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Senior Citizens Celebrate!

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Senior Citizens Celebrate!

Senior citizens celebrated Senior’s Week in style at St John’s Community Care with a delicious lunch, guest speakers, entertainment and wonderful prizes donated by generous local sponsors.
The lunch had been organised by St John’s and was attended by over 100 senior citizens who had travelled from Dimbulah, Mareeba, Innisfail, Gordonvale and Cairns to join in the festivities. Rod Peckam and Student Tia Hart from Redlynch College did an acknowledgement to country.

State MP Rob Pyne took time out from his busy schedule to address the group and he encouraged them to not to be afraid to investigate options they have to use to make their life easier. He demonstrated some of the new features of his wheel chair and commented on how it had improved the quality of his life.

State Member for Barron River, Craig Crawford also addressed the group stressing the importance of senior citizens to our society. Nina from Aged Care Assessment team spoke as did various service providers that had information stalls at the event. Seniors could have a free hearing check, talk about dental care with Cairn’s dental boutique and explore the information provided by Complete Mobility, Ozcare, Commonwealth Respite, Carer Qld, Diversicare and relevant information for seniors from the Cairns City Council.
Entertainment was provided by Bec Dollinger who sang during lunch as well as the stirring sing a long conducted by Vic Shaw and Greg Bridgeman. Participants were also entertained by the local children from the Redlynch Day Care who enthusiastically sang a song about school life. The entertainment finished with a lively demonstration of rock and roll dancing from the Cairn’s Rock and Rollers.
Lucky door prizes and raffles were drawn throughout the lunch as people eagerly scanned their tickets. St John’s was delighted with the generous response of our sponsors. These included local business’s The Red Beret, Piccones Super IGA and Discount Drug Stores at Pease St, Cairns Golf Centre, Paronella Park, Tjapukai, Mamu Tropical skywalk, Cazaly’s, Brother’s, Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort Cota and the Cairn’s Regional Council. Prizes were also donated by individuals.



Emotional Intelligence Training 2017

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Emotional Intelligence Training 2017

On Saturday August 12th the Board of St John’s facilitated an Emotional Intelligence course for 35 employees at the Redlynch Centre.

The trainer for the day was Therese Toohey who gave a great presentation with lots of fun and interaction that demonstrated the importance of Emotional Intelligence for Leaders and Managers and the intelligent use of emotions in practice.



Update – Greek Welfare Conference

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Our agenda for the Greek Welfare Conference is filling fast. We have a number of representatives of Government Departments who have agreed to speak to our delegates about services for young people with disabilities, older people who want to remain independent in their homes and people in residential care.

We also have some great deals from local businesses who are supporting delegates to really live the FNQ experience while they’re here. A big thanks to:

                Australian Butterfly Sanctuary

                Bad Fishy Jet Boating

                Behana Canyoning

                Cairns Boat Hire

                Cairns Dinner Theatre

                Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome

                GBR Helicopters

                Helitours North Queensland

                Jungle Tours

                Ochre Restaurant


                The Australian Armour and Military Museum

                Tropic Wings Cairns

                Wildlife Habitat

If you would also like to support our delegates, please contact Manda by email on

St John’s Community Care is an activity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Greek Festival 2017

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Beyond the Clinic Collaboration in Coen

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Beyond the Clinic Collaboration in Coen

By CheckUP Regional Coordinator – Far North Juliana Foxlee

In the remote Cape York community of Coen, aged care staff drive around community every morning, picking up people from their homes to come and have breakfast at the St John Community Care Centre.

In late 2016, Centre Coordinator Koi Njoroge, an Enrolled Nurse, noticed something was wrong with diabetics who were breakfast regulars.  The women were tired, weak and displaying symptoms of out-of-control blood sugar.

Koi decided to check the blood sugar of one of the women. It was 19.8 – 10 to 15 points above normal.

Koi asked the woman if she had insulin and was assured she did. She visited the woman’s home and found six boxes of insulin in the fridge, some of it expired. It was clear that while the woman did have insulin she wasn’t using it.

Something needed to be done.

Koi asked the woman’s family if they were comfortable with her helping her take her medication.

They were, so Koi invited the woman to come to her office each morning to get her blood sugar tested and take her insulin.

The woman agreed and word got around.

The two diabetics from the breakfast group started to come into the Centre office every morning so Koi could help them with their testing and medication.

At this point, Koi touched base with CheckUP-funded Diabetes Nurse Educator Maureen Toner who works for Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

Maureen started working with Koi to ensure best practice health and safety guidelines were in place and that she had all the supplies she needed to support the three women.

‘Sometimes it’s impossible for people to look after themselves at home,’ Maureen explained.

‘It could be that the patient is not comfortable with testing themselves and administering insulin or often, people put themselves last and look after everyone else but themselves.’

‘Coming into the Centre and having everything there, tidy and organised, had made what was impossible, possible. Formerly, these women were not taking their insulin on a regular basis.  Now they go down to the Centre office every day, get help with testing and medication and then go and have a healthy breakfast. The turnaround has been nothing short of incredible. The patients are rapt; they are feeling much better. They just needed a place to go, and a bit of support.’

Koi has also seen a dramatic change in the health of the three clients.

‘Originally they needed to get their blood sugar levels tested every day but through regular treatment this has been reduced to every two days. The clients are really happy and it’s working well for me too. I used to have to go pick up supplies but Maureen has given me a box and whenever I need more I just go up to the Apunipima clinic and they fill it up for me.’

‘The best thing has been the change in the clients.  They have moved from not dealing with their condition to being completely in charge – they now ask when the Centre staff will be picking them up.’

Monthly Friendship Morning April 2017

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St John’s Community Care Monthly Friendship Morning Commemorating ANZAC Day

At our monthly Friendship mornings held on the last Wednesday of each month. Those attending the Friendship groups gain a sense of belonging to the community, breaks down the social isolation and disconnection due to lack of transport or interaction.  The friendship mornings has people from all walks of life and different cultures coming together to socialise, as well as being entertained.  We provide an excellent avenue to meet other community members and an opportunity to receive vital health related information.

We had musicians Glen and Jan Best entertaining us with songs from the past and present.  Everyone enjoyed the sing along.

It was an inter-generational event with the St Johns Day Care children joining us for laying poppies for Anzac Day and singing songs to our guests.

This was followed by our Guest speaker Phill Star with an Anzac speech at our Parish Hall.  Mr Jason Fox our Bugle player, played the Last Post.  To end of our celebration guests were asked to have morning tea, which was provided by all who attended.


Everyone is welcome to come along and join us for a beautiful morning tea, a chat and entertainment.

Where: St Johns Community Care Parish Hall

Cnr Kamerunga and Fairweather Rd

When:  Every last Wednesday of the month

Time:  10.00 am – 12.00

Bring a plate to share

For further information

Phone:  40399700   Vanessa, Anya or Maria

Transport is available, please book early

Gold coin donation for Transport is appreciated

Annual Report Night 2016

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St John’s Community Care Annual Report Night 2016


St John’s Community Care held its annual reporting night on Monday 14th November 2016 in the Parish Hall at Redlynch.

A huge thanks to all those who attended. Staff, clients, managers, directors, board members and friends of St John’s Community Care. A special mention to our guests  Fr Menelaos Hatzoglou, Fr John Kapetas, Fr Dimitri Vicar Episcopate, and Dr. Peter Marendy Parish of St. Paraskevi, thanks for sharing in our celebration.

St John’s Community Care also welcomed Sue Renton (Department of Health & Ageing)  who was the guest speaker at the event. Thanks very much for accommodating our request at the last minute, your talk was fantastic.

2016 was a busy year for St John’s Community Care with many great outcomes for our clients.


The chairperson acknowledged the commitment and dedication of all our staff and volunteers and thanked our clients and funding bodies for their trust in the delivery of services.


The Board of St John’s Community Care takes great pleasure in honouring the following staff members for having completed 15 years or more of continuous employment.

Aileen Cucudace

Val Howe

Michele Townson

Tricia Williams

The Board of St John’s Community Care takes great pleasure in honouring the following staff members for having completed 10 years or more of continuous employment.

Karen Barber

Antonia McKelvey

Ann Van Dort

Diane Moller-Nielsen

Congratulations on achieving this milestone and for helping make St John’s Community Care the highly regarded organisation that it is. The Board of St John’s Community Care takes great pleasure in honouring all of our volunteers for their service.




Successful opening of St John’s Supportive Housing

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St John’s Community Care are proud to announce the formal opening of three modern houses at Gordonvale which can provide supportive accommodation for up to 9 young people between 18 and 65.
The official opening occurred on Saturday June 11th, 2016 with a ceremony led by His Grace Bishop Iakovos to bless and formally open the three buildings with MP Hon. Curtis Pitt to cut the ribbon.
The Elderly Parent Innovation is an initiative of the QLD State Government.
The initiative of the three houses is to provide positive support options to elderly carers who are no longer able to care for their loved one with a disability.
St John’s recognises the continued need for community care options through the availability of individualised accommodation spaces. These opportunities have the human rights principles at the forefront with service provision that is equal and accessible.
To apply for an expression of interest, please do not hesitate to contact the office on (07) 40399 700 or email

Kick off your boots ‘n stay a while!

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St John’s Community Care – Innisfail got into some whip crackin’ fun with a cowboy & Indian Theme day at the centre located at 120 Rankin Street, Innisfail.
Clients and staff took to the life of a cowboy like a horse to oats or opted to dabble in Indian fancy dress for a morning tea.
The morning shindig brimmed with cowboy cupcakes and wise Indian treats, more than you could shake a stick at, that were enjoyed by all while sitting out on the plains.
Clients and community members were treated to a staff studded performance of a real live cowboy and Indian standoff.
The morning was topped by an exciting whip cracking show by some talented old timers.

If you would like information about respite options at St John’s Community Care please call our Innisfail office on 4061 2819, Cairns office 4039 9700, Mareeba office 4092 6912, or the Brisbane office 3865 7611
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Boost in dementia respite funding

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This week it has been announced that St John’s Community Care Ltd. received funding from the Queensland Government for dementia respite specific services.
The funding will provide a boost to those carers who may be caring for a loved one with dementia and assist in provide a much needed break at a community level.
In a rapidly ageing society, dementia is becoming more prevalent and carer’s need more support then ever to prevent carer strain.
The centre based respite model will allow the carer to work or the ability to even to remain engaged within the community across the Far North Queensland region.

Read about this exciting news online:
Dementia respite gets funding boost- ABC News
If you would like some dementia specific information or respite services, please call St John’s Community Care on 4039 9700

Photo: St John’s Board Member and representative Costa Stratikopoulos with Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Minister, Cameron Dick in Brisbane on Sunday 15th May 2016.