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Welcome to the inaugural edition of our e-newsletter

May 16



It is our intention to produce a monthly e-newsletter to complement the bi-monthly ONECOTA sent to all members


State and Local Government must adopt age-friendly principles

COTA Queensland takes this opportunity to congratulate all successful candidates in the recent State  and local government elections. Queenslanders have sent a strong message to both levels of governments that they want change. Within State and local government there are many new faces who will bring fresh new ideas, not having been part of any sphere of government previously. This is both a great opportunity but there is also the risk that important programs are discontinued. We will be raising with both State and local governments the urgent need to develop an Age-friendly Queensland.

Queensland's population, like that of most developed countries, is ageing as a result of sustained low fertility and increasing life expectancy. This is resulting in proportionally fewer children (less than 15 years of age) in the population. Ageing of the population is also evident as the “Baby Boomer” generation, (born between 1946 and 1964) moves towards retirement.  In addition, improvements in life expectancy will result in a greater number of people living to an older age.  This demographic change will have significant implications for people as they age, service providers and government. 

Last week Dr Alexandre Kalache  former World Health Organisation Head of Ageing and Lifecourse Programme opened COTA Queensland's new office at 25 Mary Street Brisbane. Photos from the opening are available on our website

Over the past year South Australia  has played host to Dr Kalache through that state government’s Thinkers-In-Residence program, which brings international experts from various disciplines to Adelaide. Dr Kalache has been sharing his knowledge and ideas on how to create an age-friendly city. This involves challenging negative perceptions about the consequences of an ageing population, raising awareness of positive contributions made by older people and developing opportunities for them to live richer, fuller lives.

COTA Queensland is looking forward to working with the Newman State Government and the recently elected local governments to ensure that Queensland, like South Australia,  is recognised internationally as Age-friendly.



COTA Queensland has joined with the University of Adelaide, QUT, Curtin University of Technology, University of Melbourne and a number of industry partners across Australia on an ARC-funded project Emerging from the Shadows: the evaluation of intervention strategies to reduce social isolation amongst the aged.


Mark Tucker-Evans
Chief Executive
COTA Queensland

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Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland

Level 1, 25 Mary Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
GPO Box 21, Brisbane Qld 4001
Office: +61-7-3316-2999
Toll free number (within Qld): 1300-738-348
Fax: +61-7-3316-2900