. Suitcase Rummage – Sales from your Suitcase

Suitcase Rummage is a mini scaled market aimed at supporting emerging artists, crafters and second hand marketeers.
It is focused on supporting local, entry level entrepreneurs and their locally produced handmade, recycled and upcycled products from a suitcase. It is designed to encourage the community to engage in ethical exchange through advocacy of local arts and crafts, fostering DIY entrepreneurs and supporting a sustainable economy.
Events are free to the public and have low entry costs for artisans ($25.)

For more information click here   Suitcase Rummage

. Embolden2019: Invitation for U3A members

The Embolden2019 is Australia's only National event building respect for older people.

The Festival is held at the iconic St Kilda Town Hall on 1-3 September and all the presenters are older people.

A number of complimentary registrations are offered for U3APP members - contact the coordinator Dr Catherine Barrett for more information on Phone: 0429 582 237

(or email: [email protected]).

This email includes information on the three main Festival Activities:
1. A Fashion Parade featuring older models
2. A Market of Great Ideas
3. A series of presentations

Market of Great Ideas

The Market takes place on Monday 2nd September at the St Kilda Town Hall from 10am. The Market invites everyone to mingle and share their Great Ideas for building respect for older people.

Register your interest in participating with Catherine Barrett on 0429 582 237


The remainder of the Festival includes engaging presentations by older people about their brilliant ideas and innovations. Sessions focus on:
1. Community Leaders perspectives on valuing ageing
2. Learning from Aboriginal people about respect
3. Stories of faith and resistances
4. Respect across a broad range of community groups: culturally diverse, LGBTI, rural and the Forgotten Australians
5. The launch of a kindness strategy for carers and older people
6. The role of art in promoting healthy ageing
7. A gendered approach to respect.

. Older Australians’ Research Study

Dr Janet Patford is conducting a study of older Australians who are currently in, or have previously had, a Living-Apart-Together (LAT) relationship.

For study purposes, older Australians are those aged 50+.

An LAT relationship is one where:

1. partners (same-sex or cross-sex) have an ongoing romantic or sexual relationship but are not married;

2. partners alternate between living together and living in separate residences;

3. partners regard themselves as a couple and are seen by others as such. People who participate as a couple will undertake a joint discussion and an individual interview, as well as writing briefly about two pivotal moments in their relationship. People who participate individually will undertake similar tasks.

For more information about this study or  if you wish to participate click here LAT Flyer 13

. Farewell Colin Jones

Farewell Colin Jones - compiled by Diane Boyle from comments by Colin's class members, and with thanks to Mac for his photo of Colin

Colin led the Tales of the Sea course for over 10 years at U3APP.  His topics were wide-ranging from naval battles in every sea over the centuries, to histories of the Victorian Navy, ship construction, exploration of Australia by sea, even a series of talks about the Hornblower books.  His extraordinary knowledge also gave us talks on the Melbourne cable cars and blimps.  His talks were full of interest as he was a good story-teller and had a twinkling sense of humour.  His passion for history and for ships shone through.  He brought to class many an interesting book, including several of the over seven books he wrote, and vast numbers of pictures of ships and maps.  He loved songs such as sea shanties and Gilbert & Sullivan, parts of which he would sing to us from time to time.

Many of his class members returned year after year to listen to the fabulous tales Colin had to tell.  He had an encyclopaedic mind filled with anecdotes that kept the class of Tales of the Sea enthralled.

A celebration of his life was held at the Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club at which his wife Robyn read an obituary which Colin had written for himself prior to his death.

Tales of the Sea class - written by Jill Hearman

When I was on duty in the office I always looked forward to Colin’s visits on Thursday afternoons when he came in to run his class. He was always so cheery and obviously enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge about ships and the sea.

I admired him enormously for continuing to teach despite his ongoing cancer treatments.

We have lost a born teacher and a delightful man in Colin Jones.


. VALE Ian Spalding

VALE Ian Spalding

Ian Spalding, U3APP member, died peacefully on the morning of 7 April 2019.  Ian was married to Barbara, who was the U3APP Office Coordinator for many years.

Ian came to Melbourne from rural Victoria, where his father had a Stock & Station Agency.  Ian graduated as a teacher and taught in Melbourne schools until he met Barbara and they married.

Ian’s second career was in International Aid & Community Development.  He also had a lifelong commitment to Australia’s First Peoples and travelled to many indigenous communities where long lasting friendships were built.

In retirement, Ian and Barbara joined U3APP where their combined contribution was significant.

Gentle, courteous, and always supportive, Ian was a loving husband to Barbara and loving father to Rebecca, Harriet, and Ellen.  As a loyal, and staunch friend, Ian will be sadly missed by so many.

José Simsa

. 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.