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Queensland Seniors Week 2017 - Subsidy applications closing soon

Let’s come together Queensland!  Queensland Seniors Week 19-27 August 2017, provides the opportunity for older Queenslanders to explore programs and services, events and activities, connect with people of all ages and backgrounds, to celebrate the many contributions older people make in their communities. 
“This year we are celebrating the theme ‘A Queensland for All Ages’” said Lisa Hodgkinson, Seniors Week Coordinator COTA Queensland.
“We encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved by hosting or attending events. 2016 saw a record number of events and participants and we are very excited to continue to build on the momentum”
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland coordinates Seniors Week on behalf of the Queensland Government and receives funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities. Both COTA Queensland and the State Government value the contributions older people have made - whether as volunteers or in the workforce, community leaders or carers, grandparents or advocates.
Funded by the Queensland Government, the program provides $100,000 to subsidise events and activities held during Queensland Seniors Week.
Subsidy applications are now open for not-for-profit, charitable and community organisations, schools, local government, and libraries to apply for up to $1,000 to support events hosted during Queensland Seniors Week.
Get in quick as subsidy applications close Friday 31 March 2017.  
To find out more or to apply, visit or phone 1300 738 348.
This program supports the building of Age-friendly communities in Queensland.

Welcoming the new faces of Team COTA

Dr Andrea Petriwskyj joined the team in February as the new Program Coordinator for Research and Community Education. Andrea has a research background and has been working in Universities on projects relating to older people’s voice and participation. She is passionate about working in collaboration with older people and the broader community to promote older people’s rights and produce programs and policies that meet older people’s needs. She will be particularly working with the peer educators and the COTA QLD community ambassadors, and building on our age-friendly communities work. She will also lead the development of a research strategy for COTA Queensland. 
Rebecca Buck also joined the team in February as the new Office Coordinator. Rebecca joins us with experience in Aged Care Services having previously worked as an Administration Officer for KinCare. She is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities of her new role.

Remembering Yvonne Zardina OAM 

COTA worked with Yvonne on many committees and recognise the significant contribution she made through tackling issues such as disability, housing, transport, legal services, social isolation, nutrition, health, domestic violence, end-of-life decision-making and elder abuse.

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Early Action Plan update: Age Well Roundtable 

In 2017 the Queensland Mental Health Commission is renewing the Queensland Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Strategic Plan 2014-2019 (the Strategic Plan) and concurrently updating the Early Action: Queensland Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Action Plan 2015–17 (Early Action Plan).

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What is mental health?

A mental health condition is when an individual’s thinking, feeling, and/or behaviours change, and is often related to stress, and difficulty coping with everyday life.

Mental health is central to your health and wellbeing, including your ability to manage daily life challenges, social interactions, and your physical health.  Around 20% of the population – that’s 1 in 5 Australians, will experience some form of mental health illness in their life time.

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Increasing Choice in Home Care: What do the changes mean

The Australian Government announced significant reforms to home care in the 2015-16 Budget. The reforms will improve the way that home care services are delivered to older Australians. The reforms will be implemented in two stages.

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Increasing Choice in Home Care Changes 27 February: Support for Older People and Service Providers

COTA Australia through Home Care Today supports older people and service providers with the shift to consumer directed care in home care through the provision of information, resources and workshops.

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UPDATED Department of Health: Ageing and Aged Care resources

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Aged care news carousel 

The Department of Human Services now has a news carousel. We will be publishing regular articles on Aged Care. In addition the site will soon have short ‘coffee break’ videos on demand (VODs) covering subjects like accommodation supplement.

You can subscribe for monthly emails to notify you about recent articles. To complete this click on the link, select ‘All News’ and fill out the fields requesting Name and Email and subscribe.

Have your say! 

Your opportunity to have a say about how wellness and reablement approaches can become embedded in the home care sector.

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Seeking your views – New quality standards and streamlined assessment

Submissions are open until 21 April 2017 on the proposed changes to the aged care quality standards and the way providers are assessed against the standards. 

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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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Homelessness is on the rise 

Homelessness is on the rise in our community with over 105,000 people experiencing homelessness every night in Australia.  Homelessness includes people who are sleeping rough, as well as people who are staying in temporary, unstable or substandard accommodation. Homelessness does not discriminate and can affect anyone - from young, single people to families with children, to our older population. 

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National Disability Scheme (NDIS) and important changes to Transport

An essential key to social and economic participation for older people and people with disability is access to transport.

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COTA Queensland Switched on Seniors

FREE  information session for seniors

The rising cost of living, and particularly increasing electricity costs, is a major concern for many Queensland seniors.  On 1 July 2016, the laws around electricity pricing changed and different electricity retailers in southeast Queensland can now charge different prices.

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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. 


Your Wellbeing, Your Plan

COTA Australia and CommunityWest Inc. have been funded by the Australian Department of Health to support both aged care service providers and older people to co-produce aged care service models that promote wellness and enablement.
COTA has trained peer educators to visit groups of older consumers to explore and discuss wellness, enablement and co-production, through the facilitation of an interactive session called Your Wellbeing, Your Plan

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

Thanks for being a great supporter. 

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

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