CALLING all over 50s on the Sunshine Coast.
You have the chance to get into the ear of the Federal Aged Care Minister when he visits the Coast for a seniors' forum in August.
Ken Wyatt MP will attend the Fairfax Seniors Forum where over-50s can stand up and have their voices heard.
Initiated by Sunshine Coast MP Ted O'Brien, Member for Fairfax, the forum will bring together seniors from all walks of life to discuss issues of most importance to them.
Mr O'Brien announced the Minister for Aged Care as the guest of honour and said health would be high on the agenda after being ranked as a priority by Sunshine Coast seniors.
Topics will include the lack of subsidies for natural medicines, rising costs and restricted cover of private health insurance, a range of issues relating to GPs, funding of palliative care and mental health, and services for independent living. "This is a unique opportunity for our older population to have their concerns heard directly by Minister Ken Wyatt," Mr O'Brien said.
"Minister Wyatt is responsible for policy decisions that directly impact seniors so if you have any matters you believe should be on the Federal Government's agenda then I encourage you to come along and speak up.
"I would like this forum to make a positive difference to the lives of seniors who have given so much to this country - and we need your input."
Mr O'Brien confirmed the details of the forum which will be held Friday, August 4 at Living Choice Twin Waters Retirement Village from 1pm to 3.15pm. Fairfax Seniors' Advisory Committee chair Carol Cashman said anyone could attend and participants would be divided into tables of about ten for the discussions.
"People can also bring up other issues. This is certainly a great opportunity to have the Minister here listening to your concerns," said Ms Cashman.
Ms Cashman said the over-50s community could make a real difference by getting involved in issues that affected them. "Seniors on the Sunshine Coast enjoy life and enjoy being healthy and we have a very active community of seniors and an active seniors' committee," she said.
"This is a great initiative of Ted O'Brien's and the people of Fairfax will be well served by this forum."
Seniors who are interested in attending can contact Ted O'Brien's Maroochydore electorate office on 54792800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.