South Australia

South Australia

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.

App takes a bite out of food waste

A university researcher in Western Australia has developed a new smartphone app that links food businesses with charities to make donating excess food simple and easy.

The app is the brainchild of Edith Cowan University PhD candidate Ele Stojanoska.

The ReFood app, which Ms Stojanoska recently trialled in the City of Swan, connects local restaurants and cafés with community not-for-profit organisations that redistribute their excess food to those who need it.

Keeping older people warm over winter

A new study focusing on improved housing design to keep older people warm during winter and cool in summer could help them live independently for longer.

University of Adelaide researchers are leading the three-year Australian Research Council Discovery Project.

It is investigating links between weather, behaviour in the home, energy use and the wellbeing of South Australians over the age of 65, with the aim of producing a set of guidelines for housing design to help maintain people’s comfort in their homes as they age.

SA to bulk buy from energy retailers

The South Australian government wants energy retailers to bid for contracts to supply more than 180,000 low-income households currently receiving energy concessions.

The state’s Communities and Social Inclusion Minister, Zoe Bettison, said most low-income customers were on "standing contracts" and the government could get a better deal for them if it negotiated those contracts on the households' behalf.

It hopes to have a deal in place by October.

Proposed new SA branch to keep seniors in touch

National Seniors will hold an information session tomorrow (14 July) to gauge community interest in forming a new branch in Adelaide’s east.

Chairman Chris Guille and Chief Advocate, Adelaide-based former ABC broadcaster Ian Henschke, will speak at the session.

The proposed new branch will join six existing branches in Adelaide.

Mr Henschke said having a new branch of the national organisation, which was formed 41 years ago to promote the interests of older Australians, was timely for several reasons.

SA budget has little joy for seniors

Seniors say the South Australian budget is a mixed bag that contains little cause for joy.

The budget papers revealed a total allocation of $11.4 million to “place South Australia at the forefront of the Ageing Well sector”.

The funding is intended to drive innovation and growth in the emerging sector, and will cover the establishment of a coordinating body to connect people with education, training, research, networks, business development and international pathways to the market.

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