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Are you  passionate about plants and good customer service? – Are you dedicated, vibrant, intelligent and a self-strater?  Tulgeen’s Riverside Nursery is hiring Horticulturists to join our happy and cohesive team and we need you!!

Current Employment Opportunities are available here or follow the main menu  to Employment Opportunities.  The applications for the Horticulturist – casual closes on 8 August so hurry!!

Enabling a Good LIfe – The Importance of Activity and Fitness

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L to R: Health & Wellbeing Coordinator spars with Wayne Ramus and Some gentle stretching for Bev Mitchell

Being physically active each day has a positive impact on health & wellbeing. Gentle exercise like walking can help reduce blood pressure and blood glucose levels, improve cardiac health, control weight, improve mental health and mood.  Exercise routines recommended by a physiotherapist help clients as they get older to maintain joint mobility and balance, reduce pain, lower the risk of falls, strengthen bones and muscles. Daily physical activity is also fun.

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Health & Wellbeing Coordinator, Kate Smith works with Jeffrey Young

Participants in Tulgeen’s Resideential In-Home Support area are supported by Disability Support Workers each day to be as active as possible to enable them to live a good life.

For more information about Tulgeen’s Residential Services, click here – Find out more about Residential In-home Support or contact Rose Hulst, Clients Services Operations Manager on 6499 0828.

Tulgeen is Currently Hiring

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Have you got what it takes – are you dedicated, compassionate, passionate, vibrant, intelligent?  Tulgeen needs you to join our AMAZING team of frontline staff.

Current Employment Opportunities are available here or follow the main menu  to Employment Opportunities.  Current applications close on 19 August so hurry!!


INSYNCatMerimbula insynce

INSYNC@merimbula is Tulgeen Disability Service’s latest service offering and is based at 14 Cabarita Place, Merimbula in the Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre (formerly housing Auswide), located directly behind the Lakeview Hotel.    INSYNC@merimbula offers a broader selection of opportunities to current participants in a different space and community and also aims to draw new participants from the more southern reaches of the Shire in line with the choices offered by the National Disability Insurance Scheme which commenced locally on 1 July.

INSYNC promotes and provides social inclusion through active, creative, sporting, lifestyle, life skills, educational and artistic endeavour and activities.  These are offered in a range of settings and can be Centre or non-Centre based, at home and/or in the Community on location as determined by the activity.

IMG_3452 L-R: Chris Boyle with Catherine Williams providing entertainment at the launch

“INSYNC at Merimbula offers an opportunity for our local community in the southern reaches of the Shire and beyond to experience quality support and programmes which are currently available in Bega, without the impost of travel.  We are very excited about this and it is the first of many new and innovative initiatives planned for the coming years” said Jen Russell, Client Services General Manager at Tulgeen.

The Bega Valley Shire Council has provided INSYNC@merimbula with excellent amenities which Tulgeen is making our own.  Tulgeen especially acknowledges the support from Linda Mayo, Bega Valley Regional Learning Centre Manager from Council.


from L to R – Karen Machan INSYNC Coordinator, Jen Russell Tulgeen Client Services General Manager, Michael Britten Bega Valley Shire Mayor and Grattan Smith Chair of the Tulgeen Board of Directors.

The new service was officially launched on 8 July by Bega Valley Shire Council Mayor, Michael Britten and Tulgeen participant Jacinta Robinson.  The celebrations were attended by participants, their families and advocates, Tulgeen Directors and volunteers, staff and select dignataries.  The even was proudly hosted by Tulgeen’s Chair of its Board of Directors, Grattan Smith who paid tribute to Jen Russell and the INSYNC team.

If interested in Tulgeen’s services in Merimbula or elsewhere, please contact INSYNC Coordinator, Karen Machan 6499 0845 or insync@tulgeen.com.au.

More information about Tulgeen’s full range of service can be found here.

IMG_3437 Jacinta welcomes guests to the launch celebration


Tulgeen Goes the Extra Mile Again

Social storiesTM were created by Carol Gray in 1991 to help teach social skills to people on the autism spectrum. They are short descriptions of a particular situation, event or activity, which include specific information about what to expect in that situation and why.

At Tulgeen, our in-house Behaviour Support Specialist, Mitch van Reesch uses this tool to assist our Disability Support Workers to appropriately support and communicate with clients.

This week Mitch has created a Social Story for Shannon to explain a change in his established routine


Being routine-focused, change is often upsetting for Shannon and other people with intellectual disability.  His disability challenges his ability to comprehend change resulting in displays of challenging behaviour if change is not managed appropriately.

The use of familiar imagery and the connections to characters recognised and understood by Shannon and that provide him with pleasure are also a key trigger in delivering a positive message about change.

Tulgeen is committed to Enabling A Good Life.  Taking the effort to understand each individual and creating social stories for them are just some of the ways in which we achieve this.