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ACSA National Aged Care Open Day 2016

on the Thursday, May 19, 2016

From big cities to rural towns and remote communities, aged care providers across Australia will once again be opening their doors and welcoming the locals on June 17 2016.

This is the third year Australia has participated in what has become an international movement to promote community understanding and involvement with the care of the elderly, their families and the services and community integration offered by facilities in their locality.

“The success of this initiative has been particularly heartening for me” says Adjunct Professor John Kelly, CEO of ACSA.

“The National Open Day has evolved from a ‘nice idea’ to an event that has real impact with quantifiable results. In 2015, there were 212 separate aged care providers registered on our Open Day website and this year looks set to easily exceed that number – we had enquiries about the 2016 event as early as November last year!”

“Aged care providers have embraced this opportunity to showcase their facilities and, in a practical way, help to dispel many of the stereotypes associated with old age and disability. They want to involve the whole community – from school children to people contemplating a major change to the way they currently live – and the National Open Day provides the perfect opportunity” Professor Kelly said.

“Providers have listened to consumers to understand what they want in service expectations. By inviting the community into local aged care homes, it creates an opportunity for this conversation to continue.”

Previous Open Day events have included BBQs, morning teas, picnics, cake stalls, fetes, fancy dress parties, treasure hunts, carnival rides for the kids…. the activities are many and varied but the enthusiasm is high with residents, staff and carers involved from planning to ensuring the day is a success.

Many participating aged care homes invite guest speakers, health professionals and therapists to share their insights on ageing, while others use the opportunity to speak directly to families contemplating a transition in their own lives as well as community stakeholders.

Aged & Community Services Australia is the peak body for mission-based aged care providers.

Participating aged care providers include:




From 10:30 am enjoy the resident art display and art group in the auditorium. Tours of the site will begin at 11:00am with morning tea and refreshments

From 1:30pm enjoy afternoon tea in the 1920s style café, or new BBQ area.

From 2:00pm art, woodwork and crafts will be on display. Afternoon tea provided.

From 11:00am until 4:00pm enjoy a garden-themed afternoon tea with residents and families, including displays, competitions and guest speaker, Dave Bell. Dave will present Gardens to Soothe the Soul at 2:00pm, where he will speak about his award-winning photography book.

From 2:00pm and afternoon tea will be held for all residents, families and visitors, with a concert performed by students from Marion Primary School. 

From 10:00am enjoy a display showcasing resident art and craft, with morning tea, followed by a concert from the Bobby Dazzlers at 11:00am.

From 2:00pm until 3:30pm enjoy photo displays, art and craft, and a movie on the big screen showcasing Resthaven Mt Gambier’s first five years. Morning tea will be provided.


From 11:00am enjoy guided tours with activities in the afternoon including ten pin bowling and a performance from entertainer, John King at 1:15pm.

From 1:30pm until 3:00pm a display in the main hall will showcase resident arts and crafts. Afternoon tea will be provided for residents, families and visitors.

From 10:30am morning tea will be offered in the café, alongside displays of photographs, programs and information.

From 10:00am, morning tea will be offered for residents, families and visitors, followed by a jazz concert from the Riverboat Shufflers.

This list will be updated as new aged care homes announce their participation. Click here to view a complete list.

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