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National Peak Body Empowering Australian Seniors Through Technology

NEWSLETTER February 2023
Vol 25  No 01
ISSN 1446-862X Electronic

Inside this Issue

  • Greetings

  • Competitions 2023

  • Clubs Forum details

  • Scott's Accessibility

  • Brett's Scam Watch

  • Be Connected Update

  • Safer Internet Day

  • Congratulations in order

G'day from WA!

accessibility for all abilities

Warm greetings (emphasis on warm (very), here in Perth this week!) to everyone!

First up, I’d like to say a huge hello to Nan, ASCCA’s Emeritus President, on the 16th anniversary this week of our first meeting at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Conference in Sydney.   I’m personally a firm believer in fate, and fate certainly played a hand on that occasion!   My life was irrevocably changed forever – thankyou, Nan!  It’s so good to still have you batting for ASCCA.  Nan hasn’t been too well of late and we all send her warm wishes.

Jane Chilcott, CEO, of Linkwest, has this last week announced her resignation. Linkwest is the peak body representing CRCs and NHCs in Western Australia.  During her time with Linkwest, Jane was also President of Australian Neighbourhood Houses and Centres in Australia (ANHCA) the national peak body for Neighbourhood Houses and Centres in Australia.  Many of you may recall she attended the ASCCA Conference in Sydney in 2018 when ASCCA handed the Be Connected banner to Linkwest for the project during that year. Since then ASCCA / SWADE has enjoyed sharing a number of partnership projects with Linkwest.  On behalf of everyone at ASCCA, we extend to Jane our sincere thanks for a successful and mutually rewarding extended working relationship.  Best wishes for your next endeavour, Jane!

We are also excited that the planning is already well underway for the 25th Australian Technology Conference for Seniors.  We have made some changes to the program in consideration of the fact that we now have members and contributors across the Australian time zones, which during daylight savings makes it even more challenging.  The conference will this year be hosted over two half days to better suit our audiences.  Save the dates!  October 10th and 11th between 10am and 2pm (AEST) each of these days!  Susan has already got the competition details up and ready for the eager beavers who want to plan their training schedules for their members, and prepare their entries.  

ASCCA’s Clubs Forum this coming Friday is shaping up to be one where some exciting revelations will be announced. So register now, and don’t miss out!

Jennifer Willcox

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
Main Contact: 0434 857 222
P: 08 9840 1153  |   M: 0400 50 40 95
E:  | 
ASCCA and SWADE logos and the charitable tick icon
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander flags
ASCCA respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ continuing connection to land and water.   We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

2023 Competitions Launch

2023 Australian Technology Conference for Seniors banner

Competitions for 2023 will be Poetry, Creative Writing and Creative Digital Photography. The guidelines and entry forms can be found (link to page)

Poetry has replaced Multimedia and will be the first one to run.

When you enter an item it will earn a point for your club, we will recognise clubs with the greatest number of points.

Read the Guidelines for each category carefully and then make your action plan.

If you have any questions Susan will deal with them promptly - her address and phone number are at the foot of the guides.

Good luck

Susan Jensen - Competitions Convenor 2023

2023 Competitions Details


Calendar icon
Don't forget that we now have an online calendar!  
On our new website you will be able to navigate directly to the Events Tab in the menu to find it! 
The link on the icon here will take you directly to the Calendar - or you can click on the text above to go to the new website!

Be Connected Update

ASCCA SWADE logo and the Be Connected Logo

I hope that everyone has had a relaxing and stress-free time over the course of the last few months.  I know that the festive season has been challenging for many communities around Australia with record breaking flooding at one extreme and some nasty bush fires at the other around the country.  Here in the Kimberley, we have been cut off from Perth by road during the course of the once in a hundred year event at Fitzroy Crossing, knocking out Highway #1's single lane bridge that connected us to the rest of our state (and connected the two halves of Fitzroy Crossing itself, when the river peaked at 15.8m).  Not only are eggs increasingly difficult to come by, but so are some varieties of fresh fruit and veg, thanks to the stringent quarantine rules and the need for our food to come from Perth via South Australia and the Northern Territory now … but enough of that … 

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ASCCA Clubs Forum via Zoom

ASCCA Clubs Forum, first Friday of each month via Zoom connect, learn, share and discuss with other ASCCA members


February - Friday 3rd Feb 2023 - AI and ChatGPT

March - Friday 3rd March 2023 - Smartphone photography

Our times have changed this year - we will be running at the same time all year round - 11am AWST (Perth) time on the first Friday of each month.

Registrations for each month's session will need to be completed - and Zoom should translate that into your time zone.  
February and March times are as follows: 
11:00am AWST - Perth 
12:30pm ACST - Darwin
1:00pm AEST - Brisbane 
1:30pm ACDT - Adelaide
2:00pm AEDT - Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra/Hobart

Click here to Register to attend our next Zoom Meeting

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Scott's Accessibility Update

Dr Scott Hollier

Consumer Electronics Show Highlights and what they mean for accessibility in 2023

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for the highlights of the Consumer electronics Show (CES) in the US. Some of the items that caught my attention from a disability perspective could have great implications as the year goes on.

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Brett's Scam Watch

Brett Levy

Happy New Year, what to watch out for in the cyber-thieve's arsenal this year

Unfortunately 2023 is not showing any signs of letting up when it comes to bad people trying to steal our money! 

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Safer Internet Day 2023

Older couple looking at a laptop screen, with the words Safer Internet Day 2023, connect, reflect, protect and the ASCCA logo on the right hand side of the image

February 7th 2023

Safer Internet Day is a global event that brings together communities, families, schools and organisations from more than 200 countries to help create safer online spaces.

This worldwide initiative is celebrating 20 years in 2023, making it a great time to reflect as well as look forward.

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Other News

Senior Citizen of the Year Award

One of ASCCA's great supporters, Judy Elias of Manly Computer Pals, was awarded the Northern Beaches Council's Senior Citizen of the Year recently.  
For the last ten years, Judy has been an integral part and driving force for Manly Computer Pals for Seniors. Judy has always been an enthusiastic and energetic part of our face to face ASCCA conferences, and is often at our Clubs Forums championing her club and supporting other ASCCA members.  

Awesome Contribution to AUSOM

Pam Doughty, a dedicated editor and researcher, is being honoured for her 30 years of contributions to AUSOM News. For three decades, Pam has consistently edited the publication, ensuring its quality and relevance. In addition to her editing duties, she has also written numerous articles for each edition, providing valuable insight and knowledge to its readers.
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As part of ASCCA's support to clubs we have invited and encouraged the use of the below logo to all outgoing correspondence.  

This demonstrates your Club's affiliation with ASCCA, the national Peak Body empowering Australian seniors through Technology!
ASCCA Logo and text indicating that a club is an ASCCA member

Membership of ASCCA is open  to all Seniors Computer Clubs, Organisations with a membership including Seniors, and organisations that recognise the value of digital technology for Seniors. 
If your organisation and/or club fits one of these categories and is interested in joining ASCCA please go to our website or email to find out how to start a club; or read some of the advantages of joining ASCCA if you are an existing club. 
A Membership Form for all categories of membership is available on the website, or by scanning the QR code with your smartphone (we've also added a link to the QR code in this email).
ASCCA membership rates from 1 July 2022 are:

Under 50 members—FREE
Over 50 members—$52
Membership numbers as at 30th June
All prices quoted include GST
Corporate and Associate Membership also welcome
Editor: Jenny Willcox
Contributions are most welcome. 
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Please forward contributions by email to the Editor.
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