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Emergency planning for aged care services

The Australian Department of Health has released the following reminder to Aged Care Service Providers:

The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that service providers are prepared for any events which may impact their service. The department has published a number … Read the rest

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‘The New Middle Age: Ways to thrive in the longevity economy’ – National Ageing Research Institute

This paper calls for a new policy framework for ‘a middle-ageing Australia’. It offers ideas for policy reform across the areas of work, education, health and community-building regarding the growing middle-aged demographic.

There are seven million Australians aged 50-75 years who are facing an extended life expectancy in a volatile and rapidly changing economic and political environment. The authors argue that Australia and its political leaders have an opportunity to take the lead in bringing the nation round to a … Read the rest

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Switch On … in your community  

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Join QCOSS to find out how to save money on your power bills

  • Are you receiving all the government energy rebates you are entitled to?
  • Would you like to understand what you can do to manage your energy use and costs?
  • Do you have your own energy saving tips to share with others in your community?
Bring your bill along to this free event to learn more about how you can save energy … Read the rest
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International Day of Older Persons 2017

 

Stepping into the Future: Tapping into the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Person’s in Society.

Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons.

Such discrimination … Read the rest

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Tips to Better Manage the Cost of Keeping Cool in SEQ During the Next Few Days

 

Source: Ian Jarratt, Queensland Consumers Association

The abnormally high temperatures forecast for the next few days means that many south east Queenslanders will start using their air conditioners again to keep cool.

The Queensland Consumers Associations is reminding consumers that prolonged and inefficient use of air conditioners during hot weather often results in unexpectedly high power bills that many households struggle to be able to pay.

However, Association spokesperson Ian Jarratt says:  “Power costs and bill shock can be much … Read the rest

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Glaucoma is the “sneak thief of sight”

Over 65 million people worldwide are thought to have glaucoma. 85% of these are unaware they have the disease and are therefore not receiving vital treatment. In Australia it is estimated over 300,000 people have glaucoma – with half undiagnosed.

Glaucoma is the name given to a group of eye diseases in which the optic nerve (our nerve of sight) at the back of the eye is slowly and permanently destroyed. This damage commonly occurs because of raised intra-ocular pressure.… Read the rest

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National Carers Week 2017

Australia counts on carers, and National Carers Week, which runs from 15 – 21 October 2017, is a time to celebrate and recognise the 2.7 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is frail aged.

Anyone at any time can become a carer and National Carers Week is an opportunity to raise community awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers … Read the rest

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Stay Smart Online Week 2017

For most of us, the internet opens up new opportunities – we can shop, bank, research, work and connect when and where we want to. But the online world can also give criminals opportunities to steal money, information and identities.

Stay Smart Online Week, which runs from 9 to 13 October, is a national awareness initiative that puts online security in the spotlight, and reminds us all to set aside some time to focus on the important but easy … Read the rest

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Anti-Poverty Week 2017

 

Join in Anti-Poverty Week 15 – 21 October 2017

Anti-Poverty Week in 2017 starts on Sunday 15 October and ends on Saturday 21 October. The UN’s International Anti-Poverty Day is 17 October.

The Week focuses on poverty around the world, especially in the poorest countries but also in wealthier countries such as Australia. Its main aims are to

  • strengthen public understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty and hardship around the world and within Australia;
  • encourage research, discussion and
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Changes to Credit, Debit and Prepaid Card Surcharges

 

As of 1 September, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has banned excessive surcharges on customers making payments using a credit, debit or prepaid credit card.

When you pay a business using these types of payments the businesses incur a cost to process your payment.  Some businesses include these prices into the cost of the product or service. Others pass the surcharge cost along to you.

Businesses are not required to impose a surcharge but if they do … Read the rest

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