nbn encourages final registrations ahead of Medical Alarm Register closure in June
nbn®’s medical alarm register will be closing to new registrants on 30 June 2023 after almost nine years of supporting around 180,000 medically vulnerable and older Australians to migrate their medical alarms and phone and internet services to the nbn network.
The medical alarm register’s purpose is to help nbn customers check their medical alarm is working correctly when migrating to the nbn network.
nbn Executive Manager for Health, Robert Hardie, said:
“We are encouraging all users of medical alarms to register via nbn’s Medical Alarm Register before the deadline.”
While the register will close to new people in June and most mandatory disconnections from the old copper network are complete, if a customer’s disconnection date is beyond 30 June 2023, nbn will continue to assist them with migrating to the nbn network.
“nbn can help the small number of Australians who want to connect to the nbn network and migrate their medical alarm, phone and internet services.”
“Switching to the nbn network is not automatic and we recommend that customers move to the network, or an alternative solution before their disconnection date to avoid losing connectivity which might leave them vulnerable in an emergency.”
“Registration is optional and any further support requests after 30 June can be managed directly via a customer’s alarm supplier or phone and internet provider,” he said.
“nbn will advise you and your internet provider of any upcoming disconnection dates with at least 18 months’ notice. If you are already connected to the nbn network or an alternative network and your medical alarm is working, no action is required. If you are unsure, we still recommend that you submit your details on our register via our website at nbn.com.au/medicalalarm, or by calling us on 1800 227 300.”
nbn’s ‘Unmonitored Medical Alarm Upgrade Offer’ will also close to new registrants on June 30 after four years of enabling Australians to access subsidised devices.
Under the offer, eligible1 people can obtain an upgraded medical alarm at a discounted price of up to of 80 per cent2 off the normal price – to a maximum of $300 off, from participating alarm suppliers.
An unmonitored medical alarm calls a family member, friend, neighbour or 000 when triggered. It differs from a monitored alarm, which calls a 24/7 alarm-monitoring centre that may have a monthly fee, or a locally monitored alarm, which calls the staff at an aged care or retirement facility.
To check if you, your family member or someone you care for is eligible for the Unmonitored Medical Alarm Upgrade Offer, or to find out more about the offer, please visit nbn.com.au/alarmupgrade or call 1800 003 095.
National Seniors Australia Chief Advocate, Ian Henschke said:
Notes to editor:
- To be eligible for the offer, users must meet the Unmonitored Medical Alarm Upgrade Offer eligibility criteria which include (amongst other criteria) having an eligible existing unmonitored medical alarm, living in an area that will be getting a fixed-line connection to the nbn access network and signing up to nbn's Medical Alarm Register.
- The discount is 80 per cent off the alarm supplier’s normal retail price, up to a maximum discount of $300 off. This requirement only affects end users on fixed line services. Migration on our fixed wireless and satellite service is optional as the existing networks aren’t switched off, so unmonitored medical alarm users can continue to run their existing services [over copper] in parallel with nbn. Full eligibility criteria is published at nbn.com.au/alarmupgrade
- nbn established the Medical Alarms Register in March 2014 to help support people who have medical alarm devices migrate successfully across to services over the nbn access network. By identifying those who have personal medical alerts and alarms, NBN Co can help facilitate individuals, including older Australians in receiving the appropriate assistance when it comes time to move these services over to the nbn access network. There has been around 180,000 unique premises listed on the Medical Alarm Register over the years.
- nbn has been working with the medical alarm industry since 2011 and has continuously worked on improving and implementing initiatives throughout the nbn access network rollout to help inform medical alarm users of the process to determine the compatibility of their existing devices when migrating landline phone and internet services over to an nbn powered plan.
Types of medical alarms
- A professionally monitored medical alarm calls an alarm monitoring centre that you generally pay a monthly fee to (though this fee may be paid on your behalf by another care organisation). When you press the help button, your call is answered by an operator at the alarm company.
- A locally monitored medical alarm calls the staff at your retirement village or aged care facility. A nurse or staff member on-site answers the call.
- An unmonitored medical alarm calls a family member, friend, neighbour or 000 when triggered.