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Inaugural National HMMS Conference a great success We are so pleased to report that State Council has received overwhelmingly positive feedback about our first national Conference. Many participants have told us it was the best Conference they have ever attended combining professionalism, fun and entertainment and producing a great outcome for delegates. Delegates appreciated the opportunity to meet and network with people from all over Australia including those from the industry, with academics and Government representatives from both NSW and Canberra. Our Master of Ceremonies, Andrew Buchanan, won many hearts with his often hilarious narratives as did motivational speaker, Robyn Moore, who entertained us with her wonderful stories and impersonations. The keynote speakers and workshop presenters were of a high calibre giving delegates the opportunity to learn and return to their workplaces with valuable information and knowledge. One of the many highlights of the Conference was the Q&A Panel with the ABC’s Tony Jones who facilitated the panel with such ease and grace. The Trade Exhibition was also highly praised by delegates and Trade Exhibitors alike, the Exhibitors being especially grateful for the time they were able to spend with delegates and for the contacts they made. Those who attended the Industry Dinner harbour cruise had a great time socialising and dancing to the wonderful music of the Cath Simes band. We believe that the Conference showcased our industry admirably and are hopeful we got our message across to the powers that be about its needs and future direction. May we take this opportunity to thank everyone who attended for your input and support.


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Inaugural National Conference Evaluation Forms We would love to receive feedback from all delegates who attended the recent Conference and a big thank you to those who have completed their forms and returned them to us. However, as yet we haven’t heard from all of you and would be grateful if those who have not completed and returned their evaluation forms could do so at the earliest opportunity. If you did not receive an evaluation form, please contact Christine Casey at c.casey@nswhmms. org or (02) 6622 8386 and she will forward one to you.


Aged Care Reforms Update Published by the Department of Health and Ageing, the Aged Care Reform Update is a regular newsletter providing the latest news on the progress of the implementation of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package. Five issues have been published thus far. To read them, enter the words “Aged Care Reform Update” in the search box of the Department of Health and Ageing’s website at www.health.gov.au

Budget Funding for Aged Care As part of the development of a nationally consistent aged care system, the Treasurer recently announced in his Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook that the Government will provide $102.2 million over five years, including $7.1 million in 2011-2012, to enable the Department of Health and Ageing to administer HACC services for people aged 65 years and over and for indigenous people 50 years and over. This measure has no impact on the Budget and will redirect resources previously applied to the administration of the HACC Program by the States and Territories. Under the Living Longer, Living Better package the Government will establish a national Commonwealth Home Support Program

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to include services provided under the existing HACC Program. In developing the Commonwealth Home Support Program, the Government will review services being delivered, including meals on wheels, transport and home modifications and maintenance. The Government hopes the review will inform a move to more consistent and equitable service delivery arrangements and more national consistency in what people contribute to the cost of these services.


Ageing Strategy for NSW The NSW Government has recently released its Ageing Strategy which involves measures to address the needs of older people as well as supporting population ageing. Some of the highlights of the Strategy include: • a new Help Line to stop abuse of older people • promotion of healthy lifestyles • safer driving for older drivers including support for transition from a driving to a non-driving life • exploring affordable housing solutions for older people Measures to address population ageing include: • removal of barriers to work for mature age workers • promoting early decision-making about later life including wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianship • grants to support local government to improve mobility access and liveability in built environments and town centres

For detailed information about the Strategy, visit http://www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/about_us/strategies/nsw_ageing_strategy spring

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Home modifications

reduce falls

The most recent Cochrane review published on 14 September 2012 now lists environmental interventions as being significant in falls reduction amongst older people particularly for those at a higher risk of falling including those with severe visual impairment. The study also found that interventions reduce cost and appear to be more effective when delivered by an Occupational Therapist. The review was led by the University of Otago in New Zealand and also involved researchers from the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse at the University of Sydney.

For more information, visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007146.pub3/abstract

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L iving L onger, L iving Better Under the Living Longer, Living Better aged care reform package, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians will now be treated as a special needs group. In the package, the Government has allocated $192 million to support initiatives for older people with diverse needs and this includes $2.5 million to support staff training that is sensitive to the specific needs of older LGBTI Australians. This means that from 1 July 2012 the needs of LGBTI people will be specifically considered by community and residential aged care providers who work with this group.

Where to Now for the National Disability Insurance Scheme At the time of writing, the COAG meeting had just ended and there were some good outcomes for the NDIS. At the meeting, the Commonwealth made agreements with Tasmania, South Australia and the ACT which will launch trial sites for the NDIS beginning 1 July 2013. However, by the time the meeting ended, no deal had been struck with New South Wales and Victoria which had lodged a joint bid to launch the NDIS in the Hunter and Geelong regions. Some two days later and following intense public disapproval of the lack of action by both the NSW and Victorian Governments, the Premiers agreed to the launch of a trial in the Hunter and Geelong regions from 1 July 2013. The Western Australian government has just announced the launch of its own Scheme which they say embodies the key hallmarks of the NDIS. Called “My Way�, the Government says it will improve the choice, flexibility and control that

people with disability have over their supports and services. This of course leaves Queensland which still has to be persuaded over the validity of the NDIS and whose Premier suggested a levy be instituted to find the additional $8 billion per year required for the NDIS beyond the immediate five launch sites. The levy idea has been rejected by both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. How to fund the NDIS over the long term has still not been decided. The Productivity Commission recommended that it be funded from general revenue and Accountants and Consultants Price Waterhouse Coopers has estimated that the amount of money required to fund disability in Australia by preserving the current fragmented system will reach $45 billion per year by 2035. We shall have to wait and see.

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Changes to Workers Compensation in NSW On 27 June 2012, legislation was passed by the NSW Parliament regarding the way workers compensation benefits and claims are assessed and paid. The changes affect all new and existing workers compensation claims except for claims from police officers, paramedics, firefighters, workers injured in or around a coal mine, emergency service volunteers and people with a dust disease claim. It has also been announced that workers injured after 1 October 2012 will receive benefits under the new legislation while all other injured workers will move to the new scheme from 1 January 2013. Guidelines on the WorkCover reforms will be published soon. The Workers Compensation Legislation Amendment Act 2012 includes:

Active claims For injured employees already receiving weekly payments, special arrangements will apply. The changes differ depending on the length of time the employee has been receiving payments and their level of work capacity. Journey Claims One of the most significant changes is where an employee is injured whilst travelling between home and work while off duty. Employees will now only be eligible for workers compensation benefits where there is

a substantial connection between the person’s employment and the incident out of which the injury arose. What constitutes a substantial connection will depend on the circumstances of each claim.

Return to Work Injured workers and their employers still need to work together to ensure the best possible return-to-work results. Workers who are able to work are obligated to do so and should make reasonable efforts to return to work in suitable employment. If a worker who is able to work fails to make reasonable efforts to do so, they may have their weekly payments suspended or even terminated.

New free service

for injured workers

Medical Benefits Payment for medical and related treatment will end 12 months after the claim for compensation is made or 12 months after the last payment of weekly benefits, whichever occurs last. For those workers with a whole person impairment over 30%, medical cover continues. Nervous Shock and Death Benefits There is now no entitlement for family members of deceased or injured workers to make nervous shock claims. However, existing compensations for shock and death will still apply. This includes an indexed lump sum payable to financial dependents, indexed weekly payments for dependent children and funeral expenses.

For detailed information about the changes, please go to http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/wc-faqs-3794.pdf

For more information see www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/aboutus/newsroom/Pages/WorkersCompensationIssuesPaper.aspx

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Load performance of Powers Adhesives in CSR HEBEL materials POWER-FAST PLUS® Epoxy injection gel

Adhesive type

Bar dia Drill dia mm mm mm mm

Depth mm mm

KF2 Polyester injection gel

Edge distance mm mm

Spacing mm mm

Recommended Working Load Safety factor 4:1 kN kN

Floor Panel Wall Panel Tension Shear Tension Shear Tension

POWERFAST PLUS® KF 2

Adhesive type

10

12

90

12

14

110

10

12

90

12

14

110

Bar dia Drill dia mm mm mm mm

Depth mm mm

75

100

75

Edge distance mm mm

100

Spacing mm mm

Shear

Tension Shear

Thermoblok Tension

Shear

Sonoblok Tension Shear

2.29

1.26

2.11

1.16

1.73

0.87

2.54

1.40

2.88

1.58

2.74

1.50

1.95

0.98

3.23

1.77

0.69

0.41

0.78

0.47

1.33

0.73

1.37

0.82

1.43

0.86

1.13

0.68

1.46

0.80

1.54

0.92

Recommended Working Load Safety factor 4:1 kN kN

Power Panel Tension

POWERFAST PLUS® KF 2

10

12

12

14

10

12

12

14

50

75

Shear

Tension

100

75

Shear

100

Tension

Shear

0.61

0.34

0.68

0.37

0.26

0.14

0.41

0.22

Installation of POWER-FAST PLUS® Epoxy and KF2 polyester injection gels

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Drill a hole to the size and embedment required.

Blow the hole clean with compressed air, brush the hole, and blow it clean again.

Fill the hole approximately half way with adhesive mortar starting from the rear of the hole. Slowly withdraw the static mixing nozzle as the hole fills to avoid creating air pockets within the hole.

Push the threaded rod or rebar into the hole while turning slightly to insure full distribution of the adhesive. The rod or rebar should be free from dirt, grease, oil, or foreign material.

Allow the adhesive mortar to cure for the specified time prior to applying any load.

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Load performance of mungo® by Powers anchors in CSR HEBEL material MUNGO Nylon Plug (MN)

Method of installation Through and pre-assembly fixing Applications Skirtings, coat hangers, small light fittings, towel rails, mirrors, pictures, pipe brackets, shelves, light cupboards.

Description Plug and Length drill Ø MN4 MN5 MN6 MN7 MN8 MN10 MN12 MN14 MN16 MN20

mm 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 14 16 20

mm 20 25 30 35 40 50 60 70 80 90

Wood/Chipboard - Metric

gauge 2-5 3-8 6 - 10 9 - 10 9 - 14 14 - 20 20 - 24 -

mm M3 M4 M4 M5 M6 M8 M10 M12 M14

Recommended working load Tension/Shear kN (kg) 0.02 (2) 0.04 (4) 0.06 (6) 0.07 (7) 0.09 (9) 0.2 (20) 0.4 (40) 0.5 (50) 0.6 (60) 1.0 (100)

Tested in Thermoblok. Reached with max. diameter wood screw. Safety factor = 5

Fixing with MN and metric screw -through fixing

MUNGO Nylon Plug Long (MNL)

Screw type

Description Plug and Length drill Ø MNL6 MNL8

mm 6 8

mm 50 60

Fixing with MN and wood/chipboard screw pre-assembly fixing

Screw size

gauge 6 - 10 9 - 14

Recommended working load Tension/Shear kN (kg) 0.06 0.09

(6) (9)

Tested in Thermoblok. Reached with max. diameter wood screw. Safety factor = 5

Method of installation Through and pre-assembly fixing Applications Timber door frames, timber window frames

Suitable for frame fixing

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Load performance of mungo® by Powers anchors in CSR HEBEL material MUNGO Multi Plug Nylon (MU)

Applications Mirrors, light fittings, plaster board, shelving, light weight cupboards,meter boxes, toolracks, curtain rails, towel rails, communication systems

Description Plug and Length drill Ø

Screw type Wood/Chipboard - Metric

MU6

mm 6

mm 35

gauge 6-8

mm M4

MU8

8

50

9 - 14

M6

MU10

10

60

14 - 20

M8

MU12 MU14

12 14

70 75

10 - 24 24

M10 M12

Recommended working load Tension/Shear kN (kg) 0.3 0.15 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.4 1.2 1.3

(30)* (15)** (50)* (30)** (50)* (40)** (120) (130)

*Woodscrew max. diameter, **Chipboard screw max. diameter. Safety factor = 5, tested in Thermoblok

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Fixings in HEBEL blocks - without hammer drilling Values only valid when using MUNGO Safety Wood Screws. Safety factor = 3

Applications

Plug and drill Ø mm

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MUNGO Nylon Frame Plug (MB-S) zink plated screw

MBSH1080 MBSH10100 MBSH10120 MBSH10140 MBSH10160 MBSH10200 MBSH10240 MBSH10280 MBSH10300 MBSP1080 MBSP10100 MBSP10120 MBSP10140 MBSP10160 MBSP10200

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Length

mm 80 100 120 140 160 200 240 280 300 80 100 120 140 160 200

Usable length

max. mm 10 30 50 70 90 130 170 210 230 10 30 50 70 90 130

Recommended working load Tension/Shear kN (kg)

1.1 (110)

1.1 (110)

Tested in Thermoblok

Window frames, door frames, grab rails, hand rails, cisterns, clothes dryers, hand basins, sinks, kitchen cupboards.

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Load performance of Powers anchors in CSR HEBEL material

ZiP-It® Metal Hollow body self drilling metal anchor (For Thermoblok only) Anchor length mm

Recommended working load

Screw size No.

30

Tension/Shear - kN (kg)

0.28 (28)

#6 - 8

Incorporated safety factor = 5

Installation of ZiP-It®

Rubber Nut multi purpose anchor Description Anchor Thread length mm

M5 x 38

38

M5

Screw length mm

50

Hole Dia. mm

10

Recommended working load Tension/Shear - kN (kg)

0.41 (41) Incorporated safety factor = 5

Tested in Thermoblok

Installation of Rubber Nut

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Conference Keynote Presentations As promised, presentations given by Keynote Speakers at the Conference are now available on our website at http://www.nswhmms.org.au/program

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Conference Photos Check out some of the great photos taken at the Conference on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/NswHmmsStateCouncil/photos_albums

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The New South Wales Home Modification and Maintenance Services State Council is the peak organisation proudly representing HMMS across New South Wales. PO Box 45, Lismore, NSW, 2480 Phone: (02) 6622 8386 Fax: (02) 6622 8693 email: info@nswhmms.org www.nswhmms.org

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