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Superannuation Changes 2017

Superannuation in Australia is changing as of 1 July 2017.  These changes flow from the 2016 Federal Budget and it is important that individuals understand if they are affected by them.

To assist you in determining if you will be affected, the Australian Tax Office has prepared a package of information.  All this information can be found at www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/Super-changes/

Once you have established if you will be affected the next step is to get the right information and advice.

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U3A Brisbane Winter School 2017

This year the event will run from Monday 3rd July to Saturday 8th July with over 50 speakers presenting on just about every subject you can imagine with the highlight of the week being the keynote address which is to be held at the State library of Queensland Auditorium at 2pm, Monday 3rd July. This year’s keynote address will be by the eminent Queensland palaeontologist, Dr Steven Salisbury and the subject will be about the dinosaurs of the Kimberley region … Read the rest

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WE ARE QLD – A Social Project

The WE ARE QLD social project celebrates the diversity of Queensland communities in the lead-up to Queensland Day celebrations on 6 June.

WE ARE QLD shines a light on everyday Queenslanders, and their place in our great state.

This Queensland Day, take a moment to think about what makes you a special part of this great state and share your Queensland story.

Share your WE ARE QLD message and win!

Every Queenslander who shares their WE ARE QLD message using … Read the rest

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Retirement Survey

 

Groups for Health (G4H) are looking for people to participate in their research investigating various factors that contribute to retirement adjustment and well-being.

If you will be retiring (or are thinking of retiring) within the next six months, you are invited to take part in the study.

Participation takes about 30 minutes, and after completing this they will contact you at retirement and a few months after retirement, to see if you are willing to answer similar questions. The … Read the rest

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Support Services for People at Risk of Elder Abuse

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is seeking quotes through an open procurement from suppliers with the capability to deliver support services to people at risk of elder abuse.

Successful suppliers will receive a three year funding allocation to provide community support and  legal information as well as referrals, advice and information to older people in one, several or all the following locations:

  • Gold Coast
  • Sunshine Coast
  • Mackay
  • Gladstone
  • Rockhampton

A total funding allocation of $700,000 per … Read the rest

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Seniors Week –  International Exploration

 

COTA Queensland Seniors Week Coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson will be utilising a personal trip to explore Seniors Week events and activities in Alberta Canada next week.

Over the years Lisa has shared her knowledge of coordinating Seniors Week and increasing social participation with groups throughout Queensland and with the organising committee of the first Seniors Week in Orange County California.

Lisa has welcomed the opportunity to attend the Provincial Launch of Seniors Week, held in Calgary on 5 June.

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Cultural Resources at Your Fingertips

 

CULTURA’ is a new resource for aged care staff working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds and is an initiative of Alzheimer’s Australia.  ‘Cultura’ is the new App for people who care for individuals with dementia who know the importance of understanding that each person’s culture is as unique as their fingerprint.

The App and website assists staff to provide culturally appropriate support to enable them to better relate and communicate with individuals from different cultures, and includes … Read the rest

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Broadband for Seniors – Connecting Australians

 

Increasingly, we are all expected to access and research information online. So, what happens if you don’t have access to the internet, or are confident of using the world-wide web?

In recognition of this, the Commonwealth Government has been investing in the Broadband for Seniors program.

The program provides free access to basic computer training for anyone aged 50 years and over.

The training is provided online or via seniors’ kiosks located around Australia.

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Logan Research Informs Seniors’ Housing Needs

On the 11th of May, ground breaking research into seniors living in public housing in the Logan area was released.  The Logan Research Project was undertaken by Brisbane Housing Company in partnership with Churches of Christ Queensland, and researchers from the University of Queensland.

The survey included more than 150 Logan seniors aged over 55 who live in government housing.  One of the learnings from the research project included that while most tenants were satisfied with their home, some had … Read the rest

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Budget Update on Aged and Disability Transport

A two-year extension of the Commonwealth Home Support Program, which is the prime funding source for transport services for older Australians, was announced in last month’s 2017- 2018 Budget.

The budget also provided good news for NDIS participants, with continued funding for the NDIS being provided through a 0.5% increase in the Medicare levy.

With the NDIS being rolled out across Australia, there have been numerous reports of under funding of transport in NDIS packages, with transport being highlighted … Read the rest

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