Ambassador for Ageing

Information about the Ambassador for Ageing position.

Page last updated: 08 January 2014

Photo of Noeline Brown

Broadband for Seniors

As Ambassador for Ageing I encourage all older Australians to learn how to use a computer.  The internet opens up the whole world to you and you can even use it to play games as well as communicate with your friends and family if they don't live close by.
Seniors can gain the confidence and skills needed to use new technology with a great Australian Government initiative called Broadband for Seniors.
 
Free access to computers, the Internet and training is available to seniors at approximately 2,000 kiosks across Australia. Training is provided by volunteer tutors and tailored to the needs of seniors on topics like basic computing skills, email, Skype, Flickr and how to stay safe online.
 
To learn more about how to access this training, or if you would like to know how to become a volunteer tutor at one of the kiosks, please call the Broadband for Seniors Helpline on 1300 795 897 or email: info@necseniors.net.au


Best wishes

Image showing the signature of Noeline Brown

Ambassador for Ageing Program

Over the next few decades Australia’s population will change dramatically. There will be a greater number of older Australians than at any other time in our history, and people will live longer than ever before.

The Australian Government understands the importance of having a growing ageing population that is healthy and active, and they have been planning for the increased numbers of older people by developing a range of initiatives aimed at creating an active and socially engaged older population.

In April 2008, well known and much loved Australian, Noeline Brown was appointed as Australia’s first Ambassador for Ageing. Ms Brown, who is a media personality, active community member and an Australia Day Ambassador, was reappointed as Ambassador for Ageing in 2011 for a second three year term.

The Australian Government established the Ambassador for Ageing Program to encourage respect for older Australians and to promote healthy active ageing.

As the Ambassador for Ageing, Ms Brown is involved in a range of activities and events within the community that meet the objectives of the program.

The range of functions and responsibilities of the Ambassador role include:
    • promoting recognised principles of positive and active ageing;
    • promoting healthy and active ageing messages within the community;
    • leading promotional activities to ensure our communities value and respect older people;
    • spokesperson for respecting and recognising the continuing contribution made by older people to our nation;
    • increasing awareness about Government programs and initiatives to the public including assisting older people to be aware of programs and how to access them;
    • encouraging older people to plan for the future;
    • representing the Australian Government at conferences, meetings and media engagements; and
    • attend meetings with key Commonwealth, State and local government stakeholders on positive ageing issues.
To arrange a media interview with Ms Brown please contact Toni McLennan, Public Relations, Department of Social Services, on 0402 674 457.

If you wish to invite the Ambassador for Ageing to an event please put your request in writing and email to: toni.mclennan@health.gov.au. In your email please include the following information:
    • date and time of event
    • venue location
    • details about the person/organisation requesting the attendance of the Ambassador
    • purpose of Ambassador's visit (eg guest speaker)
    • who and how many people will be in attendance at the event
    • what are the demographics of the audience
    • any other information you think relevant
If you do not have access to a computer you can send your invitation via mail to:

Toni McLennan
Ambassador for Ageing Program
MDP 453 (Sirius Building Woden)
Department of Social Services
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601

Once your invitation is received it will be considered by the committee managing the Ambassador program.