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Congratulations to the 2020 Senior Australian of the Year

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Richard Colbeck, has tonight paid tribute to the 2020 Senior Australian of the Year. Professor John Newnham, AM, of Western Australia, was honoured by Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a ceremony at the National Arboretum in Canberra. The award is presented to an Australian over 65 years of age who continues to achieve and contribute to the community. Prof. Newnham is recognised as a world authority in preventing pre-term birth. He has been...
The Hon Richard Colbeck

The Hon Richard Colbeck

Richard Colbeck is a Liberal Senator for Tasmania and the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians and the Minister for Youth and Sport. Prior to entering politics in 2002, Senator Colbeck worked in the construction industry for more than two decades, starting as an apprentice and going on to own his own business. He served as an Alderman on the Devonport City Council, a Director of the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and President of the Devonport Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Richard has served as Minister for Tourism and International Education, Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and twice as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture. He also held Shadow Parliamentary Secretary roles in the Health, Industry and Innovation, and Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Portfolios. Senator Colbeck is a proud Tasmanian and lives in Devonport with his wife Gaylene, they have three children.


Aged care minister issues high-temperature warning for elderly

The Minister for Aged Care, Richard Colbeck, is urging Australians to look out for the elderly and vulnerable as hot weather sweeps across the nation in the lead up to Christmas. The increase in temperatures, expected to be widely felt across most States and Territories from today, has earlier prompted a Department of Health notice to the age care sector, urging providers to be prepared. Minister for Aged Care Richard Colbeck said while it was important for people of all...
Colbeck dementia week

Join the conversation about dementia: Aged Care Minister

  The Morrison Government is delivering on its commitment to better support people living with dementia. Dementia is one of the nation’s greatest health challenges and has an impact on every family in Australia.  Dementia Action Week, from 16 to 22 September, is creating awareness and important discussions around discrimination and dementia. The theme for this year is ‘Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?’ Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians Richard Colbeck encouraged all Australians to get involved...
aged care employee day

Minister acknowledges aged care employees’ contributions

Today is a great day to acknowledge the tremendous contribution made by Australia’s hundreds of thousands of volunteers, carers, nurses, allied health professionals, cleaners, administrative staff and the many others who work in aged care. I am immensely proud of our aged care workforce and your commitment to care for and enrich the lives of others. The Australian Government and the aged care industry are partners in a national effort to ensure our aged care system delivers quality and safe...
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