. Focus Group Volunteers Sought

U3A Network was approached by Dr Bernardo Figueiredo of RMIT seeking volunteers to participate in three exploratory focus groups, of six to eight people, to get a better idea of the key issues for older Australians about social isolations, along with the obstacles they face in terms of engaging more with technological devices and platforms to become more socially connected.

The commitment would be two hours at RMIT to discuss these topics.

If you are interested in participating, then please contact Dr Bernardo Figueiredo at RMIT directly:

Dr. Bernardo Figueiredo, PhDSenior Lecturer - Marketing
School of Economics, Finance & Marketing, RMIT University
Building 80, Level 10 (Room 50), 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

TEL: 03-9925-5866
EMAIL: [email protected]

. VALE JOHN WROE

It is with sadness we inform our membership that John Wroe died peacefully at home on 28 September 2018

Vale John Wroe

John Wroe

John and his wife Chris joined U3APP in February, 2012.  John took the office of Treasurer in March of that year, a position he held for the next 3 years.  He was also an enthusiastic and talented participant in the Art Group.  In addition, John presented a 6-week course in first term 2017, “How Mineral Deposits Form”.  In this, he drew on his background in scientific exploration in geology, a profession that took John, Chris and their family to many interesting and challenging places in the world.

John had a quiet but steely determination in tackling problems.  It was not unusual to hear his voice from the floor of the office while tackling an issue with cables and the internet.  A little later, John would be delivering the Finance Report at CoM, and be wielding a brush at Art the next day.  All of this would happen with his customary smile, warm manner, and soft voice.

John and Chris made their home available for the Executive meetings and once business was attended to, their hospitality gave us the opportunity to relax.

One of nature’s gentlemen, John will be sadly missed in the corridors of MKC, and more particularly by those of us who came to know and love the truly wonderful and genuine, John Wroe.

(With thanks to José Simsa for this obituary to John)

. 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.