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National Peak Body Empowering Australian Seniors Through Technology

NEWSLETTER November 2022
Vol 24  No 10
ISSN 1446-862X Electronic

Inside this Issue

  • Greetings

  • Conference Program

  • Digital Mentor Training dates 

  • No Clubs Forum via Zoom

  • Get Online Week

  • DCNC Event

Conference Countdown EDITION!  

Greetings everyone, 

We have been working very hard behind the scenes this last month to pull together the conference, the program for which is included in this eNews!  We are expecting a really great attendance as we have been working very hard to create an engaging and informative day of speakers and activities for all! 
Thanks must go to all the sponsors who have contributed in one way or another.  We are very grateful for their support.  

The end of October saw the retirement of our long-time trainer, Jean Martin.  Jean has been a great supporter of ASCCA for many years, working tirelessly to formulate comprehensive lesson plans to deliver to club members, initially face to face in ASCCA's Pitt St Learning Centre and over the last two and a half years via MS Teams.  Her hard work and loyalty has been second to none, and we wish her all the best in her retirement.  Thanks a million Jean, you'll be sorely missed. 

We're looking forward to having many of you join us at the Conference next week.  

Warm regards, 

Jennifer Willcox

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association
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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.

Conference 2022

Have you got your tickets yet?  Here's a $5 discount coupon for any tickets you want to buy for your family and friends now! 

Conference Speakers and Sponsors

Housekeeping and Kahoot! Preparation  
Please download your Kahoot! App from one of the App Stores and check out how to play before the conference using this link

9:05am            Welcome to the New Digital ASCCA
Resilience and Rebuilding
Jennifer Willcox, ASCCA President

9:10am            Acknowledgement of Country
Jennifer Willcox
Winner of the Acknowledgement of Country video announced and shown

9:15am            Official Conference Opening
Nan Bosler, AM - ASCCA Emeritus President   

9:20am            Club Update 
Rebuilding after the Pandemic 
Computer Pals for Seniors Newcastle - Barry Keen
Barry has been a member of the club since 2008, filled several positions on the committee over the years, and has been the President since 2021.
He has had a long interest in computing applications and a background in teaching adults and children, as well as having been a community volunteer in service clubs, scouting and other organisations for 50+ years.
Barry maintains a positive and enthusiastic attitude and encourages others to be likewise, and not be frightened of change but to look for the opportunities and embrace them.

9:30am            Club Update 
Successful Programming Using Be Connected in Your Neighbourhood Centre

Willeton Technology Club for 50+ - Megan Grant
How to use Be Connected successfully in your Family or Neighbourhood Centre. What has worked for us and what hasn't. Tips for success. Adding a social element. Using your Digital Mentors effectively. Take advantage of available Grants and training provided by Good Things Foundation. 

9:40am            Accessibility What’s New for 2022
Dr Scott Hollier 
There’s been a number of great access improvements to our everyday devices. Dr Scott Hollier will provide an overview of the new accessibility features we can now find in our Windows, Apple and Android computers and devices. There will also be some discussion on the potential of immersive environments and future accessibility support on the horizon.  

10:00am          Apple Workshop - Smart life Ecosystem
Ellora Conn

10:30am          Be Connected Update  
Jess Wilson, CEO 
After five years of delivering the Be Connected program aimed at supporting older Australians to thrive online, we will look back at the successes, challenges and learning and look forward to what is next for the program and how much more there is still to do to fix the digital divide.

10:40am          Kahoot! Chance to win a prize or two!

10:45am          Google Workshop - Smart life Ecosystem
Alex Lynch and Rory Charleston

11:10am - Interactive iREST session 
Peter Coroneos
Restoring calm in a hypervigilant world
Learn about the neuroscience of stress, how the cyber world is challenging our ancient evolutionary defences and how we teach stress management to cyber teams, including a facilitated shift into a deep state of calm (practical demonstration)

12:00pm         SPONSOR: NORTON 360 Advanced
Mark Gorrie
Discuss the challenges of cyber safety in current environment

How your data can end up on the dark web and exposed to identity theft
Steps to take if your personal information is compromised
How Norton helps protect consumers against identity theft and other online threats with complete cyber safety solutions

12:15pm         SPONSOR: NOKIA 
Brenden Folitarik

12:30pm         Kahoot! Chance to win a prize or two!

12:35pm         Trends in Tech
Charlie Brown

1:05pm            SPONSOR: YourLink
Richard Scenna
YourLink partners with aged care providers, community organisations and businesses to deliver digital skills programs that build confidence, improve wellbeing and create social connection. We will share insights and how these projects come to life in a safe and fun learning environment. We will also provide examples of hope and change for seniors, carers and the care workforce. These projects with providers have been recognised as Finalists in Future of Ageing Awards 2022 and Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) Innovageing Awards 2022.

1:20pm            Office of eSafety 
Paul Clark
Be Connected is an Australian Government initiative implemented in partnership by the Department of Social Services, the eSafety Commissioner and Good Things Foundation Australia, committed to improving the online confidence, skills and safety of older Australians.
The Be Connected website, managed by eSafety, provides free information, learning modules, webinars podcasts and more - visit

1:30pm            SPONSOR: NBN Co update

1:45pm            Dept of Human Services
Hank Jongen  Agency Spokesperson: Australian Department of Human Services
How the Australian Government is making digital services simpler so people can go out there and have more fun. Hank will highlight some examples of work already delivered as well as work in progress (like the new myGov platform) and will also give you a glimpse of what the future holds. Be warned, there may be a few dad jokes thrown in for good measure.

1:55pm            Kahoot! Chance to win a prize or two!

2:00pm            Scamwatch ACCC Update
Eti Abdulioglu and Mary Glykokalamos
Scamwatch, run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), receives around 600 reports of scams from the public every day. Eti and Mary will provide an overview of what scams are affecting Australians (particularly older Australians) the most in 2022, how they work, and what you can do to protect yourself.

2:15pm            Quantum Reading 
Rob Drummond   

2:30pm            Amazon - Smart life Ecosystem

2:55pm   Drone Pilot, Astro Photographer, Kimberley Expert
Ben Broady
Ben grew up in Wyndham, Western Australia and remembers as a young boy, having his face pressed up against the window of the school bus, staring in awe across the mudflats at the Cockburn Ranges.
Today, he is privileged to be able to walk those ranges with reverence and humility in his heart and the gift of imagination. Focussing his collection from all around the East Kimberley, Wyndham, Kununurra, Lake Argyle, El Questro, the Ord River and Purnululu. His photography aims to raise awareness about this majestic, ancient, albeit fragile part of the world and inspires people to come and visit.

3:05pm            eSports
Brett Levy

3:15pm            Kahoot! Chance to win a prize or two!

3:20pm            ASCCA Competition Winners!
Susan Jensen 

3:40pm            SPONSOR: MindSpot Clinic
Priti Thadhani  - Clinic Manager 
Technology is everywhere and it is fast evolving. The pandemic accelerated development and adaptation of technology in many sectors including healthcare. At MindSpot, our passion for reducing barriers to mental health care took us on a decade long journey to learn about digital tools, how we can support the community across Australia to improve their mental health and wellbeing, and most importantly to connect people in need with trained mental health professionals who can support them - when they need it, where they need it. 

4:00pm            SPONSOR: NBN Co

4:15pm            Closing Keynote
The Alternate Reality / Virtual Reality Metaverse

Alex Zaharov-Reutt

4:30pm            KAHOOT! AND Lucky Door Prize (Ticket Number) 

4:45pm            Conference ends
Announce 2023 Conference - Wednesday 8 Nov 2023
“Living Your Best Digital Life - everything you need to know!”

4:50pm            Disconnect and reconnect to the AGM link

5:00pm            ASCCA AGM 
AGM Details can be found here
Registration essential to attend the Zoom
Please use this LINK to register, details will be emailed to you - please note that this will be different link to the conference. 

5:30pm            AGM close
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Training Dates

ASCCA SWADE logo and the Be Connected Logo
Our next lot of free Digital Mentor training has been scheduled for Western Australia, face to face!!  If you're around Bunbury, Geraldton or Kalgoorlie, you can attend a face to face Digital Mentor Training day! 

Bunbury: 17th November 9:00am
Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre (Book here)

Kalgoorlie: 22nd November 8:45am 
Museum of the Goldfields (Book here)

Geraldton: 24th November 8:45am 
Geraldton Regional Library (Book here)

There are a number of sessions open for anyone who's interested to learn more about Be Connected and how it might work for their Group/Club.  Places for this half hour group info session can be booked using this link.  These are open at various dates and times throughout November and leading up to the Christmas break. 

ASCCA Clubs Forum via Zoom

ASCCA Zoom meeting

No Club's Forum for November

ASCCA’s November Clubs Forum via Zoom will not proceed due to the Conference being the day before! 

Get Online Week

We had a great Clubs Forum for Get Online Week last month!  It was very well attended by many of our members.  
This year's theme was to Try One Thing ... so we tried to set up and practice a Kahoot! Quiz for our activity over Zoom.  
This was a great, fun activity to do with many of our attendees joining in, but there was only one winner, our esteemed president, Jenny!  We won't cast aspersions over her win, even though she may have had a little practice session with Alex and Tik to try it out before the day! 
We also heard from our members and what they were planning for Get Online Week activities this year! 
Seniors around Australia are very fortunate to have such dynamic and enthusiastic ASCCA clubs around Australia to help them embrace technology!

DCNC Event

DCNC's 2022 Charity Event was on last month, back to face to face after a few years of restrictions have finally eased.  We would like to thank them all for supporting ASSCA.

ASCCA’s Accountant, Michael Ludowici, was pleased to attend the event as the representative of ASCCA .

We thank co-host BACS & Stulz and sponsors Grovesnor, ICON, FDC, Shred-X and Eziblank so much for their generous ongoing support of ASCCA.  


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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