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COTA Energy Advocacy Project – Ensuring older Australians have a strong voice

 

The COTA Energy Advocacy Project is a project involving COTA organisations in each of the National Energy Market jurisdictions. It aims to contribute to a better deal for older energy consumers by developing and supporting a knowledgeable group of energy advocates who can represent the views, experiences and needs of older Australians in formal consumer forums. The national project was funded by a grant provided by Energy Consumers Australia. ...

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Beat the Heat

Source: Queensland Health 

Prevent heat-related illness – advice for seniors

Hot weather may affect older people more than others. Some people may be at increased risk of heat-related illnesses and need special care in hot weather. Heat-related illness can also worsen pre-existing medical conditions. Older people who live alone, have chronic medical problems and take certain medications may need special care in hot weather.

If hot weather is predicted or present: 

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  • Listen to the radio for updates on
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Seniors Week –  International Exploration

 

COTA Queensland Seniors Week Coordinator Lisa Hodgkinson will be utilising a personal trip to explore Seniors Week events and activities in Alberta Canada next week.

Over the years Lisa has shared her knowledge of coordinating Seniors Week and increasing social participation with groups throughout Queensland and with the organising committee of the first Seniors Week in Orange County California.

Lisa has welcomed the opportunity to attend the Provincial Launch of Seniors Week, held in Calgary on 5 June.

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Budget Update on Aged and Disability Transport

A two-year extension of the Commonwealth Home Support Program, which is the prime funding source for transport services for older Australians, was announced in last month’s 2017- 2018 Budget.

The budget also provided good news for NDIS participants, with continued funding for the NDIS being provided through a 0.5% increase in the Medicare levy.

With the NDIS being rolled out across Australia, there have been numerous reports of under funding of transport in NDIS packages, with transport being highlighted … Read the rest

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How to Reduce Electricity Usage to Save on Your Bills

Making small changes to your electricity usage can help reduce your electricity bill and it is good for the environment too.  ...

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National Disability Scheme (NDIS) and important changes to Transport

For people with disability, transport is changing through the National Disability Insurance Scheme. These changes are a contentious issue, with many participants of the NDIS outrages at these changes, ultimately having a negative impact on their lives – not what any of us were expecting from the NDIS. ...

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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. ...

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Switched on Seniors – Public Sessions

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The laws around electricity pricing have changed. Energy retailers in Southeast Queensland can now decide how much to charge customers for their electricity. This could bring changes to the way electricity is charged on existing contracts however, this competitive pricing also brings new opportunities to reduce energy bills.

To help understand these changes, COTA Queensland is hosting three public sessions on the Gold Coast

At this interactive, hour long session, participants will be provided with information to:

  • better understand their
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Getting to know Jane Holloway, Project Support Volunteer 

Jane Halloway

Since December 2015 Jane has been a valued member of the COTA Queensland team, as a Project Support Volunteer, assisting our Community Education program.

You may have spoken to her if your group has booked a Peer Education session.

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

Can you play an instrument or speak any other languages?
No, none of these.  I love music and support the Queensland Medical Orchestra and Read the rest

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NDIS – Gaps in Mental Health

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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.

Some community-based, recovery-oriented programs have been scheduled to cease, leading to potentially significant consequences.

As a number of people living with moderate and/or episodic … Read the rest

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