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Local group launches Australia’s first disability access app

 

Brisbane based disability support service Carers Link, in partnership with Disability Support Queensland, has launched Access 4000, the nation’s only smartphone app to provide information on some Brisbane venues and infrastructure with disability access features like wheelchair/pram ramps, disabled toilets and disabled parking. ...

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Government’s response to Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders welcomed

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Seniors’ peak organisation Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland has welcomed the Palaszczuk Government’s long-awaited response to the Advisory Taskforce on Residential Transition for Ageing Queenslanders.

The Taskforce, which included COTA, made recommendations to address housing and related needs of older Queenslanders.

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans said that the report recognised that older Queenslanders had to survive in an increasingly complex and competitive housing market. The largest investment that many seniors have made during their working … Read the rest

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Nominate now for the Queensland LGBTI Roundtable

The Queensland Government is looking for ten members of the community who represent the diversity of LGBTI Queenslanders and who are passionate about making things better for LGBTI Queenslanders and their families. ...

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NEW LGBTI resources for aged care providers, workers and consumers

Four new LGBTI resources are now available from the department’s website, including a:

  • 24 minute educational video on LGBTI inclusiveness in aged care
  • consumer factsheet providing an overview of aged care services available and
  • how to access them, specifically for the LGBTI community
  • booklet to guide aged care workers on providing aged care services to people living with HIV
  • new ‘palliative care in aged care’ website with LGBTI resources.

LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Resources

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Get involved in the review of aged care quality regulation

You are invited to share your experiences on the Commonwealth’s aged care quality regulatory processes. This independent review is to see how well regulation protects older people receiving aged care.

Ms Kate Carnell AO and Professor Ron Paterson ONZM are leading the review.
They want to hear from:

  • consumers
  • their families
  • carers
  • aged care organisations
  • staff of organisations
  • other professionals in the aged care sector and related sectors.

The call for submission closes on 24 July 2017. Please note that … Read the rest

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My Aged Care – Do you need a representative?

Last year two COTA Queensland Peer Educators participated directly in three national co-design workshops aimed at improving the My Aged Care system. The recent My Aged Care system upgrades were informed by some of the recommendations from these workshops. In particular the clarification and information around having or being a ‘representative’.  ...

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Improvements to My Aged Care

From 3 July 2017, My Aged Care is making changes to better support clients, including clients with diverse needs and improve access to information for health professionals.

These improvements will support clients through their My Aged Care journey, ensuring they are able to receive the assessments and aged care services they need. The changes will also improve health professionals’ access to information to support them to provide continuity of care for their patients.

Key changes:

  • a clearer approach to who
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International aged care: a quick guide

The Parliamentary Library has released a paper on aged care from an international perspective.

Aged care, as it is known in Australia, is usually called ‘long-term care’ or ‘social care’ in other countries.  It is organised, funded and delivered in many different ways. Not all countries provide public support, and levels of social protection (public coverage of care costs) vary widely. There is also significant international variation in the terms used for different types of care, and these can … Read the rest

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Reinstated access to Pensioner Concession Cards

 

The 2017/18 Federal Budget has reinstated access to Pensioner Concession Cards to those seniors who had lost these cards when they lost the aged pension due to the adjustment in the means test. ...

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Shaping our Future: Discussions on Disability Rights

On the 6th of April, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin released the findings of the national consultation, ‘Shaping our Future: Discussions on Disability Rights’.

Between October 2016 and March 2017, Commissioner McEwin and his team conducted national consultations to help guide his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability.

Mr McEwin met with over 1,000 people in capital cities and regional centres … Read the rest

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