As I reflect on the 100 year anniversary of the ANZAC’s , I think about the stories of solidarity, peace and national pride in my family and others being the grand daughter of a Major who fought in WWI and WWII and my three uncles who fought overseas in WWII. The legacy from my mother who proudly trained at the then veterans hospital, Concord Repatriation General Hospital in the 50’s and later established Regal as the need for care at home for the veterans was identified.
My Grandfather was a widely sought after thought leader and led the Army in the brokering of the peace deal enabling a return to work in 1949 during the coal strike that was impacting on day to day life.
‘The 1949 Australian coal strike was the first time that Australian military forces were used during peacetime to break a trade union strike.
Because the economy was so heavily reliant on coal, drastic restrictions on the use of gas and electricity were imposed. Consequently, industry ground almost to a halt and half a million workers became unemployed. Soup kitchens––those social indicators of economic hardship and physical suffering––were once again a common sight in Sydney’s industrial suburbs. The strike by 23,000 coal miners lasted for seven weeks, from 27 June 1949 to 15 August 1949, with troops being sent in by the Ben Chifley Federal Labor government to the open cut coal mines in New South Wales on 28 July 1949, with the workers returning to work, two weeks later.’
Since 1966 Regal has proudly cared for over 20,000 veterans and war widows ensuring healing, dignity and respect in their own homes and continues this commitment today.
Lest We Forget
Adj Assoc Prof Anna M Shepherd
CEO Regal Home Health
“Thank you so much. We could not have gotten through the last week without the help from your team. They were all so supportive and were such wonderful nurses.”
“Jackie (Regal Nurse) gives you a feeling of security. She knows what she is doing, she lets you know when she is coming next time”
“The Regal Nurse would make sure I was dry – even between my toes.”
“The Occupational Therapist in the hospital defined all the in home care we had to have – one of the Nurses recommended Regal and said they provided 7 day care. I got in touch and we went from there”
“If I lost him (the Regal Nurse) I’d feel bereft. It’s almost like when you are a soldier, you have that mentality of a band of brothers”
“Herb (Regal Nurse) is very caring.”
“I could not fault the service. All the nurses were pleasant and very efficient. All the staff were very obliging and attentive”
“I found the nurses to be very helpful and caring”
“I am very happy with the treatment I have received from the Regal Community Nurses”
“In the environment in which you are delivering services to the community, the ideas of others I thought were enlightening and I felt that you showed a keen awareness to listen and learn.”
“Your staff were efficient, courteous and knowledgeable. This was a great service enabling me a limited stay in hospital. Grateful to use your service twice this year – I am so glad I only have two knees! Thank You”
“As the grand-daughter of a soldier who served In both World Wars I and II, I feel privileged to lead a home health service that cares for so many whose lives have been impacted by war”
“At all times Regal Health Services has displayed excellent interaction with the patients. We always find the staff display the highest professional integrity”
“Regal believes in quality and is prepared to be publicly scrutinized to attest to this quality in process and performance”
“I am a 91-year-old ex-serviceman and have been receiving help from Regal Health Services for some considerable time and I can’t speak highly enough of the health benefits I have received from them. My Nurse has helped me recover from numerous accidental falls on discharge from a hospital. Her happy disposition and general demeanor has a psychological healing effect in itself”
“I had three uncles who served in World War II who shared with me their many experiences of war and wisdom passed down through generations. I am grateful for the many sacrifices our war veterans have made that allow us our freedom today”
“Regal have been market leaders for 2 generations in promoting consumer empowerment and registered nurse led professional care in community health. Their commitment to measurable quality outcomes and sheared decision making promoting innovative models of care is outstanding. I can only wish them success as the real winners are the recipients of care in their homes.”
“We are forever grateful to Nicholas for locating our mother who would not have survived for many more hours in her situation. Nicholas called the ambulance and stayed with our mother until help arrived. Nicholas also stayed onsite to provide information and answer questions from the emergency personnel (Medical, Police, & Fire Department) & information to her family.”