Social Outreach Annual Report 2012-13

Date: 02/09/2013

Cabrini’s new Social and Community Outreach Annual Report 2012-13 describes programs which support underserved people in Melbourne and beyond. It is being launched at the annual Outreach and Community Partners event being held at the Cabrini Malvern Chapel on Monday 2 September at 5 pm.

In 2012-13, Cabrini’s investment in social and community outreach increased significantly: we invested a $3.07m compared to $2.35m the previous year.

“In 2010, we set a goal to treble real expenditure in social outreach and community activities over the next three financial years,” said Cath Garner, Cabrini’s Executive Director, Mission and Strategy. “We committed to strengthening our support of asylum seekers and refugees, increasing our involvement in Aboriginal health and wellbeing programs and undertaking a community needs analysis in order to better meet local needs.”

In 2012-13, Cabrini began two new health outreach services – that is, healthcare service to individuals or groups who are financially or socially disadvantaged and would otherwise have limited or no access to that service:

  • A new pro bono echocardiography service to remote Aboriginal communities located on Cape York Peninsula
  • A new pathology service to Modilon Hospital in Madang, Papua New Guinea

“Health outreach provides a way for us to share our core healthcare expertise and skills and for our staff to be involved in delivering the service,” said Cath.

Fast facts about Cabrini’s social and community outreach program
  • Through 19 partnerships, Cabrini supports 38 different social outreach projects
  • Cabrini’s 19 partnerships account for more than half (55 per cent) of expenditure in this program
  • More than one in five staff (22 per cent) are personally involved in the program
A diverse program

Cabrini’s social and community outreach program is designed to identify and meet unmet needs in our community. Under four program areas, we support a diverse range of projects:

  • Aboriginal health e.g. support for Melbourne’s Ngwala Willumbong’s Winja Ulupna (women’s recovery centre)
  • Serving the marginalised e.g. support for CatholicCare, which provides services for asylum seekers and refugee programs
  • International health e.g. support Cabrini Ministries in Swaziland, southern Africa, which provides health outreach and care for 450 orphans and vulnerable children
  • Community engagement e.g. a scholarship program with Catholic colleges in Melbourne to help students whose studies could be in jeopardy for financial reasons
About Cabrini’s social outreach program

Cabrini’s approach to social outreach was formalised in 1992, in order to more closely align our organisation with the Cabrini Sisters’ missionary vision and goals – beginning with the establishment of Cabrini Centacare (now CatholicCare). This long held partnership began with then-Centacare Catholic Family Services Malvern whereby Cabrini provided funding to help establish family counselling services in the City of Stonnington. It remains the only not-for-profit counselling service in the suburb.