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From the President

Promoting Social Justice as a Service Provider in 2018 - Chinese Year of the Dog.

Welcome to another exciting year ahead within the Chinese Welfare Services in South Australia. From the start of this year we are ready to embark on our new initiatives and service delivery programs to our elderly and wider Chinese-Australian communities. We are particularly looking forward to implementing our service delivery program as a recognised and Government approved Registered Service Provider.

2018 is the Year of the Dog starting from February 16, 2018 and lasting to February 4, 2019 and already

Repeated once every 60 years in the Chinese calendar, the Year of the Earth Dog is a powerful marker in the lives of people in communities, offering when it occurs, a new interpretation of our human condition. Strength of character, education, morality, social life, health and caring for our elders are all fundamental questions which can be revisited and improved during this pivotal period in 2018.

In 2017, there were an estimated 962 million people aged 60 or over in the world, a population that is growing faster than all younger age groups. Over the next few decades, the increase in the numbers of older persons is almost inevitable, with a projection to reach 1.4 billion in 2030 and 2.1 billion in 2050.

With increasing age and longevity, most elder persons – especially those aged 80 and above – will eventually require care services. Care and support services and the manner in which they are provided are vital to maintaining the health, quality of life and independence of older persons and to fostering their social integration. However, 48 per cent of the global population is not covered by any national legislation on long-term care, and 46 per cent is subject to means-testing which makes coverage available to older persons only when they live below the poverty line.

Internationally, most elder persons are thus excluded from long-term care services, with long-term care systems characterised by extremely low levels of public expenditure, high out-of-pocket costs, and shortages of formal care workers.  Despite such immense growth in this field, insufficient attention has been given to the social dimensions of care for older persons, especially as regards links to decent work for care workers and the rights of care recipients, migration of care workers, and the gendered aspects of care work, as well as the affordability of care services. (UN Report 2016)

The Chinese zodiac does not foretell the future. It tells you what the energy of that year is going to be like and whether your animal energy is compatible with it or not.

For us as  community organisation we are ready for the next phase of service delivery as an organisation - we are set to stretch our wings and fly in assisting and supporting the elderly and those with special needs with our new role as a registered service provider.

Please feel free to join, contact us or provide any comments for improving our work in our service delivery to a range of communities. All are welcomed!



Vivien Shae

Chinese Welfare Services of SA Inc.

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