Our 2016 Annual Report is now available to view or download online. It has been a special year for Ozcare. This year we celebrated 20 years of delivering aged care, disability care, nursing, health, and community support services to the Queensland community.
To commemorate this significant milestone, we developed a special edition lift out as part of the annual report, ‘20 Years of Ozcare’ to pay homage to our staff and services that have had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders.
We are so proud of our staff, they really are the backbone of our business. Our carers, support workers, nurses, allied health professionals, and hospitality staff go the extra mile to help our clients, all supported by our wonderful administrators, professionals and management.
Thank you to each and every staff member and volunteer for everything you do. What you bring to Ozcare is what ultimately drives outcomes; your hard work, dedication and commitment not only ensures the success of our organisation but also propels those you support and care for to reach new heights.
The theme of this year’s annual report is ‘A Tribute to Happiness’ and we have chosen to shine the spotlight on some of our talented clients. We have shared their stories in an effort to inspire others to make the most of every moment.
One of these stories is Graeme Hockey, a jack of all trades, Graeme has spent the last 60 years willing to give anything a go. He’s driven semi-trailers, spent time cooking in hotels and restaurants, tried his hand at fishing and he even grows his own herbs and spices.
“I’ve been on my own since I was 13. I have three children and was sick in hospital in South Australia when a mate offered for me to come and live with him in Townsville. Unfortunately I took a fall and ended up living at Cockatoo Lodge,” said Graeme.
Cockatoo Lodge is a supported accommodation share house for men in Townsville. Through this service Graeme was linked with Ozcare’s Resident Support Program.
“It gives me things to do,” said Graeme.
“They help me get to doctor appointments and go shopping. They found out I love to cook and have been assisting me to attend a five week cooking course with Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food.”
Support Worker Rachel Garlando said while Graeme is not in the best of health, it is great to see him smiling again.
“I think it’s great to see how Graeme gets motivated – it’s a real upper when you’ve got something to look forward to,” said Rachel.
“Graeme is a very good cook and very dedicated, when he does something he gives it 100%. It’s a good day when I drop him home and he has a big smile on his face.”
Graeme agrees: “Without Ozcare I wouldn’t be here now – I’d have done myself in.”
Getting out and about is not only improving Graeme’s state of mind but also his mobility.
“At the moment it’s my hobbies that keep me positive and keep me here. I feel happy just waking up each morning because I have things to look forward to.”
Graeme discovered the art of cooking when he left home at the tender age of 13 and it was a matter of learn how to cook and feed himself, or go hungry.
“I enjoy working with knives, and my hands. Thinking about what goes with what and the different flavours that go together,” said Graeme.
“It also makes me feel good to see others enjoy my food.”
Graeme is very particular about growing his own herbs and spices to add to his cooking.
“I like growing things you can eat – things you can cook with,” said Graeme.
“Food always tastes better when made from fresh ingredients.”
Rachel said others can learn a lot from Graeme.
“Get up and give things a go, even if you don’t think you can do it.”
Graeme chimes in: “Just do something!”