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Emergency planning for aged care services

The Australian Department of Health has released the following reminder to Aged Care Service Providers:

The high risk season for major Australian weather events and bushfires has already commenced so it is important that all aged care providers are prepared to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that service providers are prepared for any events which may impact their service. The department has published a number … Read the rest



ACCC Consumer Directed Aged Care survey


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is currently leading a national initiative of Commonwealth, state and territory consumer protection regulators to develop educational resources to assist older consumers and their support networks understand their consumer rights and options when choosing to interact with providers of goods and services in the aged care sector.

The ACCC would also like to assist providers in the Consumer Directed Care sector by developing resources to assist businesses to understand their obligations under the … Read the rest



Opportunity to participate in the NSAF Review survey

The department is reviewing the National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) in response to feedback from the sector. This is a high priority to support a more effective and streamlined assessment process.


The National Screening and Assessment Form (NSAF) was implemented in My Aged Care in 2015 to support the collection of information during:

  • Screening (conducted over-the-phone by the My Aged Care contact centre)
  • Home Support Assessment (conducted face-to-face by the My Aged Care Regional Assessment Service)
  • Comprehensive Assessment
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My Aged Care evaluation findings


The department conducted a second wave of research in late 2016 – early 2017 to evaluate the implementation of My Aged Care amongst consumers, assessors, service providers and other key stakeholder groups.

The objectives were to evaluate experiences and perceptions of the aged care system and My Aged Care since the first wave of research in early 2016.

Key findings

Care recipients and carers continue to report high levels of satisfaction in many areas, including:

  • screening outcomes
  • face-to-face assessment
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‘The New Middle Age: Ways to thrive in the longevity economy’ – National Ageing Research Institute

This paper calls for a new policy framework for ‘a middle-ageing Australia’. It offers ideas for policy reform across the areas of work, education, health and community-building regarding the growing middle-aged demographic.

There are seven million Australians aged 50-75 years who are facing an extended life expectancy in a volatile and rapidly changing economic and political environment. The authors argue that Australia and its political leaders have an opportunity to take the lead in bringing the nation round to a … Read the rest



Help decide the future of digital health information

The Commonwealth Department of Health invites the public to have their say on how data in the My Health Record system may be used in future. There is scope for the My Health Record to be used for a variety of secondary purposes including research, policy and planning. The Australian Government Department of Health has released a Consultation Paper to begin identifying what Australians want the framework to say to help decide who should be able to access My Health … Read the rest



Public consultation – redesign of dementia consumer supports

In January 2016, the Australian Government announced it would work with stakeholders to develop an improved range of consumer supports for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Following discussions and feedback from the 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum, the Department of Health has developed a proposed suite of redesigned dementia consumer supports.

A consultation paper has been developed to explore and seek stakeholder feedback on the proposed suite of supports.

The consultation opened on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and … Read the rest



Switch On … in your community  

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Join QCOSS to find out how to save money on your power bills

  • Are you receiving all the government energy rebates you are entitled to?
  • Would you like to understand what you can do to manage your energy use and costs?
  • Do you have your own energy saving tips to share with others in your community?
Bring your bill along to this free event to learn more about how you can save energy … Read the rest


Enter to WIN a double guest pass to Mark Vincent in Concert at QPAC, 29 October 2017

Edit:  Entries for this promotion have now closed.

We have partnered with Seniors Card and AB Publicity to offer you a chance to win one of two double passes, worth $150 each, to celebrate Grandparents Day in style.

Australia’s hottest classical treasure, Mark Vincent will showcase the songs and arias that made Mario Lanza world famous in a new Australian tour across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne from 29 October.

Mark will pay tribute to the great Hollywood legend with a … Read the rest



Call for Nominations for COTA Queensland Board Directors

Nominations are now open for two Director Positions on the Board of Council on the Ageing Queensland Ltd.  These appointments will take effect from the 2017 AGM which is scheduled for Thursday 30 November.

Each candidate for election as an Elected Director must be proposed by an ordinary member or the nominated representative of an ordinary member who must be a current financial member of the Company at the time of the nomination or an honorary life member.

No ordinary … Read the rest