June 18 - 24, 2017: Issue 317

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 317

35th America’s Cup Final Stage Begins - Pittwater's James Spithill focussed despite Day 1 dramas

6th Peninsula Community Of Schools Art Exhibition At Warriewood Square - Silent Auction now open

Pictures: Careel Bay Marina Winter Festival 2017: Owners Gordon “Bluey” and Anne-Marie Woolcott have shared their love of classic timber boats with the community again this year - great stalls, great food!

Aquatics: Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise 2018 Regatta Entry Now Open

2017 HIF NSW SURFMASTERS TITLES by Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

DIY Ideas DIY Dolls House Or Garage Or Boatshed - In a few weeks the July school holidays commence (July 1 to 17) and little hands will want to do something creative. 

Profile:  Surf Collective www.surfcollective.com.au

Tired of looking like everyone else in the same branded gear everyone wears? Want to support a local business and local creators and businesses? Want to find something unique and further the development, or redevelopment of independent makers of Australian products? - then the Surf Collective is where you need to look. Read about their BHS project!

This week co-founder Mark Rannuci helps us share a small insight into a local business in the business of promoting others' business and giving us back access to so many great producers - all in one place!

2017 NSW Grandparents Day event grants program open

June 14, 2017: NSW Government
Applications are now open for grants to help community organisations, small businesses and local councils host events to celebrate NSW Grandparents Day.

This year’s NSW Grandparents Day will be held on Sunday 29 October. It is a time for everyone to come together and recognise the value grandparents and older people bring to our communities.

NSW Government funding for local community events on NSW Grandparents Day has doubled this year to $200,000.

There are three funding categories available:
  • Tier 1 grants of up to $1000 for small-scale local events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools
  • Tier 2 grants from $1001 to $5000 for local community events
  • Tier 3 grants from $5001 to $10,000 for large-scale community events targeted at local councils in partnership with organisations and groups.
Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies said Grandparents Day is a special day to connect across generations and to appreciate the wide-ranging benefits gained from the knowledge and wisdom shared by older people.

“I encourage organisations planning NSW Grandparents Day events to focus on activities that help older people, regardless of their age or ability, stay connected and contribute to their communities,” Mrs Davies said.

Last year 100 projects were successful in securing funding for events.

Applications for the grants program will close at 5pm on Friday 14 July 2017. Apply here

Call to action – end elder abuse

Thursday 15 June 2017
To coincide with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on all Australians to recognise the rights of older people and end the abuse and neglect so many of them face.

The call comes as the Australian Law Reform Commission today releases its findings and recommendations following a 15-month Federal Inquiry into elder abuse.

The report, Elder Abuse - A National Legal Response, is the result of 117 national stakeholder meetings and more than 450 submissions.

The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Kay Patterson AO, said the Report is a seminal piece of research that has the power to change lives.

“The Report contains 43 recommendations and my plan is to work with Governments and stakeholders to drive the adoption of these recommendations. This includes a national plan to protect the rights and well-being of older Australians with a goal to end elder abuse,” she said.

Elder abuse includes psychological or emotional abuse, financial abuse, physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse. It has a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities across the country.

Dr Patterson said the Report puts all Australians on notice, in particular those working with older people, that they have a responsibility to understand what elder abuse is and to commit to its elimination.

“I’d like to thank Professor Rosalind Croucher and her team at the ALRC for developing an outstanding Report that deserves the attention of all jurisdictions and stakeholders,” said Dr Patterson.

“I also commend the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC for initiating and launching this Inquiry, as well as the contributions from individuals, community groups, government authorities, businesses and other stakeholders.”

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

Gluten-Free Beer From Witkop Teff Grains

June 14, 2017: American Chemical Society
For celiac patients and others on gluten-free diets, it seems like gluten is everywhere -- cakes, cookies and breads. It's even in most beers. But now, one team reports in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that beers made with Witkop teff grains may be a good alternative to traditionally brewed barley beers.

Gluten based sensitivities impact millions of people each year, leading to a dramatic rise in gluten-free food products on grocery store shelves. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one percent of the global population has celiac disease, which results in the immune system attacking the small intestine when gluten is consumed. Currently, no medicinal treatments are available, and the only option is to follow a strict, gluten-free diet. As a result, breweries have been exploring alternative grains, such as corn, rice and buckwheat, to replace barley in the malting and brewing process. Teff, a small cereal native to Ethiopia that doesn't contain gluten, is another possibility that researchers have tested. Now, Valeria Sileoni and colleagues wanted to examine, for the first time, the potential of a variety of teff called Witkop as a raw material for malting and brewing.

The researchers examined the Witkop teff malting process, in which grains are steeped, germinated and dried, to determine the optimum conditions. Witkop teff took longer to malt than barley, and the team found that the teff had different enzymes to break down sugars than barley. The researchers concluded that Witkop teff grains have potential as a raw material for beer production but would likely require custom malting equipment on an industrial scale.

Lidia Di Ghionno, Ombretta Marconi, Eung Gwan Lee, Christopher J. Rice, Valeria Sileoni, Giuseppe Perretti. Gluten-Free Sources of Fermentable Extract: Effect of Temperature and Germination Time on Quality Attributes of Teff [Eragrostis tef (zucc.) Trotter] Malt and Wort. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2017; 65 (23): 4777 DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b01717

ASCCA Notice Board 

8 & 9 November, 2017 - The 19th Australian Computer Conference for Seniors will take place at the Rydges World Square Hotel, Sydney - with the ASCCA AGM to take place at 3.30 pm at the conclusion of the first day of the Conference

Have you put the Dates in your Diary yet? Nan has already invited some exciting new speakers and some of your old favourites have already put the dates aside for ASCCA.

Please help by letting ASCCA know if you have news of an event that will be of interest or benefit to our ASCCA Members from other States in Australia, please share the details with us at ASCCA. We are
interested in news about ASCCA Clubs throughout Australia.

Visit Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association: http://www.ascca.org.au/

A Better MBS For All Australians

7 June 2017: Fed. Dept. of Health
The clinician-led Taskforce that is reviewing more than 5,700 items covered by the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) to see if they are up-to-date, today released its third round of recommendations for public consultation.

Professor Bruce Robinson, chair of the MBS Review Taskforce commissioned by the Federal Government, said the MBS review is aimed at ensuring that subsidised procedures covered by the MBS are up-to-date, clinically effective, provide value for the healthcare system and support the best quality care for patients.

“Consultation with clinicians, consumer representatives, and the Australian public on committee recommendations is a critical step prior to the Taskforce delivering final recommendations to the Government,” Professor Robinson said. 

The latest round of public consultation includes over 40 recommendations effecting over 170 items, from the Spinal Surgery, Renal Medicine, Dermatology, Allergy & Immunology, Diagnostic Imaging – Knee Imaging, and Diagnostic Imaging – PE/DVT Imaging clinical committees.

The consultation also includes a preliminary MBS Review Taskforce report on Urgent After-Hours Primary Care Services funded through the MBS.

The draft recommendations include restructuring the spinal surgery items with a new schedule of items that better describe current spinal surgery best practice. Streamlining the description of these services will ensure the MBS benefits provided to patients are appropriate and consistent.

A new item is proposed to provide funding for the delivery of dialysis by appropriately trained nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners and Aboriginal Health Workers in very remote areas of Australia. 

“This will have significant health, social and economic impacts, for the patient and their families,” Professor Robinson said.

Changes are also proposed to make sure people access high quality and clinically appropriate after-hours GP home visits. 

“The Australian medical community recognises the need to remove MBS funding from unnecessary, outdated, ineffective and potentially unsafe services.

“It was the strong view of the Urgent After-hours Working Group and the Taskforce that the current use of urgent after-hours services does not reflect clinical need in Australia.

“The growth in use of urgent after-hours GP services does not seem to reflect patients’ clinical needs.”

“After-hours services are important, but we must ensure that patients get the right test or treatment first time, every time and not be subjected to unnecessary and inappropriate care,” Professor Robinson said.

The Taskforce’s work is continuing and further draft recommendations will be released for public consultation throughout the year.

For information go to the MBS Review website

Express Trains To The Blue Mountains

May 31, 2017
The More Trains, More Services program has introduced more express services, more seats and reduced travel times to the Blue Mountains. 

Commuters and tourists to the Blue Mountains will benefit from the new changes, including:
  • twenty-four new express services between Sydney and the Blue Mountains on weekends
  • dedicated eight car express tourist trains with around 20-minute cuts to return travel times
  • an additional 25,000 additional seats every week
  • an extra 18,000 seats on weekends
  • a new weekday Sydney – Lithgow express service.
Weekday Sydney – Lithgow return express trains will also better service regional customers who interchange at Lithgow on their way to and from Sydney.

The government will also fast track some improvements in the coming weeks by:
  • doubling capacity on six current weekend Blue Mountains services from four to eight carriages
  • providing more than 4000 additional seats on weekends.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said the Blue Mountains was a huge domestic and international tourist drawcard with more than a million visitors each year.

“We know many weekend trains are packed to the brim, so we’re taking action right now, ahead of the new timetable due to be implemented late this year,” Mr Constance said.

Find out more about the More Trains, More Services program

NFSA Online Exhibition of Graham Kennedy

Celebrating the life and work of Graham Kennedy, 'The King' of Australian television.

The boy from Balaclava conquered the small screen, and for four decades was Australia's greatest television star.

As well as clips from his all-conquering TV career, this collection features highlights from his parallel professions as a radio broadcaster and film actor.

Also included are the crown and throne that symbolised his TV status, personal letters and photos and his Gold Logie Hall of Fame award. Extracts from oral history interviews with Graham's friends and colleagues reveal something of his private life and what it was like to be part of the inner circle of The King.

This collection complements our online exhibition, Graham Kennedy: The King.

Avalon Computer Pals - Avpals Term 2

Some great news today, please share with your family and friends.
Term 2 Is Now Upon Us. The Grandchildren Have Gone Back To school. It Is Now Time For You To Go Back To School And Learn About Technology That Will Stun Your Grand Children.Don't Let Them Fool You.

We Have Some Great Courses:
May 16 & 23 -MASTER Your Ipad-You Will Show The Young Ones A Thing Or Two. Or Samsung Tablets & Phones-Really Learn To To Use Them Properly-Cost $30 For Samsung & $45 For Master Your iPad.

The Term 2 Schedule - All Courses Are On Tuesdays 1.30-3.30 Pm At Newport Community Center The Boulevarde Newport. Places Still Available

2017 Concert Program

Become a member or renew your membership for 2017
Help us keep his valuable cultural experience on the Peninsula by joining now, so we can continue to bring talented and professional Australian & International Artists to perform for us in our own unique area.

Four concerts a year are held at
St Luke’s Grammar School, Bayview Campus 1977 Pittwater Rd. 
Friday nights at 8pm
Sunday afternoons at 2.30 pm

Postal address
The Hon Secretary Peninsula Music Club
16/67 Lynwood Ave, Dee Why 2099
Enquires Phone 9999-1937 or 0407-441-213

A feature of our concerts are the suppers we serve after each performance, where you can meet the artists and socialise with other members and friends. 

Sunday 23rd July: First Prize Winner 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, Andrey Gugnin
Andrey will perform a wonderful program featuring works by J.S.Bach, Franz Schubert, Dmitri Shostakovich, Leonid Desyatnikov and Michael Kieran-Harvey.

Friday 3rd November: Ensemble Aspherical
A new and exciting chamber group formed by four leading Sydney classical musicians who enjoy performing elegant and engaging music. The vibrancy and warmth of the violin and viola strings combine with the ethereal qualities of the flute and harp to create sounds and evoke images for the listener both congenial and colourful. 
Featuring sisters Marina and Justine Marsden (violin and viola) harpist, Louise Johnson and Flautist, Janet Web. 

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.  www.seniormovers.com.au

Also see Belinda Grundy's Profile and other great Business; www.bgpropertystyling.com.au

Avalon Computer Pals (Avpals) 

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 www.avpals.com or phone 02 8064 3574

Keep up to date on our Facebook page 

 COTA – NSW - cotansw.com.au


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

Payments for 3.8 million pension/welfare recipients

15 June 2017: Media Release
The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Human Services
The Hon Christian Porter MP
Minister for Social Services
The Turnbull Government will provide a one-off payment of up to $75 to 3.8 million people, following the passage of legislation today in the Senate.

The Energy Assistance Payment will be provided to people who currently live in Australia and receive the Age Pension, Disability Support Pension and Parenting Payment Single as well as veterans on the Service Pension, Income Support Supplement, and relevant compensation payments.

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the one-off payment was part of a sensible and reasonable package to secure significant reform through the Senate to reduce company tax rates to businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million.

“In securing the passage of the company tax cuts, which help more than 3.2 million small and medium sized businesses employing 6.5 million people to invest more, employ extra staff and pay higher wages, the Government also committed to these one-off payments,” the Minister said.

Of the 3.8 million people who will be provided the one-off payment:
  • 2.5 million receive the Age Pension
  • 770,000 receive the Disability Support Pension
  • 260,000 receive Parenting Payment Single
  • 235,000 recipients of DVA payments.
The one-off payment of $75 for singles and $62.50 for each pensioner in a couple would be paid automatically over the next two weeks.

“These payments, at a total cost of $269 million, recognise that many welfare recipients have a limited ability to earn additional income to help them meet living costs,” Minister Tudge said.

“This is just one of many measures the Government is implementing to help with cost-of-living pressures.”

Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter, said the same Bill also reinstated the Pensioner Concession Card to about 90,000 former part-pension recipients, who lost access to the card in January as a consequence of reforms to the assets test to make the pension system more sustainable for the future.

“The Government recognises that the small number of people who had their part-pension cancelled have, as a consequence of losing the Pensioner Concession Card, lost access to a range of private and state and local government concessions,” Minister Porter, said.

“Although most of those concessions are not provided by the Commonwealth, we are restoring the Pensioner Concession Card so they can continue to access these benefits.”

The Department of Human Services will automatically reissue the card to affected recipients in October. Information about the Energy Assistance Payment is available at humanservices.gov.au/energyassist

Building the national response to elder abuse

15 June 2017: Media Release - Attorney-General for Australia, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
Today, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, I welcome the launch the Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC) report on elder abuse – a significant step in the Turnbull Government's efforts to safeguard and protect older people from abuse.

The report, Elder Abuse – A National Legal Response, is the culmination of 15 months of rigorous and exhaustive work which will, I believe, become a foundational document for our nation's understanding of the rights of older Australians, and their value in our society.

All Australians have rights which do not in any way diminish with age. These rights, built on a foundation of autonomy and dignity, are at the core of the ALRC's work. Elder abuse undermines dignity and autonomy. This is why, in February 2016, I asked the President of the ALRC to inquire into Commonwealth legal frameworks and consider how they interact with state and territory laws.

The ALRC inquiry undertook 117 consultations and received 458 submissions, many documenting harrowing stories of serious physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect and exploitation. The report observes that – as stated in the 2002 Toronto Declaration on the Global Prevention of Elder Abuse – elder abuse is everybody's responsibility to recognise and respond to.

I thank the ALRC for this important piece of work. The Turnbull Government is carefully considering the recommendations and will work across portfolios to develop our response.

The Turnbull Government has committed $15 million to protecting the rights of older Australians. Today, I also welcome a significant contribution from the New South Wales Government – over $192,000 to engage hard to reach or vulnerable older people, in support of the Commonwealth's $990,000 first stage of research.

I look forward to continuing this important work with my colleagues in the Australian Government, states and territories as we work to promote respect of the rights of older Australians in our community.

The ALRC report is available on the ALRC website.

Elder Abuse—A National Legal Response (ALRC Report 131)
Tabled 14 June 2017.

The ALRC was asked to consider Commonwealth laws and legal frameworks and how they might better protect older persons from misuse or abuse, and safeguard their autonomy.

The Report includes 43 recommendations for law reform. The overall effect will be to safeguard older people from abuse and support their choices and wishes through:
  • improved responses to elder abuse in residential aged care;
  • enhanced employment screening of care workers;
  • greater scrutiny regarding the use of restrictive practices in aged care;
  • building trust and confidence in enduring documents as important advanced planning tools;
  • protecting older people when ‘assets for care’ arrangements go wrong;
  • banks and financial institutions protecting vulnerable customers from abuse;
  • better succession planning across the self-managed superannuation sector;
  • adult safeguarding regimes protecting and supporting at-risk adults.

Call Out For Poets - ‘Spirit Of The Land’

Submissions are invited on the subject of the ‘Spirit of the Land’, the 3rd in a series of the popular Manly Art Gallery & Museum poetry readings. Twenty poems will be chosen by event curator Les Wicks for live-reading by the authors who will each receive $50.

The Gallery will be hosting an exhibition on the theme LAND (3 November – 3 December)  with selected works by artists who have drawn inspiration from the theme ‘LAND’… as a noun, a verb, a place, an idea, a possibility, a presence, a contested space. Landscape, headland, wasteland, landfill, landmine, landform, landed, etc. The exhibition supports and connects this region’s contemporary artists with the gallery, providing a valuable opportunity to showcase their work and to challenge their art practice through their diverse responses.

Selected poems will have explored this theme. Please advise in which suburb you live.

Submissions to be emailed to meusepress@hotmail.com  by 5pm Fri 29 Sept 2017.

The selected poets will perform their works on Sunday 5 November, 2 - 4pm

Manly Art Gallery & Museum & Museum, West Esplanade Reserve, Manly
At the reading, there will also be an open mic section.
Cost: gold coin donation (refreshments served)

The Calyx Is All About Flowers This Winter

This winter, The Calyx is All About Flowers
All About Flowers is a free floral display designed to bring colour into winter.

Curated by the award winning team at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the display showcases colourful arrangements of exotic plants including Moth Orchids, Begonias, Hydrangeas, Garvineas, and more.

Wander the indoor floral garden beds and stand back and admire the amazing magnitude of Australia’s largest green wall. The wall, standing at 6 metres high and stretching across 50 metres is a living watercolour painting, paying poetic homage to the masters of Impressionism.

All About Flowers is open 20 May to 30 July 2017, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily. Entry is FREE but donations are welcome.

Boating Anthology Seeks Contributors

Calling all ladies who have ever been on any boat. Do you have a story to tell about a boating experience - funny? Serious? Motivational? Whatever? If you have would you like to have it published in book form as part of an anthology. There is no cost involved.
If you answered yes then Frances Black and Margi Law’s project is for you. They are both published authors.

Each year or so they choose a theme that they would like to write about themselves. They then assemble a group of like-minded contributors. Each person writes their own story. Frances and Margi edit and produce a published book available on Amazon. The price will be set as low as Amazon will permit.

If you want to buy a copy then you purchase one on Amazon. 

The motivation is the pleasure of writing and providing a legacy for family and community of the contributors. If you are interested in learning more please email fran@blacks.id.au

Australian Government Dept. of Health: Hearing Devices for Seniors

After reading a recent 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

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.


Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:

The Senior Newspaper Online 


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.

 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.


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 

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

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 http://mwpcommunityaid.com.au/


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.

Download Your 2017 Senior Card Discount Directory 

NSW Seniors Card is pleased to provide members with the 2017 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 here

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

 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: www.lumosity.com/app/v4/personalization

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. www.heartfoundation.org.au

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.