February 26 - March 4, 2017: Issue 302

For you this week:

Community Concerns Over Future Of Mona Vale Hospital Grow Apace With Frenchs Forest Developments: Parkway Concerns - Two videos put together by John Illingsworth and Phil Walker

Aquatics: Grommets Shine As The 2017 Australian Open Of Surfing Kicks Off At Manly by Surfing NSW

Demise Of Democracy by  Selena Griffith

Pictures: Summer 2017 in Pittwater: Videos and Stories and Pictures of the Season

Collector's Corner: Dicken's The Old Curiosity Shop bought at The Old Curiosity Shop

Food: Autumn's Feast of Fresh Produce Brings What's Best for Your Body's Health 

Roadmap Roundtable considers next steps in aged care reform

23 February 2017: Media release
The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, met yesterday with about 100 aged-care consumers and providers to consider the Government’s next steps in the reform of Australia’s $16 billion aged care sector.

The meeting in Sydney – the Aged Care Roadmap Roundtable – was held to further the Government’s close co-operation with the aged care sector to ensure affordable, accessible and quality aged care for older Australians.

The Roadmap, released in April last year, was drawn up by the Aged Care Sector Committee, and it sets out short, medium and longer-term goals to make aged care consumer driven, market based and sustainable.

Mr Wyatt told the Roundtable that he supports the Roadmap, however, reform and the sequencing of reform were complex.

I am keen to hear from you about how the Roadmap sits with your own experiences as aged-care providers and consumers,” he said.

“How can we work together to address any concerns? Working together is the key.

“Later this year, I will be considering the next steps in the Government’s reform agenda.

“I will be taking your views into consideration as we go into the development of the next phase of the reform process.”

Mr Wyatt said in the six years since the Productivity Commission’s 2011 Inquiry Report Caring for Older Australians there had been significant changes to deliver an aged-care sector that gave consumers more choice, raised the quality of care and was fiscally sustainable for Government and the community.

He said that innovation and technology would be a key to improving aged-care services in a market-driven environment.

Mr Wyatt said the aged-care sector would need to meet the expectations of older Australians for greater independence and to stay in their own homes and be connected to their communities for as long as possible.

“They also want quality care. And quality is not just about meeting minimum standards,” he said. 

“Modern older Australians and their families – quite rightly – want quality of life. They also want to feel relaxed, secure and at ease, which means that their individual cultural and personal needs are acknowledged and accepted.”

Mr Wyatt said the aged-care sector had to make it “core business” to cater for people from diverse backgrounds – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with different gender and sexual preferences and people with mental illness.

Email for The Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP

AvPals Newport Courses 2017

Avalon Computer Pals for Seniors has a new program of computer courses for seniors over 55 to be held at the Newport Community Centre.

There are courses for a range of subjects to assist beginners or those who need to keep up with the new technologies. These include the 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.

Term 1 2017 listed below and downloadable from here
Want more information? Prefer the idea of one-to-one courses? Ring Peter on  02 8064 3574 or use the form here

March 14, 2017: Free Seniors Week Lecture on the NBN
Tom O'Dea is the Community Engagement Specialist for the NSW Central Region for Telstra. Tom will be talking about all things Telstra but particularly about Telstra Air. He will discuss how and why you should use the NBN and Fon when travelling overseas. 
AvPals will then give a talk on using phones and iPads overseas.
No Booking Necessary at Newport Community Centre 1:30pm to 3.30pm

Let’s Do More Together this NSW Seniors Festival

This is an invitation for the go-getters, thinkers and dreamers - for every senior across NSW

There’s always room in life for new experiences and they’re even better when shared with friends, family and others. If you’re over 60, NSW Seniors Festival attended by up to 500,000 seniors each year, gives you the chance to make new friends or get together with old ones at a variety of local community events.

Now in its 59th year, the 10-day festival runs from Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March. And there’s something for everyone, with many FREE or heavily discounted events from concerts, movies, workshops, classes, expos, outdoor activities and debates. 
This NSW Seniors Festival, we want to inspire you try new things, socialise, share skills and keep doing the things you enjoy together! 

Join with other seniors at the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere. To find an event near you visit: www.nswseniorsfestival.com.au or the NSW Seniors Festival Facebook page.

What will YOU do more of in 2017?
Tell us and you could win an iPhone 7

So what are you looking forward to doing more of this year? Learning a new skill? Teaching kids to swim? Travelling with friends? Volunteering?

Whatever it is, join in the online conversation and tell us, because enthusiasm and doing more is infectious. Just go to the Festival website and we’ll explain how: www.nswseniorsfestival.com.au/videos

Resveratrol may be an effective intervention for lung aging

February 22, 2017: Children's Hospital Los Angeles
In a study led by Barbara Driscoll, PhD, of The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, researchers demonstrate, for the first time that inhaled resveratrol treatments slow aging-related degenerative changes in mouse lung. Lung aging, characterized by airspace enlargement and decreasing lung function, is a significant risk factor for chronic human lung diseases. The study is published online in the journal Thorax.

"We believe that ours is the first study to demonstrate a beneficial effect of lung-directed resveratrol treatments on aging lung function," said Driscoll.

Resveratrol (RSL), a chemical found in red wine, is an antimicrobial chemical substance produced by plants to protect against infection and stress-related changes. It has previously been shown to support muscle metabolism when delivered orally.

RSL prophylaxis by inhalation was a novel measure taken by the research team as a potential approach for slowing age-related deterioration of lung function and structure by preserving alveolar epithelial type 2 cells (AEC2) which line alveoli (the tiny air sacs in the lungs through which the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place) and produce surfactant which is vital for efficient breathing.

In healthy young adults, breathing is an essential, efficient process, but natural aging of the lung occurs at a steady and irreversible rate, as measured by a decline in lung function. This natural deterioration leads to a significantly reduced quality of life, over a time frame dependent on genetic and environmental factors. Although some available therapies can ameliorate symptoms, aging-related lung failure is generally irreversible and is accompanied by high rates of morbidity and mortality due to increased disease risk, including development of COPD, with accompanying emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Using a rapidly aging mouse model, the research team investigated whether the accumulation of age-related degenerative changes in the lung could be slowed by inhaled RSL. Treatment cohorts received either RSL or vehicle by intratracheal (IT) instillation monthly for three months. One month following the final treatment, whole lung function and injury-related gene expression in AEC2 were assessed.

The research team found that inhaled, prophylactic resveratrol treatments can slow the rate of lung function decline, alveolar enlargement and alveolar epithelial type 2 cell DNA damage that occurs in the early stages of lung aging. They concluded that administration of resveratrol directly to the lungs may be an effective intervention for lung aging, which is a significant risk factor for development of chronic lung disease.

"While the natural deterioration of the human lung generally occurs over decades, the injury to lung cells is analogous to the lung cell damage that occurs in premature infants who experience respiratory distress before their lungs have fully developed," added Driscoll. "Identifying a way to protect and strengthen young lungs before significant damage occurs is the goal of our research."

Sonia Navarro, Raghava Reddy, Jooeun Lee, David Warburton, Barbara Driscoll. Inhaled resveratrol treatments slow ageing-related degenerative changes in mouse lung. Thorax, 2017; thoraxjnl-2016-208964 DOI: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2016-208964

Board Collector Surf Swap

Avalon Beach
Sunday 9 April 2017
Boards Bands Beers Burgers

  • STAB Magazine Filmlyfe Film festival
  • Films and Q&A with surfing and shaping legends
  • "Show and Shine" 100 Vintage surfboards display
  • Pre-1990 surfboards for sale and swap.
  • Warung of Knowledge
  • Free Vintage appraisals
  • "The best of the cutting edge", new surfboards and contemporary shapers
  • Photography, art, clothing and accessories stalls
  • Micro brewery beers and gourmet food stalls
Calling on collectors the reserve a spot to display and sell their boards and volunteers to be part of the family and help us wrangle surfboards and crowds

If your interested in coming along, having a stall, displaying some boards or volunteering, drop us a line - Email: info@boardcollectorsurfswap.com

Find out more or get involved at: www.boardcollectorsurfswap.com


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.

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 

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/

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.

 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.

COTA NSW, through constant contact with consumers and consumer groups across the state, through the research it conducts and through partnerships with other NGOs, research bodies and universities, is also an important source of information and advice on issues and decisions that people will navigate through as they live long, healthy, and productive lives. We have always made this information and advice available publically through telephone advice and over eighty Fact Sheets. Browse through our website or contact us and help COTA NSW continue its work in advancing the interests of people over 50.

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

 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


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

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.

Seniors Festival Right Here in 2017

The Northern Beaches Council has uploaded a PDF of all the great activities available for you this March as part of their focus on the Seniors Festival. The program of just about everything you could wish for runs from Friday, March 3, 2017 - 10:00am to Friday, March 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

This is available to download or peruse at: HERE

Changes bring more choice in aged care at home

February 23, 2017: National Seniors
New measures come into force this week, giving older people greater choice in their in-home aged care.

From Monday, 27 February, consumers will be able to change aged care providers if they wish, or if they move to another area to live.

The Commonwealth Health Department said that if people do make a change, the funding for their aged care services package will be transferred to their new provider.

No action is required if they are happy with services from their current provider.

But if they have not yet found one, they will be contacted by My Aged Care when a package at a suitable level of care becomes available.

For more information about the changes to home care, click here or call the My Aged Care contact centre on 1800 200 422 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm AEST).

In a separate announcement this week, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said that 475 Short-Term Restorative Care places were available to help older people remain in their own homes longer after suffering an illness or injury, instead of entering residential care.

The new places are part of the 2016-17 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) and will help older people to manage daily tasks and maintain their independence.

Mr Wyatt said if an older person suffered a fall at home and was approved for Short-Term Restorative Care, their care provider could arrange for physical therapy with the support of the person’s doctor and allied health professionals, who would work together to identify potential hazards in their home and get them back on their feet.

“This new approach provides older people with short-term care packages of up to eight weeks to help them get back on their feet and improve their quality of life,” he said.

“The care plan is designed with, and approved by, the person receiving the care and can be delivered at home, in an aged care home or a combination of both.”

Mr Wyatt said 400 of the Short-Term Restorative Care places would be available in 2016−17, with the remaining 75 places to be available in 2017–18.  

For further information, click here

Macquarie University launches Access Program for patients most in need

24 FEBRUARY 2017
MQ Health Access Program to offer life-changing solutions with little, or no, out-of-pocket costs

  • MQ Health’s Access Program will provide reduced-cost procedures to patients who otherwise cannot afford them, with the participating surgeon or hospital footing the bill.
  • The program aims to improve quality of life of those like Jenny who was the program’s first patient to undergo surgery on 30 January, to remove excess skin after she lost 134 kilos.
  • MQ Health remains committed to making the latest treatments available to patients and ensuring the people who most need and benefit from these treatments have access to them.
Macquarie University’s MQ Health, and the Integrated Specialist Healthcare Education and Research Foundation (ISHCERF), have launched a not-for-profit, patient Access Program for those Australians most in need of surgical intervention but who are unable to meet out of pocket costs despite having adequate private health cover.

The program, which will be led by Associate Professor Anand Deva, Head of the Discipline of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at MQ Health, will offer two procedures initially: breast reduction and post weight-loss body reconstruction. Whilst not life threatening, if untreated, these two conditions can have devastating physical, emotional and psychological consequences for patients and can impact on their quality of life.

“Australia needs new paradigms for delivering health care. The Access Program aims to alleviate some of the current stresses on the system in the private health sector, by offering a limited number of affordable procedures every year for patients who have gone through a selection process, based on predetermined criteria,” said Associate Professor Deva.

“The role of the ISHCERF is to provide bridging funds for individual cases, and to negotiate with private hospital providers to allow patients to be treated at reduced, or no costs. The Foundation is the body that will grow this program in the coming years, and we are very pleased to have Macquarie University Hospital as our first participating private hospital.”

Jenny Sheenan, from Sydney, is the first patient to have been enrolled on the Access Program. She went the first of her three-part surgery on 30 January, to remove excess skin, which formed as a result of her dramatic weight loss. Jenny weighed 216 kilos, before undergoing bariatric surgery in 2015, which, combined with a dramatic lifestyle shift, diet and exercise, led to her losing an astonishing 134 kilos.

“Being a part of the Access Program means more than I will ever be able to express,” said Ms Sheenan.

“It has provided the opportunity for me to finish my weight loss journey and improve my quality of life going forward.

I would like to thank Associate Professor Deva from the bottom of my heart for his generosity and wish him and the program every success in the future.”

Associate Professor Deva explains “Jenny’s case is indicative of the thousands of Australians like her, who, having been unable to access a treatment, or service, through the public system, face having to meet the costs of, in this case, tens of thousands of dollars even though they have private health cover.

“For many, that is just not feasible,” said Associate Professor Deva.

MQ Health is able to provide this service, through a combination of unique, contributing factors: its not-for-profit status and as a result of its alliance with One Cosmetic Foundation and ISHCERF. The most significant contributor, however, to these reduced or minimally-priced procedures, is the specialist doctors that agree to be involved: those who agree to reduce, or waive their usual fee. It is this altruistic-type model, which puts the patient front-and-centre, above financial considerations, that has enabled the Access Program to form.

“We believe that our organisations, which are not-for-profit and centres of academic health excellence are well-placed to bring innovation to the healthcare sector. We understand that in order to truly impact health outcomes, we are not only obliged to make the latest treatments available, but we are committed to ensuring that the people who most need and benefit from these treatments have access to them,” said Associate Professor Deva

About MQ Health
MQ Health is the new name for the Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre, bringing together Macquarie University Hospital, Macquarie University Clinical Associates, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and clinical components of the Faculty of Human Sciences. MQ Health realises the true and seamless integration of patient-centric clinical care with life changing research and distinctive educational programs. We believe that staying at the frontier of great clinical care requires linkages to evidence based research that transitions to the patient’s bedside and a commitment to developing future healthcare professionals. MQ Health has the unique opportunity of integrating all three aspects under one governance structure. For more information visit: mqhealth.org.au.


February 22nd, 2017
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) has built a custom-made device in order to digitise and publish a rare ‘Kinora’ reel featuring 1901 footage of legendary cricketers K.S. Ranjitsinhji and C.B.Fry. It is now available on YouTube (http://bit.ly/kinora).

NFSA experts then photographed all 465 frames in the reel to create a 19-second film, showing the famous cricketers (who played for Sussex and England in the early 1900s) in action for the first time in more than 100 years. The footage was taken in Hove, England, and the reel was recently donated to the NFSA by cricket historian Glenn Gibson.

The Kinora was the world’s first home movie entertainment system. It followed the same principle as a flip book: a reel with a series of photographic images was placed in a player, and by turning the crank handle the images were displayed one after another, creating the illusion of movement. As the image was not projected, viewing was limited to one person or a small group.

The NFSA does not have any Kinora players, which are very rare. Due to the circular construction of the reel it was not possible for it to be laid flat on a scanner to digitise the photographic images, so the NFSA experts had to build a device that could replicate the mechanism of a Kinora player, in order to photograph each frame individually.

NFSA Curator Jeff Wray explained: ‘In the absence of a Kinora player, and with such a significant donation, we had to find a way to capture the moving image. Our Conservation team suggested adapting a film winder to replicate the original Kinora mechanism, and a metal ruler to hold the images so they could flick through the reel without damaging them. Our custom-made machine allowed the reel to be viewed, and held the images in place to be photographed, one by one.’

The resulting 465 high definition photo frames were animated and stabilised using advanced compositing software, to produce a moving image close to the original. The resulting film shows Ranji and C.B. Fry in batting action.

The custom-made device will be used to digitise the six remaining Kinora reels in the NFSA collection, which deal with various subjects such as a woman dancing, the launching of a life boat, and a man reacting to reading a letter.
The Kinora was the first home movie entertainment system and was invented by Lumière in France in 1897. The rights were later purchased by the British Mutoscope & Biograph Company.

The Kinora followed the same principle as a flip book. Instead of being bound in a book, the photographic images were attached to a reel which could then be rotated by a crank handle, bringing the images into motion. Kinora reels ran for approximately 30 seconds and could be purchased or rented for home use. Topics that could be viewed ranged from the everyday (man reading a letter) and topical (launching of a lifeboat) to historical events and moving images of sportspeople and entertainers of the day. Reels of family members could also be made at photographic studios, and from 1908 a camera was available for people to purchase and make their own Kinora home movies. As the popularity of cinema increased, interest in Kinoras waned. Following a factory fire in 1914, Kinora ceased production.

Rare 1901 cricket footage brought back to life by NFSA

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) has built a custom-made device in order to digitise and publish this rare ‘Kinora’ reel featuring 1901 footage of legendary cricketers K.S. Ranjitsinhji and C.B.Fry.
NFSA experts then photographed all 465 frames in the reel to create a 19-second film, showing the famous cricketers (who played for Sussex and England in the early 1900s) in action for the first time in more than 100 years. The footage was taken in Hove, England, and the reel was recently donated to the NFSA by cricket historian Glenn Gibson.

Seniors Festival 2017 in Pittwater 
Discover the Pittwater Youth Hostel, Morning Bay 

Catch the ferry from Church Point to Hall’s Wharf and enjoy a 15 minute bushwalk uphill to the Pittwater Youth Hostel.
Learn about the Hall family and history of the western foreshores.

Wednesday 8 March, 9.20am-12pm
Catch the 9.35am ferry from Church Point.
Seniors return ferry ticket $8.00
Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. 
Reasonable level of fitness required.
Morning tea provided.
Bookings essential via Mona Vale Library 9970 1600.

Premier's Gala Concerts 2017

The Premier's Gala Concerts are a popular free event for seniors, produced by the NSW Government. 

In 2017 the Concerts will be held during NSW Seniors Festival, which will run Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March.

For 34 years, the Premier's Gala Concerts have been delivering high-quality, free Australian variety concerts, featuring Australia's best and upcoming musical theatre and recording artists. 

The 2017 Premier's Gala Concerts will be held at the new International Convention Centre Theatre, Darling Harbour. Concert dates and times are:

Tuesday 7 March - 11:00am
Tuesday 7 March - 2:15pm

Wednesday 8 March - 11:00am
Wednesday 8 March - 2:15pm 

Tickets available from participating NSW Ticketek outlets and by telephone on 1300 130 613
Online bookings recommended at www.ticketek.com.au/nswseniorsweek

Comedy Debate

Australia’s top comedians Vince Sorrenti, Mary Coutsas (Effie), Jean Kittson, Joel Ozborn, Darren Carr and Debora Krizak will debate the perennial question of whether ‘Age is just a number' at this year’s NSW Comedy Debate held at Sydney Town Hall on March 9 from 11am-12pm. The event is part of the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival and will be hosted by media personality, Mikey Robbins.

We encourage people over 60 to book, but tickets are available to everyone via moshtix.com.au/seniorscomedydebate17

Venue:    Centennial Hall, Sydney Town Hall
Address: 483 George St, Sydney
Date:        Thursday 9 March
Time:       11.00am – 12.00pm
Doors open from 10am.

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