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UnitingCare Queensland is the health and community service provider of the Uniting Church and supports more than 14 000 people throughout the state every day of the year. With over 15 000 staff in more than 400 geographic locations across Queensland UnitingCare Queensland is one of Australia’s largest non-profit health and community service providers, with an annual operating budget in excess of one billion dollars.


UnitingCare Queensland supports the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse


UnitingCare Queensland, the health and community services provider of the Uniting Church in Queensland, welcomes the decision of the Federal Government to establish a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and commits its full support to the work of the Royal Commission.
UnitingCare Queensland acknowledges the pain and suffering of all those who have experienced sexual abuse at the hands of institutions and individuals and emphatically states that abuse of children is never acceptable.
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Blue Care to offer Hospital in the Home

ImageBlue Care will help ease the growing demand for Queensland Health hospital services when it introduces a new service - Blue Care Hospital in the Home - from January 2014.

The new service which is a partnership between Blue Care and the Queensland Government, will allow eligible patients to be treated for acute conditions in their own home as an alternative to being treated in hospital.

The first areas to have Blue Care Hospital in the Home will be Townsville and Brisbane’s south and Bayside suburbs.

Blue Care Executive Director Robyn Batten said that this could be expanded across the state. 

“Blue Care operates in more than 80 locations across Queensland, directly touching the lives of more than 60 000 people each year,” Robyn said.

“Blue Care Hospital in the Home complements our existing high quality care and support services to provide a tailor made approach to caring for a person at home.

“The care received through the service is comparable with the care received as a hospital in-patient. 

“Benefits include the ability for patients to remain in the comfort of their own home, be actively involved in their own care, and have visits from family and friends at any time.

“Participation is voluntary and is provided free of charge to eligible Queensland Health patients of any age. It is a cost-effective care option to assist with managing the growing demand on hospital services and beds. 

“The service will work alongside hospital medical practitioners to provide eligible patients with vital support which they would otherwise receive as an inpatient in hospital,” she said.

Blue Care Hospital in the Home services may include:

  •     attending to skin infections
  •     providing treatment for blood clot/s in the lungs or legs
  •     providing treatment for urinary tract infections
  •     treatment for lung infections

Referrals for the service will be made by the hospital in each of the selected areas of operation. The services provided may vary in between hospitals.

More information about Blue Care Hospital in the Home will be made available via the Blue Care website at www.bluecare.org.au.

Blue Care is part of UnitingCare Queensland which provides quality and compassionate care to more than 14 000 people every day of the year and also includes UnitingCare Community and UnitingCare Health.

Congratulations to UnitingCare Queensland CEO
ImageThis has been a very special month for UnitingCare Queensland's CEO Anne Cross. Not only has she celebrated 10 years as CEO but she has also been recognised as one of Queensland's 125 leading women by the Young Women's Christian Association Queensland.

At a surprise celebration morning tea Anne Cross said that UnitingCare Queensland looked very different now to how it was when she first joined the organisation.

"UnitingCare Queensland has really come of age over the last 10 years - together we have been through a positive development process that would not have been possible without the hard work and support of so many people," she said.

Anne said that being selected as one of Queensland's leading women was a huge honour and a wonderful surprise.

"To be selected alongside such people as the first Blue Care nurse, Olive Smith, the first female Governor General, Quentin Bryce and the first female Premier, Anna Bligh as well as Indigenous performer, Christine Anu and Indigenous athlete, Cathy Freeman is very humbling," she said.

Anne was nominated for her work as CEO of UnitingCare Queensland and for her efforts in serving on numerous government and non-government boards, councils and committees during her 30 plus years of working in health and community services.

Congratulations Anne from all of us!
Queensland Plan submission

UnitingCare Queensland has recently contributed to the State Government’s Queensland Plan. The theme of the submission is about harnessing the power of communities and their capacity to engage, be innovative and support one another.

It also promotes the power of partnerships and the untapped potential of technology as the challenges and opportunities ahead will demand resources and innovation.

To view the UnitingCare Queensland submission follow this link.

UnitingCare supports the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
UnitingCare Queensland, the health and community services provider of the Uniting Church in Queensland, welcomes the decision of the Federal Government to establish a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and commits its full support to the work of the Royal Commission.  

UnitingCare Queensland acknowledges the pain and suffering of all those who have experienced sexual abuse at the hands of institutions and individuals and emphatically states that abuse of children is never acceptable. 

We are committed to justice and reconciliation and we hope the Royal Commission will provide an opportunity for healing, justice and reconciliation for all those who have suffered as well as contributing to improved systems and processes for preventing and dealing with sexual abuse of children. 

The Uniting Church has taken quick and decisive action to respond to the Royal Commission. Uniting Care Queensland is participating on National and Queensland based response groups and we have also established a working group within UnitingCare Queensland to support our service groups’ cooperation with the Royal Commission. 

UnitingCare Queensland has an established policy and process already in place to respond to any former resident who suffered abuse while under the care of a Uniting Church community or health service and has been working with former residents over the years to offer hope and healing. 

We encourage anyone who has used our services and who would like to talk to the Royal Commission to please do so. 

The Royal Commission’s website contains information about the scope of its work as well as processes and legal and counselling support.  For more information, please go to

We also encourage anyone who would like to talk to UnitingCare Queensland in relation to this topic to please contact (07) 3025 2001 or email This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it .  We will then ensure an appropriate person contacts you as quickly as possible. 

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance or support please do not hesitate to contact any one of the following organisations who all have trained and professional people who will be able to help.  

Find a relevant organisation using this link http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/Support 

The Uniting Church National Assembly has posted information about the Royal Commission here:  http://assembly.uca.org.au/resources/royalcommission  


UnitingCare Queensland Board Member receives Order of Australia
ImageUnitingCare Queensland Board member, Rev Dr David Pitman, was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 10 June 2013.

 “David received his appointment for his ‘significant service to the Uniting Church in Australia in the promotion of ecumenism and to education’,” UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross said.

 “David is most deserving of this honour as he has a deep and abiding concern for the wellbeing of people and demonstrates this in his encouragement of new projects and in his advocacy with the community. 

“He has served on the UnitingCare Queensland Board on three occasions, the first two occasions as Moderator of the Uniting Church Queensland Synod and now as an independent Board Member. 

“His leadership as a Board Member has always focussed on inspiring action for the common good and encouraging people to be engaged in growing the outreach of the Church through community services. 

“I am delighted for David and his family and offer our warmest congratulations to them, on behalf of UnitingCare Queensland,” Anne Cross said. 

Five other Queensland Uniting Church members received the Medal of the Order of Australia: Christopher Brooker, Frank Dingle, Harry Ellis, Rev Arthur Foote and Gwenda Spencer. 

“I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of these most worthy recipients,” Anne Cross said.
UnitingCare Queensland Board appointments

A selection panel appointed by the Synod Standing Committee has been overseeing the recruitment and appointment of Board members for the UnitingCare Queensland Board to replace two Board members, Dr Greg Herring and Mr Graham Schlecht, who completed their final terms in early 2013.

Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes OAM and Mr Andrew McBryde were appointed as a members of the UnitingCare Board from 1 March 2013.

Professor McGregor-Lowndes is a lawyer with extensive experience in the charity and non-profit sector. He has been the Director of The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies in the Faculty of Business, Queensland University of Technology. He is a legal consultant to McCullough Robertson.

During the past ten years he has also undertaken consultancy work for the Australian Taxation Office, Australian Treasury and all state and territory Treasury departments, the Productivity Commission,Queensland Department of Fair Trading and Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability. He has a keen awareness and understanding of policy and government at all levels, especially with respect to charities and non-profits, including UnitingCare Queensland’s community service areas.

He is a member of the Uniting Church and has at various times been a UCA elder, Church Council Secretary or Chair, Presbytery member, member of Synod, Synod Standing Committee, Assembly,Assembly Standing Committee and Assembly and Synod legal reference committees. Myles is currently a member of the Synod Governance Nomination and Remuneration Committee (GNRC).

Mr McBryde is very experienced in stakeholder engagement in the business and wider community as well as within the Church. He has a strong strategy focus. His commercial experience brings valuable skills and insight to the boardroom table.

He has wide experience across the Church in a variety of roles with Church Councils and governance bodies. In addition to Church Board roles (Previous Chair, Wesley Mission Brisbane and (current) Chair of the Uniting Church Finance Investment and Property Board), Mr McBryde has also been Chair of the Endeavour Foundation for the last ten years. Mr McBryde will complete his term as Chair, Finance Investment and Property Board in May 2013.

Additionally, two current Board members, Ms Jude Munro OA and Mr Dawson Petie, completed their current terms on the UnitingCare Queensland Board in early 2013. The Synod Standing Committee approved the reappointment of Ms Munroe for a second term of three years, following completion of her first term. The Synod Standing Committee also approved the reappointment of Mr Dawson Petie for a third and final term of three years, following completion of his second term.

Further candidates with requisite skills, experience and strong Uniting Church connection (primarily those applicants who had applied for Board positions through internal Church processes) went through an interview process in January 2013 to appoint a further two new Board members to assist with a smooth transition when further vacancies occur in early 2014.

The Synod Standing Committee approved the appointments of Ms Maree Blake and Mr Chris Townend.

Ms Blake is an experienced non-executive director.  She has served on both public sector and not-for-profit boards.  These have included RSPCA Australia, Hear and Say Centre, Toowoomba City Council Audit Committee and Holy Cross Laundry.  She is a certified practicing accountant and more recently in her executive career was Queensland Regional Commissioner for ASIC following a long career as a partner in a national accounting firm (PPB). 

Mr Townend is also an experienced non-executive director.  He has served as a director for both private sector companies and in the not-for-profit sector.  In particular he is a past director of Mercy Aged Care and All Hallow’s School.  He has served as a member of board finance and audit committees, is a chartered accountant and in his executive career was a chief financial officer of large public sector and not-for-profit organisations, in particular Mater Health for seven years.



Australia's first digital hospital to showcase the future of healthcare

ImageAustralia’s first fully integrated digital hospital is to be built at Hervey Bay on Queensland’s Fraser Coast by UnitingCare Queensland with the support of Federal Government funding.

The state of the art “hospital of the future” will be supported by the Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF) which will provide $47 million towards the estimated $87.5 million construction and e-health costs for St Stephen’s Hospital.

Scheduled to open in August 2014, UnitingCare Health’s private 96-bed hospital will not only provide vital medical and surgical services and an unparalleled model of patient care but will also be the first to showcase the future of healthcare.