September 16 - 22, 2018: Issue 376

For you this week:

Jason Waterhouse and Lisa Darmanin Take Gold In Japan At Tokyo 2020 Olympics Venue by World sailing and Australian sailing Team + some Tash and Annie news too!

Hospital Campaigners Call For Government Transparency - Save Mona Vale Hospital campaigners are calling on the NSW Government to come clean about what services will be available after the hospital’s emergency department closes next month: Community Picnic beside MVH today (Sunday Sept. 16 - 11:30 to 3pm) Rally and March on Oct. 14

2018 Pittwater Community Service Award: Justene Gordon of the Avalon Youth Hub

New Auxiliary Kiosk At Mona Vale Hospital - from Office of Rob Stokes, MP for Pittwater

Aquatics: Surf Life Saving Australia National Coastal Safety Report 2018 Released + SLS NSW Safety Message for upcoming Season

Fire by Lynleigh Grieg - How members of the public help burnt or affected wildlife this bushfire season

Pictures: Turning Purple In The Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer : “Put Your Foot Down” – 2018 Sydney WalkPhotos by Michael Mannington of Volunteer Photography

Strong Queensland Support For The Club Marine Pittwater To Paradise Regatta by Lisa Ratcliff

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2018 by Robyn McWilliam

Reflections by George Repin: THE DODECANESE ARCHIPELAGO

Food: The Chick'n Shack Café - For Lovers Of Old School Burgers and New School Ways: Happy Hour Fish and Chips on Fridays nights, best Breakfast and coffee on the way to the beach, and this Summer will be bringing your food to the beach so you don't have to get off the sand - read all about the best kept secret at Careel Bay

Park Bench Philosopher How Much Plastic Does It Take To Kill A Turtle? by CSIRO + Turtle species in serious decline: Broad ecological impacts by University of California - Davis

Collector's Corner: Historic Photographers Of Pittwater: The 'Wharriewood' Macpherson Family - Memories On Glass Exhibition As Part Of The State Library Of N.S.W. Open Day On October 6th, 2018 -  Margot Riley, Curator at the State Library of N.S.W., relates the very exciting news that 70 of the Macpherson family photos  attributed to William Joseph will form part of the October 6th Open Day at the Library in an Exhibition called 'Memories on Glass'. Local History buffs will be interested to hear about Margot's findings about the Macpherson photographic collection which confirm that these images were taken over a much longer time frame than first thought - from 1875 through to the 1930s - and that there were actually several photographers in the Macpherson Family - not just William Joseph. 

DIY Ideas: A Dog's Paradise in Your Own SAFE Garden - grass to roll in, a shallow pond to sit in when it's hot, paths to explore!

Profile: Adam Crowley This year BHS has been celebrating its 50th year with a range of good fun stuff including a Colour Run/Obstacle Course, a Winter Night Market and on September 29th, a Golden Ball.  All ex-students, staff, parents and members of the Barrenjoey community are invited to celebrate. Ticket sales close on September 20th. Get yours here.

Barrenjoey promotes a vision of providing a school experience where RespectEffort and Challenge are highly valued - in fact that's the school's motto. Students respect the subjects they study, the content, teachers, environment and themselves, where effort is expected, valued, recognised and celebrated and where students are enabled to realise the worth in challenging themselves to ‘be the best they can be’.

Although the school has a vast number of notable alumni across Arts, Science and Sports and every other field of human endeavour, it is the simply great human beings with great attitude that emerge from this school that best serve as its 'dream come true'. These are individuals that stand upright, care about the place around them, the people in it and are aware of how we are all interlinked – connected.

This week an ex BHS Student who is still excelling and seizing opportunities presented to him to ‘be the best he can be’ in every pursuit that is part of his individual nature

History: The Barrenjoey School: 1872 To 1894 - Barrenjoey High School is turning 50 this year and is very proud of it! 
The school and school community have been holding a number of events including the Colour Run / Obstacle Course of March, The Barrenjoey Night Market in June, and on the Saturday the 29th of September – The Golden Ball!

All Ex-students, staff, parents and members of the Barrenjoey community are invited to celebrate. There will be a Three-course meal, the event will be fully licensed, with live bands, memorabilia exhibition, and more.  Dress: Women: Elegant Men: Dashing!

Tickets are available until September 20th Get yours here.

The Barrenjoey High School opened in 1968 - a little under a hundred years prior to that a school of a similar name commenced atop the headland so many BHS students love.  

A few notes to get you in a golden mood - no, there will not be an exam on this - enjoy !

Tackling elder abuse

By National Seniors
National Seniors’ Interim CEO, Professor John McCallum, writes that for the first time in his 40 years of experience in ageing issues, serious political support exists for dealing with elder abuse.

In February this year, Federal Attorney-General Christian Porter announced a national plan to stop physical, emotional and financial abuse of people living in care would be a personal priority.

“From this time on in Australia, elder abuse will no longer be someone else’s problem and I am committed to working with you to eradicate it in our community,” Mr Porter told the Fifth National Elder Abuse Conference in Sydney.

Mr Porter quickly enlisted the State Attorneys- General to the cause, with a national plan to be delivered by the end of this year. Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson AO has also made it a focus, with a commitment to ensure the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission into Elder Abuse are implemented.

The Australian Banking Association is pushing the Attorneys-General to fix Powers of Attorney (POAs) so banks can do their work. The Older Persons Action Network (OPAN) has just received an extra $2 million from the government to develop a national elder abuse advocacy response and collect national data, as well as doing research in rural and remote populations.

This is clearly a national effort, and we need to support these initiatives and help to put practical services and solutions in place. Elder abuse is a broad term and can refer to financial, psychological, emotional, physical and social abuse, and neglect. It can occur in private or nursing homes and even in public places.

In an increasingly digital world, we have seen a growing prevalence of online scams and ‘love’ entrapments over the past decade. This is a new form of abuse – ‘digital elder abuse’ – in which a relationship of trust is developed quickly to take advantage of an older person. National Seniors will be releasing a research report on this soon.

I’m not entirely comfortable with the term ‘elder abuse’. Financial elder abuse is theft or robbery – crimes. Physical elder abuse is bullying, violence, assault and battery – also crimes. However, approaches to dealing with elder abuse need to go beyond legal solutions, which many older people don’t want. Interventions need to be individualised and empower victims to report abuse and support them in finding resolutions that work for them and their families.

What’s worse about elder abuse is that it’s typically a dark secret and hidden from public view. It is a violation of a trusted relationship for an older person and, unfortunately, the victim is often too ashamed to tell anyone it’s happening.

We know that families and communities can be violent and dysfunctional, and the more vulnerable members are at risk in these situations. This should preferably be dealt with before people become victims of criminal acts.

The growing dependency of an older person makes them easier targets, so we know where to look for trouble. For example, it is more known to happen to people who are lonely and isolated, or who have physical or cognitive disabilities, or who are not digital or financially literate. 

Those on low incomes or dependent on others to care for them are also known to be at risk. Sometimes financial abuse of older people occurs due to what is called ‘inheritance impatience’, where family members take what they think will be coming to them anyway. It can also happen when an adult child is depressed or misusing drugs or alcohol and looks to an aged parent to fund their habits.

This is first and foremost a community responsibility to be aware of the risks and report concerns. The OPAN call number is a good place to start – see below.

Care workers, again ordinary and sometimes heroic working people, are also on the frontline, as well as health professionals such as doctors and pharmacists. On a broader canvas, you may have seen that National Seniors joined the Australian Banking Association campaign in May this year targeting Attorneys-General. 

Bank frontline staff and financial advisors have a key role to play in preventing financial abuse, but they need to have clear POAs to deal with cases where they suspect it. It is common to have multiple copies of POAs and for banks not to be in possession of the current version. Consequently, we are advocating for a national register and, because many are poorly done, a standard template, as well as moderately standardised POAs across states and territories. Greater awareness of the duties and obligations of a Power of Attorney is also needed by people taking on the role.

Our Membership team is working with Caxton Legal Centre in a trial for a national program for dealing with financial abuse and our Chief Advocate, Ian Henschke, is one of the team organising the National Elder Abuse Conference in July 2019.

National Seniors was also recently involved in consultations on the development of the National Plan on Elder Abuse, a framework for action over the next four years. It is hoped that this will include a campaign to raise awareness about what elder abuse is, more training for people working with seniors so elder abuse can be recognised and addressed, and changes to Enduring POAs, among other things.

Let’s join these forces while they are so aligned and work hard to minimise this abhorrent form of abuse.

Contact OPAN
OPAN provides an immediate response to consumers experiencing elder abuse in the community and residential aged care services. As well, they can assist prospective users of aged care services and older people in the community. All services can be contacted on the OPAN national telephone number 1800 700 600, or via their website:

This article originally appeared in the September, October, November 2018 edition of 50 Something magazine. 

Noah’s Dog Walking Service

Having trouble finding time to walk your dog?
Wish that someone else would just do it for you?

Well from now on there is that option. I am a 14 year old boy living in Avalon with experience in handling all types of dogs. As a dog owner myself I can assure you that your dog will be walked to the best of standards. $10 per hour.

Contact me with:
Phone: 0405 130 785
Can work in: Avalon, Palm Beach, Newport

So give your dog a walk without hassle.

Appliance replacement scheme slashes power bills

by NSW Government
The NSW Government’s “new for old” appliance replacement scheme is saving households an average of $325 a year in power bills.
Eligible households, including low-income, concession card holders and energy hardship customers, can receive a 40-50% discount when replacing their old fridge or TV with a newer, energy efficient model.

Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton said the Home Energy Action appliance replacement program is on track to cut around $40 million from power bills over the next 10 years.

“Households that need savings the most are helping the environment,” Ms Upton said.

“This is cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 16,600 tonnes a year, which is the same as taking 4160 cars off the road.”

Since August 2016, the Home Energy Action appliance replacement scheme has replaced more than 32,600 old, inefficient appliances in 28,100 homes across NSW.

What's on offer?
For eligible residents of NSW, we are offering discounts on new energy efficient fridges and televisions.

When you replace your old, inefficient model, you can receive:
  • 40% off the cost of a fridge
  • 50% off the cost of a television
The offer applies to selected fridge and television models.

How will this help your household?
Fridges and televisions have been chosen for this offer because significant energy savings can be made by replacing old, inefficient models.

The amount you can save on your energy bill varies. On average:
  • Replacing an old, inefficient fridge can save between $100 and $200 per year on your energy bills.
  • Replacing a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) television with an LCD television can save between $50 and $125 per year on your energy bills.
Who's eligible?
To replace your fridge, your current fridge must be at least 6 years old.

To replace your television, you must own a plasma or cathode ray tube (CRT) television.

To receive this offer you must be a NSW resident and hold one of the following:
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card from Centrelink
  • Veterans' Affairs Gold Card
A Commonwealth Senior Health Card is not sufficient eligibility for this offer. You will need to hold one of the above cards.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you may be able to access the offer through a participating community service organisation. Please contact a community service organisation directly to discuss your application.

Apply now
You can apply online for the appliance replacement offer. If your application is successful, you'll receive instructions on how to buy your appliance through The Good Guys.

Make sure you have your valid concession card with you when you apply.

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

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:

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

The Senior Newspaper Online 


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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

 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:

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.

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;


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.
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. 

20th Australian Technology Conference for Seniors

The 20th Australian Technology Conference for Seniors will be held in Sydney at Rydges World Square Hotel, 389 Pitt Street, Sydney, on 30 & 31 October 2018.

Reserve your spot for the much anticipated annual technology event for seniors which is organised by the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, founded by Nan Bolser OAM.

Speakers include Global technology giants Microsoft and Google;  workshops with Apple and Digital Springboard and much  more. The program has something for everyone. It’s a wonderful venue and you will enjoy a sit- down lunch after selecting from a fabulous buffet. 

Full details, including special rates for Seniors card holders can be viewed on the website or phone 02 9286 3871 to register.

Contribution of carers acknowledged in $50m pledge for more respite, transport and support

September 14, 2018
Dementia Australia has welcomed funding for more respite, transport and support announced by the Victorian Government that acknowledges the extraordinary dedication and contribution made by carers of older people, older carers and carers of people living with younger onset dementia in Victoria.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said carers of people living with dementia give so much of themselves when caring for family members and friends.

"They want the best possible health and lifestyle outcomes for the person for whom they love and care," Ms McCabe said.

"Carers provide support with the daily needs of the person in their care for travel, to attend activities and social engagements, providing medical and personal care and enabling them to remain connected with their networks.

"Often this impacts on their careers, incomes and their own health and wellbeing."

According to Carers Australia carers provide an estimated 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care each year.

"In Australia more than 1.2 million people are involved in the care of someone living with dementia," Ms McCabe said.

"When it comes to carers, they deserve every possible support available."

"In light of all this, Dementia Australia supports the decision to fund an extra 100,000 hours of respite care each year in Victoria," Ms McCabe said.

"This announcement by the Andrews Government of $49.5 million boost for carers in Victoria will go a long way towards supporting the needs of carers not able to qualify for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)."

The funding will also include a 50 per cent travel concession for all carers which will make it more affordable to travel to appointments and to stay socially engaged.

In regional areas access to $4 million in grants for grass-roots and carer support groups will aim to improve access to emotional support services and information.

Ms McCabe said dementia costs Victoria an estimated $3.8 billion in 2018 (spanning direct and indirect costs) and was projected to cost almost $9.5 billion by 2056.

There are more than 100 types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common.

Dementia is the leading cause of death among Australian women and the second leading cause of death for Australians overall.

There are more than 100,000 people living with dementia in Victoria and that number is expected to increase to more than 280,000 people by 2056 without a significant medical breakthrough.

"Dementia is everyone’s business and it desperately requires well-funded support and services, responsive to the needs of all carers, families and for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia," Ms McCabe said.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500
Interpreter service available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

Raising awareness of dementia Every September

September 13, 2018: By National Seniors
Dementia is the second leading cause of death among Australians, contributing to 5.4 per cent of all male deaths and 10.6 of all female deaths each year, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Each week, more than 1,800 new cases of dementia are diagnosed in Australia.

Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held annually throughout September to encourage Australians to become more aware of the disease and have a better understanding of how to support people living with dementia.

Home Instead Senior Care, a specialist national provider of high quality in-home care for older Australians, created Dementia: A resource guide for carers and families.

The guide supports families and carers, providing them with information about dementia, the various types, stages and progression of the disease. It provides a range of practical strategies, tools and activities to use when caring for a loved one living with dementia at home.

Co-Founder of Home Instead Senior Care Australia, Martin Warner, said non-verbal communication could be used to interact with people living with dementia.

Mr Warner said it was important to remember all behaviour was a form of communication. Alternative communication approaches would enable family and friends to build trust and provide support.

1. Body language

Be consistently aware of your body language and attitude. For example, agitated movements or a tense facial expression might upset or distress a person with dementia and can make subsequent communication more difficult.

2. Maintain eye contact

To gain a person’s attention, limit distractions and noise, and maintain eye contact with them. Always try to speak to them at their eye level so they can see your expression clearly.

3. Provide simple choices

Communication flowed better if you provide simple choices. Ask one question at a time - yes or no questions work best. Visual cues and prompts are a good way to increase understanding.

4. Never argue or raise your voice

Be careful not to shout or argue. It will only increase levels of frustration and agitation.

5. Listen with your ears, eyes and heart

Carers should always strive to listen for the meaning and feelings that underlie words. It was important to be patient and listen carefully to what was being communicated or shared with you.

“The key to providing quality care for someone with dementia is the relationship between the person and their carer,” Mr Warner said.

“When implementing communication therapies, it is crucial to know and understand the personality and life story of the person with dementia as this will make the communication strategies more effective.”

The three most common communication strategies were Reality Orientation, Validation Therapy and Reminiscence Therapy.

Reality Orientation aimed to gently bring someone who is disorientated back to their present reality by guiding them to the awareness of who they are, where they are and the present time and date.

A tool to assist Reality Orientation was a ‘reality board’ - a whiteboard or noticeboard that could easily be seen and detailed important information, including the day, appointments or visitors.

Validation Therapy was implemented by acknowledging the person’s view of reality and encouraging them by listening carefully and asking questions. This prevented behavioural symptoms of dementia and allowed the person to enjoy revisiting a time or place where they were happy and content.

Reminiscence Therapy was beneficial because it captured the life journey of someone with dementia, which helped build a deeper one-on-one relationship with them. Talking with people with dementia about their lives could create a positive emotional experience and reduce stress.

Mr Warner said reminiscing was about giving the person with dementia a sense of value, importance and belonging. It could take place at any time, either visually, through music, smell or taste, and feeling textures of familiar objects.

“Research has shown that people with dementia benefit significantly from remaining in the familiar surroundings of their home and community environment for as long as possible,” Mr Warner said.

“We hope our dementia guide helps loved ones and carers around Australia to learn more, have a better understanding of dementia and how to be a good support system.”

For a free copy of the Dementia Guide, click here

For more information, click here

AvPals Term 3 Courses 2018

Newport Courses
Avalon Computer Pals for Seniors has a program of computer courses for seniors over 55 held at the Newport Community Centre.
Address: Address:  11-13 The Boulevarde, Newport 2106

There are courses for a range of subjects to assist beginners or those who need to keep up with the new technologies. These include popular topics such as:
Beginners introduction to computers, Windows 10, Skype, iPads, Social media – Facebook and Twitter, Apple MAC, Digital Photography (extended 5 week course), Android Tablets, Smart phones, Genealogy, Scanning and printing.

Download the Term 3 timetable HERE or view below

AVPALS is totally managed by volunteers. Our only costs are for rent, utilities and internet access. We put a little aside to buy new equipment. For this reason we only charge a nominal amount, typically $30 for a ten week one-to-one training term at Avalon and $15 a session at Newport. Most Newport sessions have around 5 participants.

Personal tuition at Avalon
Our friendly tutors make computers a pleasure. To enrol in one of these one to one courses you need to attend our enrolment day, held just before the beginning of each school term. See the calendar at the bottom of this page for the sign on dates.

We can help with all of these and more! Want to use your computer or tablet to:
  • send emails
  • buy and sell on eBay
  • manage digital photographs
  • produce spreadsheets
  • write letters
  • book tickets and holidays
  • keep in touch with friends and family
  • bank online
Our friendly tutors make computing a pleasure!

Find out more at:

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

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.

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.

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

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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.


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 

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.


Contact Community Care Northern Beaches HERE:

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
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!

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 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

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.