Amaranth ex­pands to new home

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ALANNAH GREEN­WOOD

The pos­si­bil­i­ties and suc­cess of the Amaranth Foun­da­tion are now end­less, ac­cord­ing to Amaranth Foun­da­tion CEO Ju­lianne Whyte.

The Amaranth Foun­da­tion, which was pre­vi­ously lo­cated in Ries­ling Street, Corowa has moved to the for­mer Karinya build­ing on Red­lands Road, Corowa.

The new premises will al­low the foun­da­tion to fur­ther ex­pand their ser­vices which cur­rently cater for pal­lia­tive end of care life, men­tal health, grief, loss and trauma, chil­dren and young peo­ple coun­selling and im­proved qual­ity and vi­tal­ity of life.

Es­tab­lished in Fe­bru­ary 2009, the Amaranth Foun­da­tion evolved in re­sponse to an iden­ti­fied need in ru­ral and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties for an or­gan­i­sa­tion to dis­cover and re­spond to the so­cial, emo­tional, psy­cho­log­i­cal and ex­is­ten­tial needs of peo­ple liv­ing with a life­lim­it­ing ill­ness, their fam­i­lies and care givers.

“Our ded­i­cated team at Amaranth un­der­stand that liv­ing with a se­ri­ous, chronic or life­lim­it­ing ill­ness means liv­ing with un­cer­tainty,” CEO Ju­lianne Whyte said.

“Our clin­i­cians pro­vide ther­a­peu­tic and psy­choso­cial sup­port for peo­ple cop­ing with ad­vanced chronic and terminal ill­ness.

“The Amaranth model of care is in­te­grated ‘wrap around care’ which recog­nises that not just one per­son or one pro­fes­sion can of­fer all the sup­port­ive needs of each in­di­vid­ual, their fam­ily and their caregivers.”

Ju­lianne said her in­te­grated team of key health pro­fes­sion­als and other ser­vices and ther­a­pies was co­or­di­nated and main­tained through the in­di­vid­ual’s care jour­ney and con­tin­ued to sup­port the fam­ily in be­reave­ment.

“This model of care is unique to Amaranth Foun­da­tion,” she said.

“At Amaranth, we pro­vide many ser­vices to best help our clients in the is­sues they are fac­ing and now that we are in our new premises we will be able to re­ally fur­ther ex­pand on that be­cause we fi­nally have a large fa­cil­ity to fur­ther cater for all our ser­vices on a larger scale.

“We are so thrilled to have been given this op­por­tu­nity to have our foun­da­tion so close to our lo­cal health precinct.”

Ju­lianne said ex­pan­sion of the foun­da­tion’s lo­ca­tion in Corowa had been on the cards for some time and the or­gan­i­sa­tion was com­mit­ted to wait for a suit­able lo­ca­tion to be­come avail­able within the town rather than out­source to a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion.

“We have been in Corowa since 2009 and while we have opened an­other branch in Wagga we have al­ways been very pas­sion­ate about stay­ing in Corowa to pro­vide our ser­vices lo­cally,” she said.

“We hope that now we are in the new premises that we will be able to cater for larger groups and clients while host­ing learn­ing sem­i­nars and nationwide projects.”

It has been a suc­cess­ful twelve months for the Amaranth Foun­da­tion as it con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength within the ru­ral health sec­tor.

In Novem­ber 2016 Ju­lianne was awarded the ‘Most Cre­ative and In­no­va­tive Project’ at the Agency for Clin­i­cal In­no­va­tion awards cer­e­mony at the NSW Ru­ral Health and Re­search Congress.

The foun­da­tion’s ac­com­plish­ments were fur­ther height­ened when Ju­lianne was pre­sented with an Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal for her ser­vice to com­mu­nity health through pal­lia­tive care pro­grams on Aus­tralia Day this year.

Amaranth Foun­da­tion CEO Ju­lianne Whyte pic­tured with staff Heather Lane, Kel­lie Rip­pin­gale and La Trobe Univer­sity stu­dent Ny­ombe Nyam­bura at their new premises, for­mally the old Karinya build­ing on Red­lands Road, Corowa.

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