Sri Om Care’s big step for their unique long day and short term respite project


Saturday 18th March 2017 – Parravilla Function Centre – Parramatta

Sri Om Care’s big step for their unique long day and short term respite project Saturday 18th March 2017 – Parravilla Function Centre – Parramatta “We played and enjoyed when we were growing up. We are just going back to where it all began”. The key message delivered by Sri Om foundation’s chair person, HH Sriom Adisakthiyendra Swamigal.

Retirement should be something we all look forward to and enjoy after the hard work we put in, however, in reality, it is far from that. The elderly community of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds face even greater challenges than the mainstream population when it comes to aged care. This is why Sri Om have taken an initiative and used actions rather than words to provide services to our elders for over the last 10 years, a legacy that will carry forward to provide care for our retirement and beyond.

It was a big night on Saturday, 18th March 2017. It was a big step for Sri Om, where they unveiled their grand action plan for our future in front of a full capacity Parravilla Function centre. The evening was focused around gaining the community’s support to develop the facility that provides long day care and short term respite, which will take the stress out of retirement.

The evening consisted of quality entertainment and a 3 course meal in between messages from prominent community members. There was all praise and full support from the crowd who understood the issues we face in society and believe in the work of Sri Om Care.

Ms. Aisha Amjad alongside Mr. Harish Velji represented Hon. Michelle Rowland, member for Greenway and Shadow minister for citizenship and multiculturalism. “I wish I am like those lovely ladies who danced before me when I retire”, said Ms. Amjad, referring to the elderly clients from Sri Om centres who entertained the audience with a traditional Indian folk dance. Ms. Amjad read out a key message from Ms. Rowland that congratulated Sri Om on its services and provided full support in all its new endeavours.

Notable Human rights lawyer, and a winner of 100 women of influence, Ms. Pallavi Sinha was present at the event and shared a few words about Sri Om’s great work and her personal experience growing up in multicultural Australia and challenges that lie ahead in elderly care.

Other notable figures who attended the event included Ms. Julie Finn from NSW labor, Cr. Raj Datta from Strathfield, Cr. Gurdeep Singh from Hornsby and Ms. Reena Jethi – treasurer for Liberal Women’s council or NSW, just to name a few.

The audience were privileged to have the attendance of the chairperson for Sri Om Foundation HH Sriom Adisakthiyendra Swamigal, President HH Sriom Gnanasakthiyendra Swamigal and Vice President Mr. Jay Raman, who all promoted the new offering and answered questions raised by the public.

The highlight of the evening was the keynote delivered by Sri Om Foundation directors – Ms. Vidya Raghavan and Mr. Srini Vasudevan. They walked through the challenges faced by our community, how Sri Om have addressed them and how Sri Om will provide a game changing respite facility in Clarence near Lithgow. With a 6 acre property, “Sriom Devi Brindhavan”, acquired in the heart of the Blue Mountains, the project is now ready to move into development phase with the backing and support from the community. The property will initially house 20 – combination of independent and shared units, which will be available to provide short term respite and accommodation services. The key feature of the facility is the ongoing delivery of the active ageing programs and services that the Sri Om team have been so successful in over the last 10 years.

An initial, capital of 1.5 million is the expected figure to be raised to move into development. The public are invited to provide their support to Sri Om to help shape the aged care industry for CALD communities. All donations over $2 to Sri Om Foundation are tax deductible.

The public had the opportunity to raise questions about the project which was handled exceptionally well and provided confidence to the public that the service can be delivered by Sri Om. The evening closed out with the dance floor being opened and then some time to network amongst the group.

The team at Sri Om would like to thank all the numerous volunteers, staff and the public in making the event a grand success. For more information about this project and others, we encourage the public to e-mail Sri Om at or visit our site at

March 2017 function – media release – PDF

Sri Om Care’s Dinner for the project launch of – Long day and short term overnight respite


Saturday 27th February 2016 – The Madison Function Centre – Dural


Sri Om Foundation put on a spectacular show to launch their new concept – Long day and short term overnight respite. Most of the project specifics had been under wraps and was unveiled to the public in grand style.


The event was held in front of a strong crowd with a good mix of government delegates, business personnel, community groups, service providers and the general public. There was great hospitality from the team at Madison who served up an excellent dinner, which was very well appreciated by the capacity crowd that exceeded 150 guests. Special guests included Hon. Michelle Rowland – Shadow minister for citizenship and multiculturalism, Mr. Steve Teulan – Director of Uniting NSW and ACT, Hornsby Councilor Mr. Gurdeep Singh, Sevinc Izmirli from PICAC NSW and Anne Kalra – Aged care services manager from Uniting Care.


The evening started with the traditional lighting of the lamp. One of Sri Om’s long term supporter and senior, Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Vijayaraghavan, had the honor of lighting whilst Ms. Nitya Ramaswamy recited a short welcoming prayer.


Sri Om’s People’s relations director, Ms. Arundathi Raghavan, welcomed the guests and provided a detailed overview and plans for the night. Her enthusiasm and choice of words on stage made the guests feel comfortable throughout the night.


There was a good mix of entertainment provided on the night with the ever charming Mr. Vinod Rajput, who mixed it up with acoustics, solo vocal and duet performances. The children from Meenaxi’s Dance Group provided a couple of astonishing dance performances which was very well received by the respectable audience.


Sri Om’s Chairperson HH Sri Om Adisakthiyendra Swamigal sent his apologies for being unavailable for the event but provided a message to the community which was read out by the Vice President – Mr. Jay Raman. His message stressed the importance of the community working in unity to provide selfless service to the needy. He also highlighted the progress made by the organisation over the last 10 years and was humbled by the positive support from everyone in the community.


Honorable Michelle Rowland MP, spoke about the great work that Sri Om have been doing for the past 10 years and individually congratulated every director and staff at Sri Om. She made special mention about the professionalism and transparency of Sri Om and said it is rare to find amongst community organisations. Keeping political allegiances aside, she requested the public to “keep aged care high on the agenda when going to the polls, as in the next 5 years, 1 in 3 elderly citizens will be born outside of Australia”.


The highlight of the evening was then kicked off by Sri Om’s Ms. Arundathi Raghavan and Mr. Srini Vasudevan (Director – Learning and Development), who walked through the concept of Long day care and short term overnight respite. The project proposal and plans to make it reality were discussed in detail through an eye-catching presentation, passionate dialogs and a breath taking video that showcased Sri Om’s abilities to deliver the project.


Ms. Raghavan echoed the need to get public financial support of $500,000 to deliver on this program and said “donations are tax deductible. If we get everyone in this room to just donate $1000, we would already be about 40 percent there”. Mr. Vasudevan expressed the importance of Sri Om in the community and how the community can work together to deliver this. He said “It is Karma and what goes around comes around. We are actually doing this for ourselves more than anyone. We will end up being the care receivers in due time”. Both the presenters iterated that “now is the time to act and tonight is the night to make it all happen”.


Mr. Raman Bhalla, an accountant, independent financial planner and former NSW Liberal Party candidate, spoke about Sri Om’s services and the governance and transparency of the organisation. He mentioned lenders and venture capitalists always look for certain aspects of a business for it to succeed and that “Sri Om ticks all of those boxes.


The crowd was privileged to receive some wise words from Mr. Steve Teulan, Director for Uniting. He mentioned about the wonderful relationship between Sri Om and Uniting and that he has high expectations and is confident in the success of the proposal put by Sri Om.


The evening ended with a question and answer session from the enlightened audience and then a networking session amongst the group. The program was very well received by the public and the overall consensus was to work hard together to make this project a reality. The team at Sri Om sends out a hearty appreciation for everyone who was able to attend and provided their support. We encourage the public to get in touch with us at for more information.


If you wish to donate, please visit our website at or you can send it by EFT to

Name: Sri Om Foundation, BSB: 124 001, Account Number: 21817712. Ensure to send us an email if you wish to donate through EFT so a tax receipt can be provided.


Please note all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Sri Om Seniors Thought on Sustainability and Environment outing


Mr. Chanan- Sri om –uniting seniors day centre at Seven hills

It is said that naturechanan and nurture works side by side. We are product of our own genetic makeup and the environment. The environment surrounding us the biosphere in which we breathe and live is very important for our happy, healthy and long life. The pleasant and fresh environments have direct effect on our body and mind mechanism. There are many religions but I believe in 3Es-Enviornment, Energy, and Enjoyment. It is our responsibility to leave the earth better placement for our future generations. To support this I also participate in community as Bush care volunteer and at the Sri Om centre in plant the Planet Bingo- a small attempt of giving plant to a winner.


Mr. Charanjeet Cheema – Sri Om care

Scheemaustainable living is reducing your demand over nature. The simple theory is Restore, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This we understood more in detail during our Outing organised by Sri Om – uniting group with Environmental expert Mallikah at Bobbin Head.
We discussed few points with our friends as: Biodiversity, Grow veggie patch, garden west compost , use natural cleaners as sand ,tree skins , water, vinegar.., stop unwanted email, physical post, use solar energy, reducing paper towel and plastic use , changing washing and bathing habits , freshly cook food to as much you need, walking habits etc..Nature is a free gift given to us by God in return we must Preserve it.


Mr. Ved Sharma Sri Om care seniors day program

In the sharmaname of progress and development we have so much ammunition to blow the earth basically due to our Greed only. In today’s world of high rate of development we are able to make our life style more comfortable but at what cost? Water shortage is going to be a problem in near future let us wish nations don’t fight for this. Pollution problem – We are burning fossil fuel to sustain our lifestyle, causing health problem, global warming, flooding and few other. Compare to world population we are 5 times more consuming world resources where are we heading to? It is our time for Holistic and naturopath living.


Nature visits oragnised by Sri Om

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Diwali Celebrations at Chester Hill 12/11/2015 By Sunila Dass



Deepawali is celebrated with new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.

It is also considered and celebrated as a cultural activity as well.

This Thursday 12th November, happened to be a beautiful breezy morning and our seniors were all ready for the celebration of our major festival of lights “Deepawali”. Our event’s manager and day respite co-ordinators were early to decorate the hall with bright colours which appeared quite spectacular. Special sittings were arranged to cater for forty seniors. There was a motivation and a pinch of creativity within every individual.

As I walk in the hall I could feel the Positive Vibration with the melody of Devotional Diwali songs in Tamil, Hindi & Punjabi. Rangolies, which was prepared a week before by our seniors for this auspicious day were beautifully designed in innumerable colours, were arranged in the hall.

Ladies were dressed up in their best attractive costumes with vibrant colours and so were our men.

After the Prayer Ceremony, the sugar free sweets were served followed by morning tea with snacks. There was a brief talk on Diwali and the best of all everyone had a chance to bring the past memories of the celebration of this auspicious festival in their home town of their country, such as:- Their childhood, Teenage, Married-Life, Being Parents, Grand Parents & Great-Great Grand Parents.

There were some concerts performed by our seniors acting as celebrities from Bollywood Film Industry. This was well narrated and choreographed by another of our seniors Mrs Sushila John.

The appetizing and freshly prepared lunch with Aroma, was delivered at 1pm along with Healthy & Delicious Deserts – the seasonal fruits. We finished for the day at 2pm.

Sunila Dass


Day Respite Chester Hill



Indian culture in Normal Lifestyle – Fact Sheet




“Unity in diversity” – these are not just words, but something that are highly applicable to a country like India that is incredibly rich in culture and heritage: everything, from the culture and values to customs, rituals and traditions, is ‘special’ in this ‘Land of Gods’.

Ways of Greeting
religiouslyIndia is a land with varied greeting customs. Different religions here have different ways to express their greetings to others. For instance, in major Hindu families “Namaste” is the most common way of greeting the outsiders and elders. Both palms placed together and raised below the face not only show the respect for others but also makes the greeter feel the affection in return.

Similarly, Muslims greet by saying “Adab”, which involves raising of right hand towards the face in such a manner that the palm is inwards and is in front of the eyes with the finger tips almost touching the forehead. It is for sure that no ‘hello’ or ‘hi’ can create that magic.

Indian Marriages
In India, marriage is still taken as an institution where not two people but two families get united. So, it always calls for boisterous celebrations full of music and dance. Within India, every caste and community has its own way of performing the rituals of marriage. Every state has its own special way of celebrating the marriage ceremony.

Indian Dresses
Beauty of Indian woman lies in the clothes she wears. Very traditional and ethnic yet contemporary Indian saris are famous worldwide. It is worn with a blouse that covers the upper part of the body. In rural parts, an outfit called ghagara-choli is very much popular. Choli is like a short blouse that covers the upper part of the body and ghagara is like a long skirt.

In order to have a graceful and complete look, women folk carry a duppatta that is a soft and delicate material of reasonable length thrown over the shoulder.Though with slight variations, salwar kameez is a dress that is famous in every part of India. This attire contains two pieces – kameez, which is like a long top covering upper part of the body, and salwar is like trousers. Like ghagara choli, salwar kameez is also complemented by a dupatta.
For men, there is no dearth of variety. From dhoti kurta to shirt pants, an Indian man prefers everything that fits well and looks good. But, traditionally you can see north Indians wearing kurta pajama, dhoti kurta or sherwani on formal celebrations whereas south Indian men prefer lungi with shirt.

Wearing jewellery has a long tradition in India. The unique designs, artistic looks and creativeness of Indian jewellery make it represent the culture and tradition of India. Jewellery is an important accessory for every Indian woman. From earrings, nose-rings, armlets, necklaces to anklets and bracelets, Indian Jewellery gives a woman everything that she needs to enhance her beauty. Some form of Jewellery such as mangalsutra, nose and toe rings are associated typically with married women in India, who get jewellery as ‘stridhan’ on their marriage.
In Indian marriages, especially in the north, a special night is celebrated before the day of marriage in which mehndi or henna-a kind of paste-is designed on the palms of bridegroom and is followed by some colourful dance and music. It is also designed on the palms of women on some special occasions like their engagement and marriage.

India-Religiously Yours!religiously
Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain or Zoroastrian; one can find people of all religions here in India.
In spite of presence of so much diversity in practice of religion, people still stay united here. It is just the Indian values that bind people together.

Worshipping Nature
natureNormally, a day in India starts with Surya Namaskar. In this people offer water to the sun and chant mantras and prayers. Indians worship nature and this is unique about its culture. In Hindu religion, trees and animals are worshipped like Gods. People believe in God and keep fast (‘vrata’) on many festivals

Everything is Artistic here!
The great variety in performing and visual arts could not be found anywhere else in the world except for India. Indian art can be categorised into two main forms- performing arts and visual arts.
Dance, drama, theatre or music, every art is unique in itself. In India, religions, mythology and classical literature form the basis of most of the performing arts: Indian classical dances like Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri, Odissi and Kuchipudi mainly follow the codes of natya shastra, mythology and classical literature and epics like Ramayana and Mahabharta.

Another kind of performing art is theatre. For Indians, music is to soul what food is to body. Films are another kind of performing arts for which India is quite popular in the world. Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder. But, if you look at the sculptures and paintings in India, you cannot live without saying that the beauty lies in the hands of Indian artists.artisitic

Fairs and Festivals
The ‘Land of Gods’ never needs a particular reason to celebrate. Celebration is a fundamental part of every Indian’s life. From January to December, every month comes with a particular fair or festival. Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Holi, Ram Navami, Janamashtami, Diwali, Eid, Mahavir Jayanti, Buddha Purnima, Guru Purab and Christmas; the festival of every religion has a significance and it is celebrated in a boisterous way.

Here people don’t need a floor to dance. Celebrations on streets during Durga Puja, Ganesh Chathurthi, Janamashtmi and Holi show the real dancing talents of Indians.

It Doesn’t Have Just One-Cuisine!
cousineA number of religions, a number of states and hence, number of cuisines. If North India has chole bhature, tandoori chicken, rajma chawal, kadhi chawal, khurma and biryani to relish,

South India is not behind in the race. From masala dosa, rava uttpam, rasam, sambar-lemon rice to toran, appam, meen;

The concept of Thali is very famous in India. A thali is served in a very traditional form and in this you can enjoy the variety in the form of combo meals available in a particular cuisine.

The variety in Indian spices like black pepper, coriander seeds , cardamom, saffron and cumin seeds not only enhance the flavour of the food but also add nutritive value to it. The Indian food is incomplete if you don’t get something sweet in the end. Having a bowl full of kheer, rasmalai, gulabjamun or a little mitha paan, etc. can add sweetness and freshness to your mouth.

Despite so many diversities, people in India are united and feel proud of their culture and tradition. On the world stage, either through international film festivals or through beauty pageants, India regularly displays its talent and culture. Many rulers came but none could cause any harm to its culture, rather Indians preserved the good values of their cultures. The flexibility and movement with time make Indian culture fashionable and acceptable too.


Opening and Closing Dates for Sri Om Centers 2015/2016


Please find the Opening and Closing Dates for All of the Centers:

Pennant Hills Center:

Last Date: 14th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 18th Jan 2016

Toongabbie Center:

Last Date: 16th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 20th Jan 2016

Seven Hills Wednesday Group:

Last Date: 23rd Dec 2015

Opening Date: 6th Jan 2016

Chester Hill Center:

Last Date: 17th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 21st Jan 2016

Seven Hills Friday Group:

Last Date: 18th Dec 2015

Opening Date: 8th Jan 2016

Chester Hill Seniors outing to Sai Mandhir and Gurudwara


Spiritual day with seniors    Aarthi VasudevanIMG_20150702_111702

It was a early day for all the seniors.The first pick up was at 7.30am and all the seniors were at Chester community centre at 9.45am. The bus was ready to leave and we left chester hill at 10 am. Our first stop was at Sai mandhir, Strathfield. We had morning tea at Sai mandhir. The pandit did a great service to all our seniors by preparing hot indian tea and snacks.Seniors had a good dharshan of Shirdi sai baba and also sang bhajans on praise of the lord. The pandit gave a small speech about Shirdi sai baba and also thanked the seniors for giving him such an opportunity to do service to them. Seniors had a lovely time at the temple. We sung bhajans in the bus and it made our mind so peaceful.

From there we left to parklea Gurudwara and we reached parklea around 12.30. All of us had a good dharshan at Gurudwara as it was mid day and not much people around. Langhar was prepared for us at the temple and we had lunch there. Few of our seniors also wanted to do service at the temple like serving food, cleaning dishes, We had seniors of different religious backgrounds but it was good to see enjoy the visit. One of our senior said ” It doesnt matter what religion you are as long as you do good and your thoughts are good”.



Bitrix24 at Sri Om Foundation


As small organisations grow over time, the data stored and information shared between the employees grows exponentially over time. There is generally little emphasis placed on developing processes to manage the large quantities of data. Technology is rapidly growing and now there are more tools than ever to make your jobs easier. The real challenge is to use the get the right tool for the right job.

Email is used as the “mother of all tools” to small organisations and seen as the right tool for the right job. With unlimited storage provided these days and allowing users to gain access to it anywhere from any device, it is seen as a one stop tool for all the organisation’s needs. After all, you can use email for

  • Storing documents
  • Sharing information to one or more employees
  • Managing tasks

This tool works for a lengthy period until the organisation grows to a level where there are 100s of emails being shared on a daily basis. At this point, the trusty email processes starts to have a negative impact on the organisation.

  • Employees begin to lose key information.
  • Management spend a lot of time organising their mail rather than getting work done.
  • Time is wasted searching for information
  • Time is wasted sharing information that should be available within the organisation
  • Employees and management miss deadlines.

This is where management come to realise there has  to be a better way to handle the information overload. My experience with Sri Om Foundation, and the non-profit sector in general, has shown that unfortunately, very little is actually done. The members of the small organisations understand the challenges and know something must be done, however are reluctant to change. They do not want to take the bold step to changing the process that had worked for so many years. The fear of losing information due to the change, creeps in.

The all too common questions and concerns were raised at Sri Om. Then the suggestion of change was brought up at the board meeting. We took the bold management step to take the risk and commit to a radical shift in our tools and processes. We had to make the decision to help us get a solution to the management and operational challenges.

What we needed?

  • Management of employee files that can be accessible by employees and management
  • Storing and retrieval of employee time sheets and payslips
  • Sharing or information within the organisation
  • Collaborating on files within the organisation
  • Keeping track of tasks and projects
  • Storing important information that can be searched and retrieved easily


It was clearly evident that what Sri Om needed was a cloud based intranet portal. There was several tools trailed over a period of time before deciding on Bitrix24. We first trailed it amongst our working committee to see if it satisfied the needs of Sri Om. The team were happy with the usage of the tool and it was officially rolled out throughout he organisation.

Today, Bitrix24 is used by our employees, management and working committee where it plays a pivotal role in keeping Sri Om moving. As the organisation grows, the employees are able to easily adapt to changes as our IT system is ready for the challenges.

Bitrix24 for management

Prior to Bitrix24, The management and board of directors had many difficulties getting an oversight of Sri  Om’s day to day operation. There had been no centralised location of key documents. Project management was getting very difficult. Employee and client requests were taking lot longer than they should.

But now, with the implementation of Bitrix24, there is a massive shift in the way our management do business. Currently, the tool is used for

  • Storing of important files
    • Accessibly by all board members so any one of them can gain access to it as required
    • Clearly placed in appropriate folders with searching mechanisms for easy retrieval
  • Managing employee tasks
  • Use the built in task and calendar function to raise tasks and follow up on them
  • Allow one or more employees to take control of the task. Enables us to choose the right person for the right job.
  • Easily feedback on progress to the required personnel
    • Manage projects
      • Creation of specialised groups to handle each project
      • Each project contains its own set of file folders and collaboration tools to encapsulate the project information in one easily accessible location
      • Calendar for the project to handle milestone dates
    • Share information to company or groups
  • Status updates to individual employees or groups to broadcast information.
  • Collaborate with employees
    • Built in wiki pages to share information that can be edited by any user.
    • Document sharing that can be commented on and updated as required.

Bitrix24 for employees

Sri Om had transformed the way it handles employees needs and requirements. The introduction of Bitrix24, saw a large reduction in emails and simple requests from employees. With Bitrix24, employees now

  • Manage their personal files
    • All HR documents for each employees are stored in their personal folders and accessible as needed
  • Maintain their Calendar and share their schedules with others within the organisation
  • Manage their pay slips, time sheets and leaves without having to make requests to management for the information
  • Easily contact the entire management team through broadcast messages
  • Share their thoughts and ideas within the organisation through wikis and file sharing
  • Create tasks and collaborate with their peers until it is closed out

Whenever and wherever

Working in today’s fast paced environment when mobile is an absolute necessity these days. Working efficiently when mobile is the real challenge. The amount of information we have at our fingertips is enormous. If this information is not streamlined, working becomes frustrating and very inefficient.

Sri Om staff and more importantly, the management team are generally mobile and not situated in a centralised location. We used the cross platform, mobile capabilities of Bitrix24 to ensure the team is just as efficient on the go as they are when situated in front of a desk. Bitrix24 application on smartphones, tablet devices and desktops has been utilised to allow staff to be contactable and informed at all times. The team is able to keep track of progress of work at all times and can easily continue working where they have left of from their desks.


With the usage Bitrix24 in full flow at Sri Om, we have noticed some real positive impacts on the organisation. Some of the key impacts include

  • Staff are able to get information they need when they need without relying on another person
  • Large reduction in the number of emails being sent
  • Increased efficiency and outputs of our staff
  • Increased sharing and collaboration within the organisation which has resulted in positive growth
  • Reduction of time spent on back end tasks
  • Decreased training costs for new employees

More info

If you would like to know any more information about Bitrix24 and how we implemented it, feel free to contact me.

Srini Vasudevan
Director – Learning and Development

Sri Om Care – Sri Om Foundation Limited



Fact Sheet – Vegetarianism


 By Priyanka Rohit

 Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, red meat, poultry, seafood and the flesh of any  animal. The goal of nutritional vegetarian diet should be to help the elderly to achieve a healthy, purposeful and independent living. The purpose of living brings about physiological, psychological and immunological changes which influences our nutritional vegetarian diet.

There are three types of vegetarian diet.

  • Lacto – vegetarian which excludes eggs but includes milk and milk products.
  • Ova – vegetarian which includes both eggs and milk products.
  • Vegan does not include any products from animal kingdom. This is along with the normal vegetarian diet of vegetables, fruits, beans, grains nuts, sprouts mushrooms, tofu, soya, etc. For a healthy diet we need to consume food which has a balance of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fibre, vegetables and fruits. A vegetarian diet requires higher emphasis on vegetables and fruits.

1Carbohydrates are starches and sugars which are found in foodstuffs and they are the main source of energy. Health authorities recommend that we eat more starchy food, such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and maize and cut down our intake of sugars particularly refined sugars found in cakes, biscuits, chocolate etc. Natural sugars do occur in foods like milk and fruits. Refined sugar has no nutrient value and it just has empty Calories.


  Protein2s are required for the growth and repair of our body cells. Protein can be plant or animal in origin but some of the plant protein sources may lack some of the essential amino acids. Proteins are found in eggs, dairy products, whole – grain cereals, pasta, beans, maize, peas, nuts, etc. Combination of plant foods are valuable sources of protein for vegetarian diet. Food containing mixture of pulses (beans, lentils, peas, etc) and cereals (wheat, rice, soyabeans, rye, barley) provide with protein source as good as animal protein. Soyabeans, soyamilk, tofu often replace eggs, milk, and milk products in vegetarian diets as they contain proteins of high nutritional quality.3

 Nuts and seeds when pureed are also useful sources of protein so adequate levels of essential amino acids can be obtained from plant protein. Thus it is easy for the Vegetarian to have entirely satisfactory protein intake but difficult for vegans, though they latter tend to eat a bulkier meal

Fats are also used as the energy source. Saturated fats are found in dairy foods like milk, eggs, biscuits, crisps, chocolates and some vegetable oils. e.g. coconut and palmoil.4

There are two ty5pes of unsaturated fats. Polysaturated fats are found in soft margarine made with unsaturated oils. Monosaturated fats are found in olive oil, peanut oil, avocado and olives. The fat intake of vegetarians is higher in polysaturated fatty acids and monosaturated fat so it should thereby convey a health advantage. A diet with not more than 30% fat is recommended.

Fibre A6lthough a diet high in fibre is generally beneficial an intake as high as 50g per day may first give sense of bloating will certainly produce considerable amount of colonic gas which may cause discomfort. In addition the fibre may reduce the intestinal absorption of iron, calcium and zinc and perhaps other minerals. We should aim to eat 25 g of fibre everyday. Fibre is part of vegetables, fruits and unrefined cereal grains. Fibre are found in a massive range of fruit and vegetables which includes cabbage, broccoli, carrots, strawberries, turnips, cauliflower, lettuce, onions, pineapples, tomatoes, green pepper, etc.


Vitamins such as cynocobalamin (B12) are not present in plants, so a vegan may become deficient in this nutrient. Vitamin B12 is present in milk so lacto or ova vegetarians are not at risk from lack of B12, D and B2 riboflavin. Vitamin – fortified soyamilk contains vitamin D B12 & B2 but this is not consumed by the vegans they may require supplements.

Calcium8 may also be lacking in vegans although it is present in Tofu, flours, corn meal, sesame seeds, almonds, etc. Milk and Milk products are a very important source of calcium.9

Iron Rich Foods For Vegetarians best source of Iron is from the green leafy vegetables like Spinach, Fenugreek, Dill, Amaranth and vegetables like capsicum, broccoli, beetroot etc. Iron from vegetables is harder to absorb into the body, but this can be helped by eating Vitamin C- rich fruits, i.e. Citrus fruits like lime, oranges, grapes, tomatoes, etc which aid the absorption of Iron. Black current (raisins), dates. jaggery is also good source of Iron.

Vegetarians need to have a balanced diet. Distribution of nutrients, quantity of meal, appetite level is very important while consuming the diet. Properly planned vegetarian diets are healthful and have found to satisfy the nutritional needs.10Link to the pdf document of this article is also available here Vegetarianism Fact Sheet

Chesterhill Open day – by Sunila Dass


Chester Hill Day Respite – 9th October 2014

Gr8 things happen on Open Day.

A day when members of public may visit an organisation or a place which they do not usually have access. This is how it sparked Annette to have an Open Day. Bringing in the people from Indian community, who were being wait listed, who qualify.

On a Bright Thursday morning; my team, Shweta, Medhi and a volunteer Sangeeta, turned in an hour early with lot of enthusiasm; to take over the arrangement & decoration of the entire hall. Our original respite group started to come in by 9.30 as told, so they could give warm welcome to the guests. As usual all our loved ones were at their best behaviours, exactly knowing what and how to be presentable. (I guess they had proper rehearsal by Shweta)

The bus arrived little bit later than expected. All the guests were refreshed with tea, coffee and juices. To me they looked weary but had sparkles in their eyes and smile on their faces. At first I was conspicuous whether it was the attractive and familiar looking faces or the appealing photos on the walls. It was like celebration and expression of one language- seniors’ get-together.

  • Shweta started with an introduction and great presentation about Sriom Care.
  • Annette spoke briefly about the advantage and incentives of being Australian Residence and funding seniors who are financially disadvantaged.
  • I had my share of contribution.

“The aged Indian Community is given an experience of having a day out and feel positive about themselves”. Day respite

  • Annie started with the regular exercise, somehow managed to fit in 42 seniors , throwing their arms around doing her famous 1990’s ‘Coco-Jambo’

‘Put me up, Put me Down, Put my feet back on the Ground

Put me up, Take my heart & make me happy

Ayyayaya Coco-Jambo yayaya Coco Jambo…

Lot of discussions regards active aging along with question and answers from the seniors.

Harmonious music was always backing the group of seniors. It was a tremendous work from our vocalists giving beautiful numbers that brought happiness and bit of emotions.

The appetizing lunch with aroma, was delivered by Radhika from ‘Meals On Wheels’ at 1pm along with. Healthy and Delicious Deserts. (Seasonal Fruits)

There was a positive vibration in the hall because our seniors came to take something back with them.

We are definitely expending our group to a bigger number and thinking of opening a new one in Liverpool. Once again, thank you team and management for giving us opportunity to be together and work hand in hand to make this Open Day successful. The same evening, I received a mail from Annette

Dear Shweta & Sunila (Mehdi & Sangeeta too!)


I just want to thank you all for a great Open Day event today.  You really did put a lot of work into it and it turned out to be a big success.  Congratulations!

I enjoy working with you and appreciate your care & enthusiasm toward the clients.

Again, congratulations on a successful Open Day event…

Sincerely, Annette


Sunila Dass

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