The Amaranth flower is a member of the amaranthaceae family and amaranthoideae subfamily, is made up of a small inflorescence which blossoms from an either drooping or erect spike. The amaranth flower is one of the most useful blossoms around. These plants are not only loved for their ornamental applications, but also for their use as a food source, dye and medicine. Amaranth seeds have been used since ancient times as an excellent source of protein and had been considered a whole food source.

Amaranth is a plant that grows a beautiful everlasting flower. The Amaranth, in myth, is a deep red or purple, never fading flower, and a symbol of immortality. This flower does not die as all other flowers do. It is never changing and always beautiful. In Ancient Greece, the flower was thought to have special healing powers and was used to decorate images of the gods and tombs.

At Amaranth, we believe that a person’s impact and legacy are everlasting ~ while the mind gradually fades, a person’s legacy is forever – in a sense, immortal.

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A Rose and an Amaranth blossomed side by side in a garden,

and the Amaranth said to her neighbour,

“How I envy you your beauty and your sweet scent!

No wonder you are such a universal favourite.”

But the Rose replied with a shade of sadness in her voice,

“Ah, my dear friend, I bloom but for a time:

my petals soon wither and fall, and then I die.

But your flowers never fade, even if they are cut;

for they are everlasting.”

              – Aesop’s Fables (6th century BC) compares the Rose to the Amaranth, illustrating the difference in fleeting and everlasting beauty.

Our original Directors when writing the Foundation’s Constitution were looking for a name that represented the research and passion of the Founder and CEO, Julianne Whyte. Julianne’s early social work career focussed on holistic palliative and end of life care as provided in the community. Providing people with supports and resources to ensure that the meaning and legacy of their lives was like that of the Amaranth – never fading, everlasting.. in the minds of the people left behind.

Founder and CEO, Julianne Whyte’s vision for Amaranth was to create an organisation that embraced complexity, that provided a holistic range of supports and programs that would place the person at the centre of care. As a nurse and a social worker, Julianne believes that each person is the expert in their own lives, and in the words of Dame Cicely Saunders – the founder of the modern Hospice movement, Julianne believes that ‘How each person lives matters’.

Amaranth Foundation is now a large not for profit health promoting charity, operating and supporting Australian rural communities in southern NSW and Northern Victoria. With centres in Corowa and Wagga Wagga and services providing outreach to small communities and villages through out these regions, Amaranth is growing its reputation as an organisation that embraces complexity and holistic person centred care.

MISSION

Amaranth Foundation employs accredited Mental Health Social Workers as key clinicians, who are accredited with Medicare and DVA in the provision of a variety of evidence based therapeutic interventions appropriate for people living with advanced chronic and terminal illnesses, their families and care givers.

WRAP AROUND CARE

Working under the Commonwealth funded Medicare system, utilising the Chronic Disease and Better Access to Mental Health initiatives, Amaranth Social Workers are able to work collaboratively with the person’s general practitioner, their local multidisciplinary health care team, community care services and a host of other community and rehabilitative services. We bulk bill for all our services, if a referral has been received from the person’s general practitioner or specialist.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

Amaranth acknowledges the Bangarang and Wiradjuri peoples, the Traditional Custodians of the land

As employees and members of the Amaranth Foundation community we acknowledge and respect the traditional custodians whose ancestral lands we work and share our services and support.

We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of Aboriginal people to country. We also pay respects to other Aboriginal people and Elders from other areas of Australia where Amaranth Foundation may work or provide support.

We acknowledge that many cultures live on this land today and we should collectively respect the land, its past and present story for our future generations to enjoy.

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