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ECH Enrolled Nurse Anne Philbey Celebrates 25 Years of Service
During October, we celebrated Community Nurse Anne Philbey’s 25 years of amazing service with the ECH Nursing Team. During Anne’s time as an Enrolled Nurse she has worked in various nursing roles assisting ECH clients in their home. Anne explained how nursing is extremely rewarding and that she really enjoyed working for ECH.

We would like to thank Anne and all of the ECH Nursing and Community Care staff who work so tirelessly to help others.

COVID Reminder Over the Christmas Period
The Christmas period is a great time for families and friends to come together and celebrate the festive season. However, it is still important to continue to be mindful about protecting yourself and others from COVID 19 by practicing good hand hygiene, keeping 1.5 metres distance from others wherever and whenever possible and getting tested even if you have mild symptoms.

ECH Reconciliation Action Plan
Earlier this year, ECH launched its very first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) to help guide our work with the many Aboriginal communities we actively work with. ECH understands the importance of place, the celebration of culture and the rights of dignity and respect.

We have now completed the first step of the RAP, which included ‘reflection: scoping reconciliation’ and are now entering the innovation phase which involves implementing reconciliation and working towards establishing the best approach to advance reconciliation. Watch this space for more updates!

The Halifax Café
Are you 65 years or over? Do you enjoy making meaningful connections with people from your local community? Would you like to attend an IT workshop, book club, knitting or walking group? ECH and Halifax Café are trialing a new initiative and invite you to join them every Thursday to be involved in a variety of activities, workshops and volunteering opportunities – bring your skills, passions, ideas, and sense of fun! To register your interest, please call ECH on 1300 275 324.

ECH Annual Report
The 2019/20 ECH Annual Report is now available to view on the ECH website. The Annual Report includes key milestones and achievements from the past financial year with a message from the ECH Chief Executive, Dr David Panter and Chair of the Board Sue Vardon.

As part of our approach to sustainability this year the report has only been published online. If you would like to request a hard copy please call
1300 275 324.

To view the Annual Report visit

ECH Receives Bequest from the Late Mr Andrew Diprose
ECH was recently one of four organisations to each receive approximately $38,000 through a bequest from past ECH client, the late Mr Andrew Diprose. Andrew was on a level 4 Home Care package and received a variety of services from ECH.

We are very grateful to receive such generous bequests, as they enable us to provide benevolent support to existing clients, who may be struggling to pay for services due to financial hardship.

Making a tax-deductible donation or leaving a bequest to ECH helps to fund many of our benevolent activities, which all support older South Australians to remain living independently and confidently at home.

If you wish to confidentially discuss making a donation or bequest please call us on 1300 275 324.

Mural at The Pear Café
As part of the 2020 SALA Festival and Alberton Art Trail, ECH clients, The Pear Café and the Cumberland Park Community Centre volunteers have contributed to a ‘paste up’ mural.

The masterpiece, created on the side wall of The Pear Café, shows windows into people’s lives during COVID. You can check it out by visiting The Pear Café at 49 Sussex Street in Alberton.