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October 1, 2009

Welcome to our NEW Petal Back Clothing website. We would love to hear feedback from you about our new site.Please contact us by email at:

September 21, 2009

Once again, the new Spring /Summer range of Petal Back Clothing will be displayed at the Dementia and Recreation National Conference 2009. Held at the Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne, this very successful event is now in its 12th year. Each year it attracts Recreation/Lifestyle Professionals & Diversional Therapists with the common passion of providing residents in their care the most up-to-date range of services & products to enhance their quality of care whilst living in high care facilities.

Join us on October 13th & 14th as part of the Trade display available to all delegates. We look forward to showing you our latest range.

To join the conference, please contact Wayne Woff:

August 21, 2009

We would like to sincerely congratulate May Laver on achieving her goal and completing her trip from End2End.

Mary now has also achieved Guiness Book of Record status!

What a great effort and congratulations as well to her dedicated team who assisted her on her incredible journey.

August 11, 2009

Petal Back Clothing Supports World Record Attempt

Petal Back Clothing has stepped into the international arena with the sponsorship of wheelchair-bound British woman, Mary Laver, aged 62.
Mary is currently attempting to cross Britain from end-to-end from Lands End in the south of England to John O'Groat's in the north of Scotland.

Petal Back has supplied Mary with Petal Back tee shirts for her journey ensuring that she can dress and undress with ease along the way.

"We met Mary at NAIDEX in Birmingham earlier this year and were taken with her drive and enthusiasm for our products."

Mary's record attempt will be recognised by the Guinness Book of Records when she completes the challenge on August 12. Money raised during the event goes to two worthy British charities.

August 7, 2009

ANF 'No Lifting Expo and Conference'

Petal Back Clothing is on display at this annual event which focused on the challenges and solutions associated with the management of the Bariatric patient/resident.

Petal Back Clothing are working with nurse professionals to see how our unique designs can make the dressing and undressing of bariatric patients/residents a much easier and safer task.

'No Lifting Expo and Conference' on Friday 7th August at ANF House, 540 Elizabeth Street Melbourne, highlighted many of the special challenges associated with the care of Bariatric clients.

If you would like to contribute ideas or comment on experiences that can be taken into account when designing for this new range, please do not hesitate to contact us.

July 30, 2009

We are happy to advise that we have appointed Agents for Petal Back Clothing in New South Wales. Our Agents offer professional and efficient service for all your Petal Back requirements.

Please contact us at [email||] so we can give you the details of your Petal Back Clothing Agent

June 23, 2009

Petal Back Clothing will be presenting our range to all visitors to Carex Sydney on the 15th and 16th July, 2009. We would welcome you to come to Rosehill Racecoure to visit our stand and the many others who willl be presenting and the Carex Expo.

Whilst there, we will be looking to meet with potential Agents for the NSW region to assist with the growing demand for our range of Assistive Clothing in New South Wales.

We look forward to seeing you at CAREX SYDNEY

June 19, 2009

I would like to introduce you to our new Petal Back Clothing distributor:

Annette Cocking

1526 Pyrenees Highway

Phone: 03 5466 2367
Mobile: 0417 100 102

Annette and I plan to continue to assist you with our efficient shopping service of Petal Back Clothing and accessories for your residents and families.

Please contact Annette or myself if we can help you care for one or more of your residents at any time. Annette will be introducing herself to you when next in your area but please contact us if you need any information or items from our range before then.

May 25, 2009

Deliveries of new patterns for Petal Back dresses, blouses and ladies polo's as well as new nighties have now been unpacked in time for those looking for new products for the coming Winter months. Patterns include popular florals and classic paisley patterns in vibrant as well as soft colour combinations.

April 21, 2009

We have a new short length Polar fleece Poncho to be worn over nighties (for warmth around the shoulders and upper arms just like a bed jacket but without the need to pull arms up or back).

Available in 2 colours - soft shell pink and wisteria blue at AAU $29.00

A perfect gift for Mother's Day (especially with new nighties)

April 7, 2009

We are excited to be presenting Petal Back Clothing at NAIDEX 2009

National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham UK

Stand D181

Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th of April 2009

April 2, 2009

April 29 & 30 2009 at the Caulfield Racecourse, open 09:30 - 16:00 each day.


A professional event & opportunity not to be missed ...

Three (3) key reasons for managers & staff to attend Melbourne CAREX 2009

(1) An unmatched range of commercial, clinical, regulatory & governmental exhibitors

(2) A diverse & stimulating choice of free workshops & fee paying seminars

(3) Free admission, free parking & great networking

To view details of the event including venue, parking, exhibitor list, floor plan - click here

To register your attendance - click here

For all enquiries regarding attending or exhibiting at Melbourne CAREX 2009, contact:

Wayne Woff (Manager, Total Aged Services)

P: 03 9571 5606 / 0422 484 209


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March 16, 2009

Due to the closure of Comfy Garments, we are seeking a Disributor/Agent for Petal Back Clothing in the Ballarat area.

Recent experience in the Aged Care Industry would be an advantage. If you are interested in this opportunity, have your own transport and enjoy flexible hours then please contact:

David Clulow, The People Plus Group on 0407 360 740

March 16, 2009

After more than 20years, Comfy Garments in Ballarat, Victoria, has closed down it's factory and shop. All loyal customers have been thanked for their loyalty and custom and have been recommended to contact Petal Back Clothing for the specialised styling and designs they require.

February 13, 2009

Aged care organisations in Victoria have rallied in response to the state's devastating bushfires which have been described as the worst natural disaster in the nation's history.

Providers on the frontline have sprung into action to implement emergency plans, while industry colleagues throughout the state and across the country have made offers of support.

Evacuations made

A number of nursing home residents and community care clients in affected regions have been evacuated, although some have now returned.

At this stage, it is understood that no aged care facilities have been directly damaged by the fires but it is believed that some community care clients have lost their homes. Other areas remain on standby.

The general Manager of Baptcare's Community Aged Care Service, Tim Noonan estimates that since last Wednesday, his organisation has assisted with the evacuation of 30-40 clients on CACPs, EACH and EACH Dementia packages from the Gippsland, Kinglake and Beechworth regions.

"It may be higher than that," he said. "But it's hard to tell. We are just responding to individual needs at the moment."

Baptcare managers and staff assisted with transportation and helped find makeshift accommodation in facilities, motels or with family and friends.

Aged care facilities away from the frontline have been quick to register vacancies and take in people needing short-term respite. Some facilities are even operating above capacity.

"People have taken the approach: just do it," said the CEO of Aged and Community Care Victoria (ACCV), Gerard Mansour.

"We have had a number of our members who have just taken in people who have been affected. They may be evacuated residents, community care clients or older people who didn't even have an ACAT assessment but were older and frail.

"I would like to extend my thanks to the general community and our members who have expressed an interest and offered to lend a hand. Those affected on the front line certainly appreciate those offers of assistance."

Staff go "above and beyond"

Mr Noonan was full of praise for his organisation's employees who have worked for days on end.

"Since last Wednesday the staff in the Gippsland region have been close to working around the clock and the staff in the Hume region have been working since Saturday without much rest," he said

"Obviously they have had breaks but even when they are at home, they are still fielding calls.

"It's above and beyond what they are employed to but in a time of need like this it is what is required and they have risen to the challenge.

"The staff all live locally so they have all been affected as well."

Baptcare has increased the number of pastoral care workers in affected regions to provide direct assistance and counselling to clients and staff.

Mr Mansour said the full impact of the fire on aged care providers and their staff members is yet to be realised.

"A lot of our facilities are operating on the fringes of the areas affected by the fire and they may well have staff members who may have been directly affected," he said.

"By end of week, we will have reached the next phase, and I there will be significant impact on the whole community among the fatalities, including the industry and our staff."

Good coordination

In response to the high demand for respite care, the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot has confirmed short-term support arrangements for facilities which have taken in extra residents some time today (Click here for the full details).

Mr Mansour said Mrs Elliot and the Department of Health and Ageing had listened to the needs of those involved and was developing flexible forms of assistance.

"It's very pleasing that the department has heard the need for a streamlined administration package," he said.

"There needs to be flexibility to cater for individual needs, especially as those needs may change throughout the coming weeks."

Mr Mansour also praised the coordination among the various bodies responding to the crisis.

He said the regional offices of the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health and Ageing, along with frontline emergency organisations such as the CFA [Country Fire Authority], had provided great assistance to providers.

Tough times ahead

But with high temperatures persisting and the death toll still climbing, Mr Mansour said the biggest challenge for providers is the continuing uncertainty about what will unfold next.

"We are still in crisis management mode with fires burning and a number of members on standby," he said.

"We are also preparing now for the impact of the bad news that is going to come. It's a terrible waiting situation.

"We are just getting ready and being available to offer any assistance possible."

Pledging support

The ACCV board has decided to donate AU $5,000.00 to the Red Cross Victorian bushfires appeal on behalf of the state's aged care industry.

The donation is being made in recognition of the severe impact of the fires on Victoria's rural communities, many of which have senior citizens.

Baptcare has also launched a Bushfire Relief Appeal in partnership with the Baptist Union of Victoria (BUV).

February 12, 2009

The Commonwealth Nursing Officer and an officer from the Complaints Investigation Scheme (CIS) have been sent to a home on the NSW north coast after a gastroenteritis outbreak was reported.

The NSW Public Health Unit advised that one resident at the 101-bed Bangalor Retreat Nursing Home in Tweed Heads has died and three more have been hospitalised.

Overall 44 residents have displayed gastro symptoms and 13 staff members at the home have been affected.

The home's operators have responded to the outbreak by putting it into lockdown.

The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot said the government's primary concern is the welfare of residents.

"The Department of Health and Ageing is closely monitoring the situation at Bangalor Retreat to ensure that all appropriate actions are being taken," she said.

"Australia's nursing homes and hostels and their staff provide world-class care and we can never wipe out infectious diseases, but we must always look at new ways to reduce infection."

The Commonwealth Government released a gastro information kit last November to support nursing homes and hostels in the identification and management of outbreaks.

And new national guidelines are currently being developed with a specific focus on norovirus, a common and highly infectious cause of gastroenteritis in nursing homes.

February 11, 2009

We are presenting Petal Back Clothing in the UK for the first time at NAIDEX NEC Birmingham 28th to 30th April, 2009 at Stand Number D18. We look forward to seeing you there.

January 14, 2009


December 23, 2008

We wish you and your family and happy and safe Festive Season,

Petal Back Clothing

December 18, 2008

Our new range of attractive summer short sleeve styles is now available through our Website. Featuring Petal back Dresses, Blouses and Polos plus a comfortable range of nighties and night shirts in time for those experiencing warmer weather. Patterns are a mixture of abstracts and florals and colours include pinks, lilac, soft and mid blue, classic navy and fresh greens.

December 18, 2008

On Tuesday we were invited to the Media Launch of the 2009 Deloraine Calendar. With great excitement from Residents, Relatives , Staff and Sponsors, the Calendar was revealed. What an exciting effort from an amazing group of happy staff members who explained the reason for the calendar was for them wanting to create a positive story about their workplace and this very much showed in the marvellous photos for every month of the coming year.

November 12, 2008

We are happy to advise that SECURE CREDIT CARD SHOPPING is now available on the Petal Back Clothing website.

Making a purchase is now easier, faster and more secure than ever.

To begin shopping please click here

October 6, 2008

Petal Back Clothing is the major Australian manufacturer and provider of a complete range of specialized clothing for people requiring assistance with dressing. Having now revamped our website to include online shopping internationally, we are now seeking established distributor(s) to be our local contact.

If you have an established business in the healthcare industry in Australia, the UK, USA or Canada and wish to add an exclusive brand to your range of products then we are interested in talking to you about a long term relationship.

To register your interest, contact David Clulow at or on +61407360740.

To view our full range visit

All intellectual property and associated rights owned by Petal Back Clothing and may not be used or replicated in any way without the written permission from the owners.

September 5, 2008

Look out for the Petal Back Clothing Stand at this show!! ­
Based on the success of the 2007 event, we are excited to once again present our Dementia & Recreation National Conference in 2008. Continuing the journey commenced last year, this event seeks to demand your attention & engage your professional senses. With a clear view to the range of settings (residential, community or in the home) that recreation services are provided to people with dementia, this conference is a unique forum for information, education, discussion & debate. With our feet in Australia but our eyes lifted to the world, this conference is for passionate practitioners committed to their profession.
Dementia & Recreation National Conference 2008
October 15 & 16 2008 at The Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne
Full 2 day registration is AU $484.00 inc. GST (student discounts available)
Conference includes extensive Trade Expo (so remember to bring some professional spending money)
As part of the conference we are pleased to offer the Redleaf College AU $1,000.00 Award for Excellence & Victoria University AU $1,000.00 Research Grant - see our website or give us a call for further details.
For all conference documents go to (Workshops & Conferences Section) or contact:
Wayne Woff (Manager - Total Aged Services)
P: 03 9571 5606 / 0422 484 209; F: 03 9571 9708
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August 26, 2008

The Expo was held on Saturday 23rd August, 2008 at Princeton View facility in Brighton, Victoria and offered interested visitors from the Community the chance to hear from a range of informative speakers.

Subjects included:

The Ageing Process - What to expect as we get older?

ACAS Assessments - What is the process?

Power of attorney - An explanation

The Financial Process - What are the costs associated with Aged Care Accommodation?

Transition to Aged Care - How to prepare yourself, the family and friends

Tea and coffee available

Facility Tours are available throughout the day

In addition the visitors were given the opportunity to meet with a wide range of Trade Displays who each offer products/services suited to many aspects of Aged Care.

A great day was had by all and our compliments go to the dedicated staff for organizing the event.

August 1, 2008

The Rudd Government has reiterated its commitment to an overhaul of community care and the provision of more short-term residential aged care options for older Australians.
Speaking at the ageing population summit in Melbourne, The Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot conceded that consumers often find the current system difficult to navigate.
We recognise that although the community care services are meeting the needs of many people, the system is unnecessarily complex and somewhat fragmented making it hard for many people to find the services they need, she said.
The minister said the government's new initiatives will be aimed at improving accessibility.
While continuing to fund expansion in community care, we will review and improve the range of community care programs, and particularly the administrative arrangements that apply across programs, she said.
The result will be a simpler, fairer, more consumer focused system that dovetails with the broader aged care system.
At the same time, Mrs. Elliot acknowledged that residential care clients are older and frailer than in the past.
She indicated that the Government will continue to push for more sub-acute and short-term residential options for older Australians.
There will be [a] need for intensive medical care that lies between acute and long-term care as well as intermittent residential care, said Mrs. Elliot.
The Minister announced that 25 of the 228 Commonwealth-funded transition care places announced in late June are now operational in Victoria, South Australia and the ACT.

July 2, 2008

A report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) indicates that as people are living longer, they are requiring greater support in the last years of their lives.
The Australia's health 2008 report showed that at 81.4 years, Australians have the second highest average life expectancy in the world behind Japan.
It is not just because more people are reaching old age, older people are living longer.
Australian men who reach the age of 65 can now expect to live to 83 and older women are likely to live to 86 six years more than the equivalent cohort 100 years ago.
But the report also found that the increased longevity is being accompanied by higher levels of disability severe or profound core activity limitation.
In the 15 years between 1988 and 2003, life expectancy among Australians increased by one-and-a-half years, an extra year or two thirds of that gain was spent with a disability.
The same analysis found that older women lived an average of 1.2 years longer but they spent 90 per cent of that extra time with a disability.
The findings come less than two weeks after the AIHW published a statistical overview of aged care which found that people are entering residential aged care at an older age where they are staying longer than ever before.
The majority of Australians over the age of 65 consider themselves to be in good health or better, although the proportion reporting fair or poor health increases with age.

June 3, 2008

Brisbane CAREX 2008

Australia's premier Aged & Health Care Expo for CEOs, Managers, Clinicians, Health Professionals, Carers & Staff

July 9 & 10 2008 at the RNA Showgrounds, 0930-1600 each day, FREE ADMISSION

A professional event & opportunity not to be missed

Three (3) key reasons for managers & staff to attend Brisbane CAREX 2008

(1) A unique range of commercial, clinical, regulatory & governmental exhibitors

(2) A diverse & stimulating choice of free workshops (see link below)

(3) Free admission & great networking

For all enquiries regarding attending or exhibiting at Brisbane CAREX 2008, contact:

Wayne Woff (Manager, Total Aged Services)

P: 03 9571 5606 / 0422 484 209


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May 19, 2008

Australia's premier Aged & Health Care Expo for CEOs, Managers, Clinicians, Health Professionals, Carers & Staff

From 9:30am to 4pm on 28 & 29 May at the Rosehill Racecourse.


A professional event & opportunity not to be missed...

Three key reasons for managers & staff to attend Sydney CAREX 2008

1. An unmatched range of commercial, clinical, regulatory & governmental exhibitors

2. A diverse & stimulating choice of free workshops (see link below)

3. Free admission, free parking & great networking

- To view details of the event including venue, parking, exhibitor list, floor plan, click


- To register your attendance, click here

- To view details of & register for any of the free workshops, click here

For all enquiries regarding attending or exhibiting at Sydney CAREX 2008, contact:

Wayne Woff (Manager, Total Aged Services)

P: 03 9571 5606 or 0422 484 209



April 17, 2008

The Federal Government has appointed veteran actress Noeline Brown the inaugural Ambassador for Ageing.

The Logie Award winner is well known for her appearances in Blankety Blanks and The Naked Vicar Show, and recently appeared in the film 'Razzle Dazzle' and the TV series Dancing with the Stars.

In her new role, Ms Brown will take part in a range of activities and events within the community to promote positive ageing, as well as acting as a spokesperson for older Australians.

Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) welcomed the announcement, saying it looked forward to working proactively with Ms Brown.

The appointment fulfilled a long term objective of the Association, said ACAA CEO Rod Young.

[It addresses] the need to engage a high profile person to act as the public face of ageing and to be an ambassador for the older citizens in areas such as healthy ageing, retirement incomes, social security benefits, changing the communities attitude towards ageing and aged related issues and long term care services.

As Australia ages over the next forty years, with an estimated 26 per cent of all persons being aged 65 years and older by 2042, it is essential that we support a process for constantly reviewing the place, role and function of our older citizens and how the broader community and the ageing community can best interact with each other and ensure that intergenerational costs and services do not fall disproportionately on one sector of the community as compared with another,? said Mr Young.

Ms Brown, who will turn 70 this October, already gives presentations on healthy ageing to clubs and volunteer groups across the nation.

The scope of the Ambassodrs role will include:

- Promoting internationally-recognised principles of positive and active ageing;

- Promoting messages about healthy and active ageing within the community;

- Leading promotional campaigns to ensure older people are valued and respected;

- Giving voice to the continuing contribution of older people;

- Explaining Government programs and initiatives to the public;

- Encouraging older people to plan for the future;

- Representing the Australian Government at conferences, meetings and media engagements; and

- Attending meetings with key Commonwealth, State and local government stakeholders on positive ageing issues.

The Labor Party pledged it would introduce an Ambassador for Ageing in the lead up to last year's election.

The Ambassador for Ageing will be supported within the Department of Health and Ageing's Office for an Ageing Australia.

The appointment follows a similar announcement from the Welsh Assembly Government in January this year.

April 9, 2008

Australia's premier Aged & Health Care Expo for CEOs, Managers, Clinicians, Health Professionals, Carers & Staff

April 16-17 at the Caulfield Racecourse, from 9.30am to 4pm each day.


- To view details of the event including venue, parking, exhibitor list, floor plan, click here.

- To register your attendance, click here.

- To view details of & register for any of the free workshops, click here.

Once again Melbourne CAREX will feature a range of free 45 minute mini-workshops. The topics include: Maintenance; ACAR applications; Superannuation; Pre-employment screening; Pain & Wound management; Hearing Loss; Customer Service; Management of Complaints; Prostate Cancer; and Medication.

As part of Melbourne CAREX this year, there will also be a new range of workshops hosted by the following leading health and aged care organisations:

- Alzheimers Australia (Vic): The Cornell Scale for Depression and Dementia: an Introduction to the New ACFI (Aged Care Funding Instrument)

- Centre for Health Innovation (CHI): A new resource for health technology evaluation & training

- Palliative Care Victoria & Respecting Patient Choices: Advance Care Planning in Aged Care

- State Trustees: Carers: The key to protecting vulnerable members of our community

All exhibitor & sponsorship opportunities have already been sold!

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March 31, 2008

The AU $300.00 million zero-interest loans promised by the Labor Party in the lead up to last year's federal election have been given the green light by Federal cabinet.

It is estimated that the loans will deliver 2500 extra permanent residential aged care places in areas of high need and undersupplied regions.

The package will be delivered in two stages with a review and evaluation after the first AU $150.00 million installment.

The application process will be managed independently by the Department of Health and Ageing, which will also develop guidelines and criteria for the assessment process.

Aged and Community Services Australia CEO, Greg Mundy welcomed the changes, saying aged care provision was much more difficult in certain areas.

Services in rural and remote areas, in poorer suburbs and in areas of low home ownership are only able to be provided because of the enormous input of local communities, church and charitable organisations and, in some areas State and local governments, he said.

Access to low cost finance should augment these efforts and help to ensure that residential aged care facilities can be built where they are needed.

Mr Mundy said the Government also needed to pay more attention to the core financing of aged care as well as ensuring that user charges are both equitable and adequate.

For the first time in recent memory last year's allocation of new aged care beds was undersubscribed in two States, Western Australia and Tasmania, he said.

Applications for the first stage will begin next month and will be processed by the Department?s Ageing and Aged Care Division.

The eligibility criteria for the loans include:
- A good record as a service provider;
- A sound record of developing new services in a timely manner;
- Sound financial viability;
- A willingness to provide aged care services in the identified areas of high need and address any additional identified care needs; and
- The ability to access a suitable site.


March 14, 2008

While welcoming the Government?s guarantee that supplements for carers and seniors will be included in this year?s federal budget, the peak bodies representing those groups say more needs to be done.

The Rudd Government?s reported intention to scrap the one-off AU $1,600.00 payment for carers and the AU $500.00 payment for older people proved highly unpopular, forcing the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, to pledge that they would be continued in 2008.

"We decided to end the angst, if you like, and the concern in the community by guaranteeing all of those bonuses for this year," Mr Swan told ABC radio.

"?I think making the most important commitment [is] to look at this and make it sustainable in the long-term."

But Carers Australia CEO, Joan Hughes, said it was inappropriate that cuts to carers? income were considered at all.

"Carers who receive both the Carer Payment and the Carer Allowance as well as the associated bonuses are still living off around AU $200.00 per week below the federal minimum wage," she said in a statement.

"It is astonishing that it was ever considered to reduce carers? income further in order to subsidise what are possibly going to be the most unpopular tax cuts in history."

Ms Hughes also called for urgent reform of carer supports, describing the current system as "confusing and inadequate".

COTA Over 50s also welcomed reassurances that no pensioners and carers would be "worse off" under this year?s budget.

But Executive Director Geoffrey Bird used the opportunity to reiterate the organisation?s call for a boost to the aged pension.

"A number of studies have repeatedly demonstrated that the age pension falls far short of providing for even a modest lifestyle," Dr Bird said in a statement.

"For pensioners, life is a constant struggle to make ends meet, let alone enjoy some of the ordinary satisfactions that most Australians take for granted."

"The Treasurer and Finance Minister are both on the record saying that they are making decisions for the long term. Getting the pension system right should be one of their key priorities."


March 14, 2008

The emotional strain rather than hands-on care issues is the most taxing aspect of caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease.

That is the finding of a study conducted by researchers from the University of Indianapolis which has gathered responses from over 400 dementia carers most of whom were the spouses and children of people living with Alzheimer's disease.

Although they said it in different ways, more than 80 per cent of the respondents touched on a common theme in their responses to the question: What would you say is the biggest barrier you have faced as a caregiver?

The study's leader Associate Professor Jacquelyn Frank said responses such as letting go of the person we used to know, or watching your loved one slip away and forget who people are were typical answers.

The overwhelming sentiment among the respondents was one of personal grief and loss.

You are losing and grieving while you're providing the care, because Charlie isn't Charlie anymore, she said.

The comments draw attention to the concepts of anticipatory grief the pain of losing a loved one before they actually die and ambiguous loss the feeling that comes from interacting with a person who is physically alive but no longer seems present.

Associate Professor Frank said it was not surprising that such effects were common among dementia carers, but noted that this study was among the first to document their prevalence.

The fundamental barrier experienced by Alzheimer's caregivers appears to be a combination of anticipatory grief and ambiguous loss, rather than hands-on care issues, Frank says.

She hopes the study results can be used to help design new support and intervention programs for dementia carers.


February 13, 2008

Now available...

Our newest Petal Back Home shoe AVAILABLE NOW in new WIDE fitting to keep swollen feet comfortable.

Email us for details


February 13, 2008

"Welcome to 2008 from Petal Back Clothing team. We welcome all our new clients who have found our website during January."

We look forward to assisting you with all your clothing requirements for 2008

The Petal Back Clothing team.

December 19, 2007


Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Linda and the Petal Back team.

November 23, 2007

The most comprehensive gathering of businesses exhibiting the best products available for people in care and their carers.

You are most welcome to visit Petal Back clothing at this, the last of the Carex expos for 2007.

At the recent CAREX Expo held in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, we introduced our range of Petal Back daywear, nightwear and underwear to a large number of very dedicated health professionals and carers who showed great interest on behalf of the residents or relatives in their care. Feedback was extremely positive when discussing the quality, design, the variety and the prices of our range. Already some visitors have requested additional literature on Petal Back Designs so they can make more Nursing staff aware of the improvement in care that can be provided by using Petal back styles in High Care facilities

For more detail please contact:

November 20, 2007

SPRING/SUMMER 2007 NOW in stock in a range of feminine and attractive abstract patterns and colours.

To view our new patterns click here

To view our product range click here

November 2, 2007

Conference for Diversional Therapists:

Dementia & Recreation National Conference 2007 - November 15 & 16 in Melbourne

Places are filling Fast!!

Places in the conference are nearly all gone - already just on 500 delegates have registered.

So if you want to attend, register ASAP to avoid potentially missing out!!

All relevant documents / details can be found on the conference website by contacting

Any questions or issues to discuss, please contact organiser – Wayne Woff 03 9571 5606 /

For more information on Petal Back at the conference click here to email us

August 2, 2007

Just in time for our very cold winter days is our best selling polar fleece poncho. In rich colours of Maroon, Royal blue, Wisteria and classic Navy, these will not only keep our frail clients warm and cosy but will also have them looking attractive and dignified as they are enjoying time outdoors or indoors as the temperature stays low. At only AU $44.00 they are the perfect addition to winter for keeping warm without the effort or pain of struggling into jackets.

Click here to get in touch with us to find out more

July 18, 2007

It was terrific to meet so many visitors at the Carex Brisbane Expo last week. More than 500 Health Professionals visited the informative trade expo highlighting improving the care of those in the Aged care sector. Many saw Petal Back Clothing styles for the first time and the feedback was very positive. Those who have been used to working with Petal Back already were looking to find out what is new to our range. Quality Care is of the utmost importance to all those who took the time to come to the Exhibition buildings and they were rewarded with a comprehensive display of products and workshops co-ordinated by Wayne Woff of Total aged services.

The next Carex Expo for 2007 will be held in Adelaide in November.”

June 8, 2007

Lesley from Motor Neurone Association of Queensland contacted Linda today requesting brochures for her to hand to some new members and their families because she believes they will benefit from our Petal Back styles.

Would you benefit from using Petal Back?

Click here to email us for more information.

June 5, 2007

“We are pleased to announce that we now have agents for Petal Back clothing in Mildura. Michael and Darren of Mildura Medical and Continence Supplies at 160 Tenth street on 03 5023 0900 are now offering personal service within 300 kms of Mildura. This means they are able to offer presentations and stock service to many rural areas currently serviced by Mail order from Melbourne. If you are part of this territory covering North/eastern South Australia, south/west New south Wales or North/west Victoria, please call them to find out more about all the products they can help you with”

Email for more info.

May 28, 2007

New patterns available in L/S dresses, L/S blouses and ladies polo’s in vibrant colours for Winter season 2007 have now arrived at our warehouse. We will put them on to our website very soon but if you need to purchase before then just let us know and we will describe them for you. As usual our ladies nightie patterns are constantly changing and are looking so very feminine and pretty at this moment.

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May 14, 2007

Our recent export to Scotland has been so well accepted that more orders have been received already. It is great to know that Australian design and quality is respected in so many countries as well as Australia wide.

For all export enquiries please email

May 14, 2007

At the recent CAREX Expo held at Rosehill N.S.W. on the 9th and 10th of May 2007, we introduced our range of Petal Back daywear, nightwear and underwear to a large number of very dedicated health professionals who showed great interest on behalf of the residents in their care. Feedback was extremely positive when discussing the design, the variety and the prices of our range. Already some visitors have requested additional literature on Petal Back Designs so they can make more Nursing staff aware of the improvement in care that can be provided by using Petal back styles in High Care facilities.

April 16, 2007

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

West Australian

Prime Minister John Howard should put his money where his mouth is and raise the wages of aged-care nurses, says the NSW Nurses' Association (NSWNA).

In federal parliament on Monday, Mr Howard said nurses were "grossly underpaid" for the "onerous work they carry out".

"I happen to think that state governments should be a lot more generous with the nurses of this country and I would give some advice to the re-elected Premier (Morris Iemma) of NSW - you ought to pay nurses more generously," Mr Howard told federal parliament.

But NSWNA general secretary Brett Holmes said pay was higher for nurses working in the NSW public health system than for nurses working in the state as aged care nurses under the federal system.

Assistant nurses in state hospitals earned AU $606.00 a week but their aged-care counterparts earned only AU $584.00 a week, he said in a statement.

April 16, 2007

Serena from Alzheimer’s Australia contacted Linda to request Petal Back Brochure for families as part of an information pack to hand to families seeking assistance and support from this important organisation

April 16, 2007

Australian Nursing Federation

Petal Back Clothing Design, manufactures and markets clothing for people with disabilities. The unique "Petal Back" design of our garments allows quick and easy dressing and undressing. Petal Back Clothing Design supports the Australian Nursing Federation "No Lifting Policy". We have been in consultation with the Australian Nursing Federation for a number of years to ensure that we design and manufacture our clothing to suit both staff and wearer.

For more information please call (03) 9826 3829 or email for all national and international enquiries

January 24, 2007

We have now added to our range our "Extra Care Nightgown" which has been designed to prevent a small number of our clients getting upset when to them it goes dark when putting something over their head. The "Extra Care Nightgown" comes in Pastel Blue and Lipstick Pink and closes with studs at the back of the shoulders. It has 3/4 sleeves for comfort all year round.

Pictures will be on the website soon!

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January 24, 2007

We are presenting our range to the delegates attending “Improving the delivery of palliative care for older people” to be held on 15-16 march 2007 at Sydney Masonic Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia.