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Web Watch: 6 websites you need right now

There are a lot of resources online that can help seniors, whether it’s for getting active, keeping healthy or simply catching up with what’s going on.


Going online has opened up the world for may retirees, but there is also an awful lot of information to sort through. To make it is easier, we have selected the top sites you should be aware of at the moment.


My Health Record

There has been a lot of debate about whether or not you should get on board with the Government’s plan to allow your medical data to be stored online – so much discussion that the question landed in the Senate in November. The Senate elected to extend the opt-out period until January 31, 2019, so if you have not yet made a decision about whether you are going to participate in the scheme then you must do so over the summer months.


Smart Traveller

Are you planning an overseas trip? Then your first port of call should be the Government’s online portal for travel safety advice. Smart Traveller’s advice can err on the side of overcautious but it is still a great way to find out if there is any trouble in the country you are heading to, and get some tips on what you might be facing. As the website says, “Be informed. Be prepared.”


Health Direct

This is a government-owned health website that can give you useful, safe and practical health advice online. The aim of the website is to give all Australians  – no matter whether you are in the city or the country – the tools to stay healthy via simple advice and access to the right health resources in your area. While it’s not a substitute for your doctor, this website can be a helpful tool for staying active.


Money Smart

This website can help you with your money matters with stories like “Show me the money: income sources in retirement” and “How to avoid unexpected drains on your finances”. The advice is not tailored for individuals, but can provide good background information for when you visit your bank or financial adviser.


The National Public Toilet Map

As we age, finding a public toilet can be increasingly important. Luckily, if you’re planning a trip, there’s now an online resource for planning the perfect loo break. This nationwide map of over 19,000 publicly available toilets across Australia includes the accessibility, opening hours and whether they have showers or baby change facilities.


Be Connected

This is the government’s push to get all seniors online via a helpful portal of advice, networking and learning. There are also community partners who can offer in-person support to help you get online and stay online so you can stay connected even if you have trouble leaving your home – a great starting point for people who may not feel comfortable with the digital world.