May 20 - 26, 2018: Issue 360

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 360

Avalon Youth Hub: The Door Is OPEN

Pittwater Demerger Proposal Handed to NSW Govt on Amalgamation Anniversary - from Protect Pittwater Association

Inaugural World Bee Day - May 20th 2018Local Knowledge Available on Native Bees and the Northern Beaches Beekeepers Club - World Bee Day was declared by the UN General Assembly in December last year to raise awareness of the importance of bees and apicultural products; which is pretty much everything we eat. The First World Bee Day will be celebrated around the world on May 20th and in Australia with Canberra hosting some great events which are sure to spread nation wide in coming years.  Slovenia proposed the celebration of World Bee Day in the month of May, when bees in the northern hemisphere are most active  – here such activity takes place during September although you can do things right now to ensure a future for our bees. 

Have Wings? Can Do The Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff

Aquatics: New Zealand Has Its Own Population Of Blue Whales: new study finds

Pictures: Sydney Wildlife's Waratah Park Rehabilitation Centre: 5 Years in the Making (A Celebration) by Joan Reid, Volunteer Macropod co-ordinator

Reinstated Sydney Noumea Race draws fleet of 24 by Lisa Ratcliff

Reflections by George Repin: STROMBOLI

Park Bench Philosopher: Stargazing Live - A Guinness World Record Attempt On Wednesday May 23rd + CSIRO's Parkes Telescope’s New  ‘Bionic Ear’ Hears More Of The Universe

DIY Ideas Winter Mould & Mildew Inside Your home: How to Keep Air and Surfaces Healthier

Food: Honey, Honey: Inaugural World Bee Day - Honey Cake Recipes Around the World

Profile: David Henry Lyall PSM ESMM FAIB -  David Lyall has been investing in the Pittwater community for decades. He’s an extraordinary individual whose works would fill volumes. Not that he’d ever let you know. His input into Bilgola SLSC, Avalon Sailing Club, Marine Rescue NSW and the NSW Rural Fire Service spans the changes and challenges these organisations went through.

He loves local History, he loves building beautiful things with wood, he loves sailing, his wife and three sons - but not in that order.
He was seconded to Pittwater Council when that was formed and is rightly proud of the achievments, such as the MLAK key, that came out of a two year old local government organisation.

This is a clear case of still waters running deep: thank you sir for allowing us to share a small part of a rather large record.

History: Sarah A. Biddy Lewis and Martha Catherine Benns -  The 2018 National NAIDOC Theme is: Because of her, we can!
NAIDOC Week 2018 will celebrate the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation. As Sorry Day 2018 by the ASG MWP runs next Sunday, details below, a tribute to two wonderful local Matriarch runs again this Issue for those why may have missed it previously - and illustrates the generations of children of these mothers are still here and turning the tide towards more and more healing

The Aboriginal support Group Manly Warringah Pittwater (ASG-MWP) Commemorates National Sorry Day 2018

Sorry Day this year will be at Mona Vale Memorial Hall as the Elanora Scout Hall at Narrabeen is undergoing repair.

National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance which gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

This is a Free event.
Sunday May 27th, 2018
Start time 2.00pm till 6.00pm

Welcome to Country – Smoking ceremony and a one minute
silence for the Stolen Generation.
A reading from Auntie Nancy Wood’s short book of poetry Nobody’s Child.
Guest speaker talk about the Stolen Generation.
  • All afternoon a free sausage BBQ and afternoon tea will be available.
  • Singing by local Aboriginal Sisters.
  • Free Kids painting – paint your own boomerang or do Colouring in and take it home with you.
  • Basket weaving with Karleen Green.
  • Aboriginal Dancers with the young children joining in dancing and playing the clap sticks, having fun.
  • Two local Didge players.
  • Aboriginal artefacts on display – things that have never been on display before.
  • For the young ones, a gift bag from ASG.
Come and join us and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

Mermaids Of Palm Beach Commence B To B Bash 2018 Fundraising

A Garden Party held at Brees Cottage on April 21st, hosted by longterm Mermaids supporter Beverly Wilson,  raised close to $2500.00 and set Beryl Driver, Elyse Cole and Viktorija Macdonell on the road to take part in the 2018 Variety, The Children’s Charity, B to B Bash.

The Mermaids will be holding their annual Currawong Day on Thursday May 31st with all the usual fun and games and Beryl’s famous sausage rolls – which were also a hit at this year’s garden party.

Guests at the Garden Party were entertained by the Celtic By-The-Sea Music Group, and joined in some Celtic ring dancing, had a Maypole, a wonderful afternoon tea in glorious gardens, along with some fun with Lucky Dips. There were Books for sale, assorted Bric-a-Brac and garden cuttings – all to raise funds for Variety, The Children’s Charity.

The 2018 B to B Bash will be Beryl’s 20th Australian Variety Bash, which, at 85 years young, is not a bad effort – in fact it’s outstanding.

Beryl and Beverly at Brees Garden Party - photo by Michael Mannington

Australian Government Gives Older Australians More Choices for a Longer Life

May 15, 2018: Joint Media Release
Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Jobs and Innovation
Senator for Western Australia

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Minister for Aged Care
Member for Hasluck

The Australian Government is making a strong investment in Australia’s future through the More Choices for a Longer Life package to help people remain independent, healthy and connected through their later years.

A range of jobs and skills measures will give older Australians the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of work for as long as they choose.

These measures include:
  • Skills and Training Incentive to encourage lifelong learning and help workers aged 45–70 years to gain new skills
  • bringing forward the national rollout of the Career Transition Assistance program and lowering the eligibility to 45 to 49 year-olds to help older Australians increase their job readiness and, if required, develop digital literacy
  • Job Change initiatives to help retrenched older Australians find new jobs
  • expanding the Entrepreneurship Facilitators program to 20 additional locations to encourage entrepreneurship and new business establishment among older Australians
  • a Collaborative Partnership on Mature Age Employment to promote among employers the benefits of hiring mature age workers
  • ensuring the Restart wage subsidy continues to be available to hire older Australians.
Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash, was joined by local Member for Hasluck and Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, at North Metropolitan TAFE Midland Campus in Perth today. The North Metropolitan TAFE was recently announced as a provider of the Career Transition Assistance program.

Minister Cash said that our strong economy created jobs at record levels in 2017, but we must ensure all Australians have the opportunity to participate.

“We recognise the contribution older Australians make to our community, the economic benefits of their experience and, in many cases, their desire to continue working,” Minister Cash said.

“As we get older we may need to update our skills or change careers. The Government’s More Choices for a Longer Life package will help older Australians to remain in the workforce, have flexibility in their later working years and retire with security.”

Minister Wyatt said that older Australians have so much to contribute to the workforce.

“We can’t afford to let mature age Australians disappear from the labour market,” Minister Wyatt said. “They have much offer employers, through their dedication, experience and the knowledge they can pass on to younger colleagues.

“Opportunities for older Australians to participate in the workforce are becoming increasingly important, as we live longer and healthier lives.”

He said the jobs and skills measures complemented the employment, health and finance checks for 45 and 65 year olds that will be rolled out as part of the More Choices for a Longer Life package.

“This is about increasing options for all Australians as they age,” said Minister Wyatt.

“Having the choice and support to remain connected to work helps pave the way for a more sustainable financial future and a fulfilling retirement.”

More information about the More Choices for a Longer Life package is available on the website.

Protecting older Australians in aged care facilities

May 17, 2018: The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health
The Australian Government is taking further action to protect older Australians, with an investment of nearly $2 million going into research to tackle the threat of antimicrobial resistance in aged care facilities.
Antibiotic resistance in Australia has meant some infections are becoming increasingly difficult to treat, leaving healthcare professionals with limited, or in some rare instances, no treatment options.

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when microorganisms that cause infections resist the effects of the medicines used to treat them, such as antibiotics, antivirals and antifungals.

The main cause of antibiotic resistance is antibiotic overuse. The more we use antibiotics, the more chance bacteria have to develop resistance to them.

And Australia is one of the biggest users of antibiotics in the developed world.

The Turnbull Government will provide $1.2 million, with a co-contribution of $700,000 by the University of Queensland, for a total of $1.9 million.

In recent years, high levels of antibiotics use have been recorded in Australian aged care facilities, contributing to a heightened risk of residents acquiring antimicrobial-resistant infections.

This is the latest investment from the Government’s Medical Research Future Fund aimed at increasing the surveillance of antibiotic-resistant organisms in residential aged care facilities and better understanding the spread of infections within and between healthcare facilities.

This funding is for research focusing on a nurse-led antimicrobial intervention in residential aged care facilities across multiple states in Australia.

Earlier this year we announced that the Turnbull Government would provide two new ground-breaking flu vaccines to over three million Australians aged 65 years and over - free of charge. The vaccines were fast-tracked to ensure lives are saved and that older Australians receive greater protection.

In last week’s Federal Budget, we allocated a record $6 billion for health and medical research — continued funding for the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Biomedical Translation Funds and $2 billion in disbursements from the Medical Research Future Fund.

This investment includes $1.3 billion for a new National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan to improve health outcomes for hundreds of thousands of Australians, create tens of thousands of jobs, and develop Australia’s next generation of global-leading industries.

Frankie Valli & The Beach Boys Tribute Show

Saturday June 9: 7.30 pm to 11pm
Pittwater RSL
All proceeds to go to Red Nose Day.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and Beach Boys tribute is a fantastic show that brings together two of the most exciting harmony bands in pop music history. It is performing at Pittwater RSL.

This is a musical production featuring a live band of musicians with 5 talented people delivering great vocals and harmonies. Sheer talent and choreographed routines promises to entertain their audience. The show has proven to be a great success drawing in large crowds wherever it plays.

The Frankie Valli segment will treat you to those great hits as recently showcased by the now World famous Jersey Boys, hits of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons like Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Working My Way Back to you, Can’t Take My Eyes of You, Walk Like a Man, Let’s Hang On, Who Loves You, Grease and of course….Oh What a Night!

In the Beach Boys set you will those hits including Fun Fun Fun, California Girls, I Get Around, Help Me, Rhonda, Surfer girl, Surfin’ USA and many more.

Debut Performance By Young Cellist In Forestville

Sunday 3rd June at 4:00pm
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 9 Currie Rd, Forestville
It will be a family affair at Forestville’s OLGC Catholic Church on Sunday 3rd June at 4:00pm when the talented young Sydney cellist, Benett Tsai gives his debut performance for Wyvern Music Forestville with his father pianist Joshua Tsai. Benett has been learning the cello since the age of 5 with his uncle Thomas Tsai. 

The concert entitled Cello Showcase, presents well-known cello pieces performed by the 14-year old, including Pezzo Capriccioso by Tchaikovsky, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata.

Benett is currently a semi-finalist at the 2018 ABC Young Performers Awards In 2017 he was named the Grand Prize Winner at the ENKOR International Music Competition (String Section) and the Overall Winner at the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition. Other first prizes include the 2015 Australian Concerto & Vocal Competition (Young Performer) and Sydney Eisteddfod’s 2015 Alf & Pearl Pollard Award for Performance Excellence.

Tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before the concert and include refreshment: Full:  $25 Concession: $20 Students: $15 Children under 16 Free
Website Link:

Avalon Computer Pals (Avpals) Term 2 2018

VPALS is a volunteer organisation dedicated to helping seniors improve their computer skills. Started in 2000 it now has 20+ trainers and many hundreds of students. At a really low cost (about $30 a school term) they can provide one-to-one training on most matters connected with computing and related technologies like mobile phones and digital cameras. From the smallest problem (how to hold the mouse!) to much more serious matters, there is a trainer who can help.

The training rooms are under the Catholic Church in Avalon and training is conducted Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. For more information visit AVPALS web site or phone 02 8064 3574

Keep up to date on our Facebook page 

Download Term 1 2018 Newport Programs HERE

Positive Ageing Photography Competition

To mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Helpline
has developed the positive ageing photography competition.
Help raise awareness of elder abuse and the Helpline’s work
by participating!

Talk positive ageing with your family, friends and colleagues
whilst you compose your photographs. It’s via these
conversations that pathways to awareness and
prevention are conceived.

Get involved! Entry is open to anyone!

Be creative with your photograph, using the theme Positive Ageing as your inspiration. You can capture your image on any digital camera, such as your mobile phone.
There are great prizes to be won, so join in!

About this Competition (Full conditions available at above link)
1 The purpose of this competition (Competition) is to raise awareness about the abuse of older people living in the community.
2 The Competition commences at 12:00 am Eastern Standard Time on Monday 23 April, 2018 and closes at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday 12 June, 2018 (Competition
3 The promoter of this Competition is the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit, a division of Catholic Healthcare Limited ABN 69 064 946 318 (Promoter) of Suite 1, Level 5, 15 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park NSW 2113. The contact number of the Promoter is
(02) 8876 2100.
4 Entry is open to individuals and members of any Community Groups, Registered Groups, Incorporated Associations and Government Agencies (Participants).
5 Employees of the Promoter, their immediate families, suppliers, associated companies or anyone else connected in any way with the Competition are not permitted to enter into the Competition.
6 Entry into this Competition is free.
7 All entries are the property of the Promoter and by entering into the Competition, Participants agree to transfer all intellectual property rights in their entry to the Promoter.
8 The personal information provided by Participants to the Promoter will be handled in accordance with the Federal Privacy Act (1988). Personal information held by the Promoter will not be used or disclosed for a purpose other than a purpose connected to this Competition which includes, but is not limited to, publishing the name of Participants and their entry in the public domain. The Privacy Policy of the Promoter can be found at

23 There are three prizes to be awarded (Prizes):
1) Up to 12 years of age: National Geographic gift card to the value of $150 + framed photograph;
2) Between the ages of 13-18 years: iTunes gift card to the value of $150 + framed photograph; and
3) 18 years and over: Event Cinema gift card to the value of $150 + framed photograph.

Participants are asked to email a jpeg image of their Photograph with their completed entry form by 11.59 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday 12 June, 2018 to the NSW Elder Abuse Helpline & Resource Unit:

EAHRU staff will post the still image of your Photograph to their Facebook and Twitter pages using the #WEAADNSW2018 hashtag, along with the Participant’s name.

To connect with the social media platforms, view other competition entries and keep up to date with the campaign:
For Twitter, go to @NSWEAHRU

Northern Beaches Jive is a social dance group. Our Modern Jive classes are held every Wednesday at 7.30pm at Narrabeen RSL.

Modern Jive is an easy partner dance with an emphasis on having fun and is great for all ages. Our experienced teachers always make the lesson interesting and fun. 

You can come along to class any time as we cater for new beginners every week. You don't have to sign up for a course - just come along when it suits you. First timers are only $10 for the first two weeks in total!!  You can even just come and watch for free to see if you think you'll like it.

There’s no need to bring a partner as we rotate you around to different partners during the class.

We start with a beginner class at 7:30pm for 45 minutes, followed by social dancing. At 9pm we have an Intermediate /advanced class for 45 minutes, and a concurrent 'refresher' class for the beginners, then social dancing until 10:30pm.  That’s right beginners get 2 classes every night.

Casual entry is $15 per night.  Students and seniors are only $12 per night.  We also have discounted prices, for all groups, if you buy a 5 class pass.  Great value for learning and dancing up to 3 hours per night.

If you're keen and would like to go to a class more than once a week, or go to a dance party in the weekend then check out where you'll find more classes and weekly dance parties.

Click here ( to sign up for our weekly newsletter which will tell you who is teaching each week and any other venue news such as special events.

If you have any questions - email us at:

Heartmoves is a low-moderate intensity exercise program. Regular participation in Heartmoves will help to: Better manage weight, blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol; Improve fitness, balance, co-ordination and flexibility; Enhance your quality of life and meet other people. Ingrid Davey is a qualified Older Adult Instructor and accredited Heartmoves Leader who will guide you through an exercise program that is fun, safe and modified to suit you. Tuesday 9.30am and Thursday 10.30am at Nelson Heather Centre, 4 Jackson Road Warriewood.  The cost per class is $10.00 casual now and $17.00 for two classes. Phone Ingrid to secure your spot on 0405 457 063.

Media Releases concerning Seniors this week from National Seniors Australia

With around a quarter of a million members, National Seniors is Australia’s largest consumer organisation for the over 50s and fourth largest group of its kind in the world.

RSPCA's Community Aged Care Program

RSPCA NSW understands that to an elderly owner, a pet can mean everything. Our Aged Care program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible. To do this, we assist elderly pet owners over the age of 65, Indigenous pet owners over the age of 50 and palliative care patients of any age.
  • services our Aged Care program offers include: temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency pet boarding if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
  • assistance with veterinary treatment
  • home visits to assist the elderly with basic pet care
  • assistance with pet grooming
  • assistance with transport to and from the local veterinarian
  • a volunteer network to assist with dog walking and short periods of in-home care if the owner requires medical treatment, respite or other assistance
Please note that due to high demand for this program, we ask that pet owners first ask family and friends whether they are able to assist with their pet’s care.

This community program was previously known as Pets of Older Persons (POOPs).

For more information please contact the RSPCA Community Programs helpline (02) 9782 4408.

The helpline operates Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. During weekends and public holidays contact the RSPCA Contact Centre on (02) 9770 7555
Aged Care Program FAQs


Northern Beaches Concert Band is looking for flute, clarinet, saxophone, tuba and trombone adult players.  We cater for players from beginner to advanced and have a varied and exciting repertoire.  

Come and join us during school term time at 7.30pm, Pittwater High School, Mona Street, Mona Vale. 
Details 9970 7131 or 0414 560 263.

Seniors Toy Repair Group needs your help

Volunteers are sought to help out on Wednesday mornings (7.30am to midday) at the group's workshed in Ingleside. Volunteers need their own transport and be willing to sort and clean toys that are picked up at different collection points on the Northern Beaches. 

Prospective volunteers can email Mary Kitchen to arrange a visit to the workshed. To arrange a donation pickup please call Terry Cook on 0410 597 327 or email himFind out more about this great community group HERE


EasyLink (formerly Easy Transport Manly Warringah Pittwater) - medical appointments,  shopping trips, mystery tours and Saturday Lunch - this great non-profit organisation offers great ideas and solutions 

Community Connect

Need help on where to go to find the community information and assistance you need?

At Community Connect Northern Beaches, our professional staff and trained volunteers are knowledgeable, friendly and approachable and we will be only too pleased to help you find the service you want. We provide information and support, as well as advocacy and referral to other non profit community services and government agencies.

If we can’t help you we will get you someone who can. If you are newly arrived or do not have an English speaking background we can offer individual advice and support. Or Why not come to Specialist Community Support Workshops: Family Law, Power of Attorney plus Wills and Executors; Domestic Violence Support and Prevention; Positive Community Integration ; Crime Prevention; Or  Our Free English Classes. 

We also provide information on: Family Services: Child Care, Personal Support & Counselling; Health (Including Mental Health) ;  Material and Practical Assistance ; Advocacy to access state and federal MP assistance; Accommodation and Tenancy (help with form filling); Legal and Financial Matters ; Consumer Affairs ; Multicultural Issues; Conservation and the Environment ; Employment and Education; Accessing Community Facilities  -You are welcome to call in for: Brochures, booklets and fact sheets on a range of topics; Service Directories e.g. Council Guides and Migrant Directories; Publications e.g. The Senior newspaper and Nova.

Access to our community information data base, internet, email, fax and photocopying.(Please note there is a small charge for photocopying and use of the fax to cover the cost of paper, toner and fax call).  We also offer: A Legal Referral Program - Monday 1pm to 2pm at our 30 Fisher Road, Dee Why office.  Taxation Assistance for low income earners and pensioners from July to October. 

What does it cost?: Our services are free, however we are always grateful for a small donation where possible. The program is supported by NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS). CONTACT US: Phone: 02 99317777.

Disclaimer: These articles are not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Pittwater Online News or its staff.

Call for older people to be vaccinated against pneumonia

Action is urgently needed to address declining vaccination rates against pneumococcal pneumonia, which causes more than 2,000 deaths each year in people aged over 65.

Researchers, doctors and patients have teamed with Lung Foundation Australia during this week’s Pneumonia Awareness Week to call for proactive community action to address the declining vaccination rates against pneumococcal pneumonia – an infection responsible for more than 15,000 GP visits, 8,000 hospitalisations, and 2,000 deaths among those aged over 65 each year.

Their call coincides with an article published in MJA Insight today co-authored by Dr Rob Menzies of UNSW Medicine, which urges governments and doctors to work harder to reinforce the public health message regarding the seriousness of the potentially life-threatening but preventable infection, pneumococcal pneumonia.

The article reveals pneumonia ends lives prematurely, even in wealthy countries today with access to the best health care. It also reinforces that the main tools to prevent the most common cause of pneumonia – streptococcus pneumoniae, responsible for an estimated 20 per cent of pneumonia cases in Australia – are vaccines.

Dr Menzies says a healthcare professional’s recommendation to vaccinate, or otherwise, is the most influential factor determining whether a person chooses to protect against vaccine preventable infections.

“We’re achieving a 93 per cent pneumococcal vaccination rate among Australian children. Yet we’re failing to achieve even a 50 per cent pneumococcal vaccination rate among equally vulnerable seniors, despite the publicly-funded immunisation program – a simple preventative health measure that could prevent serious disease or premature death,” says Dr Menzies, of the UNSW Vaccine and Infection Research Lab.

“The most recent data suggest pneumococcal vaccination coverage has actually declined to 47 per cent in NSW, with more than half of these vaccinations occurring after 70 years of age.

“This decline must be urgently reversed. Doctors should be looking to opportunistically vaccinate those at risk of pneumococcal pneumonia (including people aged 65 and over, the immunocompromised and Indigenous Australians) in the same way they do for other population-based programs.

“It is also important for individuals to take the initiative for their own health. Anyone who smokes, has a chronic disease, immunocompromising condition, or is aged 65 years or over should talk to their GP about whether they should have a pneumococcal vaccination, or a re-vaccination against the infection,” he says.

Associate Professor Lucy Morgan, Specialist Respiratory Physician and Lung Foundation Australia Respiratory Infectious Disease Committee Chair, Sydney, says all adults aged 65 years and over are at increased risk of contracting pneumococcal pneumonia due to their age alone, and many more have existing chronic medical conditions or lifestyle factors, such as current or past smoking, that places them at heightened risk of infection.

“Importantly, the MJA Insight article reinforces the importance of vaccination against pneumococcal pneumonia as a preventative health strategy from the age of 65, rather than delaying vaccination for a number of years.

“Given pneumonia is a potentially life-threatening respiratory infection, should an individual develop a cough, fever, shortness of breath, and feel generally tired and unwell, they should head to their doctor without delay,” says Associate Professor Morgan.

The pneumococcal vaccine is provided free under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule for all Australians aged 65 and above, Indigenous Australians aged 50 years and over, Indigenous Australians aged 15 to 49 years who are medically at risk, and infants under 12 months.

A second dose of vaccine is also available to Australians with immunocompromising conditions or chronic disease, or smokers, a minimum of five years following their first dose.

The vaccine is also available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and the NIP in some States, for all adults aged 18 years or over, who are smokers or medically at risk, such as those with chronic lung, heart or liver disease or diabetes.

For more information about Pneumonia Awareness Week, visit or call Lung Foundation Australia on 1800 654 301.

NeuRA Ageing Well for Life’ seminars

It’s predicted that there will be almost one million Australians with dementia by 2050 and 10 times as many family members and friends suffering indirectly from its effects. Whilst this is a challenge, there are some simple steps you can take to age well and reduce your risk of dementia.

You’re never too young to start thinking about a sensible ageing well plan — waiting until your 60s and thinking, ‘I don’t want to get dementia, I’d better look at my risk factors’ isn’t a great option — there is so much we can all do to age well, starting with attending one of our ‘NeuRA Ageing Well for Life’ seminars.

Led by Professor Kaarin Anstey, Senior Principal Research Scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and global leader in dementia and ageing research, this special seminar series is designed to help you learn how you can take steps to age well and reduce your risk of dementia.

Click on above info-graph or this link - Seminars are FREE

What you will learn:
Learn how to reduce risks around dementia with keynote speaker Professor Kaarin Anstey. Dr Bill Brooks will speak about early onset Alzheimer’s and what to look for; Professor Stephen Lord will speak about why strength and balance exercises are very important as we age and how to reduce your risk of falls; Professor Jacqueline Close will share insights into her research area: falls in people with cognitive impairment and dementia, and particularly the relationship of cognitive function to postural stability, falls and fractures, and Associate Professor Julie Brown will share knowledge on how to keep safe on the roads as you age.

Find out who is speaking at the Sydney Seminar

Online series
Can’t make the seminar series in person?
Register here to attend the seminar series online on Thursday, 21 June 2018.

All seminars will go live nationally at 7pm AEST.

Get your Free Ageing Well Kit
For more advice on reducing the risk of dementia, order your free Ageing Well Kit. The kit includes the latest research and recommendations in the field of dementia.
Complete the online form to place your order.

Find out more
For more information on what individuals can do, watch NeuRAtalks on dementia risk factors at

Celebrate grandparents and seniors this October

May 9, 2018: NSW Government
Local organisations that plan to host 2018 Grandparents Day events are invited to apply for grants between $1000 and $10,000. 
The NSW Government has allocated $200,000 to help local organisations celebrate Grandparents Day on 28 October 2018

Three funding categories are available:
  • up to $1000 for small-scale local events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools
  • from $1001 to $5000 for local community events
  • from $5001 to $10,000 for large-scale community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.
In 2017, the NSW Government doubled the amount of funding available in the Grandparents Day grants program, which meant 82 organisations delivered high quality events that reached more people. 

Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said in 2018 Grandparents Day will have a particular focus on grandparents and seniors who offer their time and support to help raise grandchildren.

“More than 200,000 grandparents in our great state give almost 13 hours of unpaid, informal care for children each week and we don’t want this selfless service to go unnoticed," Ms Davies said. 

“Selfless seniors in our communities deserve to be recognised, celebrated, and simply thanked for all the hard work they have done, and all the things they keep doing to make our communities better,” Mrs Davies said.

Applications close at midday on Friday 15 June 2018.

Falls prevention technology starts trials in Australia and UK

May 15, 2018: NEURA UNSW
With falls and fractures a leading cause of hospitalisation in seniors, NeuRA and UNSW medical researcher Kim Delbaere has developed an exercise-based fall prevention app to support older people living at home.

Associate Professor Kim Delbaere, Senior Research Scientist at NeuRA and senior lecturer at UNSW's School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Photo: NeuRA

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) and UNSW Sydney's Associate Professor Kim Delbaere has developed a world-first technology-based program called StandingTall to address the needs of correcting falls and balance in seniors.

As a recent recipient of an Australian Government National Health and Medical Research Council grant (NHMRC), the StandingTall program is set to start trials both here in Australia and in the UK.

The program is an individually-tailored, home-based, fall prevention app based around a specific set of balance exercises delivered through a tablet computer. The app can be accessed via the internet, making the cost of delivery highly economical and easily deliverable across multiple cultures and languages worldwide.

The application includes over 2000 exercises with video instructions and is designed for older people to use independently at home. It allows participants to choose when and for how long they exercise throughout the week, with a recommended dose of two hours of exercise each week. The exercises are designed to train both static and dynamic balance skills, while standing on the floor or a foam cushion and while stepping in different directions and on a box.

This research aligns with local, state, national and international goals to reduce falls in older people of NeuRA's eight project partners in both Australian and UK national health settings.

In Australia, the project has three New South Wales (NSW) policy partners who will provide strategic advice to implement the StandingTall program across the state. These policy partners are the NSW Office of Preventive Health, Clinical Excellence Commission and Agency of Clinical Innovation. The program also has a UK partnership with the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA).

In addition, a total of three Australian-based clinical partners will support the practical implementation process of StandingTall into practice. These clinical partners are two partnering NSW Local Health Districts (Mid-North Coast, Northern NSW), Uniting Care and Austin Health in Melbourne, Victoria.

“It is exciting to see an Australian invention aimed at reducing falls and improving balance in older people starting an international journey, made possible by an NHMRC grant and support from our partners,” said Associate Professor Delbaere, a conjoint lecturer from UNSW's School of Public Health and Community Medicine.
“The collaboration with the UK-based Northern Health Science Alliance happened quite organically, and it is pleasing to see their recognition of the benefits of this program developed over the last six years at NeuRA.”

“This international alliance understands the immense need to curb the rate of falls in seniors, which often leads to hip fractures and loss of independence resulting in greater costs for carers, communities, their families and loved ones” said Associate Professor Delbaere.

Utilising an easy-to-deliver mobile technology platform, StandingTall has been designed to enable maintenance, updates, tailoring and exercise progressions to be updated online, whilst levels and challenges keep the participant engaged and challenged at their own rate.

Doctor Hakim Yadi, chief executive of the NHSA said, “The NHSA, together with the four North Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs), is delighted to be a UK partner of StandingTall, an exciting international collaboration in falls prevention. We hope this is the beginning of a much wider collaboration between the North of England and the Australian Health system.”

“There is nothing like this technology lead tool in the world, and some of its most successful features is that the program StandingTall is easy-to-use, offers varied tailored options and progressively difficult exercises, and is compatible with existing fall prevention and self-management programs.”

For those living in rural areas, StandingTall is a game changer as it can be delivered to a simple in-home mobile device which can assist in the prevention of falls and hence prevent the need for emergency medical care from a debilitating fall.

“Our previous research has taught us that, to prevent falls, older people should exercise for two to three hours per week, or as little as 20 minutes a day,” said Associate Professor Delbaere.

“By embracing technology, we are providing an alternative exercise opportunity, which is engaging, fun and motivating, hoping to generate higher levels of adherence over a longer period of time.”

The recent success of the NHMRC grant and the national NSW and VIC partnerships and international partnership with Northern Health Science Alliance will see Associate Professor Kim Delbaere complete the final production elements of this innovative application that brings science and clinical practice together, to benefit the lives of our ageing population to help them age well.

“We believe this innovative program offers huge potential in helping older people across the North which is why we’re delighted to be supporting its roll-out in the region,” added Doctor Yadi.

$46.1 Million to Combat Loneliness in Local Communities

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care
Today the Turnbull Government is committing $46.1 million to the national Community Visitors Scheme, which is seeking the assistance of local organisations across the country to help combat loneliness and social isolation. 

Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, said the new funding would support local organisations to recruit volunteers to provide vital friendship and companionship, through regular visits to ageing people receiving Commonwealth-subsidised aged care services.

“I have raised concerns that up to 40 per cent of aged care home residents have no family members of friends who come to see them. I recently visited one WA home where the residents received no visitors for a whole year,” Minister Wyatt said.

“These are devastating statistics and demonstrate the importance of the Community Visitors Scheme, whose volunteers can play such crucial roles in the lives of ageing Australians.”

Minister Wyatt said isolation was not restricted to older people in residential care.

“A recent study found up to 70 per cent of clients receiving aged care in their own homes also experience loneliness,” said the Minister.

“Research shows men over the age of 55 are the most likely to feel the impact of loneliness, especially after divorces, separations, the death of their partner or leaving the workplace.

“With around 1.3 million Australians receiving Commonwealth aged care assistance each year, including 240,000 in residential care, there are so many who could benefit from visitor support.” 

Member for Forrest, Nola Marino, commended the local volunteers who were already providing visitor services.

“I know how much the older people they visit look forward to the social interaction,” Mrs Marino said.

“It can be as simple as taking the time to ask how their day has been but it is fundamentally important for their wellbeing.

“That is why we would like as many local community groups as possible to consider applying for Community Visitors Scheme funding.”

There were approximately 11,000 CVS volunteers last year. Visits to people in residential aged care facilities can be to groups or one-on-one, while home care package recipients can benefit from individual visits.

In late 2016, the Turnbull Government commissioned a review of the Community Visitors Scheme and has now developed new guidelines and a draft operational manual to drive a nationally consistent approach to its implementation. The manual will be finalised in conjunction with funding recipients in 2019.

The funding covers the period from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2021. 

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on Tuesday 12 June 2018. Information about how to apply is available through the Government’s grants information system: GrantConnect.

Seniors Card Short Story Competition

The Department of Family and Community Services, NSW Seniors Card and FAW announce the launch of a joint project to be held between
1st Feb—1st June 2018.

The project consists of a short story writing competition which is open to Senior cardholders and anyone 60+ who would like to join (through the website which is FREE).

The prize is publication in the 2018 anthology, SENIORS’ STORIES, Volume 4 which will be awarded to the Top 100 stories.

Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies MP, said of the 2017 Vol 3 publication it is “… a great way to showcase the writing talent of seniors and provide an insight into their lives and the experiences of older Australians throughout NSW.”

We invite seniors to write a short story and interested FAW members to enter as soon as your story is ready. We also want new writers ‘to have a go’ by coaxing others in our communities to share their stories. With help from our branch members this could be amazing to motivate and inspire new writers by promoting the idea in your areas and inviting the community to participate.

Colleen Parker, Project Manager

How to apply
Applications must be submitted online through this system by midnight on the closing date 1st June 2018.

The short story theme is: Positive Ageing.

Please read the TERMS and CONDITIONS BEFORE commencing your application, which when submitted will send the details that you have entered into the form, along with your entry document in the form of a Word attachment, to the competition manager’s email address

Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors

After reading a Media Release by National Seniors this week (runs below) we felt it is timely to remind our more mature Readers that under the Australian Government's Hearing Services Program (the program), you will be offered the option of being fitted with a hearing device if a hearing assessment identifies you have a hearing loss and a hearing device may assist you. 

You will be given a recommendation for a fully subsidised hearing device, and may also be offered the option of purchasing a partially subsidised hearing device. These devices have been approved by the Office of Hearing Services.

You can find out more about this program on the Australian Government's Department of Health webpage on the program here

NLA Ebooks - Free To Download

The National Library of Australia provides access to thousands of ebooks through its website, catalogue and eResources service. These include our own publications and digitised historical books from our collections as well as subscriptions to collections such as Chinese eResources, Early English Books Online and Ebsco ebooks.

What are ebooks?
Ebooks are books published in an electronic format. They can be read by using a personal computer or an ebook reader.

This guide will help you find and view different types of ebooks in the National Library collections.
Peruse the NLA's online ebooks, ready to download - HERE

 Australian Ageing Agenda

Australian Ageing Agenda (AAA) is an independent and authoritative bi-monthly publication for people who work in or around the aged care and retirement sectors in Australia. It provides a broad range of news, education and opinion with an emphasis on knowledge sharing and research translation.

Each issue also contains regular updates on relevant business and financial issues along with a selection of well researched features on crucial systems and operations, clinical care, technology, built environment and other issues relevant to the ‘ageing sector’. AAA leads the way with the industry’s most comprehensive conference details and remains Australia’s number one source of news and information about ageing issues and aged care.

Have a look at their comprehensive website HERE

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner 

Any person can make a complaint to the Commissioner, including care recipients, family members, friends, staff, volunteers, or professionals.

Complaints may relate to any aspect of services including care, choice of activities, discrimination, catering, communication or the physical environment. The 1800 550 552 helpline is staffed 9am to 5pm (AEDST) Monday to Friday.

Out of hours callers can leave a message, or contact the Commissioner at anytime through the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner website.


In 2014-15, there were 10,924 contacts to the Aged Care Complaints Scheme. 3,725 were assessed as a complaint, 3,812 ‘other’ contacts includes non-compulsory notifications, own motion investigations and compliance referrals. There were also 3,387 out of scope contacts which were not related to an approved provider or an approved provider’s responsibilities under the Aged Care Act.

Profile Bayview Yacht Racing Association (BYRA)
1842 Pittwater Rd, Bayview

BYRA has a passion for sharing the great waters of Pittwater and a love of sailing with everyone aged 8 to 80 or over!

2018 Seniors Card Directory Available Now

NSW Seniors: NSW Government
NSW Seniors Card is pleased to provide members with the 2018 Seniors Card Directory, your guide to the best discounts and special offers from thousands of participating businesses around the state.

Each year five directories are released, one for each region in NSW. The regions are: Sydney & Surrounds, Central Coast & Hunter, Northern NSW, Southern NSW and Western NSW.

To download your copy please click the links below:

Sydney & Surrounds PDF, 19579.78 KB

Central Coast & Hunter PDF, 9062.09 KB

Northern NSW PDF, 8590.32 KB

Southern NSW PDF, 8837.31 KB

Western NSW PDF, 8434.52 KB

If you are unsure about what directory region you are in you can view our regional map here.

Copies of the directory are also available for pickup from Australia Post Outlets, MP Offices as well as participating Local Councils and Libraries.

Want to find even more discounts? Use our online business directory to search for the best discounts near you.

 Keep your Wits About You

A regular contributor suggests we all look at Lumosity to see if will suit keeping active mentally. Their website states: "improve Brain Health and performance. Designed by neuroscientists, Lumosity exercises improve core cognitive functions. Researchers have measured significant improvements in working memory and attention after Lumosity training. Dozens of research collaborations help improve the Lumosity training program and its effectiveness." You can visit their website to decide for yourself  at:


Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:

Seniors Power Discount

NSW Seniors Card holders can save up to 25 per cent on their gas and electricity bills under a new deal the state government has reached with AGL.

If card holders switch to AGL before 31 August, they will get 25 per cent off electricity and 19 per cent off gas usage charges for 24 months.

For further details, visit the website here or call 1300 001 504.

Manly Warringah Pittwater Community Aid

Do you know someone we could help?
We're a local not-for-profit that help over 2,000 elderly members of the Northern Beaches community live happy, healthy and independent lives in their own homes.

If you know someone that could use our help, please let us know!
Call us on 02 9913 3244 or visit our website at

The Senior Newspaper Online 


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Senior Movers is a wonderful resource for the Pittwater senior community who are thinking about downsizing from their property.  Senior Movers want you to stop worrying about downsizing from the family home and let us take care of you.  Senior movers gives you peace of mind during stressful times of downsizing and moving to a smaller home.  No retirement living plan is too large or too small.  We are glad to help whether it is a move to a loved one’s home, assisted living or to a seniors apartment. We want you to we help you gracefully downsize with our experience and care.

Also see Belinda Grundy's Profile and other great Business;

Retirement Village Inquiry 

Kathryn Greiner has finished her round of consultations, and her report is due to Minister Matt Kean on 15 December.

Visit the NSW Dept. Of Fair Trading webpage for all matter relating to this Inquiry.

If you have an enquiry or complaint  about a retirement village, you may lodge a complaint or contact Fair Trading on 13 32 20.
Profile: Avalon Soccer Club
Avalon Soccer Club is an amateur club situated at the northern end of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. As a club we pride ourselves on our friendly, family club environment. The club is comprised of over a thousand players aged from 5 to 70 who enjoy playing the beautiful game at a variety of levels and is entirely run by a group of dedicated volunteers. 



The Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW) is the peak organisation for people over 50 in our state. We’re an independent, non-partisan, consumer-based non-government organisation. We work with politicians, policy makers, and service providers as well as media representatives to make sure your views are heard and your needs are met. COTA NSW works to empower and engage people over 50. For decades, we’ve shaped the policies and programs that change lives.

Since our beginning in 1956, COTA NSW has introduced policies and programs that make a real difference to peoples’ lives. We have proud record, having created: ■Meals on Wheels, ■Retirement Village Residents Association, ■Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, ■Seniors Clubs, ■Seniors Information Service, ■OM:NI – Older Men: New Ideas, ■Grandfriends, ■Grandparents, Relatives and Kinship Care Alliance, ■Medication Management for Older People, and the ■Mature Employment Line

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket: NSW Public Transport

Parents missing out on REAL face time? If they have a Pension Card, sign them up & they could get unlimited $2.50 Country Pensioner Excursion tickets*.
Call 13 22 32 to sign up.

Country Pensioner Excursion ticket (CPE)
A Country Pensioner Excursion (CPE) ticket is an affordable ticket for eligible pensioners and seniors to travel by train in regional NSW and the ACT.

For $2.50 you can book an economy class seat on a NSW TrainLink 

Regional train service. You will need to book 7 days or less in advance