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

Edition 14

3 August 2015

COTA Queensland is committed to advancing the rights, needs and interests of people as they age in Queensland.  Our monthly e-newsletter provides news about upcoming events and connects you with relevant information to enhance your quality of life.  For information about Government programs, policies and priorities for older people and analysis of issues and current trends relating to ageing scroll down to the COTAAGENDA Section.

From the Chief Execitive - The Countdown is on!

'Queensland Seniors Week is a great opportunity to promote positive community attitudes towards older people and ageing, inter-generational relationships and to enhance community connections.' Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive, COTA Queensland said


'Our aim is to unite different generations to develop socially inclusive communities in which older people are able to continue to make valuable contributions in their families, neighbourhoods and communities.'

Held between 15 - 23 August Seniors Week will provide an opportunity to bring together all Queenslanders, through events and activities within their communities while addressing social isolation concerns.

'With events from Goondiwindi, to the Gold Coast to Far North Queensland, there is something for everyone as it is a cross cultural, intergenerational, on for young and old, week of fun and informative events.'

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland currently coordinates Seniors Week and receives Queensland Government funding to collaboratively plan, run and subsidise Seniors Week events and activities.

'We encourage everyone to get involved. You don't have to be old to attend and you do not have to be young to have fun.'


This year, during Seniors Week, COTA Queensland is asking people to take the time to make a connection by listening to someone's story or by sharing your own. It is an opportunity for the entire community to connect.

'Seniors Week provides the opportunity for discovery of programs and services available to establish new and maintain existing relations.'

Visit  or phone  1300 738 348 for an event near you.


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Make a Connection: Share Your Story 

Source: Lisa Hodgkinson, COTA Queensland


Storytelling is a feature of every culture and is a means of cultural preservation, passing on moral values, sharing lessons and entertainment.

But how often do we make the time to connect and listen to the rich stories of the elders in our community?

This year, during Seniors Week, take the time to make a connection by listening to someone else's story or sharing your own.

You can get involved by putting  your smart phone, tablets, computers and cameras to good use by capturing  the stories and life experiences  of your clients, membership and friends, and sharing them  with their permission. 

This is also a perfect opportunity to get the whole community involved. 

Post your videos to the Queensland Seniors Week  Facebook page and use the hashtag #MakeAConnection or email  your video, audio or typed story and  photographs to or by post it to PO Box 15525, City East, QLD, 4002


For more information on how you can get involved contact Lisa Hodgkinson, Seniors Week Coordinator, on (07) 3316 2999 or email


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Donate Life  is an awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation in Australia, and is held this year from 2nd to 9th August. DonateLife Week provides a timely reminder to all Australians of the need to discuss their donation decision with loved ones, and to know their donation decisions. Information about the week is available at


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Queen Street Mall Visioning

Source: Brisbane City Council

Earlier this year, COTA Queensland along with other stakeholders was invited to have our  say on the long term vision for Queen Street Mall.

Brisbane City Council has now released the Queen Street Mall visioning plan to ensure the mall continues to be a world-class venue for businesses and visitors well into the future.

The Queen Street Mall visioning plan aligns with the Brisbane City Centre Master Plan 2014 and the City Centre Neighbourhood Plan, and is the product of consultation with industry stakeholders, local businesses and the community. We thank you for having your say and providing valuable input.


You can download a copy of the plan by visiting Council's website at and searching for 'Queen Street Mall visioning plan'. If you would like more information, please call Council on (07) 3403 8888.


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FREE Legal Education Sessions

Source: Caxton Legal 


Caxton Legal is running a  series of free community legal education sessions in the coming months across Brisbane and South East Queensland.


This talk will be presented by the Park and Village Information Link (PAVIL), which is one of the services within Caxton Legal Centre. PAVIL is a statewide service dedicated to providing legal advice and information to residents of retirement villages and manufactured home parks in Queensland.


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Community Workshop:  Eating Well for Healthy Ageing

Source: Metro Health South 


Thursday 6th August 2015
10.00am - 12.30 pm (registration from 9.30)
Mt Gravatt Bowls Club, 1873 Logan Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt


You are invited to attend a FREE community workshop on Eating Well for Healthy Ageing.  There will be guest speakers and topics covered will include why we eat, changes to our food requirements as we age, guidelines to eating healthy, reading food labels and handy shopping tips.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

Register now  


Register by clicking 'Register now' or by phoning or emailing and leaving your full name, contact details and any special dietary requirements:
Phone: 3156 4975


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Do you have an Enduring Power of Attorney?

Source: Office of the Public Guardian


An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is an important legal document you prepare to allow someone else to make personal and/or financial decisions on your behalf.


You may not always be able to make decisions when you need to. You may be too ill to make choices about your medical treatment, or you could suffer a disability that prevents you from communicating your wishes to others. The advantage of an EPA is that you will have chosen who you would like to make decisions on your behalf.


How does it work?

You appoint an ‘attorney’. This person does not need to be a lawyer. You may select a relative, friend, professional person such as your accountant, or someone else you trust and believe to have the necessary abilities to carry out your wishes and manage your affairs.


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Invitation to be interviewed about coming out later in life 

Li-Min Lee, is a PhD candidate conducting research at Southern Cross University  titled: Coming out later in life and help-seeking: exploring the experiences of older lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people.


The research aims to explore the experiences of coming out as LGB later in life to better understand how LGB people experience issues related to coming out later in life and the impact of coming out on help-seeking.


This study aims to recruit LGB people, who are:
• Aged 50 and over; and
• Came out as LGB aged 40 or over.


This research involves interviews:
• Length of interview: 1-2 hours
• Interview venue: face-to-face (in a location of your choice), telephone or Skype
• When: June 2015-November 2015 (Please RSVP no later than 31st of August)

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Seniors Week Forum  

Source: Sarah Baker, COTA Queensland 


In Queensland Seniors Week it is fitting to consider how Wellness features in the daily lives of seniors, and how organisations, through creative thinking and strategic partnerships can support seniors to maintain their own Wellness.


COTA and the Brisbane Seniors Network is very pleased to be able to confirm that Jean Little OAM will be delivering a Keynote address at our Seniors Week Wellness Forum on Monday 17th August.


Jean Little was a State Finalist in the Senior Australian of the Year 2015. She was nominated for her work as an Indigenous Advocate. Throughout her life’s work Jean continues to marry her traditional cultural learnings with those of the broader Australian community to uphold the pride and dignity of her people.


The forum will also witness a performance by the Come Dance with me dance troupe, and experience the benefits of Laughter Yoga


COTA Queensland wants to inspire you to see how Wellness approaches can improve your services and the lives of your clients.

When: Monday 17th August
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: The Pavilion, Greg Chappell Street, Albion


Kerri Lanchester, LASAQ Manager for Community and Retirement Living, and who is also sitting on the National Advisory Group for Wellness and Reablement will be our MC.


The Honourable Coralee O’Rourke MP, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Seniors and Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland will launch the forum and Seniors Week at 9am.


Secure your seat now!


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2015 National Suicide Prevention Conference 

COTA Queensland congratulates Professor Diego de Leo for receiving the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Suicide Prevention Conference held in Hobart, Tasmania from 26-29th July.*


Professor de Leo assisted COTA Queensland in preparing it's "Suicide Awareness for Older People" education topic, which is still available to community groups in the Sunshine Coast Region.  For more information and to book your free session, please contact Marianne Wright via email at or by phone on (07) 3316 2905.


The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) was asked  to  open the conference and address almost 400 delegates at the Grand Hotel Chancellor in  Hobart.


Ms Susan Murray, the Chief Executive of leading national organisation, Suicide Prevention Australia which hosted the conference,  welcomed the Governor-General’s involvement. 


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IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing

The IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing, hosted by COTA Queensland, is calling for Abstratcts on Care and Support for Older People.


Standards in care are important to ensure quality of care is maintained and provided to all residents without discrimination.


Quality of care represents an important and fundamental right in a health care system by ensuring through written documentation the safety and wellbeing of clients.


Organisers of the IFA Global Conference on Ageing are interested in abstracts that define a broad spectrum framework about quality of care and standards and how such a framework can be used to guide countries to form a health care system that is inclusive, client centred and ensures the safety and wellbeing of all users.


Submit your abstract today on the conference website


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The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting a National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against Older Australians and Australians with Disability.

Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan is leading the Inquiry. The Inquiry team will be traveling around Australia in coming months and is hoping to meet with as many people as possible.


Public consultations were held in Geelong and Melbourne this week and COTA Vic Policy Council members attended.

For more information and details on submissions.


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ANZ Report On Women’s Superannuation Highlights Urgent Need For Action On Retirement Incomes

Source: COTA Australia


The release of the ANZ Women's Report again highlights the urgent need for a full and independent Retirement Incomes Review which would include addressing the growing numbers of older women living in poverty and at risk of homelessness, the peak body for older Australians, COTA Australia, said today.

COTA Chief Executive Ian Yates said figures in the report showing that 90 per cent of women do not have enough money to retire on are alarming.

The report also found that 37 per cent of Australian women have no personal income at the age of retirement, and of those, one in five women yet to retire have no superannuation at all. Women on average have about half as much superannuation as men."As the ANZ report shows, women are paid less than men in general, they are more likely to have broken careers to care for children and parents, they are more likely to work part time, and they therefore accumulate less superannuation," Mr Yates said.

"One result of this is that older women are the fastest growing group of homeless people in the country.


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Co-Production in Consumer Directed Care

The latest fact sheet for providers of CDC talks about Co-Production


“ What does co-production mean for my organisation?


Fully implementing CDC within your organisation means working in partnership with your consumer. Understanding what the consumer wants and aspires to achieve is the key to developing and delivering services that will work best for them.


You should talk to consumers about what their care and service needs are, and how these can be delivered. The consumer’s choices should not be limited to a list of services or service providers. It is important that consumers are not made to feel pressured to agree to services determined by the provider, noting that flexibility and choice are the foundations of CDC.”


COTA Queensland can work with your organisation to deliver training around Co-Production and Consumer Engagement. For information and to tailor a package to suit your needs and budget contact COTA Queensland 1300 738 348 or email


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Live Webinar on the Implementation of the CHSP - 6 August 

Source:  Department of Social Services


On 1 July 2015, the transition to the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) began. The CHSP is one of the changes being made to help older people stay independent and in their homes and communities for longer.


The CHSP brings together four programs:
• Commonwealth Home and Community Care Program;
• Planned respite from the National Respite for Carers Program;
• Day Therapy Centres (DTC) Program; and
• Assistance with Care and Housing for the Aged Program.


The CHSP benefits frail older people and carers through:

• a streamlined access to entry-level support services;
• a standardised national assessment process and entry point through My Aged Care;
• increased focus on restorative approach including wellness and reablement;
• promoting equity and sustainability through a national fees policy; and
• reducing red-tape for service providers through more streamlined funding arrangements.


You are invited to attend a live webinar on the implementation of the CHSP. This webinar will provide an update on the CHSP moving forward, and will be presented by staff from the Department of Social Services (DSS).


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Brisbane City Council Grants

Source:  Brisbane City Council
The following Brisbane City Council grant programs are now open for applications:


• Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program
• Community Sport Clubs Grant Program
• Suburban Crime Prevention Grants
• Community Development and Capacity Building Grants
• Healthy and Physical Activity Grants
• Community Support Funding Program
• School Sport and Recreation Facility Upgrade Program
• Partnering for Public Netball Courts Program
• School Tennis Partnership Program


Click here for an  overview of all the community grant programs offered by Brisbane City Council.


Select the link to the grant program you’re interested in to access guidelines and application forms.


Please contact Brisbane City Council on 3403 8888 if you have any questions about these programs or want advice on preparing an application.


If you would like to continue receiving correspondence from Brisbane City Council please ensure your details in Brisbane Community Directory are up to date by checking on the website.


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2015  Queensland Community Transport Industry Association (QCTIA) Conference

Source: QCTIA


ARE  you are wondering how you are going to navigate the changes ahead with so many reforms, new technologies and opportunities which can be challenging, without credible information, resources and experts to assist?

AND if the decisions you make will have a significant impact upon your future then we aim at this conference to assist and equip you with tools and information to minimise the time it takes to create the right picture for your organisation.

THEN don’t leave the office this week until you have registered for the  2015 QCTIA Conference on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. 

THE Conference Program is too exciting to miss …..

SO check out the profile on speakers;  the program and other necessary information,  then register on line at


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