuned to 774 ABC radio on the AM bandwidth
  • Any medications
  • Hygiene products, including continence aids if required
  • Clothing
  • Communication aids
  • Food (tinned foods, UHT products)
  • Bedding (sleeping bags)
  • Mobility aids
  • Medical documentation that may be required by authorities.

A copy of a Fire Ready Kit can be downloaded from www.cfa.vic.gov.au or visit your local fire station to obtain a copy and receive guidance on how to prepare.

We would like to advise all clients that during days of Extreme/Catastrophic Fire Danger and Code Red, support rosters may need to be modified to ensure our staff are not placed at risk. Your local Fire Danger Rating will provide a guide to implement any action the organisation will take in terms of modifying your services over the bushfire season. Additionally, The Metropolitan Fire Brigade are happy to conduct home visits free of charge if home owners have any fire safety issues, or need advice.

We highly recommend all staff and clients download the VicEmergency App.  The App provides emergency warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and water safety and brings together information and warnings from CFA, MFB, SES, Life Saving Victoria, Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Department of Health and Human Services. For more information and to download, click VicEmergency App  

If you need any clarification on Lifestyle Centred Services’ policy or guidance in regards to preparing your Bushfire Plan, please don’t hesitate to call our Management Team on (03) 9483 4755.

 


Lifestyle Centred Services Encourages Stamp Collecting for the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation 

For the past three years, Tara Bolton, Client Services Manager at Lifestyle Centred Services, has been methodically saving stamps from all incoming office mail, as well as encouraging all staff to save the stamps from their personal mail.

The explanation for this? To support the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation who work tirelessly to fund specialised walking devices for Australian children who are unable to walk due to medical conditions such as cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.childrens mobility foundation

Tara’s efforts have recently assisted our local Red Hill District Lions Club in donating a record $15,500 to the Foundation, all raised through the sale of stamps at annual philatelic auctions, or sold online to private collectors. Says Tara, “At Lifestyle Centred Services we all help in some small way to contribute to this very worthy cause.  I feel good about our contributions, not only because we are assisting The Lions in their wonderful fundraising efforts, but we are also recycling stamps that would otherwise be binned.”

With the Red Hill District Lions already raising another $9,500 through the collection and sales of stamps, donating yours is an easy and effective way to help them help others. It’s as simple as saving your stamps, and donating them to your nearest Lion’s Club, or feel free to drop your stamps into our Mornington or Frankston office, and we’ll add them to our stockpile.

With the postal service entering its busiest season with Christmas cards and parcels arriving from all around the world, there’s never been a better time to start collecting stamps at your house.

For more information about the great work and objectives of the Australian Lions Children’s Mobility Foundation, visit http://alcmf.lions.org.au

 




Lifestyle Centred Services Welcoming New NDIS Clients

Lifestyle Centred Services Welcoming New NDIS Clients With the NDIS starting to roll out across parts of Victoria, we’re very happy to be welcoming new clients on board.

As a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), we’ve met all requirements regarding qualifications, approvals, experience, and capacity for supporting clients of all ages across a wide range of physical and intellectual disabilities.

Our management team are always available for a confidential discussion about your ongoing disability support, personal care, community access, or respite needs; and are happy to answer any questions you have about our personalised service and experienced support workers. People currently receiving support through the Victorian Government will move to the NDIS at different times depending on where they live and the type of support they receive.

For your information, listed below are the current (as at 21.12.2016) forecasted roll out dates for NDIS across Metropolitan and Regional Victoria:

Barwon Region
The first stage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in Victoria began in the Barwon region on 1 July 2013.

Bayside Peninsula
The NDIS will become available in the Bayside Peninsula area from 1 April 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date. The Bayside Peninsula area covers the local government areas of: • Bayside

• Frankston

• Glen Eira

• Kingston

• Mornington Peninsula

• Port Phillip

• Stonnington

Brimbank Melton

The NDIS will become available in the Brimbank Melton area from 1 October 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date. The Brimbank Melton area covers the local government areas of

• Brimbank

• Melton

Hume Moreland

The NDIS will become available in the Hume Moreland area from 1 March 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date. The Hume Moreland area covers the local government areas of

• Hume

• Moreland

Inner Eastern Melbourne

The NDIS will become available in the Inner East Melbourne area from 1 November 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date The Inner East Melbourne area covers the local government areas of

• Boroondara

• Manningham

• Monash

• Whitehorse

North Eastern Melbourne

The NDIS became available in the North East Melbourne area from 1 July 2016. The North East Melbourne area covers the local government areas of

• Banyule

• Darebin

• Nillumbik

• Whittlesea

• Yarra

Outer Eastern Melbourne

The NDIS will become available in the Outer East Melbourne area from 1 November 2017. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date. The Outer East Melbourne area covers the local government areas of

• Knox

• Maroondah

• Yarra Ranges

Southern Melbourne

The NDIS will become available in the Southern Melbourne area from 1 September 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date. The Southern Melbourne area covers the local government areas of

• Cardinia

• Casey

• Greater Dandenong

Western Melbourne

The NDIS will become available in the Western Melbourne area from 1 October 2018. A person may meet the access requirements to become a participant of the NDIS up to 6 months prior to this date. The Western Melbourne area covers the local government areas of

• Hobsons BayNDIS Victoria Rollout

• Maribyrnong

• Melbourne

• Moonee Valley

• Wyndham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about NDIS, eligibility, and status updates, visit https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/VIC.html

 

 

 




Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? We can make your dream come true...

Can you believe we’re halfway through December and Christmas is almost upon us?

To celebrate, this edition of the Recipe Share Initiative features a seasonal classic. We shared our White Christmas recipe a couple of years ago, and it was a real hit. These little squares of yum are perfect for when family or friends drop around, and make ideal gifts.
White Christmas
On behalf the team at Lifestyle Centred Services we would like to thank our wonderful support staff for their quality care and commitment this year, and wish all our clients and staff a very Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

White Christmas (Makes 28 servings)
Ingredients:
• 3 cups Rice Bubbles
• 2 cups coconut
• 1 cup sultanas
• 120g halved red glace cherries
• ½ cup roasted, chopped blanched almonds
• ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
• 185g Copha, melted
• 100g white chocolate melts

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients, mix well.
2. Press mixture evenly into foil lined 18cm x 28cm lamington pan. Refrigerate until set. |
3. Cut into slices to serve.
Store covered in refrigerator.






Christmas / New Year Information for Support Staff and Clients.

With Christmas just around the corner and many staff and clients busy coordinating their seasonal plans and holidays, it’s a great time to remind everyone of important Lifestyle Centred Services employee information effective across the holiday period:

Public Holidays
• Monday, 26th December
• Tuesday, 27th December (Substitute for Sunday, 25th December)
• Sunday, 1st January
• Monday, 2nd January (additional day)
For a full list of Victorian Public Holidays 2016 / 2017 http://www.business.vic.gov.au/victorian-public-holidays-and-daylight-saving/victorian-public-holidays

Rosters and Days Off
There are a number of clients who still require support on Public Holidays and across the Christmas period, and it’s important disability support staff provide plenty of notice if they will not be available for their ongoing rostered shifts on these days.

Leave Forms
We ask all staff taking leave over the Christmas period to promptly complete a Leave Request Form and return to us at your earliest convenience for authorisation. Leave Request Forms can be downloaded from the Staff Log In section of our website http://www.lifestylecentred.com.au/staff-log-in 

If you do not have access to a computer, please call our 24/7 number (03) 9483 4755 and we will organise a form to be sent to you. Completed Leave Request Forms are to be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or faxed to (03) 8080 5911. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

If you have any questions about your rostered shifts or responsibilities across Christmas and New Year, please contact the management team on (03) 9483 4755.

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Are You Prepared for ‘Bush Fire Season?’ How to Be Fire Ready.

Summer is nearly upon us, and with it comes bushfire season.  This year heat waves have been predicted along with potential for large bush fires due to undergrowth produced by periods of heavy rain this year. In light of these conditions, we encourage all clients, staff, colleagues and the public to review or develop an Emergency Plan and Fire Ready Kit in preparation for a potential fire in their region.

When faced with a Code Red fire rating it is recommended by the CFA and DHHS that you move children, the elderly, and people with an illness or disability away from any fire danger as early as possible (the night before, or early in the morning). 

The Fire Ready Kit was designed and implemented by the CFA to help you understand fire, and plan for survival. It covers the basics of preparing for the upcoming fire season, through to planning what to do if fire is in your area and you cannot leave.  Your Fire Ready Kit should include when to leave your home, where you will go and how you will get there. You should consider multiple routes out of your town (if possible), depending on which direction a fire may approach your property. It is highly recommended that all clients, especially those in bushfire-prone areas, have a Kit prepared in case the need to evacuate becomes essential. Your Kit should include, but is not restricted to:

• Battery operated radio pre-tuned to 774 ABC radio on the AM bandwidth

• Any medications

• Hygiene products, including continence aids if required

• Clothing

• Communication aids

• Food (tinned foods, UHT products)

• Bedding (sleeping bags)

• Mobility aids

• Medical documentation that may be required by authorities.

A copy of a Fire Ready Kit can be downloaded from www.cfa.vic.gov.au or visit your local fire station to obtain a copy and receive guidance on how to prepare.

We would like to advise all clients that during days of Extreme/Catastrophic Fire Danger and Code Red, support rosters may need to be modified to ensure our staff are not placed at risk. Your local Fire Danger Rating will provide a guide to implement any action the organisation will take in terms of modifying your services over the bushfire season. Additionally, The Metropolitan Fire Brigade are happy to conduct home visits free of charge if home owners have any fire safety issues, or need advice.

We highly recommend all staff and clients download the VicEmergency App.  The App provides  emergency warnings and incidents for fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and water safety and brings together information and warnings from CFA, MFB, SES, Life Saving Victoria, Department of Economic Development and Transport and Resources, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and Department of Health and Human Services. For more information and to download, click VicEmergency App  

If you need any clarification on Lifestyle Centred Services’ policy or guidance in regards to preparing your Bushfire Plan, please don’t hesitate to call our Management Team on (03) 9483 4755.

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Recipe Share Initiative - Easy Fried Rice

The Lifestyle Centred Services Recipe Share Initiative was inspired by a great suggestion from one of our team. By building up a bank of practical, user-friendly, wholesome recipes we hope to create an online resource that our staff and clients can benefit from. This easy fried rice dish is a great budget-conscious recipe for using up any leftovers in the fridge. Anything goes!  Serves 4

Easy Fried Rice

Ingredients

• 2 ½ x Cups long grain rice

• 1 x Tablespoon peanut oil

• 1 x Onion (Loosely diced)

• 2 x Garlic Cloves (crushed)

• 1 x Teaspoon Fresh Ginger (grated)

• 4 x Cups Diced Vegetables (you can use carrot, celery, peas, capsicum, broccoli, cabbage, zucchini, beans, cauliflower – whatever you have in your fridge)

• 2 x Cups leftover chicken (or add a handful of shredded ham /cooked bacon, prawns etc)

• 2 x Tablespoons soy sauce

• Fresh coriander leaves to serve (or mix through a handful of baby leaf spinach)

Method

• Cook rice as per packet instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water. Leave to cool

• Stir fry onion for 3 – 4 minutes until it starts to brown

• Add garlic and ginger to wok and stir fry for another minute

• Add vegetables and stir fry for 3 – 4 minutes, or until tender

• Add rice along with chicken (or protein of choice) and cook until heated through

• Combine sugar and soy sauce and stir fry for a further minute

• Serve topped with coriander, or stir through spinach

For an extra boost, whisk an egg, fry as you would an omelette, cut into strips and stir through the fried rice.

Fried Rice

 

Recipe Share Initiative - Portobello Mushrooms on Toast

The latest in our 'Recipe Share Initiative' is Portobello Mushrooms on Toast. This easy, economical and healthy recipe is a favourite from our Project Officer, Ruth. It serves 4 as light meal or a snack.

Portobello Mushrooms on Toast
Ingredients
• 4 x Slices Toast (Wholemeal, Sour Dough or Rye bread)
• 4 x Large Portobello Mushrooms
• Sour Cream
• Olive Oil (Spray)
• Fresh Basil Leaves
• Salt and Pepper
Method
• Heat olive oil in a frying pan and fry mushrooms on both sides
• While mushrooms are cooking, toast bread and arrange on serving plate
• Place cooked mushrooms on top of toast and season with salt and pepper
• Add a dollop of sour cream
• Garnish with torn, fresh basil leaves
Enjoy! You can double the portions for a more substantial meal.

Portobello Mushrooms

 

Recipe Share Initiative - Vegetarian Lasagne

The objective of the Lifestyle Centred Services Recipe Share Initiative is to build up a bank of practical, user-friendly, wholesome recipes to create an online resource that our staff and clients can benefit from.


This healthy lasagne is a favourite of the Lifestyle Centred Services Team and was contributed by Operations Manager, Tara. It makes a generous serve of at least 8 portions, so perfect for left overs.
Ingredients:

Vegetarian Lasagne

Ingredients:
• Thinly sliced pumpkin
• 1 onion, sliced
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• 1 bunch silverbeet, washed and chopped coarsely
• 300-500g sliced mushrooms
• 800g can diced tomatoes
• 500g cream cheese or ricotta
• 3/4 cup milk
• 1 x box of lasagne sheets
• 1 cup tasty cheese


Method:
• Preheat oven to 200C
• Line baking dish with baking paper
• Spray oil on pumpkin and roast
• Heat oil in large saucepan and saute onion and garlic for 2 – 3 minutes until tender
• Stir in tomato, then remove from saucepan and set aside.
• Wipe out pan and saute mushrooms for 2 – 3 minutes until tender
• Add silverbeet and lower heat. Cover and stir occasionally until wilted. Season to taste.
• Blend the cream cheese or ricotta with the milk.
• Assemble lasagne in a large baking dish, layering ingredients with lasagne sheets and leaving sufficient cream cheese to cover the top layer of lasagne sheets.
• Sprinkle a layer of tasty cheese on top.
• Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 35 – 40 minutes.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Recipe Share Initiative - Simple Slow Cooked Chicken Drumsticks

The objective of the Lifestyle Centred Services Recipe Share Initiative is to build up a bank of practical, user-friendly, wholesome recipes to create an online resource that our staff and clients can benefit from. This recipe is the easiest, budget family meal around!  It serves 6 so potential for leftovers.

Simple Slow Cooked Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients

• 1 ½ Kgs of chicken drumsticks (skin removed)

• ½ Cup soy sauce

• 2 x Tablespoons dark, soft brown sugar

• 2 x Cloves garlic (crushed)

• 600g Jar passata

Method

• Place chicken drumsticks in a slow cooker

• Combine soy sauce, sugar, garlic and passata in a bowl

• Pour over chicken

• Switch on slow cooker and cook on a low setting for eight hours.

 

Serve with rice, steamed vegetables or mashed potato. 

slow cooked drumsticks

 

 

Recipe Share Initiative - Mandarin Salad

The Lifestyle Centred Services Recipe Share Initiative was inspired by a great suggestion from one of our team. By building up a bank of practical, user-friendly, wholesome recipes we hope to create an online resource that our staff and clients can benefit from. This week’s recipe was contributed by our Human Resources Manager, Tarina.  This tasty, quick and easy salad is a great side dish or accompaniment to a main meal, or simply enjoy on its own. Serves 4 - 6

Mandarin Salad

Ingredients

• ½ Iceberg Lettuce (shredded)

• 3 x mandarins (peeled)

• 2 x avocadoes (peeled and sliced)

• 1 x small Spanish onion (thinly sliced)

Method

• Add all ingredients to a large bowl

• Cover and chill before serving with your choice of salad dressing

mandarin salad

 

 

 

Recipe Share Initiative - Quick & Easy Quiche

The Lifestyle Centred Services Recipe Share Initiative was inspired by a great suggestion from one of our team. By building up a bank of practical, user-friendly, wholesome recipes we hope to create an online resource that our staff and clients can benefit from.

This week’s recipe comes via one of our support workers, Natalia.  It’s super easy to prepare, healthy, and budget-friendly coming in at under $10. Thanks for your contribution, Natalia.

Quick & Easy Quiche

Ingredients

• 2 x eggs

• 1 teaspoon margarine, melted

• 2 tablespoons self-raising flour

• 1/3 cup milk

• 2 slices lean ham, sliced

• ½ medium onion, diced

• 2/3 cup grated cheese

• 1 medium tomato, sliced

• 2/3 cup vegetable stir-fry or 1/3 x 440g can corn kernels

Method

• Combine the eggs, margarine, flour and milk in an oven-proof dish and mix well

• Add ham, onion, 1/3 cup cheese, stir-fry (or corn), top with tomato and remaining cheese

• Season with salt and pepper

• Bake at 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until set

Delicious hot or cold, serve with a side salad and crusty bread.

 

quick and easy quiche

 

Latest News - 'Staff Only' Web Feature Gleans Positive Feedback

Did you know as part of our commitment to communicating effectively with our valued Support Workers, Lifestyle Centred Services has a ‘Staff Only’ section on our website?  This online feature was incorporated to benefit employees, with the user-friendly log in providing access to a wide range of tools and resources.
 
If you’re a current support worker with Lifestyle Centred Services, your login acts as the first port of call for standard forms and documents, such as Time Sheets, Leave Request Forms and Incident Report Forms. It also hosts our current policies and procedures relating to every aspect of your employment by way of a comprehensive list of work instructions.
 
The Employment Handbook you received upon commencement of your employment is also available for download, along with access to any training we are facilitating online (currently you’ll be able to undertake modules for Fire Safety).
 
Response to the Staff Web Log In section has been fantastic, with everyone appreciating the convenience of accessing valuable information at any time of the day or night, from any location. The nature of disability support work means many staff work shifts across a 24/7 roster, and we understand time is precious. We’ll continue to upload relevant information to the website so you can remain engaged with Lifestyle Centre Services in a timeframe that works for you.
 
Shortly after you received your Welcome Letter, you would have received an email containing your unique log in details and password. If you haven’t already logged in to take advantage of the Employee Hub and Learning and Development sections, take the time to have a look around and let us know what you think.
 
If you haven’t received your login details via email as yet, or have misplaced them, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can get you up and running.

 

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Latest News - 2016 Victorian Disability Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards.

The awards are an opportunity to celebrate excellence and acknowledge the outstanding contribution people and organisations make to empower people with a disability and build an inclusive community.

Nominations are welcomed from staff, community members, community services organisations, businesses and volunteer groups.

If you would like to nominate someone inspiring for a Victorian Disability Award, visit: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityawards



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Emergency AppLatest News - Emergency+ App


The provincial nature of disability support work means many of our staff and clients live and work in regional areas. Whether you are in a remote location, suburban area, or city centre, if an emergency issue arises it’s advantageous to be prepared with every available resource.


We recently learned of Emergency+ App, a free app launched by then Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year that uses GPS functionality to help provide emergency services - Police, Fire Brigade – SES, Ambulance and others - with precise information on where a caller is located.


The app is free to download and available on Google’s Play Store for users of Android devices; and on Apple’s App Store for iPhone or iPad users. A Windows version may emerge in the future.


We encourage everyone to download the Emergency+ App – it’s a fabulous resource for not only the disability services industry, but for everyone in Australia – it could one day save your life.


To read more about the specifications of the Emergency+ App:  http://www.australia.gov.au/content/emergency-plus-app


You can also read how a hiker who recently experienced an emergency situation of his own benefitted from the Emergency+ App http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/opinion/emergency-app-that-could-save-your-life-one-day/news-story/4203adf4bcddb8d7082bd89d813ae446

 

 

 

fire codeLatest News - December 2015

 

Summer is nearly upon us, and with it comes bushfire season.  In light of this, we encourage all clients, staff, colleagues and the public to review or develop an Emergency Plan and Fire Ready Kit in preparation for a potential fire in their region.

When faced with a Code Red fire rating it is recommended by the CFA and DHHS that you move children, the elderly, and people with an illness or disability away from any fire danger as early as possible (the night before, or early in the morning). 

The Fire Ready Kit was designed and implemented by the CFA to help you understand fire, and plan for survival. It covers the basics of preparing for the upcoming fire season, through to planning what to do if fire is in your area and you cannot leave.  Your Fire Ready Kit should include when to leave your home, where you will go and how you will get there. You should consider multiple routes out of your town (if possible), depending on which direction a fire may approach your property.

It is highly recommended that all clients, especially those in bushfire-prone areas, have a Kit prepared in case the need to evacuate becomes essential.

Your Kit should include, but is not restricted to:

  • Battery operated radio pre-tuned to 774 ABC radio on the AM bandwidth 
  • Any medications 
  • Hygiene products, including continence aids if required 
  • Clothing 
  • Communication aids 
  • Food (tinned foods, UHT products) 
  • Bedding (sleeping bags) 
  • Mobility aids 
  • Medical documentation that may be required by authorities.

 

A copy of a Fire Ready Kit can be downloaded from www.cfa.vic.gov.au or visit your local fire station to obtain a copy and receive guidance on how to prepare.

We would like to advise all clients that during days of Extreme/Catastrophic Fire Danger and Code Red, support rosters may need to be modified to ensure our staff are not placed at risk.

Your local Fire Danger Rating will provide a guide to implement any action the organisation will take in terms of modifying your services over the bushfire season.

If you need any clarification on Lifestyle Centred Services’ policy or guidance in regard to preparing your Bushfire Plan, please don’t hesitate to call our Management Team on (03) 9483 4755.

 

 

Latest News - November 2015

Are you a Qualified Nurse, Division 1 or 2, or perhaps in the middle of your degree?  We are seeking expressions of interest from suitably skilled candidates to support one of our clients on a five week trip to the USA in Mid June – Late July 2016.


Our client is a fun-loving young male with a cervical spinal cord injury. He is planning a trip to the USA next year, traveling to places such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas & Miami.  He will be joined by friends, a carer, and is also seeking a nurse to accompany him.


This position involves providing support and personal care on a daily basis, prior to the trip, completing his daily routine (stretches, showering, dressing, personal care, assistance to go shopping, attend concerts etc).
Our client’s main objective of the trip is to have fun and do what other people his age do. He wants to build better friendships, move forward with his independence, and work as a team to have fun, and create awesome memories.

 

What you will need:
• Div 1 or 2 qualification. Students in the middle of their degree are welcome to apply.
• Experience working with clients with spinal cord injuries is preferred, however not essential.
• Experience with personal care needs and willing to learn new personal care techniques.
• Friendly, sociable and confident personality.
• Valid Current passport (this can be organised upon acceptance).


What you will get:
• Full training by our client on required personal care techniques
• Flights and accommodation will be covered for the trip.
• Entry to Theme Parks and Nightclubs will be covered
• You will be required for personal care tasks 4-5 times a day. Our client will be undertaking many tourist activities, as well as enjoying the night life. You will have autonomy to do what you like during travel, however are expected to be on call.


To be considered for this amazing opportunity, please send your expression of interest to our HR Manager, Tarina Venturin, along with your Resume and copies of any relevant training certificates and clearances to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Disability Support Worker USA

 

Latest News - September 2015

 

At Lifestyle Centred Services we’re continuously seeking ways to improve services, advance procedures, and remain abreast of industry changes and recommendations. Our reputation as a leading, specialised disability support service provider is as important to us as the personalised care we provide.


As such, we recently underwent an intensive two-stage audit process to ensure our service delivery and operations were compliant with ISO and DHHS standards. 


A range of evidence types were used to demonstrate and assess conformance with the standards, including: process documentation, staff and management awareness, stakeholder feedback and output documentation.


We are proud to announce that Lifestyle Centred Services passed the extensive Audit successfully, and achieved certification under the:

• AS/NZS ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System
• Human Services Standards/Human Services Quality Standards
• For ISO 9001: the provision of Individual Support Packages, and services for TAC and NDIA clients. For the Human Services Standards: NDIA


Naturally, as with any audit process, there was a massive amount of behind the scenes work involved to ensure all policies and procedures were up to scrutiny. It’s safe to say the team consumed a lot of coffee during that time, but through our collaborative effort we received the best possible outcome. Well done, team!


We would also like to thank direct care staff, clients and their families who were involved in the Audit process.


While our new certifications won’t change the quality service, staff and support you’ve come to expect from Lifestyle Centred Services, it’s reassuring to know our standards are recognised as the industry premium.


September heralds the start of Spring, a time of optimism and rejuvenation, and we’re off to a great start! We hope you are too.

 AHA Certification Mark ISO DHS

 

 

Latest News – August 2015

 

In June we talked about the importance of providing positive feedback for a job well done, and recognising those who have gone the extra mile with our Star of the Week award.  We’re pleased to report that feedback from clients has been amazing. Well done to all our Disability Support Workers, and thank you for upholding Lifestyle Centred Service’s mission and values.

Seeing as our staff are getting such great reviews about their performance, we thought we’d steal a little of the spotlight and share some feedback and testimonials our clients have provided about their experience with Lifestyle Centred Services.

 “I have never had a problem in over 10 years. Lifestyle Centred Services’ team of carers is a very close team. The carers are like my son’s mother, sister, friend. My son could not have a better life.”

TB, Chelsea

 “I have been with half a dozen agencies over the past few years but Lifestyle have been by far the best. The carers are great and the Lifestyle Team are very helpful.”

LS, St Albans

 “Lifestyle Centred Services are thorough and professional. We are very happy with the service they provide.”

BH, Somerville

 “The carers are fantastic, I have a great supportive team. Staff are friendly and approachable. Tarina and Karl are great support.”

JK, Carrum Downs

 They get back to you straight away. I cannot fault Lifestyle Centred Services.”

GG, Nar Nar Goon

 “Happiest I have ever been. Lifestyle Centred Services is the best service provider I have ever had. The personal touch is much appreciated.”

ES, Flemington

 “Delightful carers. Very thoughtful carers who go above and beyond, use their initiative and care genuinely. This makes such a difference to clients and their families.”

DV, Brunswick

 “Wonderful, personable staff”

EN, Clayton South

 A big thank you to our clients who have shared their experiences with Lifestyle Centred Services. We pride ourselves on our person-centred approach and focus on empowering individuals to have greater control, choice and independence to achieve their life goals. It’s so validating to receive such lovely words from our clients, and reinforces the worth of our 24 / 7 availability.

 



Latest News – June 2015 - Are you our next Star of the Week?

 

Everyone likes to receive recognition for a job well done. Who doesn’t like a pat on the back every now and then to acknowledge their efforts, contributions and work ethic?   Taking a few moments to express appreciation can have a powerful impact on self-esteem and personal and professional growth.


To recognise the efforts of our fabulous team of Disability Support Workers, we’re launching our Lifestyle Centred Services Star of the Week initiative. Each week, one of our team members will be selected as Star of the Week in recognition of outstanding support service, professional conduct, or simply for being consistently reliable.


If your Disability Support Worker has done something to go the extra mile, improve your lifestyle, or simply just made you smile, why not nominate them for Star of the Week? We’d love to hear your feedback about how our team are positively impacting your life. 


Perhaps you’re a support worker yourself and would like to nominate one of your teammates? Or maybe you’re a family or friend of one of our clients and want to recognise the great support given to your loved one?
If you would like to give one of Disability Support Workers a “pat on the back,” send their name along with why you are nominating them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we’ll let them know how appreciated they are with a Star of the Week award.

star of the week

 

 

Latest News – February 2015 - Certificate IV in Disability Training

 

Lifestyle Centred Services would like to offer current employees the opportunity to complete a Certificate IV in Disability in 2015. 

An information session about the Certificate IV will be held on Wednesday 4th March, 2015 from 6-7pm. 

This training is Not mandatory training but it is recognised as the industry standard training. The training is at your own cost and time and can be claimed on your annual tax return. 

You will gain valuable skills that can be applied to your current role as a Disability Support Worker.  If you have been working within the industry for some time you may be able to apply for Recognised Prior Learning, this will reduce the amount of units and study time needed. 

Both Tara (Operations Manager) & Tarina (Human Resources Manager) will be there on the night, so it’s a great opportunity to ask questions regarding how the training will enhance your career and the expectations of standard industry education moving forward with NDIS coming into force. 

This is an information session only. You are encouraged to come along and consider if this training is right for you. If there are any available positions left after staff of Lifestyle Centred Services have registered, we are happy to pass vacant spots onto any interested members of the public. 

Please contact the training agency directly (NIET) to advise that are attending the information session on 03 9770 1633 

Information Session Details:


Date: Wednesday 4th March 2015
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: 405 Nepean Highway Frankston VIC


Class expected to commence in May / June 

Hope to see you there,

 

Warm regards,

Tarina and Tara.

 

 

 


wxLatest News – December 2014

 

Can you believe we’re almost in December, and Christmas is nearly upon us? The year has flown, but what an amazing one it’s been.

 

This year, Lifestyle Centred Services has been through some exciting changes that have seen us relocate to new offices in Mornington, receive our registration with NDIS and DHS, and hold our first ever staff-only First Aid Training course.


Coming up on December 3rd is International Day of People with Disability; a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability. There are many fantastic events planned all across Australia to help celebrate this special day. Click here for the Community Event Calendar to find out what is happening near you. http://www.idpwd.com.au/3-december/calendar/


We’re looking forward to continuing to expand our scope of services in 2015 and keeping in touch with you all regularly, so if you would like to share some news with us or have some feedback or ideas, we welcome your contributions. Send them through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. And don’t forget to join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ to keep up to date on all the latest news, industry updates and topical information.


On behalf the team at Lifestyle Centred Services we would like to thank our wonderful support staff for their quality care and commitment this year, and wish all our clients and staff a very Happy Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
To help you celebrate, here’s a recipe for a seasonal classic: 


White Christmas (Makes 28 servings)


Ingredients: 


• 3 cups Rice Bubbles
• 2 cups coconut
• 1 cup sultanas
• 120g halved red glace cherries
• ½ cup roasted, chopped blanched almonds
• ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
• 185g Copha, melted
• 100g white chocolate melts


Directions:


1. Combine all ingredients, mix well.
2. Press mixture evenly into foil lined 18cm x 28cm lamington pan. Refrigerate until set.
3. Cut into slices to serve. Store covered in refrigerator.




Latest News – October 2014

 

It’s been four weeks since we moved into our new offices in Mornington, and the team is loving their new space and location. If you’re in the area, drop in and say hello!

 

This month, we’d like to raise the importance of having up to date First Aid / CPR qualifications. If you’re an employee of Lifestyle Centred Services it is mandatory that Applied (Level 2) First Aid qualifications are kept up to date. First Aid must be updated every three years, and CPR needs to be refreshed annually.

 

It is your responsibility to ensure that you update these qualifications and provide us with a copy of the updated certificates for our records. Naturally, training is at your own cost and undertaken within your own time, but don’t forget that training costs can be claimed on your end of financial year tax return.

 

If your First Aid / CPR training needs renewing, now could be an opportune time. We have negotiated a special deal for employees of Lifestyle Centred Services for the delivery of the required training in Somerville on Saturday 8th November, 2014. The cost of the training will be $78 each assuming we have a minimum 25 people in attendance. Normally this course costs between $150-$190.

 

The required training is: HLTA1D004: Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting. This training includes First Aid, CPR, Anaphylaxis, and Asthma qualifications.  This qualification is designed specifically for the care industry.

 

If you would like to attend training on Saturday 8th November in Somerville or have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

If Somerville is too far for you to travel, we are happy to advise that we will be organising training in Metropolitan Melbourne in the near future, and will keep you posted with the date/s in due course.

 

On top of our NDIS registration, in other news, September saw us receive our DHS Registration which will enable us to continue to provide quality support services to a wider range of clients.

 

We hope you’re all enjoying the Spring weather and lighter evenings. Don’t forget that in Victoria Daylight Savings starts on Sunday, 5 October 2014, 2:00am. Clocks are turned forward one hour to
3.00 local time.

 

If you would like to share some news with us or have some feedback or ideas, we welcome your contributions. Send them through to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And don’t forget to join us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn to keep up to date on all the latest news, industry updates and topical information.

 

 

 

 

Latest News – August 2014

Can you  believe it’s August already? The year is flying by, and we’re as busy as ever. In fact, business is going so well that we’ve outgrown our current office space and will be moving into new premises over the next few weeks.

The new office suite is located close to CBD Mornington – a very handy location - and everyone at Lifestyle Centred Services is very excited about the move. From our new headquarters we will continue to provide first class service and support throughout all regions of Victoria, and across Australia.

While we are in the last month of winter and looking forward to spring, many are still feeling the chill (especially those of us in the Southern states)! Our Operations Manager, Tara Bolton, stumbled across a winter warmer recipe that it just too good not to share.

Vegetarian Lasagne (Serves 8)

Ingredients:

  1. Thinly sliced pumpkin
  2. 1 onion, sliced
  3. 1 clove garlic, crushed
  4. 1 bunch silverbeet, washed and chopped coarsely
  5. 300-500g sliced mushrooms
  6. 800g can diced tomatoes
  7. 500g cream cheese or ricotta
  8. 3/4 cup milk
  9. Lasagne sheets
  10. 1 cup tasty cheese

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C
  2. Line baking dish with baking paper
  3. Spray oil on pumpkin and roast
  4. Heat oil in large saucepan and saute onion and garlic for 2 – 3 minutes until tender
  5. Stir in tomato, then remove from saucepan and set aside.
  6. Wipe out pan and saute mushrooms for 2 – 3 minutes until tender
  7. Add silverbeet and lower heat. Cover and stir occasionally until wilted. Season to taste.
  8. Blend the cream cheese or ricotta with the milk.
  9. Assemble lasagne in a large baking dish, layering ingredients with lasagne sheets and leaving sufficient cream cheese to cover the top layer of lasagne sheets.
  10. Sprinkle a layer of tasty cheese on top.
  11. Cover with aluminium foil and bake for 35 – 40 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Latest News – July 2014

It’s been a busy few months here at Lifestyle Centred Services, with some exciting developments.

We’re pleased to report that we recently submitted our application to become DHS registered. To become registered with DHS a service provider must demonstrate their capacity to comply with the DHS standards via the department’s stringent report and quality improvement plan and undertake annual reviews and audits. We’re looking forward to receiving our accreditation and continuing to pass these same high standards on to you.

Our NDIA Registration continues to allow us to provide first class support to participants under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and we have capacity to take on further referrals across the state.

In other news, we’ve invigorated our social media presence with the launch of our new look website, along with incorporating some fresh social media streams to keep you up to date with all the latest industry news and topical content.

Click on the Badges to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and LinkedIn.

With winter upon us, the cold weather is really starting to be felt, so stay tuned next month – we’ll be bringing you some hints and tips for staying healthy and warm.