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Active Retirees : Active Retirees June-July 2012
10 | www.probussouthpacific.org Entries are closed for the first Probus Hat Day Parade Competition, which is raising money for Australian Rotary Health’s mental health research. Clubs have gone all out, and competition for the top prizes is fierce. Watch this space – winners will be announced next issue. War journal at State Library A journal kept by a 25-year - old Gunner leading up to the Battle of the Somme in 1916 has been donated to the State Library of NSW by the Trust Company Foundation. Norman Lee Pearce wrote of his thoughts before going ‘over the top’ for the battle in which he died, and the diary, found in the estate of Pearce’s niece Mary Pearce, offers a rare insight into the mind of a soldier. “The diary is a wonderful and particularly rare piece of history, given that serving soldiers were banned from keeping diaries,” says Trust Company CEO John Atkin. The State Library will add the diary to the existing trove of WWI material it has collected since 1919, when the Trustees of the Mitchell Library advertised for material created by soldiers in all theatres. Africa for over-40s Travel overland in comfort through Africa without spending up big on five-star lodges. Adventure Destinations is offering overland packages tailored to over -40s, with carefully selected hotels, rest camps and lodges, all in pleasant surroundings and with ensuite facilities. The 23-day journey departs Cape Town, visiting Victoria Falls, Namibia and Botswana before arriving in Zimbabwe, with prices starting at $7499 ex-Perth. W: www.adventuredestinations.com.au T: 1300 136 330 in the neWs Aged care reforms The Federal Government’s aged care reforms, announced in April, include $3.7 billion of funding over the next five years to improve access to aged care services, boost training of the aged care workforce, support carers and advance dementia research. In February, the National Aged Care Alliance released its Blueprint for Aged Care Reform, and the budget announcement addresses several of its recommendations. Changes to how aged-care services are accessed will impact both in-home and residential care. Means testing will determine levels of government subsidies for in-home care, with the home excluded from testing. Those eligible for subsidies will pay a fee of up to 17.5 per cent of the single basic pension, while full pensioners will not pay for in-home care. For those considering residential care, means testing will combine the current income and asset tests from July 2014, and residents will be able to pay accommodation costs as a lump sum or periodic payments, or combine the two. Accommodation providers will not be able to accept or reject prospective residents on the basis of how they will pay, and residents will be able to make decisions about how to pay once they are in care. The package also provides $65.4 million for additional services in residential aged care, and a new scheme to improve residents’ say in their own care will be trialled. People from diverse backgrounds, who may experience language and cultural barriers, will be supported, with $192 million diverted towards this over five years, and a new website, My Aged Care, will provide greater transparency in the aged care sector. Once in a lifetime views on the Kiboko Chobe cruise. !Ballarat Goldfields members willl be hard to beat! The package provides $65.4 million for additional services in residential aged care and a new scheme to improve residents’ say in their care. You CAn LeAVe YouR HAT on
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