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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  

In the dark about your electricity bills?
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

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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.

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Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 – final report now available  

On 14 September 2017, the Hon Ken Wyatt AO MP tabled the report of the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 (the Review).

The Review, led by Mr David Tune AO PSM, examines the impact and effectiveness of the changes implemented under the Living Longer Living Better reform package announced in 2012. It makes 38 recommendations for future reform to the aged care system.

View the media release on the Minister’s website and the report on the department’s website.… Read the rest



Home Care Packages data report and wait times

Minister Wyatt has released the first Home Care Packages data report on operations since the reforms to home care began on 27 February 2017 through to 30 June 2017.

The report presents data across four key categories:

  • eligibility and assessment of home care consumers
  • the national prioritisation process (including the number of packages assigned and the number of people on the national queue)
  • service delivery (demand and supply for home care across aged care planning regions)
  • provider behaviour on maximum
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How long you may need to wait for a home care package

To support consumer choice expected wait times for home care are now publicly available through My Aged Care. The expected wait time will be based on how long a consumer has been waiting for care, as well as their relative needs and circumstances identified through their ACAT assessment.

If you have been approved for a home care package, you can find out how long your wait is likely to be:

  • log in to your client record using MyGov
  • call
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International Day of Older Persons 2017


Stepping into the Future: Tapping into the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Person’s in Society.

Ageism is a widely prevalent and prejudicial attitude that stems from the assumption that age discrimination, and sometimes neglect and abuse of older persons is a social norm and therefore, acceptable. It is a reality in some form in all societies, and finds expression in individuals’ attitudes, institutional and policy practices, as well as media representation that devalue and exclude older persons.

Such discrimination … Read the rest



Tips to Better Manage the Cost of Keeping Cool in SEQ During the Next Few Days


Source: Ian Jarratt, Queensland Consumers Association

The abnormally high temperatures forecast for the next few days means that many south east Queenslanders will start using their air conditioners again to keep cool.

The Queensland Consumers Associations is reminding consumers that prolonged and inefficient use of air conditioners during hot weather often results in unexpectedly high power bills that many households struggle to be able to pay.

However, Association spokesperson Ian Jarratt says:  “Power costs and bill shock can be much … Read the rest