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Going the distance as an Anglicare Southern Queensland Home Care Worker

For Andrea, Longreach isn’t just home, it’s her community. “I came out here for two weeks and stayed out,” she says. That was five years ago. Now, as part of Anglicare’s team of aged care workers, supporting her clients often means going the distance in more ways than one. As a home care worker, it’s not uncommon for Andrea to travel more than 300 kilometres in a day, visiting clients on remote properties, so they can safely and comfortably remain in their own homes

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Independent in the Outback

As Queenslanders, we’re bred tough – but that doesn’t mean going it alone. Across the state’s expanse are scattered people with different stories and different needs, who all have one thing in common: they all need a helping hand from time to time. Dedicated Anglicare staff, like Andrea in Longreach, Jill in Roma, Pam in Chinchilla, Yvonne in Winton and Jo in Childers, never let distance become a barrier to providing the care a client needs to stay supported at home

Audrey, 85, with her companion, a six-year-old daschund named Pedro at their property, one hour outside of Longreach in August 2020 (Photo courtesy of Anglicare Southern Queensland)
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Audrey, 85, and her dog Pedro live an hour outside of Longreach

85-year-old Audrey, who lives near Longreach with her six-year-old dachshund named Pedro, is independent with a zest for life and maintains her 39,000 acre property, which she says is “smaller” than her other properties