Here's an update on what the CCANSW has been up to and our progress on current initiatives and projects.

Update on the Revision of Australian Standards:

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Martin Forrester-Reid, Chairperson of the Technical Committee DB-071 Cemetery Monuments has advised that the drafting for AS 4204 is now complete.

The draft standard has been released for public comment, with comments closing on 25 June 2018.

CCANSW has encouraged every industry employee involved in monument sales, construction, installation, review, approvals and long term care of cemeteries and memorial parks to submit comments to help refine the standard.

The next meeting of Committee BD-071 is due for the first week in July 2018.

It is anticipated that work on the AS 4425 Above-Ground Burial Structures will commence at the July meeting.

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Conference News & Updates

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CCANSW September 2018 Conference

Please click here for latest news and information about the September 2018 Conference.

Combined CCANSW & AFDA NSW/ACT Division Conference:

This combined event was held on 10 & 11 May 2018 at the ParkRoyal, Parramatta. The conference featured two days of interesting and topical presentations. There were a number of social events, giving delegates time to connect with colleagues, share experiences and learn about new ideas and innovation.

CCANSW video records most conference presentations, which are downloaded and made available to members via the CCANSW web. The recordings provide an excellent library resource for members.

CCANSW Rising Star Award:

Rising Star AwardThe CCANSW Rising Star Award is an annual award acknowledging industry excellence, improvement, dedication and knowledge sharing. CCANSW provides sponsorship for a member to attend work experience at another cemetery or crematorium in NSW (or another appropriate location in Australia) and also to attend a CCANSW conference at which to report on their experiences.

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Kate Skinner, Pamela Green (CCANSW) and Dean Skinner

In light of the merit and calibre of the following two nominations, the CCANSW Executive Committee was pleased to announce Dean Skinner, Rookwood General Cemeteries Reserve Trust and Kate Smith, Hills Council, as the joint recipients of the 2018 CCANSW Rising Star Award. Congratulations to both Dean and Kate!

Guidelines for Bariatric Funerals and Bodily Disposition:
When the Office of the Australian Safety & Compensation Council published The Bariatric Journey in Australia: Funeral Case Study (March 2009), it drew attention to the growing issues and risks associated with the handling of morbidly obese (bariatric) cases.

The related concerns were outlined again to the health sector and the industry in 2017 in presentations by Hyqual Australia about patient care. Hyqual highlighted the need for industry professionals to:

• Use appropriate language e.g. refer to ‘people with obesity’ rather than ‘obese people’
• Represent people with obesity as people and not objects.

It also demonstrated that obesity is no longer just a personal issue, it is a social issue which has significant social implications and work place implications.

To assist members with bariatric cases, CCANSW and the AFDA NSW/ACT Division combined to develop a guideline, which was launched jointly at the CCANSW & AFDA NSW/ACT May 2018 conference.

CCANSW Sponsors:

Sponsor IconThe success of CCANSW is a direct reflection of the commitment of not only the Association’s members but also the commitment and support of valued sponsors.

All members are encouraged to support these sponsors by considering them in their purchasing decisions. The sponsors are industry leaders in their field and are dedicated to the supply of quality goods and services.

Mary Reid
Secretary CCANSW
29 June 2018