GoCo and Gunnedah Shire Council support the Australian Aged Care Collaboration industry campaign which seeks to instigate change in the aged care industry.
We encourage all our clients, volunteers, partners and friends to Sign the petition to support the campaign which intends to lobby our Member of Parliament to support comprehensive reform of the aged care system, and Government action to ensure all older people are supported and enabled to live their lives with dignity.
As a member of Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA), Gunnedah Shire Council and GoCo support the recent media release and statement released by (LASA) in relation to the 148 recommendations published on Monday 1 March 2021.
GoCo has listened to the Gunnedah community and responded to the shortage of doctor’s appointments with a new regular and affordable transport service – the GoCo Doctors Run.
GoCo has partnered with North West Health in Tamworth and Ochre Medical Centre in Boggabri to reserve set GoCo client appointments on regular days of the week.
‘This initiative came about with our team listening to our clients, the community and even experiencing the challenges to see doctors locally themselves,’ GoCo Executive Manager, Bruce Mercer said.
‘It was clear that there is a need to help people attend these appointments until Gunnedah can attract more doctors,’ Mr Mercer said.
The GoCo Doctors Run involves collecting clients from their homes with the GoCo Bus, transporting them to their ‘GoCo reserved’ appointment, which is bunched with other GoCo appointments to reduce wait times.
Clients are then returned to their homes.
All reserved appointments are available in the mid morning to minimise the time clients spend away from home.
‘Our transport services are possible thanks to a dedicated team of GoCo Volunteers who give up their time to drive clients to Tamworth and Boggabri,’ Mr Mercer said.
‘We’ll also need to attract more volunteer drivers and carers to accompany clients on the Doctors Run, so we implore community members who are willing and able to put up their hand to become a GoCo volunteer.’
Clients will book their doctors appointment directly with North West Health at East Tamworth Medical Centre or Ochre Medical Centre in Boggabri on the designated using a special GoCo reference.
Clients will then contact GoCo to book their seat on the Doctors Run.
The GoCo Doctors Run is for new and existing GoCo clients and is available for both community members and older people eligible through My Aged Care.
All Doctors Run trips incur a contribution to the cost in the form of fees outlined in GoCo’s fee schedule.
Bookings can be made now for appointments commencing in March 2021.
How can I book?
If you are a current GoCo Client:
Call GoCo to book your seat and find out how to book your ‘GoCo Client’ medical appointment.
Gunnedah Shire Council seeks suitably qualified clinical governance specialists to oversight and advise Councillors as part of a Clinical Governance Committee for its community care business enterprise, GoCo.
GoCo and Gunnedah Shire Council seeks expressions of interest for the following positions:
Expressions of Interest addressing the detailed qualifications and competencies in the above Expression of Interest should be directed to the General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah or to [email protected] by close of business on Wednesday 17th March 2021.
GoCo is excited to announce the commencement of social groups in Tamworth in March 2021.
We have are thrilled to invite you to express your interest in the following programs and to spread the word to your family and friends who may enjoy a bit of regular social fun. Don’t hesitate to contact us for your copy of our Tamworth Social Calendar.
Meals with Friends
On the third Thursday each month, Meals with Friends is an opportunity to relax and chat while enjoying a social luncheon at one of the wonderful venues we have here in Tamworth or out of town, when COVID-19 rules permit. All GoCo clients receive a main meal, dessert and drink at a subsidised rate.
The first Meals with Friends is on Thursday 18 March 2021 at 12pm at the Riviera Bar and Grill at the Best Western Sanctuary Inn. Contact us to attend.
On the second Wednesday of the month, people living with Dementia and their carers can meet at a Café and enjoy the company of people who are experiencing what they are. It is a great way to share stories, information and have some time out.
Dementia Café will be held on Wednesday 10 March 2021 at 10am at Inspirations Café, Tamworth. Contact us to attend.
Strength and Balance Exercise Classes
We are taking expressions of interest to firm up numbers and preferred days and times for new classes in Tamworth. Classes are offered at a subsidised rate. Contact us today to register your name.
Tech Savvy Seniors Classes
Tech Savvy Seniors is a partnership with Central Northern Libraries to deliver technology lessons to GoCo clients. The 10 Week course will run on Tuesdays at the Tamworth Community Centre from 6 April – 8 June 2021. Clients receive free Samsung Tablet. Contact usto register your attendance.
BOOK YOUR PLACE
All social activities must be booked in advance and have limited numbers. Book your place today.
GoCo invites our clients and volunteers to complete our surveys to have your say.
We’d love your feedback! Your thoughts help us to understand where we can improve and understand whether our services and supports measured up to your expectations.
The year 2020 has been unlike any other. Although, disruption occurred to a number of our services this year due to COVID-19, GoCo is committed to being agile and adapting our approach to suit requirements as well as your own individual needs and preferences.
Paper Surveys: Paper surveys are available from GoCo offices or you can request them over the phone to be posted. When you complete the form, please drop it into the collection box at the reception desk of any GoCo office, or post it back in the envelope provided. We will not see your individual return (unless you want us to).
The results will be reported to our management team and will help us make improvements to our services. The report will not allow your answers to be identified from those of others. So please say what you think.
If you have any questions about this survey, please ring Jasmin on 0437 078 908.
Please return this survey before Friday 18th December 2020.
Nundle local, Trish Leonard dearly missed her GoCo weekly exercise classes during the COVID-19 lock down, for both social and physical reasons.
‘It gets us up and going and keeps us fit and strong,’ said Mrs Leonard of the Tuesday strength and balance for older people in the Nundle community, coordinated by GoCo.
Having attended the hour long sessions each week at Nundle’s Sport and Recreation Club since they began in August 2019, Mrs Leonard says it has made a huge difference to her strength and fitness.
‘The classes are really focused on our posture and strength. It’s just great for us oldies,’ Mrs Leonard said.
The hugely popular classes recommenced in Nundle this month.
Personal Trainer and Health Coach, Andrew Ryan from Kootingal Gym delivers the class on behalf of GoCo and says that some of the results have been truly amazing.
‘Some of the clients really take in everything they can and apply it to their lives. I’ve noticed people with healthier looking skin, eyes and hair, improved posture and increased confidence in addition to better fitness and strength, Mr Ryan said.
GoCo CHSP Coordinator, Rachel Palmer said the classes have been very popular among GoCo’s older client group.
‘We’ve had an outstanding response to the classes in Nundle and some great feedback,’ Mrs Palmer said.
‘The idea for exercise classes in Nundle came when I identified that our group of clients were really quite fit and active,’ she said.
GoCo’s Nundle clients are very community minded and were looking for more things for their town rather than travelling into Tamworth.
‘We were overwhelmed with interest and have a waiting list for a second class,’ Mrs Palmer said.
Trainer, Mr Ryan says he thoroughly enjoys working with the seniors group.
It is challenging as everyone has very different needs, but I find it very fulfilling,’ Mr Ryan said.
‘My main focus is strengthening posture and joints, improving flexibility and mobility and helping them to maintain their overall independence,’ he said.
Participant, Mrs Leonard says despite the group setting, Andrew gives a very personal experience. ‘He is interested in us as individuals and gives us alternative exercises if we need it,’ she said.
COVID-19 restrictions and the vulnerable older age group meant GoCo had to put weekly classes on hold for a few months, but recommenced with strict rules in place in August 2020.
GoCo’s strength and balance exercise classes aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and social interaction. The program is designed to reduce your risk of falls, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and dementia.