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COTA life

Advancing the rights, needs and interests of Queenslanders as they age

Edition 21

1 April 2016

Casting Now! 

How great would it feel to know you’ve helped multiple generations to come together, celebrate our seniors and strengthen feelings of connection and appreciation?
Then apply now to be a new face of our new 2016 Seniors Week Campaign!

Last time the theme was “It’s on for young and old!”  and the ages represented were 14, 28, 75 and 96!
This year, we’re continuing the theme but upping the celebration factor and we’re again searching for 4 people aged between 14 and 100.

If you think you or someone you know would be suitable, email with:

- A photo of this person/s looking happy

- A short message explaining why you think this person/s would be great

- The full name, phone number and email address of the nominated person/s (so we can contact them).


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Radio COTA – have your say

Radio COTA, a weekly podcast  focussing  on topical and relevant information for older Queenslanders.


In the past few weeks we have explored;
• Housing and how it affects older Queenslanders
• Social Isolation
• Continued our conversation about Age-friendly including a very special conversation with the Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland  Hon Coralee O'Rourke and Professor Alex Kalache, Co-President of the International Longevity Centre Global Alliance (ILC-GA)
• And a very special episode celebration International Women's Day with interviews from inspiring women throughout the state.


We invite you to listen to the latest RadioCOTA Podcast


We also encourage you to provide feedback about what you’d like us to cover in these podcasts. You can have your say by contacting us on 3316 2999 0r 1300 738 348 or email us at


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Changes to Home Care Packages: Implications for Governance

This resource has been designed to provide information for Board members about the changes to Home Care Packages that will be occurring in February 2017 and to consider the governance implications of these changes.


The resource booklet was prepared after a review of relevant literature and consultation with a range of key stakeholders from the aged care and disability services sector, drawing on the lessons from preparing for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.


The video includes interviews with five of these stakeholders and is recommended viewing for board members of organisations who will be impacted by the February 2017 changes to Home Care Packages.


The video and booklet are available to download here


A webinar will be conducted on the 19th April at 7pm EST to provide an overview of the resource for board members and opportunities for questions.


To register CLICK HERE for this webinar. There is a limit of 200 places on the webinar so register early. A recording of the webinar will also be available.

Informing Communities throughout Queensland

David Peace, a COTA Queensland Peer Educator, was in Mackay last month  delivering a series of information for older Queenslanders about the Australian Government’s reforms to home care packages and accessing services through My Aged Care. He ran eight sessions throughout the week’s engagement for a wide range of groups in the Mackay area.


Since July 2014 COTA’s Home Care Today Peer Education Program has been delivering sessions to older Australians on Consumer Directed Care in Home Care. To date 14,622 people have attended sessions. Here are some quotes about what they have learned during the sessions:
• ‘It is possible to design a personal care package with my provider’
• ‘When I need help I will know where to go’
• ‘I could be organising more than I currently do’
• ‘There are available services to assist me to age without leaving home’


These sessions are geared to give you more information about what Consumer Directed Care (CDC) means so that you can make the most of your support services.


If you want to participate in a session, you can either ask your provider to organise one or join another session. To find out where the next sessions will be held contact Kerryn Clarke on 1300 738 348 or

Hello Cairns and Brisbane - we are listening

COTA Australia is currently consulting with consumers of aged care services and their families and carers around Australia.  There will be session in Cairns on the 27 April and in Brisbane on the 28 April.

COTA Australia is hosting conversations to hear about your experience of aged care.  The reforms are about providing information, choice and control, availability and flexibility, and participation.

Consumers and family/carers are invited to let us know:
• Have we captured the key issues you raised?
• What are the top priority areas to be addressed?
• What are possible solutions to these priority issues?

Session dates:
Cairns: Wednesday 27 April, morning and afternoon sessions
Brisbane: Thursday 28 April, 10am – 12noon at COTA Queensland, Level 1/ 25 Mary Street Brisbane

To RSVP FREECALL 1800 831 974 or Email:
Morning and/or afternoon tea provided

Other sessions available in other cities across Australia.  Check the ‘getting involved’ section on the  COTA Australia website.


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Increasing Consumer Choice in Home Care – legislation passed by Parliament

The Aged Care Legislation Amendment (Increasing Consumer Choice) Bill 2016 giving effect to the first stage of the home care reforms was passed by the House of Representatives on 2 March and the Senate on 3 March. The changes in Stage 1 will start on 27 February 2017.


The Bill will amend the Aged Care Act 1997 and the Aged Care (Transitional Provisions) Act 1997 in three main areas:




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Realising the Potential of Consumer Directed Care in Australia: Citizenship, Community, Creativity

The Consumer Directed Care (CDC) approach has now been used in Home Care Packages in Australia for a number of years, applying to all packages since July 2015. Organisations have undergone massive changes as a result of the various aged care reforms and will continue to face changes in the future.  In the midst of these changes it is important to keep a focus on why CDC was introduced and what consumers are looking for from a CDC approach.



Disability Parking Permit Scheme

The Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Accessibility Reference Group met on 26 February, raising questions regarding a survey in relation to the Disability Parking Permit Scheme.


The survey sought views about the use of disability parking spaces by wheelchair accessible taxis for picking up or setting down passengers with a disability, and the types of vehicles able to be issued with a Disability Parking Permit.


The taxi industry lobbied TMR about allowing drivers of wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs) access to disability parking spaces when picking up or dropping off a person with disability.  This proposal was further explored with stakeholders including local enforcement agencies, Queensland Police Service and the taxi industry.



2016 Queensland Multicultural Awards nominations are open!

The awards recognise the valuable contributions of Queenslanders who support and promote a unified, harmonious and inclusive Queensland community. This year there are seven categories:
1. Services and Communities Award – individual
2. Services and Communities Award – organisation
3. Business Excellence Award.
4. Employment, Education and Training Innovation Award – non government organisation / private enterprise.
5. Employment, Education and Training Innovation Award – public sector
6. Outstanding Volunteer Award
7. Communications and Media Achievement Award




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More than 9000 responses to Queensland’s Age-friendly survey

The Palaszczuk Government is one step closer to making Queensland a more Age-friendly community, after receiving more than 9,000 responses to a public survey as part of developing the new seniors strategy.

The survey highlighted many key issues, such as access to transport, employment and information technology – all of which are vital to supporting and growing an age-friendly community and addressing social isolation experienced by many older Queenslanders.

A visit to Brisbane by world leading authority on ageing, Professor Alexandre Kalache, provided an opportunity for him to meet with Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke to discuss the survey results and the new strategy – Queensland: an age-friendly community.


Support Our Work and Get Involved

Our aim is to help create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care. You can assist by:

• Leaving a bequest in your Will to COTA Queensland;
• Donating today through PayPal or by shopping online with Shopnate;
• Joining as an individual member and receiving a wide range of  benefits through the COTA Rewards and Savings program;
• Joining as an organisational member and contribute to our information exchange, policy development and service development;
• Joining over 600 Queenslanders in our Consumer Reference Network to enable you to contribute your knowledge and experiences to the development of our submissions in response to those issues impacting on people age they age in Queensland


See more at:
o Leaving a bequest in your Will to COTA Queensland
o Donating today through PayPal or by shopping online with Shopnate
o Joining as an individual member and receiving a wide range of  benefits through the COTA Rewards and Savings program
o Joining as an organisational member and contribute to our information exchange, policy development and service development
o Joining over 600 Queenslanders in our Consumer Reference Network to enable you to contribute your knowledge and experiences to the development of our submissions in response to those issues impacting on people age they age in Queensland


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Ticket Giveaway: A Month Of Sundays releasing April 28 from Madman Entertainment

Want to win a double in-season pass* to A Month Of Sundays, starring Anthony LaPaglia, Justine Clark, Julia Blake and John Clarke, thanks to Madman Entertainment?

Join our Consumer Reference Network by April 22 2016 to go into the running.

*The tickets are valid for the season of the film and valid from opening day (April 28) at participating cinemas showing the film.
** Two double in-season passes available, please provide a valid email address to be eligible for entry.


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