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annecto's 2017 AGM and Showcase: Growing and Transforming to Meet New Opportunities

The 2017 Annual General Meeting and Showcase was held in Melbourne at the Arts Centre on Friday 26 October 2017, hosted by MC Leslie Cannold — award-winning author, media personality and 2011 Australian Humanist of the Year.

CEO Estelle Fyffe introduced the Annual Report which captured the focus of annecto’s work during the past year.

2017 annecto AGM

The theme of the report and showcase was  “Growing and Transforming to Meet New Opportunities", demonstrating the inclusion of a diverse range of communities that annecto works with, and references annecto’s growing engagement with a wide range of groups within society – including the First Nation Peoples, the LGBTIQ community, and CALD communities.

The theme of growth is highlighted in both the disability and aged care sectors, and is reflective of a time of great importance for annecto as an organisation.

The changes for annecto over the past 12 months have been profound: aged care packages and the NDIS funding are managed differently; financial arrangements with clients and government agencies have changed; the organisation has had to become adept at working in a newly commercial environment; and a number of major internal projects in the areas of customer service, information technology and human resources have been initiated.

In the spirit of the theme “Growing and Transforming to Meet New Opportunities, a combination of panels, video, and stories were shared.

Panellists, including Cultural Advisor Uncle Lyall Dennison, board member and Australian Federation of Disability Organisations CEO Ross Joyce, Aboriginal Liaison Officer Paulette Whitton, Practice Leaders Himanshu Singh and Kerry Wade, and annecto Acting General Manager Lucy Murphy, discussed the rural and remote work that annecto is currently working across as well as the partnerships that annecto has developed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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annecto, in partnership with the Afghanistan Women’s Organisation, have been working to bring about positive changes in the Afghan community of Melbourne and provide culturally-safe support to ageing members of the community. Case Manager Farida Bezhan and Support Worker Nilo Banai spoke about this partnership, shared their own stories of migrating to Australia, and discussed their work with annecto and the Afghani community.


The 2017 annecto Awards featured three categories for individuals and organisations who play a pivotal role in their commitment to improve the lives of older people and people with disability to be recognised for their contributions within the aged care and disability sectors. Read about the 2017 annecto Inclusion Award, Craig Goesch Award, and Ron Cahill winners and finalists here.