- Subsidies to upgrade unmonitored medical alarms offered as part of NBN rollout
- WA seniors who use unmonitored alarms are encouraged to register
The State Government is encouraging seniors and others who use unmonitored medical alarms to register to receive a saving of up to $300 on their upgraded system, as part of the NBN rollout.
NBN Co is offering a subsidy of up to 80 per cent, to a maximum of $300, to unmonitored medical alarm users who will need to switch systems when the NBN is installed in their area.
Unmonitored medical alarms help to safeguard people who suffer from health issues by calling family members, friends, neighbours or 000 when triggered.
With the NBN set to progressively replace most existing fixed line phone and internet services, unmonitored alarms will need to be upgraded to be able to dial out in the event of a power outage.
All unmonitored alarm users, or carers on their behalf, should register with NBN Co's Medical Alarm Register. When the NBN rollout is happening in a particular area, the NBN will contact people on the register to assist with device upgrades.
To register and for more information call 1800 003 095 or visit http://www.nbn.com.au/alarmupgrade
Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:
"I'm pleased NBN Co has recognised the extra financial obligations faced by many seniors and others who use unmonitored medical alarms.
"I encourage anyone who uses an unmonitored alarm to contact the Medical Alarm Register soon to make sure you are ahead of the rollout in your area.
"An 80 per cent saving is a big help for someone on a fixed income and I really encourage anyone eligible to take advantage of the savings on offer."
Minister's office - 6552 6400