2nd Feb 2020
The Management Committee has sought professional advice on how U3A Brisbane might best minimise potential risks from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that originated in Wuhan in China recently. While the risk from human-to-human transmission in Australia is currently low, we consider it appropriate to introduce some prudent and practical precautions as outlined below.
1. Wash hands with appropriate antiseptics. We will be providing additional hand sanitisers at both city venues.
2. Members who have travelled from China recently should self-isolate at home for two weeks afterwards.
3. People with upper respiratory symptoms - cough, sneezing, sore throat - should avoid classes until the nature of their illness is clear and they no longer have such symptoms.
Please also read these advisory documents:
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), Qld Government
Coronavirus (COVID-19), Australian Government
The global situation is still evolving and we will update this advice if the circumstances warrant.
TERM 1 CLASSES NOW OPEN
Class Schedule for Term 1 2020 is now available. Term 1 commenced on Tuesday 28th January.
To join a new class, enrol through the Class Search page by clicking on the Enrol button, or contact the tutor directly by email or phone. If you book online you may assume your enrolment is accepted unless the tutor advises otherwise.
If you are currently enrolled in a Term 4 class that you wish to continue attending in Term 1, you can use the Member Dashboard to re-enrol.
eNews for February 2020 is now available. Older Newsletters are at end of this page.
See Social Events page for details of the many regular social events organised by our busy Social Committee.
NBN INFORMATION SESSION SLIDES
U3A Brisbane has recently run several presentations about what to expect when the NBN comes to your area.
The slides from the presentation are available in PDF format:
U3A NBN Presentation
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2019
The Annual General Meeting of U3A Brisbane was held on Wednesday 17th April 2019 at Level 5, 232 Adelaide St Brisbane.
DOES U3A PARTICIPATION IMPROVE WELLBEING?
U3A Brisbane Management Committee member Martin Bridgstock, a well-qualified academic researcher, has written a paper entitled The Impact of Universities of the Third Age upon the Health and Welfare of their Membership. The paper sets out to examine whether Universities of the Third Age benefit the health and welfare of their members.The overall conclusion is that the activities promoted by Universities of the Third Age are strongly beneficial to the physical health and the cognitive health and wellbeing of their members. Read the paper:
The Impact of Universities of the Third Age upon the Health and Welfare of their Membership
DEFIBRILLATORS INSTALLED AT U3A
U3A Brisbane has now purchased and installed Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at Creek St and Adelaide St premises. These are intended for use in the event that someone suffers a cardiac arrest while on the premises. A group of office volunteers has been trained in their use, as well as being trained in CPR. These units are fully automated and provide audio instructions for each step, so can be used by a competent but untrained person if necessary. You can view a video below that demonstrates this unit in use. We encourage all members to view this video so as to better understand the process and the circumstances in which defibrillation is advised.
The purchase of these defibrillators was made partly possible by a grant from our insurers, Community Underwriting, and we appreciate the assistance provided.
U3A Brisbane is a member of the U3A Queensland Network, which produces a quarterly newsletter called Network News.
MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS (eNews)
To keep our members up to date with current and important information, we produce monthly e-newsletters and those are sent to members on our Email mailing list. For details of our classes and timetable, we produce a quarterly Class Schedule issued two weeks before the end of each term.