Topic: R-E-S-P-E-C-T – find out what it means to me

Day: Monday 19 October 2020

Time:  1:30pm-1:50pm AEDT


If the title of this paper sounds familiar, then it is likely you are aware of both Otis Redding and Arethra Franklin and may well know 55 years have passed since the song
R-E-S-P-E-C-T was released – the words of the song have never been more relevant in Aged Care. Those words are alive and well in a small rurally located Queensland Residential Aged Care facility.

From a societal perspective the word respect has become close to passé, but from an Aged Care regulatory perspective, it now needs to be embedded in the cultural fabric of both Residential and Home Care Providers modus operandii. The paper considers how size really matters when it comes to developing respect for those receiving care and services and respect for self and colleagues further presenting the view respect is the bedrock of the current Aged Care Quality Standards based on the experience of a small rural facility in Queensland.





David undertook his “nurse training” in the UK, emigrating to Australia in 1987 and completing tertiary studies through Charles Sturt University in 1994. He has worked across Australia in Aged Care over the last 25 years.
2020 has seen David officially become “An Older Australian”, but this has not dulled his passion for what are often viewed as ‘old-fashioned’ values – values that underpin his view on what care is actually about.
His passion extends to one of the other loves of his – British Bulldogs, a breed that has been in David’s family since 1919, in part this is because of the breed characteristic of loyalty, which coupled with respect underpin both David’s personal and professional life.