Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory

Ambulance costs can be painful

If you don’t have private health insurance and need to call an emergency ambulance, you’ll likely have to pay a hefty fee that could leave you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars out of pocket.

But National Seniors General Manager Insurance, Chris Grice, says there are ways to protect yourself from “ambulance bill shock”.

“If you live in Queensland or Tasmania, the good news is your state automatically covers you for emergency  pre-hospital ambulance treatment Australia-wide,” Mr Grice said.

Making Canberra’s suburbs more age-friendly

New paths and safe road crossings will make it easier for older people to move around the Canberra suburbs of Page and Hughes.

The improvements are part of the ACT Government’s Age Friendly Suburbs program, ACT Transport Minister Meegan Fitzharris said.

“The ACT Government is committed to promoting physical activity and wellbeing across the ACT and this includes improving access around our suburbs for people of all ages and abilities,” Ms Fitzharris said.

Two landmark indigenous exhibitions on show

A comprehensive survey of watercolours and painted objects by Western Arrarnta artist Albert Namatjira is being shown to the public for the first time at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra.

And in Brisbane, an exclusive new exhibition of Indigenous works from the Janet Holmes à Court collection opens at the Queensland Art Gallery this Saturday until 22 October.

The NGA exhibition, titled Painting Country, celebrates the philanthropic legacy of the late L. Gordon Darling AC, CMG and Marilyn Darling AC.

Seniors welcome improved access to public transport

National Seniors has welcomed the ACT government's budget commitment to increase access for seniors to public transport.

The government will continue to offer free off-peak travel on bus services for seniors and concession card holders. It will also conduct a six-month trial in the inner north of flexible bus services for people with mobility impairment.

National Seniors’ ACT Policy Advisory Group member Dr Bill Donovan said the lobby group for over 50s was a strong advocate for better access to public transport.

Healthy ageing grants to help older Canberrans

Two programs aimed at preventing Alzheimer’s disease and helping older Canberrans stay fit and healthy will receive funding under the ACT’s Healthy Ageing Grants program.

The program is about reducing age-related chronic disease risk factors and promoting healthy lifestyles for older Canberrans, Acting Health Minister Yvette Berry said.

“With an ageing population, we know that age-related chronic disease is an ever-increasing trend that is putting pressure on our health system,” she said.

ACT Budget Submission 2017-18

National Seniors submission to the Australian Capital Territory Budget 2017-18 outlines a number of key recommendations for consideration as part of the Budget development process. Recommendations cover areas related to concessions, housing, health, transport, elder abuse and more.

Cycling program to keep older Canberrans active

Seniors living in Canberra are being urged to stay active and to develop their social connections as part of the Cycling Without Age program.

Starting in Denmark in 2012 and now in 27 countries, the Cycling Without Age program is being managed by Pedal Power ACT.

“Most of us love to ride bikes, but as you get older getting around safely on two wheels can be challenging,” ACT Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris said.

Cycling Without Age helps overcome this by providing chauffer‐ridden trishaw bike trips to places such as parks or cafés.

A win for ACT Seniors using public transport in NSW

National Seniors has welcomed NSW government moves to streamline access to public transport concessions for ACT seniors.

ACT residents holding a Seniors Card will now be able to obtain public transport concessions while travelling in NSW without having to reapply for a new concession card every 60 days, as was previously the case.

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