Rosh Hashanah 2019
Emmy welcomes the Harvard University Krokodiloes as part of their global tour.
Tania Liberman was wooed during the
The Kroks serenaded Emmy volunteer Nicky with
the tune What’s Your Name?
CHARMED BY THE
What a treat it was to host the Krokodiloes at Emmy! Twelve
well-dressed undergraduates brought their soothing harmonies
and witty humour to perform to a capacity house in the Alter
Family Function Room in July.
We were treated to a wonderfully
entertaining afternoon complete with
audience participation from an obliging
The Krokodiloes are Harvard University’s
oldest and most prestigious a cappella
singing group, with a musical repertoire
loosely based on the Great American
It was lovely to see so many family
members enjoying the entertainment with
their loved ones. The impact this and other
music concerts have on our residents
cannot be underestimated. Music can
bring joy, peace, smiles, dance and a
sense of inclusion. With so many benefits,
it’s no wonder music and live concerts are
an integral part of our Culture, Community
and Wellbeing programs.
With such a packed schedule on
their annual world tour, we were indeed
fortunate to secure a performance
during their brief Melbourne sojourn.
The Kroks sang some familiar tunes
for their audience, with Waltzing Matilda
being a favourite. Their charm certainly
kept the audience chuckling with plenty
of movement and laughs through the set.
This event was sponsored through the
Estate of Les Klemke, managed by Lowe
Lippman and enabled through board
member, Danny Lustig. We are very
appreciative of the support to enable
such a world class performance to stop
at Emmy Monash.
Rosh Hashanah 2019
As another Jewish year comes to
a close we have much to be proud
of here at Emmy Monash. The new
year is both a time of reflection and
a time to plan for the year ahead.
In July the new Aged Care Quality
Standards came into effect and
they raised the bar on what is required
in every Australian government funded
aged care facility. The new standards
have a stronger focus on the resident,
the outcomes they experience and
their quality of life. We welcome these
new standards and will continuously
improve our practices to not just
meet but wherever possible exceed
the expectations of the industry and
In July we hosted an unannounced
visit from the Aged Care Quality and
Safety Commission to assess our
implementation of the new Standards.
More than 60 residents and family
members were interviewed as were
many of our staff and some volunteers.
The assessors commended our team,
noting they showed extraordinary
levels of professionalism, dedication,
care and loyalty.
I would like to congratulate and thank
everyone in our Emmy family for their
contribution. We would not be the
organisation we are today without
On behalf of the Board of Directors
and all the Emmy Monash team I
would also like to thank Steve Aivaliotis,
our Quality, Risk and Innovation
Manager who managed and facilitated
the accreditation visit with the utmost
Our Culture Community and
Wellbeing Team are always looking
at new initiatives and will be
implementing some exciting programs
including gardening with local
schools. This program is the result
of a successful application to the
Glen Eira Council grant program.
I take this opportunity to wish
and your families a Shana Tova
U’Metukah, a happy, healthy and
sweet new year. We thank you all
for your continued support of our
organisation. I also wish to thank
the community who supported
us through our appeal this year.
Your generous donations allow
us to continue running programs
and delivering exceptional care,
something the community has come
to expect of Emmy Monash. Thank
you to the entire Emmy family for
your belief and faith in our vision
and mission, together we are all
redefining the aged care experience.
Tanya Abramzon, CEO
A recent Melbourne Recital Centre (MRC) performance. L to R: Sandra Robertson Director of
Development, MRC; Melissa Doecke, co-founder Inventi Ensemble (flute); Ben Opie, co-founder
Inventi Ensemble (oboe); Tanya Abramzon, CEO Emmy Monash; Euan Murdoch, CEO MRC;
Jane Hansen, Chair Hansen Little Foundation; Maureen Shulsinger, Culture Community and
Alan Marks enjoying a coffee during his
Physio Kevin keeps the residents moving in an
A visit to the Wellness Centre on Level 2
Gandel House these days will see
residents’ physio needs addressed and
also a little pampering. Total Health Physio
staff will accompany residents to and
from the rooms, which offer therapeutic
massage, soothing heat packs, relaxing
background music therapy and even
a Nespresso coffee. This forms part of
Emmy’s holistic approach to care and is
another way we are redefining aged care.
Total Health Physio has expanded with
a new team member. An Occupational
Therapist, Pauline is passionate about
working within aged care, stemming from
a strong bond with her grandparents.
She has joined the team full time and is
thoroughly enjoying getting to know
Together with Monica Arango, Clinical
Care Manager, Physiotherapy Team Leader
Tina is part of a committee focused on
falls. The program reviews the occurrence
of falls and analyses data to further reduce
the incidence of falls.
Watch this space for more information on
our plans for a Walk Around Israel Program!
Rosh Hashanah 2019
EMMY’S ANNUAL REPORT IS GOING GREEN
We are always seeking ways to
reduce our ecological footprint. This
year our 2018–2019 Annual Report
will be predominantly distributed online.
A minimal number of Annual Reports
will be printed and mailed to members
and of course they will be on display
within Emmy in November. The report
will be published on our website at the
The move will see a saving not only in
paper but also in production resources
and mailing costs.
If you would like to be notified when
it is published, please make sure
we have your email address. Please
contact Reception on 8508 9300 if
you would prefer a hard copy Annual
Report mailed to you.
If you have other ideas of how
we can reduce our environmental
impact, please fill out a Feedback
Form available at Reception and
all Nurses Stations.
6O SECONDS WITH JUHISHA, CLINICAL CARE TEAM LEADER
Juhisha Hurhungee is the Clinical Care
Team Leader on Level 2 in Gandel
House. She has worked at Emmy since
December 2017 and up until recently,
she was the Div 2 Nurse in Bierman unit,
Dandenong Road before accepting a
promotion to Team Leader.
What are you enjoying the most about
the role? The phone calls! (Juhisha laughs
as her phone rings for the third time in five
minutes) But in all seriousness it is great
to be given more responsibility and the
opportunity to progress my career. Having
been here almost two years and getting
this opportunity is really wonderful, I am
able to show my colleagues, managers and
myself that I am capable.
What do you love about Emmy
Monash? The teamwork is amazing
and a highlight of the job! I have worked
in other places that do not have the same
cohesion between team members and
that is one reason I am at Emmy. There
is plenty of communication between the
Clinical Care team, the PCAs and all other
departments – Emmy Monash does this
really well. This also impacts positively
on the relationships we build when caring
for residents which is really important.
What are your career plans? I have
not started thinking about that yet, but I
would like to do some more study and look
to specialise in mental health.
When you are not working, what
are your hobbies? Well I have started
knitting after a resident here, Syd,
taught me how. It has taken me a few
months, but I am currently half way
through knitting a blanket.
My parents are overseas, but my sisters
live here so I enjoy spending time with
them and my beautiful four-year-old
nephew. My background is Mauritian,
and I enjoy cooking traditional food. Our
food is a cross between Indian, Chinese
and African so it is all about spices and
great flavours but nothing hot!
Team Leader Juhisha Hurhungee chatting with resident Carmel Tofler.
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Pianist Hoang Pham performed on our new baby grand piano, kindly donated by the Pinkus and Harris families, as part of a larger music
Recognising International Nurses Day: Monica Arango, Lisa Barnett,
Debbie Fredericks and Roselle Fuentes.
Miriam Weisz from Darchei Shalom with Joe Kolt preparing vegetable soup to
provide to the needy in the community.
Always entertaining, the Inventi Ensemble performed as part of the
Melbourne Recital Centre’s Learning and Access Program.
Cara from the Twelve Program making apple cakes with Deborah Herzog.
There certainly is something for everyone at Emmy Monash. We pride ourselves on a unique range
of programs that celebrate our culture and each individual’s identity.
Rosh Hashanah 2019
Sara Sutton and Lee got to know each other during the Diller Teen Fellows
Culture Community and Wellbeing staff engaged in wheelchair bus
Joan Warman and Barbara celebrating Yom Ha’atzmaut.
Safta Betty. Helen Light joined the conga line