Community demand for free workshops on dementia training has been strong, leading Braemar Presbyterian Care to add additional complimentary workshops up until November, all of which are open to the wider community.

Whilst workshops scheduled for 26 March and 23 April already have waitlists, further sessions have been scheduled for 25 June, 27 August, 29 October and 26 November, all of which will cover good dementia care, including care planning, communication and responding to a person who lives dementia when their behaviour shows anxiety and distress

Dementia Consultant at Care Partnerships Australia, Michelle Harris-Alsop, who will be heading up the workshops, says dementia impacts on everyone in the community and is the biggest health challenge of the 21st century.

“Statistics show that one person every three seconds receives a diagnosis of dementia around the globe, and the key issues for family carers include finding help and support, particularly with emotions such as guilt and fear of the future,” she says.

“The workshop will focus on the quality of life aspects for people with dementia, including the importance of activities and also practical strategies to support people, their carers and families.

“We would like as many people as possible to benefit from these free workshops and would welcome anyone who would benefit to get in contact with us.”

All workshops will take place at Willagee Community Centre which is located on Archibald Street and Winnacott Street.

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In an example of how it is leading the way in best-practice aged care, Braemar Presbyterian Care is launching virtual tours of its three residential facilities, enabling visitors to ‘walk through’ each of its homes to assess the available accommodation and amenities.


Virtual tours at Braemar’s Cooinda facility in Melville, Braemar Village in Willagee and Braemar House in East Fremantle can now be undertaken on line, with internet users able to gain a complete 360 degree view of each home.


Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher (OAM), says West Australians are increasingly utilising digital channels to research aged care options. 


“We felt it was important to offer the community a digital method to explore our aged care facilities, providing a real sense of what the buildings, rooms and facilities look like,” he says.


“When residential aged care is needed it is often a stressful time for both residents and families. These virtual tours offer the community the ability to view Braemar’s aged care facilities from their computer or device, taking a virtual walk-through of the buildings to get a real and true sense as to what we have on offer here at Braemar.”

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You're Invited - Dementia Awareness Training

Braemar is pleased to announce free Dementia Care Training in 2019. Presented by Dementia Consultant Michelle Harris-Allsop, this engaging programme will consist of a series of training sessions, designed to increase your fundamental understanding of Dementia. This training is open to members of the wider community, so please spread the news with your friends and family in the City of Melville or East Fremantle area.

Book your session:

Please RSVP below, by selecting a date you would like to attend advising the names of attendees and contact details. Light refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) are provided.
Alternatively please call 08 6279 3636 to RSVP with our HR team.

Session Details:

Location: Community Centre Willagee, Archibald St &, Winnacott St, Willagee WA 6156.
Time: 12:30 – 14:30
Spaces: 40 per session.


Braemar Presbyterian Care has launched a new program designed to ensure that everyone associated with the organisation is able to have their voice heard; about any issues that cause them concern.

Braemar Cares – Your Call is an independent, third-party reporting service which allows residents, family members and staff to report any matters of concern in relation to the care and services offered by the 66 year old brand.

Braemar CEO Wayne Belcher commented: “Sometimes, for various reasons, people might feel uncertain or uncomfortable about directly raising an issue or reporting something they have seen. It is my hope that this new service will provide those living in care, as well as their families, friends and staff, with an environment in which to raise any concern – no matter how big or small.”

Those lodging a report can do so by phone or online – 24 hours a day. All reports are forwarded directly to the CEO for immediate consideration and action. This service is available to all Braemar staff, Braemar residents, family members and friends.

“It is essential that as aged care providers we ensure we are transparent in all we do,” Mr Belcher continued. “ I am excited to see Braemar lead by example in this area.”


Variety is the spice of life, so they say, and culinary delights are certainly something that seniors at Braemar Presbyterian Care are experiencing, thanks to the launch of the regular cooking club at Braemar House.

A popular part of the activities calendar at the not-for-profit aged care home, and one which is particularly targeted at residents with dementia, the club sees seniors even prepare and bake everything and anything from Anzac biscuits, bread cookies pizza and even rum balls!

Bernadette Samura, Facility Manager at Braemar House, says the residents have relished spending time with the therapy team, participating in cooking activities rolling their sleeves up to make and bake an assortment of treats that both stimulate the senses as well a conversation.

“In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s often the place for families to gather, plus we think it’s very important for our residents to take part in activities that they love and have done throughout their lives, it’s certainly a great way for them to reminisce,” she says.

“It’s also wonderful to see their senses of smell and taste simulated, and of course our cooking club is a great social activity to enjoy with other residents. Plus the icing on the cake is that they are able to enjoy eating the end result.

“Our staff have also really embraced the initiative and we’ve found it to be a really wonderful way of building our friendly little community here at Braemar.”

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar's Care philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


Wayne’s 2018 Christmas Message

Many years ago, I spent one Christmas time away from family and stayed with friends in the Great Southern area of Western Australia. Their father had died when they were both quite young.

As boys, these brothers became the men in the family and over time built up their farming property to be a successful enterprise.  They were both good, honest, hardworking men, who also were faithful in their Christian belief.

I could certainly talk with them about harvest time, how the wheat, barley,and oats grew, why back then one had to wait until a little later in the morning to start up the header and get out and cut into the crop.  But talking about personal things was difficult for them – they were just quiet guys who had some really good things to say, but just didn’t much like speaking it out.

There is this man talked about in the Bible who really had a huge impact about all we believe and practice at Christmas time, but of whom, from Scripture, we never hear a spoken word.  We hear from Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel.  Tradition has called Mary’s Song the Magnificat.  We hear from Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, and (eventually) from Zechariah, John’s father.

But we don’t ever read a recorded word that was spoken by Joseph.  Oh,we read of his at least three dream encounters with an angel, or God Himself –first with a message to take Mary as his wife and raise Jesus as his father;the second to flee from Israel and travel to Egypt – an historic refugee journey – and third; to return to Israel because it was now safe to doso.  Given the cultural and societal significance of all of the above,Joseph was a very courageous man.  The strong silent type if you will.  A lowly carpenter, from one of the lowliest places in the whole of Israel, at that time overrun by the Roman Empire, and “ruled” by a king who was a Roman puppet.  Joseph did not have to do this, but he felt so led by God that he could not avoid the challenge set before him.

Just a day or so ago I read this social media post: “Sometimes God will puta Goliath in your life, for you to find the David within you.”  I am sure that Joseph will have wondered something like “You want me to do what exactly?”,or “Why me?”, but he did.  We just don’t ever hear his thoughts and words expressed.

There are some significant challenges in the year ahead for our aged care work.  The looming Goliath is of course the Royal Commission into AgedCare Quality and Safety.  You may already feel quite uneasy about what that is likely to reveal and how we will get through this.  We will – no matter how much we are required to provide, and even to share with the Australian public – we will get through this.

My concern for each of you though is that even if your voice does not godown in any formal recorded historical moment, if you have any concerns about your wellbeing through this next twelve months, speak up.  We want to also care for you.  If you need at any time to share any concern about our behaviour that is both unbecoming, and contrary to our desire to provide a dignified life to our residents, then please share that with us too, so that we all be a “David” and improve how we provide our services.

Folks, I pray and hope that your 2018 Christmas brings you much joy, peace,and blessing, and that you have at least some time to reflect of the enormity of the coming of Jesus into the world – not to destroy the world, but to saveit!God bless you all – and Happy Christmas!

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Caley Burke is the new Maintenance Operations Supervisor at Braemar Presbyterian Care.

Ms Burke has over 10 years’ experience working in various roles in the construction industry, in addition to experience in aged care and the not-for-profit and disability sectors more broadly.

Most recently, she held the position of Maintenance Scheduler at Baptistcare.

“I am excited to be joining the Braemar team, as the organisation embarks on its next phase; including the regeneration of the Bicton property,” Ms. Burke commented.

“It is refreshing to join an organisation with a strong heritage in the local community, and a clear direction of how to delivery high quality care and friendship to the people of Perth’s southern suburbs.”

Wayne Belcher, OAM, Chief Executive of Braemar, says Ms Burke comes to the organisation with a wealth of experience in maintaining and improving a diverse property portfolio.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


Over a dozen team members from the Braemar Presbyterian Care workforce have been acknowledged in the organisation’s annual Care and Friendship awards this week.

The awards, which are based on nominations from residents and families throughout Braemar’s facilities in Perth’s southern suburbs, acknowledge the dedication shown by the individual staff members in the WA aged care sector.

The award winners were chosen from nominations gathered over the last twelve months and included:

  • Henrietta Mangilaya who was awarded the Commitment Award, which acknowledges an employee who has consistently acted with pride and passion in their work.
  • Rose Earl from support services who was awarded the Accountability Award, which acknowledges an employee who demonstrates accountability and ownership of their actions in their work.
  • Angelia Allison who was awarded the Respect Award which recognises an employee who has consistently demonstrated that they listen to, acknowledge and include their residents and colleagues in decision making at Braemar.
  • Jineesh Thomas who was awarded the Empathy Award that recognises an employee who demonstrates an understanding and willingness to share the feelings and wishes of their residents and colleagues.
  • Mary Botica who was awarded the Friendship Award that recognises an employee who consistently demonstrates that while they may not agree, they value and acknowledge the ideas, wishes and beliefs of their colleagues and residents.
  • Angela Macioszek who won a high commendation in the Friendship Award category.

Three CEO Awards were also bestowed upon staff members Lyn Cattell, Jay Granderos and Julia Talpa, in addition to an Employee of the Year award which was awarded to Michelle Bermudo, alongside a high commendation award, which went to Nicola Proud.

Wayne Belcher (OAM), Chief Executive of Braemar, said the annual Care and Friendship awards were an important opportunity to recognise employees who had demonstrated excellence in their work in a challenging yet rewarding industry.

“Staff at Braemar strive for excellence in every area and it gives us great pleasure to acknowledge a number of team members in particular who consistently go above and beyond what is expected,” Mr Belcher says.

“Aged care is a challenging and dynamic industry to work in, however it is also very rewarding and makes a real difference to the lives of those in our care. We’re very proud to acknowledge the achievements of all of these staff members, and publicly thank them for their incredible dedication throughout 2018.”

Sponsored by HESTA, the awards honour Braemar staff who display the values of Care and Friendship that are characterised as Commitment, Accountability, Respect, Empathy and Friendship.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


Braemar Presbyterian Care’s longest serving volunteers were recognised for their dedication and commitment during a volunteer function aboard the 1606 Replica Ship the Duyfken during International Volunteer Day on Wednesday 5 December.

Braemar’s volunteers – who range in age from millennials to seniors in their 80s – were treated to a sundowner on the ship, before being presented with a limited edition 2018 Braemar Coin from the Perth Mint to acknowledge their significant contribution to the not-for-profit aged care organisation over their many years of volunteering.

Braemar Presbyterian Care Chief Executive, Wayne Belcher, OAM, says that, in many ways Braemar’s volunteers were the gems of the community, and that Braemar was very fortunate to have so many passionate individuals willing to go the extra mile for residents.

“Volunteers bring companionship, friendship, joy and social connections to people in residential aged care and are a significant and important part of the lives of those in our care,” he said.

“The coins we are presenting at this event were minted by the Perth Mint as our way to acknowledge the support and contribution of every one of our volunteers, and each and every one of them adds a contribution to Braemar’s ability to deliver Care and Friendship to the elderly in WA.”

Braemar’s volunteers range from young people to retired locals in their 80s and beyond, all of whom contribute to the organisation by, for example, providing companionship, accompanying seniors on outings, presenting musical recitals and even hosting sporting activities.

Braemar’s volunteer program is particularly significant, in the light of a recent ABC News report that across Australia, a significant 40% of residents never receive visitors.

Braemar Presbyterian Care is currently calling for locals in the Fremantle and City of Melville area who may have a few hours to spare each week, and who would like to explore volunteering opportunities, to get in touch by contacting 08 6279 3636.

Since 1952, Braemar Presbyterian Care has been offering care and friendship to the elderly in Western Australia. Braemar currently operates three residential care facilities, providing care and support to over 200 people. Braemar Care’s philosophy is one of Relationship Centred Care, which supports the relationships that exist and develop between staff, volunteers, residents and their families.


Graham Cowcher has been appointed Facility Manager at Braemar Cooinda, a modern 108 room aged care facility in the City of Melville.

Born and raised in Adelaide, Mr. Cowcher has worked in three states across Australia. His vocational experiences in health include acute, rehabilitation and aged care as well as experiences in local government, manufacturing and the insurance industry.

Mr. Cowcher had previously served as a member of the Braemar Committee.

“I look forward to making a positive contribution to Braemar Cooinda to ensure prudent oversight, creating outcomes which enable for the provision of high quality resident care,” Mr. Cowcher said.