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Your Voice Matters

 

Be a part of a community conversation to improve the lives of older Queenslanders

 

 

Our population is ageing with more people living longer and healthier lives, so we need to build communities that support people to age well. Simply, when we create communities with older people at the centre, we create liveable communities for everyone.

No one knows their community better than the folk who live it in and too often we have heard that people feel invisible … Read the rest

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Advancing Queensland: an age-friendly community grants program 2019–20

 

Applications are now open for innovative age-friendly community projects that will enable people of all ages to actively participate in community life.

Queensland Government’s vision is to build an age-friendly state in which all Queenslanders, regardless of their age, can stay active and connected, and contribute economically, socially and culturally.

Over three years from 2017–18, $1 million per year is available through open funding rounds to seed fund community projects involving partnerships with local government and other organisations to co-develop, … Read the rest

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Age-friendly workshops – Playing your part

We are working with the Department of Communities,Disability Services and Seniors and The Ageing Revolution to facilitate a series of age-friendly workshops throughout  Queensland aimed at local government, community organisations and businesses.

At these workshops participants will:

  • develop a shared understanding of age-friendly cities and communities
  • learn about age-friendly Queensland and related grants rounds
  • hear practical success stories from our previous grants rounds
  • learn about the Departments five step plan to make more age-friendly communities.

Who should attend:

Local councillors, … Read the rest

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Ministerial Housing Council

Last month the Hon. Mick de Brenni MP, Minister for Housing and Public Works, Minister for Digital Technology and Minister for Sport convened the first meeting for 2019 of the Ministerial Housing Council.

The Council heard first hand experiences from members who have been delivering services and providing support to the Townsville community following the flooding event. The Minister acknowledged the collaborative effort of the sector and the government to support impacted people, including social housing tenants, private renters, property … Read the rest

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Queensland’s Human Rights Act means changes are ahead

On 27 February 2019 the Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Bill.

The Human Rights Act 2019 will protect 23 rights, including the right to privacy, access to education and health services, cultural rights, and more, and is expected to commence on 1 January 2020.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland will be renamed the Queensland Human Rights Commission, and continue its complaints handling, education, and training functions under the Anti-Discrimination Act . The Commission will also work to resolve human rights … Read the rest

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State Inquiry into Aged Care, End-of-Life and Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying

Submissions open for the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. The committee is considering how aged care, end-of-life and palliative care are delivered for Queenslanders. The committee is also considering, and seeking views on, whether voluntary assisted dying should be allowed in Queensland.

The committee has published an issues paper for the Inquiry that contains a number of questions for consideration.

The closing date for submissions is 15 April 2019 and the committee must … Read the rest

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Aged Care Diversity Framework – Action Plans

The Hon Ken Wyatt, AM, MP, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, has launched action plans developed under the Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group developed the action plans to guide the aged care sector to deliver respectful, inclusive and culturally safe care for:

  • Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
  • Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, and Intersex elders

In addition there is a shared … Read the rest

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Ageing on the Edge

 

Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) have been funded by The Wicking Trust over 5 years to conduct an Australia-wide project addressing the housing needs of older Australians.

COTA Queensland is supporting The Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project which aims to improve awareness and take action on the increasing prevalence of housing problems facing older people on lower incomes and assets in Australia who have not … Read the rest

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One step closer to a Human Rights Act for Queensland

“Older Queenslanders deserve to have their human rights upheld, be valued and respected in our society. Particularly those who may have declining health and cognitive abilities” said COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans.

So what is it? 

A Human Rights Act is about the relationship between government and people. By introducing a Human Rights Act the Queensland Government is binding itself to a commitment to protect, respect and fulfil human rights.

Protections offered by a Human Rights Act will also … Read the rest

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The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) wants to hear from you 

Queensland’s Public Guardian advocates for the human rights of vulnerable Queenslanders, including adults who do not have the capacity to make decisions for themselves, children and young people in the child protection system.

It works closely with the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and often the Public Trustee.

The OPG is developing a new five year strategic plan and hopes to incorporate any insights and feedback from the public in its planning.

The survey should take less than five minutes … Read the rest

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