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  • STAR News July 2020

    STAR Newsletter July 2020 is now available.

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  • STAR supports vulnerable Redlanders

    STAR Community Service, supported by the Redland City Council COVID-19 Community Organisations Support Grant, is delivering groceries and medication to vulnerable members of the Redlands community. In a streamlined system, the groceries and medication are paid for by the resident and then delivered to their home for free.  

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  • STAR working with Southern Moreton Bay Island Champions

    STAR Community Service working with Southern Moreton Bay Island Champions.
    Siobhan Hessing Disaster Planning and Operation Redland City Council, Lennie Jackson SMBI Community Champion, Clare Barker SES Local Controller and Community Resilience Coordinator Redland City Council, Marie Dalton SMBI Community Champion, Hilton Travis SMBI Community Champion and Mairead Nothling STAR Community Services met to hand over the laptop and mobile phone donated by Redland Foundation. Equipment like this is a basic need during emergencies, so we extend sincere thanks to Redlands Foundation for their generosity.

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  • STAR gets a helping hand from Federal funding

    Thanks to a federal funding grant, STAR can upgrade its Volunteering Redlands computer and support the costs associated with First Aid training for our amazing Redland volunteers. 

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  • STAR Spotlight: Doug Tearle

    The service STAR offers enables the older members of our community the ability to remain independent in their own home.  Meeting these community members and chatting with them during our trips, Doug finds very interesting.  Doug says, “So many clients have lived through difficult times but still share a smile and a joke with you.  Our clients appreciate the service STAR provides for them.”

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  • STAR Spotlight: Wieber Vlasveld

    A couple of years ago, Wieber started as a Volunteer Driver for STAR. Wieber says, “I really enjoy helping our clients. They are like my brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, aunties, grandfathers and grandmothers to me. We have great conversations. STAR client’s include a great variety of people each with their individual stories.”

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  • STAR Spotlight: Shelia Bradshaw

    Shelia is one of the longer serving Contact Centre Volunteers. STAR values her support for the organisation and the many clients, colleagues and community members she supports.

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  • STAR Spotlight: Wayne Scott

    Wayne says, “I thoroughly enjoy my volunteer driving as it gives me great satisfaction in the knowledge that I am helping others to achieve their goals and meet their needs, in a safe environment, with someone they can trust.”

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  • STAR Spotlight: Rob Spencer

    STAR is honoured to have Rob Spencer as the Chair of STAR Community Services. Rob joined in 2004 when the Board was newly formed. As STAR grew in size and community involvement, Rob became Chairperson of Board of Directors. STAR’s business model was always about using volunteers and the board ensured that development continued. This thinking has helped, STAR connect with a great group of volunteers throughout the community. Rob believes, “When we consider the number of volunteers who have been with STAR for well over fifteen years, it says a lot about the values, culture, management and focus of the organisation.”

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  • Thank you STAR Staff and Volunteers

    Thank you to the AMAZING STAR Team. COVID-19 has disrupted our way of life, yet every day STAR staff and volunteers work hard to ensure clients are cared for. Each member of the STAR team has demonstrated their dedication to giving the highest standard of care to our  clients. Keeping each client safe in this unprecedented time.

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  • Older Queenslanders embracing new tech

    Queensland's mature-aged residents are embracing technology to stay connected amid the state's coronavirus restrictions, enforced to keep them safe during the global pandemic.

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  • STAR vehicles fitted with bacteria-fighting device

    STAR Community Service vehicles have been fitted with antibacterial devices as the organisation takes precautions to keep drivers and elderly clients safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • STAR Tech helps elderly while in COVID-19 isolation

    STAR Community Services is encouraging elderly people to stay connected with loved ones while in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Through the STAR Tech training program, elderly participants are being taught how to maintain social connections with friends and family during the current period of physical divide. 

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  • STAR ringing clients to keep vulnerable Redlanders safe

    STAR Community Services is keeping an eye on vulnerable members of the Redlands community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • STAR is Here to Help

    COVID-19 has disrupted our way of life and there is a lot of uncertainty as to how that will impact on STAR clients.

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  • STAR News March 2020

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  • STAR Community Services continues to work in the community

    STAR Community Services is supporting more than 8,500 vulnerable disabled and elderly people in your community.  The STAR cars are the latest update, with every car being fitted with an...

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  • STAR Community Services is Seeking Your Expression of Interest

    With the  COVID-19 present in our community, STAR community services is doing everything to ensure that our most vulnerable clients are looked after and assist them to go on with...

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  • STAR teaches seniors to use technology

    STAR Community Services has launched a program teaching Redlands seniors how to use technology independently and build healthy social networks.

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  • STAR-CODI MERGER

    With STAR Community Services, Ipswich residents are enjoying convenient, affordable and more efficient community transport services. In July 2017, the two iconic community transport organisations STAR and CODI merged, forming a stronger efficient transport solution for Ipswich residents.

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  • International Day of People with Disability

    International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is held on 3 December each year.
    IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

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  • Support Across The Generations

    Brisbane (22 November 2019). STAR is holding its first Christmas Appeal to help combat isolation in the Redlands community. Redlands College students jumped into action to start collecting gifts. “Christmas is a time of giving and we all thought it would be wonderful to be able to give to elderly people who are on their own. Everyone was very excited to be a part of supporting others in the community, especially at this time of year” said Redland College’s 2020 School Captain, Lilly Dawson.

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  • International Men's Day

    In celebration of International Men's Day, we would like to honor one of our STAR clients, Robert McNabb. Robert's story is all too common with many men. They know something is wrong, but are reluctant to ask for help because it shows the real emotions affecting everyone as we age. This story is for every father, uncle, grandfather, male friend or neighbour. May this story inspire you to reach out and connect to the men around you.

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  • International Volunteer Day Expo 2019

    The International Volunteer Day Expo 2019 is an opportunity for us to recognise all our members and volunteers who work to build resilient communities.

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  • Team Message from Acting General Manager

    If any of you are affected by the news stories coming out about our industry, please do not hesitate to speak to any one of the coordinators or managers at STAR. We believe in you and in the work that you do. Thank you all for the work that you do in your respective roles to make a difference in the lives of the people we support. I believe that the team here at STAR are a shining example of how an organisation can really care for its people, and embodies the saying that “In a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

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  • STAR News November 2019

    STAR Newsletter for November 2019 is now ready to read and download.

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  • Ipswich and Logan Sing-Along

    Elderly and those with disabilities enjoyed a day full of music, melodies and dance in a community singalong organised by STAR Community Services.

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  • STAR Tech

    STAR Tech is an initiative to support the elderly in using technology in their daily lives, to build new social connections and engage with their community.

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  • Review of SuzanneStays Accommodation by STAR Client

    Thank you to SuzanneStays for donating one week accommodation at Riverplace Apartment in Brisbane as a prize for participants in the upcoming Care Expo and Brisbane Disability Expo. One of STAR’s clients, Heather Coombes, reviewed the apartment.  

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  • Longest Serving Volunteer Driver Retires After 18 Year On Road

    After eighteen years of transporting the aged, frail and those with disabilities to their medical and social appointments, seventy-five-year-old Bob Curry has retired from his role as volunteer driver with STAR Community Services. 

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  • STAR Annual General Meeting 2019

    STAR AGM is on 21 September 2019.

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  • Queensland Seniors Week 2019

    Qld Seniors Week is on 17-25 Aug 2019.

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  • Aged Care Information Sessions and Morning Tea

    Join us for an Aged Care information Session and find out What's new in Aged Care? Sessions are free and available to Redlands and Ipswich residents.

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  • STAR News July 2019

    STAR Newsletter for July 2019 is now ready to read and download.

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  • Towards an Age Friendly Queensland

    Around the world, people are getting together and taking concrete actions to make their communities better places to grow old.

    STAR recently participated in the Age-friendly Community Workshop - Playing Your Part Redlands.

    We asked some of our community leaders what does an Age Friendly Community mean?

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  • STAR wins Award for Championing Inclusive Workplace Practices

    STAR Community Services has won the 2019 STAAR CHAMPION Award in Workplace Category.

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  • STAR EasyShopper Bus

    Redlands Community News: This group of volunteers makes life easier for those who struggle with public transport.

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  • STAR Newsletter March 2019

    STAR Newsletter March 2019 is now ready to read and download.

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  • Benefits of Volunteering for Seniors

    As a community organisation with over 150 volunteers, STAR truly values the contribution of its volunteers.  

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  • STAR Newsletter December 2018

    STAR Newsletter December 2018 is now ready to download.

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  • Ipswich Team Awarded for Excellence in Community Engagement

    On Friday, October 26 at the Frank McGreevy Goodna RSL Function Centre, STAR won the IPSWICH DISTRICT COMMUNITY SAFETY CRIME PREVENTION AWARDS 2018, in the Community Engagement Category.

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  • Singalong a good excuse to get out and enjoy great company

    IPSWICH'S elderly and those with disabilities enjoyed a day full of music, melodies and dance in a community singalong organised by STAR Community Services in partnership with the Alchemy Street Choir at the W.G. Hayden Humanities Centre

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  • Helping Aged Live at Home

    Help at Home is making a real difference to the lives of many Logan seniors.

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  • Community Sing-Along to fight Social Isolation

    Ipswich’s elderly and those with disabilities are invited to a community Sing-Along to help battle loneliness and build social connections. The musical event is organised by STAR Community Services in partnership with the Alchemy Street Choir on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the WG Hayden Humanities Centre in Ipswich.

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  • Expert tips on senior safety at home

    Australia’s leading experts in senior safety offer their best tips and advice for keeping seniors safe in their homes.

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  • STAR Finalist in National Aged Care Awards

    STAR  is one of the top 4 aged care providers in the national 2018 HESTA Aged Care Awards,  Outstanding Organisation award category. 

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  • STAR Newsletter July 2018

    The July 2018 edition of STAR News is now available online.

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  • New kerbside ramp in Cleveland thanks to STAR Client

    Access to the Cleveland CBD for wheelchair users has just got easier with the completion of a new kerb ramp in Middle Street.

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  • Volunteering Redlands Coordinator up For State Award

    Deborah Tearle has been shortlisted for the Queensland Volunteering Award as part of National Volunteer Week, on from May 21.

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  • Volunteers Star on Women's Day

    Today's International Women's Day will be a time for volunteers from STAR Community Services to get together and focus on the year ahead. 

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  • Female Volunteers the 'backbone' of community service

    STAR Community Services is honouring its female volunteers on International Women's Day.

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  • Thanks Jayne, You're a true star

    With International Women's Day approaching, STAR/CODI has taken time to celebrate its women staff and volunteers.

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  • Donation from Lions Club of Redland Bay-Victoria Point.

    STAR graciously accepted $500 donation from Lions Club of Redland Bay-Victoria Point.

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  • STAR News- March 2018

    The March edition of STAR News is now available online.  Click here to read.

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  • NDIS Information Sessions- Redlands

    STAR is supporting the Redlands community gear up for the scheduled launch of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in July 2018.

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  • STAR in News- Ipswich Lunch Club

    STAR Lunch Club for Ipswich Seniors- Social Gathering Good for the Soul.

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  • Walk your way to health

    Walking is an easy and free way to get mobility, independence and good health as an elder. So, if your worried about your health and independence in old age it might be time to put your walking shoes on. Read more.

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  • Loneliness- a Growing Problem Amongst Aussie Seniors

    The elderly are experiencing loneliness and isolation, due to loss of mobility, lack of transport and living away from family.  Read on for some tips on combating loneliness. 

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  • Redlands seniors have community support to fight loneliness

    While aging is an inevitable part of life, loneliness need not be part of it. STAR volunteers provide companionship care to Redlands seniors.

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  • STAR in News- CTO Award

    LOCAL non-for- profit organisation, STAR Community Transport has been recognised for its service to the community in supporting the elderly, frail, and people with disabilities to enjoy an independent and healthy life.

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  • STAR Newsletter- November 2017

    STAR Nov 2017 Newsletter is now ready to download. Click here for your copy.

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  • STAR in News-Mowing lined up to help elderly and infirm in the Redlands

    STAR community services – with costs subsidised under the CommonWealth Home Support Program – can assist with home and garden maintenance for seniors.

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  • STAR in News- services at STAR offer ray of light

    Logan's seniors can tap into STAR Aged Care Services to live in their own homes for longer.

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  • STAR In News- Here's how you can help Ipswich's elderly

    STAR is seeking more volunteers to support the elderly. Read more.

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  • STAR In News: Redlands local not so alone since community services started

    STAR Community Services client Dorelle Stollznow, 80, felt alone after she lost the last member of her family.

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  • Embracing the Joys of Ageing

    With Seniors Week upon us (August 19-27, 2017), it’s the perfect time for us to celebrate the joys of the senior years of our lives.

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  • STAR CODI news August 2017

    STAR and CODI News for August 2017. Download the pdf version here or read it online.

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  • Showcasing our inspiring seniors

    Calling all Star Seniors! To celebrate Seniors Week in August (19-27), we are showcasing our community's inspiring seniors. Seniors who inspire others around them to do more, and learn more; and simply live their life to the fullest. It could be your friend, relative, neighbour or colleague. Simply tell us in 100 words or less why you admire them and send us a photo.

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  • CODI STAR Merger Offers Improved Community Transport for Ipswich Families

    Ipswich residents are set to enjoy convenient, affordable and more efficient community transport services, as CODI and STAR - two iconic community transport organisations, merge their operations from the 1st of July 2017

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  • STAR is Going Cashless

    Instead of paying cash to STAR drivers, you can now choose from a range of different payment options.

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  • STAR Newsletter- July 2017

    STAR July 2017 Newsletter is now ready to download. Click here for your copy.

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  • Ipswich Families Clear up Confusion About Transition to NDIS

    Brisbane (4 May 2017). Ipswich residents had a chance on Thursday, to clear up their concerns regarding the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), ahead of the Scheme roll out on...

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  • Federal Treasurer Discussed NDIS with STAR Community Services

    The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Treasurer and senior member of Prime Minister Turnbull’s Cabinet and Expenditure Review Committee, discussed the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the importance of ensuring its successful delivery with STAR Community Services General Manager, Patsy Wilshire.

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  • Top Tips to Make the Most of Your Home Care Package

    Confused about recent Aged Care reforms? Based on the feedback from the community and clients, we have compiled a list of top tips to help you make the most of your government funded Home Care Package. 

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  • STAR In News- Law Study Continued with Help from STAR

    A story on one of STAR's inspirational clients, achieving life goals against all odds. Published in Senior News (Brisbane Edition) April 2017.

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  • STAR In News- MCOW Community Conversation

    An important Redlands Community Conversation to benefit those with Disabilities. Article published in Redland City Bulletin.

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  • Redlands Community Prepares for Transition to NDIS

    People with disabilities, their families and carers, community organisations and local businesses are invited to be part of an important conversation about the needs and wants of people with disabilities in Redlands.

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  • STAR Secures Growth Funding for Expansion of Aged Care Services

    The communities of Redlands, Logan River Valley, Brisbane South and South Coast areas are set to benefit from the recent growth funding secured by STAR Community Services under the Commonwealth...

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  • Severe weather event Thursday 30 March 2017

    Due to severe weather warning, all STAR transport services have been cancelled for Thursday 30 March 2017.

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  • What are Aussie Seniors Doing Online?

    Australians over 65 are increasingly getting on board with the digital world. The ACMA 2016 report provides an insight into how exactly are we using the internet.

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  • Cancellation Policy for Transport Bookings

    For the convenience of our clients we offer a liberal cancellation policy. 

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  • STAR Newsletter- March 2017

    STAR March 2017 Newsletter is now ready to download. Click here for your copy.

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  • STAR In News- In Home Help for Redlands Seniors

    Most older Australians want to stay in their own homes as long as they can, staying as independent as possible and making their own decisions about their lifestyle, health and wellbeing. With a bit of help around the house or with meals and transport, many Redlands Seniors are able to stay independently in their own homes. Published in Seniors Lifestyle Bayside April/May 2017 Edition

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  • Top Five Tips for Seniors to Stay Healthy and Active

    When the elderly live away from family, whether in their own home or a retirement community, they often face limited mobility and reduced access to social activities. Lack of company may cause feeling of social isolation, affecting their health and emotional wellbeing. Here are top five tips to help you stay on top of your health. 

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  • STAR Newsletters 2016

    STAR Newsletters published in 2016.

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  • Introducing STAR Care Qld

    STAR Care Qld is our new range of Care Services- offering in-home care including assistance with domestic cleaning, supported shopping, companionship, respite and other services.

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