Nan Bosler is committed to the growth and development of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) as it seeks to empower Australian Seniors through technology. She feels strongly that learning is a lifelong experience and that seniors are disadvantaged if they can’t use some form of modern technology. She is the founder and president of ASCCA.

Welcome to our 22nd Gathering

It will be my delight to welcome you to this the 22nd gathering of those who know how important technology is for Seniors! These gatherings began as a one day seminar, then we grow to be the two day Australian Computer Conference for Seniors – but times changed – and it was the Australian Technology Conference for Seniors and now the challenges of COVID-19 tried to stop us from having our opportunity to come together for a learning opportunity and reunion with colleagues from across Australia. This pandemic hasn’t stopped up and we will meet together online to share information to help us Live Your Best Online Life! 



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 and their three children.

Senator Colbeck will give the 2020 Conference Opening Address




Dr Kathryn L. Braun is a professor of public health and social work and the Barbara Cox Anthony Endowed Chair in Aging at the University of Hawai‘i. She is an investigator on several federally funded grants to advance the health of indigenous and minority peoples. She also serves as the President of the Active Aging Consortium Asia-Pacific, a group of like-minded gerontologists across the region. For more information, visit or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Social “un-distancing” and humour via the Internet

While COVID-19 has required us to physically distance from each other, the Internet has become a lifeline for social un-distancing and sharing humour. As an older adult myself, I will share ways the pandemic has increased my digital literacy and has provided fertile grounds for humour. Sending cartoons and arranging “quarantinis” has deepened my relationships with friends near and far. Webinar technology has expanded my abilities to reach students and to share information and humour among colleagues in our Active Aging Consortium Asia Pacific. Join this session for insights and laughs!


Charlie Brown is one of Australia's cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. He is the technology editor for Channel Nine's Today Show and appears regularly on Nine News.

Charlie has signed an exciting deal between Australia's leading news portal, ninemsn and his own popular consumer tech website plus Charlie's website, Presently the brand CBN Media, launched by Charlie Brown in 2000, encompasses cross media channels of TV, Online and Events; and associates with major companies and partnerships in global sponsorship.


Greg Gebhart is one of Australia’s leading online safety presenters. Greg has provided presentations to more than 800,000 participants at state, national and international events. Greg regularly conducts webinars for older Australians through eSafety’s Be Connected program. 

Greg has been recognised for his achievements and passion for helping others, receiving a global achievement award through the International Society for Technology in Education.

Providing the best online experience in your role as grandparent or carer of young children

Older Australians are increasingly supporting the caring duties of their grandchildren. In this role, the use of tablets and devices may be common activity. It is important to know what young people are doing online and how to keep them safe.

The eSafety Commissioner has recently launched the 'Online safety for grandparents and carers' booklet. The booklet includes a range of practical tips, to help you upskill and increase your knowledge to keep your grandchildren safe online.

Join our eSafety expert to learn more.


Dr Scott Hollier specialises in the field of digital accessibility and is the author of the book ‘Outrunning the Night: a life journey of disability, determination and joy’. With a Ph.D. in Internet Studies and senior management experience across the not-for-profit, corporate and government sectors, Scott is an internationally recognised researcher and speaker.

Scott’s roles include CEO and co-founder of the Centre For Accessibility Australia,  holds academic positions at Edith Cowan University and the University of South Australia, and is an Invited Expert for the W3C Accessible Platform Architectures Research Questions Task Force. In addition, Scott is legally blind and as such has both a professional and personal understanding of the importance of accessibility.

Accessibility Tips & Tricks to help online seniors keep social

During COVID-19 it’s become even more important  that we do everything we can to keep social. For seniors with disability there’s some great accessibility features in Windows, Mac, iPads and Android devices along with some great apps but it’s often difficult to know what the best options are. Dr Scott Hollier will share his tips and tricks from the perspective of both a person with disability and as the CEO for the Centre For Accessibility Australia. The presentation includes how to decide which device is best for your needs, how to set up accessibility features, great accessible apps and tips on how to stay connected. 



Sam Isaccs is a relatively new member of the ASCCA board, having only joined in February 2020. Sam joined the ASCCA Board as she has a passion for seeing technology embraced and adapted to fit people's lives and not the other way around. When ASCCA had to make the hard decision to move the 2020 conference online Sam put her hand up to be conference convenor. This is her first ASCCA conference AND online conference so please do let her know of any questions or feedback.

Conference Housekeeping

Sam will join the start of the conference to provide some housekeeping information. As we are enjoying the conference online this year, housekeeping will be less about the layout of the conference centre and where the fire exits are - and more about tips for enjoying the day and what to do if you have technical issues.  



Quentin Long is the co-founder of Australian Traveller Media, Australia’s largest independent travel media company.

Australian Traveller Media publishes two respected travel titles, Australian Traveller and International Traveller, in print and online at and Both titles are well known for their award-winning editorial and photography, strong reader engagement and commercial content quality.

Quentin is a sought-after travel media commentator. He is Australia’s most trusted source for travel news and insights, having held weekly radio segments across the country since 2006, and regularly appearing on Channel 9’s Today and A Current Affair programs from 2010. 


Quantum Computing

Alongside Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing is one of the technologies most likely to reshape our fundamental infrastructure and technical capability in the coming decade. But why, with at our disposal more traditional computing power than at any time in human history, do we need quantum computers? Why are they important, and what can they do that our existing machines can't? What might we expect to see in our lives and industries as this technology becomes real?

This talk will showcase the state of Google's quantum computing capability in 2020, then explore these questions and what they mean for Australia.


Ivan Radywonik

Ivan Radywonik joined the Apple Users Society of Melbourne (AUSOM) in 2000 and has volunteered as leader of various SIGs (Special Interest Group), Committee positions and other service roles, including the production of the AUSOM podcast. He is a Life Member and current President (also in 2012). From his home-office base he freelances as a video editor while providing online training and troubleshooting for Apple users. 

From Surviving to Thriving - it’s AUSOM Meeting Online!

About to celebrate our 40 year anniversary as an Apple User Group, financially challenged and suddenly facing lockdown restrictions, AUSOM adopted the Zoom platform in late March to recreate its popular meeting timetables in an effort to provide its members with the technical assistance and social interaction they’d come to enjoy and expect.

Aware of the need to transition to online meetings quickly and seamlessly, Ivan announced his intention to nominate as President at the upcoming AGM before rallying the troops to action. Six months on, AUSOM is fiscally stable while providing its members with a veritable smorgasbord of online treats to see us through the pandemic and beyond.


Romina Sesto has been practicing Yoga since the early 90's. Initially drawn to Yoga for the stress release it offered to a hectic corporate lifestyle. What seemingly became a hobby soon became a way of life.

Romina is the Director of Yoga To Go Studio and an Intermediate JL1 certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.   She enjoys teaching a wide cross section of the community and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience Yoga no matter what age, colour or religious background or ability.

Refresh your Body and Mind

A gentle and accessible short Yoga practice to help you refresh the body and mind, no experience necessary.


Over the years, Romina has been directly involved with the Research team at Sydney University, looking at the link between Yoga and falls prevention - specifically within the 60+ demographic and has played a key role in developing and delivering the Sage Yoga Trial. 

To find out more about the Sage trial and how you can participate in 2021, click below for the flyer and the information sheets.

Sage Yoga Flyer 2021 intake

Sage Yoga Information Sheets



Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady’ is one of Australia’s leading Cyber Safety Experts and has been educating on Cyber Safety since 2011. Her practical positive approach to technology has seen her working all over Australia with Students, Teachers, Parents, Seniors and businesses to help them use technology with more awareness of safety.

She has given talks to Seniors at Rotary, Zonta and Computer Pals for Seniors. 

Leonie’s presentation for Seniors gives practical tips for avoiding online traps.

  • Social Media safety
  • Privacy Settings
  • Sharing family photos
  • Avoid scams and hidden online traps
  • Digital security what do you need to know
  • Mobile devices and privacy/safety
  • Password security
  • Shopping online with safety
  • Identity Theft, what is it, what do to?
  • Cyber Safety – Grandkids what are they up to?
  • Help and further resources for online safety

Here are some more resources from Leonie:


Digital Families Podcast: 

A talk with Nan Bosler:



Alex Zaharov-Reutt is an award-winning Australian technology journalist, whose father purchased him his first computer when he was four and a half years old in 1979. Since that time, Alex has been a very enthusiastic user of technology and regularly teaches everyone he knows about the benefits of tech. Alex appears on TV, radio, print and the web as a tech journalist. He is the Technology Editor of and his personal site is

Top tech tips for your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Androids

There are some great tips for better usage of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Androids that, when I share then with people, they’re often blown away that they didn’t know them already. Alex will share these tips and advice and will show you about some amazing new technologies.