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Riders with disabilities leap barriers to make history

Meet the McIntyre Centre’s first competition dressage squad.

The Pinjarra Hills riding centre for the disabled is proud to present its squad of four riders who will, for the first time, compete with able-bodied squads.  Dressage coach Cathy Binz said it was an exciting time for the centre.  “For some years we had riders with disabilities coming to learn to ride and actually doing really, really well,” she said.   Read more…


One peak body to represent them all?

By Stephen Easton

Leading Age Services Australia, the new peak association that aims to represent all providers of accommodation, care and other services for older Australians, was officially launched yesterday afternoon at Parliament House in Canberra.

The LASA board of directors was also named, with former Australian Defence Force chief General Peter Cosgrove to serve as inaugural chair.  Full Article…


Shellharbour aims to be ‘aged care capital’

Shellharbour will become the state’s aged care capital if Mayor Kellie Marsh gets her way.   The council this week approved a long-term strategy for its largest seniors’ housing development, next door to Stockland Shellharbour.

UnitingCare Ageing wants to build a $120million complex in the city centre, reaching up to five storeys and including up to 372 apartments, a church, and commercial and retail space.   read more…


Golden Days Radio now heard in retirement facilities

Retirement and aged care facilities across Australia can now hear the melodic sounds of Golden Days Radio thanks to the efforts of an Australian company Web2TV.  The President of the Melbourne based community station on 95.7 FM, Larry James has told radioinfo he is very proud of the new development.   Read full article…


Carers call on Campbell Newman to fund disability scheme.

SOUTHSIDE disability support organisations have called on the State Government to fund a launch site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, amid concern Queensland will miss out on trialling the scheme.  Read more…


Extra support for students with disabilities

From the Minister for Education

Education Minister Martin Dixon today announced all Victorian Government schools will receive a share in $37.2 million of additional funding under the More Support for Students with Disabilities program.

From next month, all Government schools and students with disabilities will benefit from the one-off grant under a National Partnership between the State Government and the Commonwealth.   Full article…


State govs still responsible for aged care

By Yasmin Noone

State, territory and local governments must not just leave aged care reform to the Commonwealth but instead, carry part of the responsibility themselves in what should be a ‘whole of government’ approach to change, the NSW Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services, Andrew Constance MP, said in Sydney today.  Read full article…


Call for Victoria to recognise inspiring seniors

From the Minister of Ageing

The search for stand out senior Victorians who are an inspiration to their local community has begun with nominations now open for the 2012 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards.

Minister for Ageing David Davis today invited people to nominate seniors who make a real difference to their local communities.   Read full article…..


FSG Connections Program

Connections operates within Recovery-Based Practices and enhances opportunities for participation in, and contribution to the life of the community.

Reconnections is designed to assist carers to take a short term break from their caring role to focus on other commitments, personal needs and aspirations. Families/carers and the person they care for, can enjoy a short break to reconnect and build on family relationships in a relaxed environment.

Linking Services
Enjoy links with other services and access individual planning, resources and referrals, peer connections & support, education workshops, advocacy, social & recreational events and more.

Social Connection
We believe that recovery is a natural process and that people constantly seek to ‘Self Right’ and our aim is to assist people on their journey to achieve maximum independence and sustain social connectedness in their chosen community.

For more information on the above services please contact FSG:

121 Pinelands Rd, Sunnybank Hills or
Ipswich: 52 Brisbane Road, East Ipswich
Open Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm      Tel: Brisbane Ph: (07) 3216 9636
Ipswich Ph: (07) 3202 1152


The Budget at a Glance

Where are the spending cuts? Who’s getting extra cash? Everything you need to know about Budget 2012-13. Fresh from Budget lock-up, Ben Eltham has the highlights:

Highlights of Wayne Swan’s Budget 2012-13

  • $1.5 billion surplus for 2012-13, growing to $7.5 billion in 2015-16.
  • Budget deficit for the year ending June 2012 blows out to $44.4 billion.
  • Government has found $33.6 billion in savings, offset by $5 billion in new spending.
  • “Benefits of the Boom”: new payments for families to offset cost of living pressures.
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme begins.
  • Commitment to aged care reforms.
  • Mining boom means economy will keep growing, despite spending cuts and carbon tax.

Full details here


LASA’s leader announced

CEO of Aged and Community Care Victoria (ACCV), Gerard Mansour, has been appointed the inaugural CEO of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the new aged care industry association recently formed by ACCV, Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA) and Aged Care Queensland (ACQ).

The announcement yesterday will see Mr Mansour finish in his current role at the end of June and take up the new position, based in Canberra, on 2 July.  see story here …


Ipswich’s disabled community says National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) could make dreams come true

The new National Disability Insurance Scheme could benefit almost half of the Ipswich population, according to a regional facilitator.    Queenslanders with Disability Network Ipswich regional facilitator Peter Tully said the NDIS would benefit elderly residents, mentally challenged people and the physically disabled numbering about 85,000 from a population of 175,000.  Full article…


Disabled, carers to help design NDIS

Disabled people and carers will help design the multibillion-dollar national disability insurance scheme to be launched in mid-2013, Community Services Minister Jenny Macklin says.

Ms Macklin announced on Tuesday three working groups, made up of disabled people, carers, disability advocates, service providers and experts, will advise the Labor government about the design of scheme.   Read More…


Reform package falls short

The federal government has fallen short in providing the aged care sector with the reform package it needed and was promised, although what was announced pre-budget is good enough for now.

This is the overall feeling of many aged care stakeholders and reform campaigners in the aftermath of the now historic ‘20th April 2012’ aged care reform announcement made jointly by Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, more than two weeks before the full 2012/13 budget was released.  Full article …


Disability Community Applauds Launch of NDIS

The campaign alliance behind the public push for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, NDIS, has described the Federal Government’s announcement to roll out the scheme as ‘historic’.   The National Disability Alliance through its Every Australian Counts campaign organised the rallies across Australia yesterday including the Sydney Rally in which Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the NDIS would be rolled out by July 2013 and Federal funding would be included in the May Budget.  Full article….


Abbott to reinforce support for NDIS

Opposition leader Tony Abbott will reinforce his support for a National Insurance Disability Scheme at a rally in Perth today.   In a whirlwind visit to WA, the Liberal leader will also visit a local business in Kwinana at 10am to talk to the owner about issues facing small businesses.

Disabled people, carers and supporters will march from the Hay Street Mall to Stirling Gardens where a public rally will be held in support of the NDIS outside Council House at 12.30pm.      The NDIS will provide life-long, taxpayer-funded support for people with disabilities under a Medicare-style funding system.  Read article..


Special sporting action in Shoalhaven

MORE than 250 intellectually disabled athletes from across the state were in the Shoalhaven over the weekend competing in a variety of sports including football, basketball, tennis, golf, tenpin bowling and swimming.   Read more…


Preparing for periodic payments –  Dr Henry Cutler

“The accommodation bond is a unique characteristic of the Australian aged care market. Since their introduction in 1997, a large proportion of providers have become reliant on bonds, using them to fund refurbishment, or to repay commercial debt quicker, thereby reducing the cost of capital.  Full Article…


iPads providing a voice for disabled children

KIM LANDERS: School teachers in Darwin have tapped into a new way to help students with special needs communicate.   They’ve raised money to buy iPads for children who have a range of serious intellectual disabilities and minimal speech.   And they’re finding the technology is drastically improving the students’ communication skills.    Clare Rawlinson has this report.


Safeguard vulnerable young from aged care isolation

Anj Barker was 16 years old when she was bashed to near death by her ex-boyfriend. She sustained permanent, profound brain injuries. After many months she was released from hospital with such high care needs that her parents were unable to look after her at home. There was no  alternative but nursing home placement, an experience Anj describes as ‘‘pure hell’’. Read more:


Calls for MBS item for palliative care

GPs should be entitled to a Medicare rebate for advanced care planning to enable them to play a bigger role in palliative care, according to an aged care group.   read full article..


Telehealth for aged care homes and pharmacies

Telehealth pilot projects are being offered for aged care homes using the National Broadband Network, and retail pharmacies are also seeking to host telehealth services.

      The Federal government is inviting applications for almost $21 million in funding for its NBN-Enabled Telehealth Pilots Program, which aims to connect health providers with people in their homes or in aged care and palliative care facilities.    Full article…


Care needs long term planning

When discussing the capital needed for a comfortable retirement, the likely cost of aged care needs to be included in the planning, warns Philip Galagher, head of wealth management at Equity Trustees Limited.    “The likelihood of care and its associated cost needs to be recognised at the beginning of retirement, not when care looms as an unwelcome necessity,” Mr Galagher said.   Full article..


Aged Care: A Golden Opportunity for Change

Australian Ageing Agenda:   Don’t miss our Q&A panel thrashing out the industry’s response to the May Federal budget announcement. Energetic and opinionated speakers including Clive Bowman, Bill Forward, Bill Appleby, Brian Haratsis and Tracey McDonald will provide input from a range of perspectives including providers, political, international, consumers and the workforce. The panel will be facilitated by Toby Travenner.  full details..


Two Thirds of Australians Reject Reverse Mortgages for Aged Care

The Australia Institute for Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA) has called on the Federal Government to abandon the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s report ‘Caring for Older Australians’ following the results of its nationwide survey.     The call comes as the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) and The Council on the Aging COTA have spoken in favour of the reforms at the National Press Club in Canberra. Read more…


Minister welcomes national Alzheimer’s report

The Victorian Minister for Ageing David Davis today welcomed the launch of the Alzheimer’s Australia national report on services for people with dementia.

“This report again affirms what has been known for years – that Australia’s health and aged care services have not been adequately designed to meet the needs of rapidly increasing numbers of people with dementia, and the needs of their carers,” Mr Davis said today.  “Alzheimer’s Australia itself has been established for decades and has made a significant contribution. Full article..


Aged care in dire straits

A damning report into the state of Australia’s aged-care system released by Alzheimer’s Australia yesterday came as no surprise to those involved in Illawarra dementia care services.

The report, commissioned by the Federal Government’s Department of Health and Ageing, contains hundreds of testimonials compiled from public consultations held in capital cities and regional centres between October and November last year.   Full Article..



About yvonnec23

Business Owner of Special Care Clothing Solutions. I design and retail clothing for people with limited mobility or disability. Founder and Chairperson for SpecialCare Central Inc. which is an information portal Linking People with Disability, Aged Care Citizens and Carers and Families to Service Providers. Secretary at Older People Speak Out, an advocacy group for Seniors rights.
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