Baby swans on the Werribee River (photo courtesy David Mullins)
President Graham Roper


4th December

6:30 for 6:45PM


Italian Sports Club

601 Heaths RD








Peter Ross

Kathryn Williams



Tom Lentini

If you are not able to attend the next meeting or are bringing a guest, please contact the following person by midday Tuesday
Ross Smith
0418 692329
Dec 04, 2018
Emergency Service Telecommunications Authority - "000"
Dec 11, 2018
Dec 18, 2018
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We'll be back at the Italian Sports Club next week to hear Elly Spry from the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority or Triple Zero.

Elly will talk about the national Triple Zero (000) campaign which aims to build awareness of the Triple Zero (000) number and educate the community about when to use the number.

We will also be conducting our AGM at next week's meeting.



Our very own member, Ross Smith, is Managing Director of Manor Court Aged Care. Ross has been the MD for 14 years so he has considerable knowledge of the industry and the challenges it is facing both now and in the next few years..

Manor Court

Back in 1972, Werribee had no aged care facility and members of Werribee Rotary decided to do something about that. The idea gained momentum. Land was purchased and public meetings were conducted which resulted in plans being prepared for the construction of a building to cater for 20 residents. The first residents moved into the facility in 1979. In the ensuing 30 years and over several expansion phases, Manor Court has grown to its current size of 100 beds. 

Manor Court was named after Manor House Mansion built in 1889 by Percy Chirnside. It was destroyed by fire in 1966.

Some 2017-18 facts about Manor Court:

  • Revenue $7.5 million comprising:

    • 71% Government funding.

    • 27% from residents.

    • 2% from other sources.

  • 115 staff.

  • $18.5 million assets.

  • $8.5 million resident accommodation bonds.

  • $200,000 profit.

Aged Care Industry

While there has been some adverse publicity about the industry, Ross doesn't believe it is in crisis. But, he says there are some big problems looming based on the following predictions:

  • By 2020, the number of people over 60 years will exceed the number of children under 6 years.

  • The number of people over 65 years:

    • 1950 - 700,000

    • 2016 - 3,750,000

    • 2050 - 7,900,000

  • The number of people over 80 years:

    • 1950 - 100,000

    • 2016 - 900,000

    • 2050 - 2,800,000

Prior to 2000, the industry was dominated by churches and not-for-profits. 50-bed facilities were the standard size but most of them were struggling financially. In 2007, the Government dramatically increased funding which resulted in these facilities becoming highly profitable. However, this was the invitation for big for-profit organisations to enter the market. They gobbled up the smaller operators and constructed many new facilities with high-bed capacities.

In 2013, the Government made an about-turn decision to reduce aged-care funding in favour of programs such as NDIS.  As a result, Manor Court's funding from 2013-2015 was only half of CPI and, in 2017-18, there was no increase at all. Currently, 40% of the aged care facilities in Australia are running at a loss, and it's getting worse.

The situation has been exacerbated by the fact that, over the past 18 months, there have been a number of stories about widespread abuse of residents. This culminated in the Federal Government announcing a Royal Commission on the industry.

Ross says that the number of abuse claims is very low as a percentage of the number of residents in care. 65% of the current complaints are financial abuse by families who have a vested interest in their parents income and assets. The level of physical assaults around the country by staff is low and continuing to trend downwards because all facilities regularly monitor staff performance and also conduct thorough checks of staff before they are employed.

Manor Court has regular audits conducted by the Accreditation Agency and they consistently achieve the maximum score of 44 out of 44. One of the biggest challenges for all facilities is the cost of staff which comprises 75% of the overall costs.

Ross says that the future of the industry rests with the creation of a long-term bi-partisan Government plan to support and promote the industry in a similar way to the NDIS program. This may result in a major revamp of the industry including things like:

  • Funding to meet the demand for another 80,000 beds by 2030.

  • The concept of a "Big Box Care" approach which would see large high-rise facilities being constructed.

  • Introducing Personal Care Assistants.

  • Establishing tax or levy to fund aged care - similar to MediCare.

  • Reduction in paperwork and compliance procedures to ensure that staff spend more time with the residents.

  • Better training of staff.

  • Increased wages for staff.

Thanks Ross for your in-depth analysis of the aged care industry. Let's hope things improve before we walk through the door.



Some of the key items from the Board meeting of 26th November included:

  • Donations:
    • $1000 to Les Porter for his bike ride around the Wyndham area with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army.
    • $2000 to the Dreambuilders Transformation program.
    • $500 to the Rotary Clubs of Bendigo Strathdale and Liverpool West to support their cause to bring a young lady called Natalia from PNG to Sydney for major surgery to overcome her facial disfigurement and leg deformity. Read her sad story here.
  • The Community Committee is organising another tree planting day on Sunday 19th May next year where we will plant 1500 trees.
  • Two Werribee Secondary College students have been selected to participate in the upcoming Science Experience program.
  • Anthony Pante and Peter Sandlant are planning an Under-18 football match between Werribee and Hoppers Crossing as part of Mental Health Awareness.
  • We will be donating a significant proportion of the Golf Day proceeds to Manor Court to enable them to purchase new furniture in their renovated Dementia Wing.

Here is an image of The Barking Dogs rehearsing for our Christmas Dinner meeting to be held on Tuesday 11th December at Chirnsides By The River function centre.

Apart from the wonderful music supplied by The Dogs, there will be much more to look forward to including some fine food and a visit from the great man himself, Father Christmas.

We will also be having our traditional Kris Kringle. All attendees are invited to bring along one home-made or home-grown item as their gift.

The cost for the evening will be $60 per person with drinks at bar prices. We would love to have everyone's attendance to make it the best night possible. 


IN BRIEF........
  • Guests at the last meeting included prospective members Annalisa Cannizzaro and Ophelia Agbo in addition to many partners of members.

  • Thanks to Brian Ahmed, our Christmas Breakfast will be held at Wyndham Cache on Tuesday 18th December commencing at about 7am.

  • Our new venture, Bingo at ISCW, is continuing to improve. Shortly, a few billboards will appear around town promoting the campaign. We are also planning to have a vocational visit to the venue where members can see first-hand how the event operates. They can even participate in competition.

  • Thanks to the ladies who spent time last Saturday to construct bags during their latest Cut, Giggle and Sew session. They made many bags which will be filled with various cosmetic items and donated to the Werribee Support and Housing Group. Thanks to Mary Macaulay for hosting the session again.

  • Here is the roster for the upcoming Bunnings BBQ on Thursday 20th December:

Set Up - 9:30am
10.00 am– 12.00 pm
12.00 pm – 2.00 pm
2.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Adrian Burt
Tony Todaro
Kim Deneys
Jeff Garfield
Roland Wade
Rob Fava
Graham Roper
Colin Muir
Pam Lang
Tom Lentini
Barb Purdy
Geoff Smith



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