. Fantastic Feminist Folktales

Fantastic Feminist Folktales is a storytelling performance of folktales, myths and stories from throughout the ages, inlaid completely with women's power and potential.  

Storyteller Kate Lawrence will be presenting Fantastic Feminist folktales at the Mary Kehoe Centre Hall on Saturday 20 October at 7:45pm.  Bookings are essential - simply click here to be taken to the event flyer, then click anywhere on the flyer to be taken to the booking site.


. Emerald Hill Art Group Exhibition

The Emerald Hill Art Group is having its annual Exhibition at Gasworks Art Park.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 2October from 6-8 pm then 9 am to 4 pm daily until 21October at 4 pm.

The Theme this year is "Out of Tune".

For further information and to view the flyer for the exhibition, please click here



. Memory Train Project

Below is a request for volunteers for a memory project.  You'll find links to more information at the end of this letter.

Dear Port Phillip U3A,

My name is Aimee Brown, I am a research assistant from the Cognition and Emotion Research Centre, within the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences at Australian Catholic University. The centre is led by Professor Peter Rendell, whose research focus is primarily on cognitive aging, with a particular interest in memory and emotion processing.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for advertising our study in your newsletter – we have received much interest for our project as a result.

As this project is quite large, we are still in the process of recruiting participants for our study.

Our current research project is called Memory Train, investigating prospective memory - the act of remembering future intentions (please find attached our flyer). Prospective memory is involved in many daily activities that are critical for the maintenance of independence in late adulthood, such as remembering to take medication and turn off appliances.

This project will aim to establish whether it is possible to enhance the prospective memory function of healthy older adults. All participants are aged 60-years-old and above, and will be assigned to one of four different memory training programs and take part in an introductory session.

If you are interested in hearing more about what we do and our research, please don’t hesitate to email, call or visit our website at www.ccaer.acu.edu.au

I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to pass on our flyer and recruitment letter to your network.

Kind Regards,

Aimee Brown

Research Assistant

Cognition and Emotion Research Centre,

School of Behavioural & Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences

Australian Catholic University

Memory Train Flyer Recruitment Letter

Recruitment Letter


. Tutor Training Workshops

U3A Network Victoria has organised two Tutor Training workshops for the morning of Monday 24 September (the first day of Term break/school holidays)

The first is a workshop for Tutors and those interested in Tutoring and will be delivered by Axel Leonhardt.  Axel has delivered very-well received sessions for U3A Tutors this year. This workshop is suitable for prospective tutors, newer tutors and longstanding tutors.  There is something for everyone!

From Axel’s bio (below): Join me in exploring content and process; let’s peal back the many layers of often complex issues. Be prepared that I may even challenge your beliefs and thoughts…
In the end, I hope to be able providing you with time & space to embrace new ideas, reflect, consider, ‘percolate’ – so you can be clear how best to apply back at U3A newly learnt content and insights.

The second is a workshop for Exercise and Activity Leaders.  This workshop will be delivered by Gen Nolan of Musculoskeletal Australia who had led the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership.  Gen presentation at the VAAP conference recently was well received and has of resources and tools for us to consider.

Full details can be found on the following link Tutors and Exercise Training

RSVP to [email protected] by Tuesday 18th September


. HCA Home Healthcare Australia

A representative from Healthcare Australia left a brochure about its new home care division in the U3APP Office.  Below is an extract from the brochure, but you can also pop into the Office and ask to see the entire brochure.

Healthcare Australia is excited to announce the launch of its new home care division, HCA Home.  Healthcare Australia have been leaders in healthcare for the past 45 years specializing in providing qualified nurses and support workers throughout Australia.

We provide in-Home Support services using Commonwealth aged care funding or self-funded services throughout Australia.

HCA Home is dedicated to assisting ageing people to remain living in their own home. We can assist with those everyday tasks that sometimes can be difficult for the elderly living at home.  These services include nursing, personal care and hygiene, overnight assistance, medication support, in-home respite, meal-time assistance and pet care.

HCA Home is happy to offer free information sessions on aged care services or speak individually to anyone who might need some more assistance.

How can we help?

At HCA Home, we understand aged care can be confusing and just finding a place to start can seem overwhelming.  You’re not alone, we’re here to guide and support you through every step.

Our Services

We’ll do our best to cater your needs whilst making the most out of your funding arrangements.  We offer a wide range of Services including

  • Personal care & hygiene
  • Overnight assistance
  • Social activities
  • Medication support
  • Nursing & specialist care
  • In-home respite care
  • Mealtime assistance
  • Pet assistance

Get in touch

For further information on commonwealth funded Home Care packages

  • Phone - 1800 200-422
  • Website - myagedcare.gov.au

Your Voice – Trust Your Choice

Your Voice – Trust your choice

 Tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney

This is a booklet which has been made available by the office of the Commissioner for Senior Victorians.   More information about the booklet and how/where to obtain copies can be found in the Commissioner’s email, reprinted here:-

" On 22 June 2017, I was pleased to launch a new publication Your voice – Trust your choice - Tips for seniors making enduring powers of attorney.  In my capacity as the Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, listening to the stories of some senior Victorians, I saw a need for additional information to assist people to understand the significance of enduring powers of attorney and the potential  for misuse.

Your voice – Trust your choice is a practical guide to help older Victorians to safely appoint a Power of Attorney.  An enduring power of attorney is where you give someone you trust the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf.  The majority of enduring powers of attorney work well. Unfortunately, in some cases, family members, carers or friends abuse their authority  as power of attorney and take advantage of that authority. This is one of the most devastating forms of elder abuse.

The booklet includes helpful tips, case studies, and sample wording to encourage older people to safely decide upon an enduring power of attorney. It is a companion booklet to Office of the Public  Advocate’s Taking Control: a guide for making enduring powers of attorney. In particular, this guide will assist older people to minimise the risk of abuse when appointing an enduring power of attorney, so that:

·        it captures their wishes about decisions that are made on their behalf
·        ensures that the right people are involved in decisions that are made on their behalf.

The booklet has been a joint project with the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.  It  is available on the OPA  website  http://www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/power-of-attorney.   A single hard copy can be obtained by contacting OPA on 1300 309 337. Multiple copies are available from Victoria Legal Aid, via their website https://www.legalaid.vic.gov.au/find-legal-answers/free-publications-and-resources  or phone 1300 792 387.

I encourage you to read this booklet and spread the information through your networks.

Yours sincerely
Gerard Mansour

Commissioner for Senior Victorians"

U3A Stonnington – Knowledge Hub

U3A Stonnington has created a Knowledge Hub for their members, and for other U3A's to share.

We welcome their initiative and thank them for sharing. Here is their description.

The Knowledge Hub has been developed by U3A Stonnington to provide a facility for members, and anyone else using the U3A Stonnington website, to access a number of leading public affairs, policy and knowledge sites in Australia and overseas.

The reason behind development was to provide ready access to knowledge resources for U3A members to use easily. The Knowledge Hub provides members with the capacity to

  • access a site to obtain the detail of research or comments on which news reports are based
  • access a site to further research a particular topic in which they are interested or
  • develop confidence in seeking and accessing research and comment on current issues

to further develop their knowledge and understanding.

However, another reason The Knowledge Hub was developed was to help members who, because of health or other reasons, could not attend classes but wanted to be actively involved intellectually in understanding what is happening in the world.

U3A Online – A Virtual University of the Third Age

U3A Online – A Virtual University of the Third Age

U3A Online is an individual, independent and autonomous U3A. If you are interested in studying online, receiving helpful advice and other resources click here for further details. This is a separate body from Port Phillip U3A.

U3A online publishes a free monthly email newsletter called 'GEMS'. Click on GEMS tab at the top of the U3A Online home page to select and view their latest newsletter.