Isolated Australians to be connected long after pandemic is over

Good Things Foundation Australia will continue to help older Australians who are digitally isolated, long after the COVID-19 pandemic is over, with the Be Connected program.  The government grants will enable the purchase of loan digital devices and data for older Australians. Online learning materials will be accessed through these devices and the Be Connected…

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Is distance learning an opportunity for digital agriculture?

CSIRO has forecasted an increase in digital and technological job growth that is set to challenge all Australian industries with a skills shortage.   In the next 10 years, 41 percent of Australian agriculture will be impacted by automation or digital technological approaches. However, analysis has shown that, at present, only 5 percent of agriculture…

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Disadvantages of digital divide in spotlight

A QUT-led project aims to address the growing digital divide experienced by three million Australians living below the poverty line.  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the digital divide in Australia. With project partners like Leep, this new project will look at the relationship between digital and social inclusion and the role of social…

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In Covid battle, this ‘army’ of volunteers is helping senior citizens, others stuck at home

Caremongers India, a Facebook initiative, hosts a large community of 39,000 volunteers.  The group was created in the early days of social distancing and now has a global reach with people from Canada, the UK, USA, Ghana, Singapore, and New Zealand asking for and receiving assistance. Since March 17, Caremongers has helped more than 7,500 people in distress.   Read the full…

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DIAA supports 5-point digital inclusion plan

InternetNZ’s digital inclusion plan has been welcomed by the Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa (DIAA). COVID-19 has thrust digital inclusion into the spotlight and made it a community-wide priority.   The DIAA recognises the importance of affordable devices and connections. They also acknowledge that there is a further need to provide ongoing support and training for…

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Creative ideas to fight social isolation among older people

Aged care facilities have found new and inventive ways to keep their residents engaged and happy during the current pandemic.    Uniting aged care homes have been trialing a social enterprise for isolated residents with curated music, podcasts, and videos. Residents are also able to access courses on yoga and meditation. The new…

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