News tagged with Policy

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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‘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

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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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What do Aussies really want in a home – Part 2

The objective of the strategy is for every Queenslander to have safe, secure, and affordable homes that meet their needs and enables participation in social and economic life. ...

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Creating Age-friendly Communities – Monday 21 August 2017

COTA Queensland’s Annual Policy Forum, timed to coincide with the official opening of Seniors Week 2017, will focus on Creating Age-friendly Communities.

Keynote speaker is John Byrne, Change Agent and Specialist Adviser in Urban Design, Planning, Policy and Housing.

John will be joined by Dr Kathleen Brasher an inaugural member, World Health Organization Global Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Strategic Advisory Group, who was an invited expert on the Tasmanian Government’s Age Friendly Communities Project and is currently Principal Project Leader, … Read the rest

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Turning 60

COTA Queensland will celebrate the 60th anniversary of our formation on Monday 21 August 2017.

In preparation for the event I came across a Huffpost  – 6 Things you should do differently after turning 60. One of the things that resonated with me was that the author welcomed the milestone rather than dreading it. She embraced turning 60 and instead of slowing down she is finding new ways to jolt her body, mind and spirit into action so that … Read the rest

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Age Well Working Group

In August 2016, the Queensland Mental Health Commission and COTA Queensland co-hosted the first meeting of the Age Well Working Group.

The working group brings together government agencies and their non-government partners to support the implementation of the Early Action: Queensland Mental Health Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention Action Plan 2015-17, through a focus on the mental health and wellbeing of older Queenslanders.

The first meeting comprised representatives from:

  • Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Council on the Ageing Queensland
  • Aged
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New Government needs to honour the Seniors who made Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE

‘New Government needs to honour the Seniors who made Queensland’ – COTA Queensland.

COTA Queensland, the seniors peak body, has called on the newly elected Government to honour older Queenslanders with practical support.

“All Members of Parliament need to represent the older people in their electorates who are doing it tough,” said COTA Queensland Chief Executive, Mark Tucker-Evans.

Recent COTA Queensland research shows the recurring top-three concerns of older Queenslanders are health, cost of living, and transport.

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Save the Date – COTA Australia’s National Policy Forum 2014

 

The forum will be held on Tuesday 22 July 2014, between 9am and 5pm, at the National Press Club Canberra.  A registration fee will apply. 

By 2056, 1 in 4 people living in Australia will be over the age of 65 and 1.8 million of them will be over 85.  This forum will explore whether Australia is ready to harness the potential and meet the challenges of this demographic change.

More information will be available soon. 

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