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This is our first e-newsletter for the year but it already feels like a long time since the festive season break. 

This year is COTA Queensland's 60th anniversary to be celebrated in October. We will update you on the details closer to the date. 

Before then it looks like there may be a State election so we are currently preparing policy statements in consultation with members and stakeholders. We will continue to advocate for an Age-friendly Queensland to meet the needs of our Ageing population

Commonwealth Games Volunteers 

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will require up to 15,000 volunteers to help deliver the biggest sporting event in Australia this decade.

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Queensland an Age-friendly State

Let's all contribute to making Queensland an Age-friendly State! 

In 2016 and estimated 712, 372 Queenslanders were aged 65 and over – this represents 14.7% of Queensland's total population. By 2036, it is projected one in five Queenslanders will be aged 65 and over.

COTA Queensland has been advocating for an Age-friendly Queensland since the World Health Organisation initiated the concept in 2005.

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State Election Survey – Have your say

COTA Queensland will provide all political parties that are contesting the election a statement of the issues that are of most concern to older Queenslanders and seek a response on how these issues will be addressed by each of the political parties contesting the election.

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Like most people, designers rarely think about ageing or getting old.

A new exhibition at APDL – entitled Living in Aged Care: A photographic exhibition of laughter, loss and leisure – addresses this knowledge gap by providing unique insight into the day-to-day lives, experiences and expectations of older Brisbane residents living in one Brisbane aged care facility.

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Getting to know Jane Holloway, Project Support Volunteer 

While we know Jane pretty well, we  wanted to share a bit more about her with you. 

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Older Person's Mental Health Services 

Older Person’s Mental Health Services are public mental health services that are primarily provided for people aged over 65 with mental health problems who experience disability related to ageing.  To find out more about this service, you can speak with your GP, or click here for more information. 

NDIS – Gaps in Mental Health 

Over the past few months, there have been emerging reports of concerns people with mental illness will fall through potential gaps with the NDIS.  According to some reports, more than 100,000 people living with mental illness could be left without support as money from a number of federal programs is rolled into the $22 billion scheme.

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You're invited to sign the petition: Nursing Home Residents Deserve Better Access to Mental Health Care

Intergenerational Connections – what are the benefits?

New programs encouraging toddlers and older people to interact and participate in activities like painting, gardening and reading together, has been deemed a win-win situation.

While the ability to enjoy fulfillment and independence after retirement is a wonderful opportunity, how do we keep our youngest and oldest generations connected?

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Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS) 

The Commonwealth Continuity of Support Program (CoS) is a specialist disability service for older people.  This new program has been established to ensure that older people with disability currently receiving state funded disability services, but are not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), be provided with ongoing support – they do not have to access aged care supports or services should they choose not to.

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Increasing Choice in Home Care – aged care changes


The Australian Government subsidises the cost of a range of different aged care services to support older Australians, no matter what their needs might be.

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Culturally Inclusive Home Care


The Ethnics Communities’ Council of Victoria and COTA Australia have worked collaboratively on a joint edition of Golden Years which focusses on culturally inclusive home care. It includes some great case studies of providers who are utilising innovative ways to overcome barriers and working together in positive ways to ensure their services are responsive to older people’s customs, unique circumstances, and cultural backgrounds.

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Home Care Today is a national service that aims to support both consumers and home care providers to work together to implement consumer directed care in Home Care Packages. Support for providers is being planned in partnership with aged care peak bodies ACSA and LASA.   
Plans for 2017

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Consumer Information updated - Home Care Today  

Key topic areas for consumers and carers have been revamped on the Home Care Today website, covering important topics for consumers and carers. Easily printed information is now available and a new series of articles with case studies illustrating issues/concerns/myths about the aged care system.

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Your Wellbeing, Your Plan 

Most of us wish to age well. A core part of this is considering your wellbeing. Research informs us even the smallest change to daily activities can have a large impact on your wellbeing.

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Switched on Seniors

A free peer education information session for seniors’ clubs and groups.  
The laws around electricity pricing have changed. Energy retailers in Southeast Queensland can now decide how much to charge customers for their electricity.

During these one hour sessions participants will be provided with information to:

  • better understand their bills
  • know where to go to compare offers
  • find out how to compare deals
  • Know where to look for potential savings and how to avoid pitfalls

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Register today for a FREE Switched on Seniors public session. 

Are you on the Gold Coast? 

Clink on the links below to register. 

Planning Ahead: Let's Talk Enduring Powers of Attorney 

Nobody can predict the future. Planning ahead can bring peace of mind to you, your family and your friends.  It can ensure that your financial, health and personal wishes are respected and followed if you are unable to act yourself.

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Emergency Kits – prepare yours today!

Having an Emergency Kit will save you time and reduce your anxiety when in a crisis.  It’s also quick and easy to do ahead of any potential disasters!

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Grandparents Support Groups

Raising your grandchildren on a full-time basis, while very rewarding, can also be incredibly challenging. It’s a tough assignment to be one-on-one with a toddler in your 50s or 60s or 70s. Research shows that grandparents who are responsible for the care of grandchildren are more likely to be depressed or have health problems compared to peers who enjoy time with grandchildren but don’t have to get them to school every morning, chase them around every afternoon and tuck them in every night.

U3A Twin Town 2017 Enrolment

U3A Twin Towns invites you to enrol in their exciting, new and continuing classes for 2017.

Programs are designed to keep older people physically and mentally fit. Offered are several forms of dance, a variety of exercise classes, languages including French, Italian, Spanish and German, arts and crafts literature, computing technology, ukulele , tai chi, yoga, book clubs, gardening, discussion groups and board games. 

A series of ''pop-up" classes will be available in 2017 on most Wednesdays at 3pm commencing the first week of February. 

For more information click here, call (07) 5534 7333 or  0405 445 164.

To enter the competition, just purchase a new COTA Car, Home or Landlord Insurance policy through us by 31 March 2017 and you and a friend could be jetting off to the beautiful Mediterranean. 

The trip includes 7-nights cruising the Mediterranean staying in a room with its own private balcony. You could visit the historic Italian ports of Genoa and Naples, or immerse yourself in the picturesque and refined town of Cannes on the French coastline.

With airline, airport transfers and accommodation at ports included, this trip valued over $20,000, will be a once in a lifetime experience. All aboard!

So don’t delay. Get a quote today

Radio COTA is accessible on computer, smart phone and tablet.
Available at:
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Contact Radio COTA: 
(P) 1300 738 348

In The Next Edition: 

  • Changes to the pension asset test - How does this affect my concessions? 
  • Changes in Mental Health - Radio COTA interview with The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP Federal Member for Hasluck, Minister for Aged Care Minister for Indigenous Health
  • Aged Care Reform updates and more. 
Copyright © 2016 Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland. All rights reserved.

Our contact information is:
Po Box 15525 
Phone 1300 738 348 

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