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SENIORS’ health is one issue which will be put under the spotlight when local over 50s come together on Friday, 4 August at a free forum dedicated to Coast seniors.

The Fairfax Seniors’ Forum, initiated by federal MP Ted O’Brien and with Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt attending as a special guest, will ensure issues important to Sunshine Coast seniors are heard directly by decision makers in Canberra.

Fairfax MP Ted O’Brien said Minister Wyatt was keen to participate in the entire forum and would also give an address on Federal Government policy initiatives relating to Aged Care and Seniors’ Health.

A key focus for the day will be health – which has already been ranked as a priority by Sunshine Coast seniors – delving into a range of issues including:

  • Rising costs and restricted cover of private health insurance
  • GP related issues
  • Funding of palliative care and mental health
  • Funding of services for independent living

Attendees will also have the opportunity to raise other non-health related matters.

Mr O’Brien urged Sunshine Coast seniors to sign up for the forum while seats were still available.

“This is a unique opportunity for our older population to have their concerns heard directly by Minister Ken Wyatt who is responsible for policy decisions that impact seniors,” Mr O’Brien said.

“If you have any matters which 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 and we want your input.”

Mr O’Brien said the Fairfax Seniors’ Forum was to take place Friday, August 4 at Living Choice Twin Waters Retirement village from 1pm to 3.15pm.

Anyone interested in attending can contact the electorate office on 5479 2800 or email  

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