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CEO Report

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Welcome to our annual review for 2018-19.

In December 2018 we released our new Wesley Mission Queensland Strategic Plan 2019-2022 to guide our work and set us on a path of planned and responsive growth as we continue to increase our social impact in the communities we serve and the people we care for.

This year we have made significant progress towards these strategic priorities, continuing to seek ways to be innovative and proactive in recognising and responding to people in need in our community.

We have opened a purpose-built, cottage style home for people living with dementia at Anam Cara; expanded our retirement living offerings by opening Rosemount Retirement Community at Sinnamon Park and significantly grown our mental health services in capacity and geographical reach.

There is significant unmet need for age-appropriate accommodation options for younger adults living with complex disability. We have been providing specialist disability accommodation for more than 10 years and are committed to a further expansion of this work over the next five years. This year we opened Wesley Care Jindalee, which is supporting 25 residents and have ‘turned the sod’ on two new developments at Wynnum and Maroochydore, which will provide a further 14 apartments.

We have expanded our palliative care services by welcoming Hopewell Hospice and Paradise Kids to the WMQ family. Combined with our existing Hummingbird House children’s hospice in Chermside, these two services mean children and families can receive a range of specialist care and support as they experience physical, medical, emotional and spiritual challenges.

These are a few highlights from a year that has been characterised by significant external, political and social factors including, major regulatory changes with the introduction of new Aged Care Standards, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, inadequate government funding of residential aged care and the announcement of a Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People living with a Disability.

Regardless of this challenging environment, we are continuing to focus on what matters the most: the people we serve and building stronger, inclusive communities.

On behalf of the Executive Team, I would like to sincerely thank all our employees and volunteers for their dedicated work. I would also like to thank the WMQ Board and Council for their leadership and commitment to the governance of the organisation and all it stands for.

Geoff Batkin AM

Chief Executive Officer