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Free shingles vaccine for people 70-79 years

A free shingles vaccine program is available under the Australian Government’s National Immunisation Program for 70 year olds, with a time-limited catch-up program for people 71 to 79 years old until October 2021.

Follow this link to find out more

2018 SA Elections – Postal Voting

Polling day for the 2018 State Election is Saturday 17 March.

If you are unable to attend a polling booth on polling day between 8am and 6pm you may be eligible to apply for and cast a postal vote.

Follow this link to find out more

Fringe by Day Guide – Your passport to all-ages-friendly Adelaide Fringe events

Seniors Card and Office for the Ageing SA Health in partnership with the Adelaide Fringe are showcasing a range of all-ages-friendly events throughout the city and suburbs.

Download your copy of the Fringe by day Guide by clicking this link or you can collect a copy from our office at 149 Currie Street.

The 2018 Adelaide Fringe will run from 16 February until 18 March.

16 March 2018 – National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence is a day for schools, students and the community to say Bullying. No Way!

Follow this link to find out more

Equal Opportunity Commission – Free Legal Advice Clinic

The Equal Opportunity Commission has launched a free legal advice clinic in partnership with The University of Adelaide, for people facing discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation.

To make an appointment please call 8207 1977 (between 10am – 3pm), or email eoclas@adelaide.edu.au.

Follow this link to find out more

The ‘subsidy benefit’ does not exist – it’s a scam

A scam about a ‘subsidy benefit’ is being emailed to people and claims to be from Department of Human Services.

The email asks you to reply with personal details to confirm your eligibility.

This ‘subsidy benefit’ does not exist.

Scam emails, phone calls, SMS and Facebook messages can look or sound very realistic. Scammers often pretend to be us to obtain money and personal details.

Follow this link to find out more

Survey on the need to regulate for livability in all new housing

COAG’s 2010-2020 National Disability Strategy committed to support the National Dialogue for Universal Housing Design’s goal that all new homes will be of an agreed livable design standard by 2020.

At the direction of the Building Ministers Forum, the Australian Building Codes Board is assessing the need to regulate for livability in all new housing in the National Construction Code.

This survey will help to identify:

  • the difficulties in finding livable housing
  • the cost and benefit to Australian Society in providing livable features in all new housing; and
  • the features that should be in a livable standard for all new housing.

Follow this link to start the survey

New resource and initiative proves ‘Mature Women Can!’

A new resource, Mature Women Can!, by South Australia’s Mature Women’s Ambassador Dr Susan Mitchell in partnership with Council on the Ageing (COTA) SA and the Office of the Ageing and the Office for Women, aims to highlight this culture of looking past women after a certain age.

The resource, which includes interviews with mature women on the barriers they face in the paid workforce, has been described as making a compelling case for increasing the participation of mature women in employment, reporting that almost a third of Australians perceive some form of age-related discrimination while employed or looking for work.

Follow this link to download the booklet.

15 November 2017: Australians vote Yes in favour of same-sex marriage

Australians have voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to get married.

Nearly 62 per cent of respondents to the postal survey voted Yes. The final count was 7.8 million responses in support of same-sex marriage, and 4.9 million against.

Central Market Shopping Bus

Are you a City of Adelaide resident? Would you like to shop each week at the Adelaide Central Market or meet people for a coffee?? Are you interested in meeting new people? Are you interested in accessing a chartered bus service to make travel easier? AND Be picked up from and returned to your home?

Then the City of Adelaide Central Market Shopping Bus Service is for you!

Every Thursday
Pick up before lunch and return by 2pm
$2 contribution for bus transport
*Please note eligibility applies

For more information and to chat about eligibility contact City of Adelaide’s Healthy Ageing Officer on 8203 7203

Industry Paper Outlines DES Reform

A new industry information paper has been released by the Australian government outlining the future arrangements for the Disability Employment Services (DES) program.

Follow this link to find out more

Stop! Scammer time!

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is reminding Australians to stop and think before giving their personal details or hard-earned money to scammers this tax time.

Please click here for more information

Care Types

With an abundance of aged care providers, it can be a daunting task to seek help. So, what care suits you?

In this article our Team Leader, Ageing and Disability Services, Karen Field talks about the changes that were implemented to the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Aged Care system more generally.

Registering or Accessing My Health Record for the first time

Click here for a step by step guide to registering or accessing a My Health Record for the first time.

Summary of My Aged Care system changes

To assist service providers and assessors to understand the changes, the Summary of My Aged Care System Changes February 2017 has been developed and is now available on the Department of Health website.

The key changes to the system will focus on enhancements to:

Changes to support the home care reforms, including:

  • Changes to client data to support home care reforms
  • Removing broad banding of home care package levels
  • Establishment of the national queue for home care packages
  • New service attributes and service information fields available for home care providers
  • New notifications specific to home care
  • Introduction of new mandatory fields for ACAT assessors when recommending home care
  • Ability for ACAT assessors and delegates to nominate to receive notification of a client’s home care correspondence from the department
  • Changes to the My Aged Care home care package service finder

Improving My Aged Care provider and assessor portal functionality, including:

  • Changes to client data to support home care reforms
  • Removing broad banding of home care package levels
  • Establishment of the national queue for home care packages
  • New service attributes and service information fields available for home care providers
  • New notifications specific to home care
  • Introduction of new mandatory fields for ACAT assessors when recommending home care
  • Ability for ACAT assessors and delegates to nominate to receive notification of a client’s home care correspondence from the department
  • Changes to the My Aged Care home care package service finder

Update to My Aged Care User Materials

All guidance documentation (including user guides and quick reference guides) to support this system release has now been updated and published. This documentation is available on the Information for Assessors page and the Information for service providers page. Additional information on the home care reforms, including fact sheets and webinar links, is found here on the department’s website.

A new quick reference guide for ACAT assessors on the specific home care changes – Management of Home Care Packages from 27 February 2017, is now available in the ACAT pack.

27 February: Changes in Home Care Services

Are you currently receiving or eligible for a home care package?

If YES, from 27 February you will have more choice with the support you receive and who provides it.

What does this change mean to you?

If you are currently receiving a home care package
You do not have to do anything. If you are happy with your current provider, your package and services will continue as they are. If you choose to change service providers, your home care package funding will move to your new service provider, giving you greater freedom and control.

If you have been assessed as eligible to receive a home care package, but haven’t started receiving care yet

Your next steps will depend on:

  • whether you have found a provider who can offer you a suitable package; and
  • completed a Home Care Agreement with the provider by 27 February 2017.

Still need more information on these changes?

We can provide support and guide you through these changes.

  • Call us on (08) 8168 8776 or 1800 636 368 (SA Country)
  • Drop in at our office at 149 Currie Street, Adelaide
  • Email us at information@catalystfoundation.com.au
  • If you are looking for information tailored to your personal circumstances, please contact our Ageing SA consultant on 0439 936 411
  • We can also provide in-house and onsite training to any community group needing information on Increasing Choice in home care or accessing help at home.

New App: PICKLE

PICKLE helps connect young people who are experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or in unsafe situations, to the nearest possible service organisation, ensuring they get the help they need right when they need it. The PICKLE app has been developed by Shelter SA, with support from a DCSI Community Benefit SA grant

Download the PICKLE app, go to the App Store or Google Play and search ‘Pickle by Shelter SA’.

PR Connect

Housing SA has developed an online application form, PR Connect, for customers seeking financial assistance into the private rental market.  PR Connect will enable customers to apply for bond guarantees and rent in advance via  sa.gov.au, on any device, any time of the day.

Follow this link to find out more

Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project

The Palliative Care in Aged Care Evidence (PCACE) Project will build an online evidence-based guidance and knowledge resource to support palliative care for older Australians. The project is funded by the Department of Health.

Learn more and get involved by visiting the PCACE site.

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From 1 July 2017 Age Pension qualification age to rise from 65 to 67 years

From 1 July 2017, the qualifying age for the Age Pension will start to gradually increase by six months every two years until it reaches 67 in 2023. This change will affect people born after 1 July 1952 as they plan for their retirement.

From 1 July 2017, retirees will be able to access the Age Pension once they reach 65.5 years of age, then 66 years from 1 July 2019, 66.5 years from 1 July 2021, and 67 years from 1 July 2023.

This change will not affect the value of the Age Pension, and people can still retire at whatever age they like—it is the age at which they can become eligible for the Pension that is changing.

For more information:

Click here to view the Age Pension qualification age change animation https://youtu.be/sVby3eRKS4I

Contact Centrelink’s Financial Information Services on 132 300 or go to www.humanservices.gov.au/agepension

If you receive Veterans’ Affairs payments, go to www.dva.gov.au or call 133 254. If you are calling from regional Australia, call 1800 555 254.

Free public transport with SA’s Seniors Card

For information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, visit the sa.gov.au website.

Information about concessions is now easier to find

The sa.gov.au website has a Concessions page which now makes it easier for you to find out about South Australian concessions for which you may be eligible.
The Dept for Communities and Social Inclusion website Concessions Finder allows you to specify the card or benefit you are currently receiving and then lists the concessions to which you may be eligible.

For more information, telephone the Concessions Hotline on 1800 307 758.

Information for prospective Residential Park residents

Consumer and Business Services (formerly Office of Consumer and Business Affairs) is responsible for administering the Residential Parks Act. For further information, refer to the SA Residential Parks Residents’ Association Inc.(SARPRA), Ms Chris Cairalle-Allen, tel. 8255 9245 or visit the sa.gov.au website.

Aged Care Standards and Accreditation

Latest news and information regarding aged care facility standards

SA Office for the Ageing (OFTA)

SA seniors news and WeekendPlus digital magazine

Australian Government Minister for Health

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health website Media Centre for all news and media releases.

Centrelink

Visit the Centrelink website Media section for all news and media releases.

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