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Emergency Planning for Aged Care Services

 

It is important that all aged care providers are well prepared and able to respond to emergency events.

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

It is important that you are well prepared for any events which may impact your service.

The Australian Department of Health website provides resources that you may wish to consider in your planning.

Volunteering Queensland has released two disaster preparedness tools to help older Queenslanders to start basic disaster … Read the rest

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Smart Energy Savings 

 

It’s sure been a hot one this week.  With the recent heat wave it is important to stay cool without stressing about the electricity bill.

Did you know that a valid concession card could give you access to a $340 electricity rebate?

Phone your electricity retailer to see if you are eligible.

Assistance is also available if you are finding it difficult to pay your energy bills. To check what assistance you may be able to access, contact your energy … Read the rest

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Hosting a Queensland Mental Health Week event? 

 

The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, on behalf of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, invites local government, non-government and community organisations to apply for small grants under the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) Community Events Grant program.

The program offers grants up to $2500 for successful applicants to host registered Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) events and activities.

Queensland Mental Health Week raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing among Queenslanders during the week of 6–14 October 2018.

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‘Why Do I Care?’ Writing Competition

 

Each year, as part of National Carers Week, Carers Queensland runs a competition specifically for carers. It’s an opportunity to get creative, have some fun and share your talents with others.

In 150 words they want to know why you care.

The reasons why you care may be very simple or they may be complex. You may care because of love, cultural reasons and obligation or simply because you believe you are best placed to offer the quality of … Read the rest

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Be Connected webinar series for older Australians – 10-20 July

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is hosting free webinar presentations to help older Australians stay safe online.

Running from 10-20 July, through their Be Connected program, these webinars aim to help the four million older Australians that are keen to improve their digital literacy, but want help addressing online safety concerns.

Presentations will be offered on two topics:
1. Safer online shopping, banking and public Wi-Fi access.
2. Can you spot a scam?

During the presentation participants will be … Read the rest

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Protect yourself from scams

NBN Co is alerting the community to be aware of scammers asking for personal information and financial details.

Scammers are increasingly taking the opportunity to impersonate NBN Co and take advantage of consumers, including those living in retirement villages.
NBN Co Chief Security Officer, Darren Kane said:

“It is important to be aware that NBN Co will never make unsolicited calls or door knock to sell broadband services. NBN Co may make calls to individuals registered on our Medical Alarm … Read the rest

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National Advance Care Planning Week 

 

National Advance Care Planning Week, 16 ‐ 22 April 2018, encourages all Australians, regardless of their current health status to make their future health care preferences known.  The initiative challenges people to start conversations with loved ones about what living well means to them and to consider who they would want to speak for them, if they were too sick to speak for themselves.

Get involved!
Organisations and community groups are invited to host an event to help raise … Read the rest

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Young at Heart Film Fest – Two 2-1 passes to giveaway

 

Palace Cinemas has returned again with their Young At Heart Film Festival. The film festival is specially curated for films lovers over the age of 60, exclusively at Palace Cinemas, held in Brisbane 17-25 April.

The festival boasts a selection of heartwarming dramas, hilarious and inspiring documentaries and Hollywood classics. This year they are  bringing the leading ladies back to the big screen with classics such as All About Eve, A Star Is Born and more.  Find out more at … Read the rest

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National Plan to address elder abuse

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, announced on 20 February that a National Plan to address elder abuse will be developed to ensure the protection of older people in our community.

A National Plan was a key recommendation of the 2017 Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC) Report: Elder Abuse – a National Legal Response, which highlighted examples of serious physical abuse, financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of older people.

“Abuse takes many forms and can have wide reaching emotional, financial and physical effects … Read the rest

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nbn in a power outage – Potential Weather Event

 

A significant weather event is predicted to occur over the next few days, especially impacting Central and Western Queensland.

For residents and businesses in Western and Central Queensland with equipment connecting to internet services through the nbn™ broadband access network, your equipment will not work during a power blackout.

Even with network power resiliency and in-premises battery backup, power outages may last longer than the battery life.  We recommend you have a back up plan in place in case … Read the rest

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