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UPDATED 23th July 2021

Dear staff member

I am writing to you on behalf of the Board of Our Lady of Consolation Aged Care & Services to acknowledge the work you are doing in keeping our residents and our community clients safe in these difficult times.

I also want to acknowledge the take up we have achieved in regard to staff vaccination against Covid. It is a great achievement that 97% of the staff who are available to work (not on extended leave) in residential care, in home care and in administration are now at least partly vaccinated and that by next Tuesday 68% of staff will be fully vaccinated. The current Covid outbreak is proving difficult to control, so this level of vaccination amongst staff gives our residents, our clients and their families some piece of mind.  At a time like this, it is natural that some people worry about the risk of staff contracting the virus and spreading it in the course of their work. However, we all know that the vaccination also protects you and your family and friends.

To those staff who are having to be regularly Covid tested a number of times a week, I want to thank you for your patience and your perseverance. To you and to all staff, I hope you can maintain a sense of perspective over the coming weeks and some ways to ensure your sense of wellbeing.

Our management had to cancel the staff Christmas party last year, and instead they had hoped to have a “Christmas in July” party. Clearly, that is no longer possible either, but I think we need to find some small way to acknowledge your perseverance and spirit in working through this lockdown. We also need to celebrate the achievement of being an industry leader in terms of staff vaccination.

So on behalf of the Board I have approved the allocation of a $60 gift card for each staff member as a small token of our appreciation and support. Our managers have come up with list of five gift vouchers that you can choose from and each of them has a link to wellbeing. They can all be delivered to you by email and can all be used online during the current shutdown in Sydney. The voucher options are as follows:

  1. Booktopia
  2. ITunes
  3. Rebel Sport
  4. JBHiFi
  5. iSubscribe (which has a range of magazine subscriptions)

Gemma Shorten will be in touch with you next week to explain how this will work in practice.

Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to our residents here at OLOC and our clients in the community.

Yours sincerely,




Rodger Austin
Board Chairman
23 July 2021