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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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Have your say: Aged Care Diversity Framework – Homelessness Action Plan

The Diversity Sub-group of the Aged Care Sector Committee has started work on an action plan under the Aged Care Diversity Framework to help the aged care sector support older people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness (the Homelessness Action Plan).

The Sub-group is supported in this work by a reference group which has been convened by the Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG). HAAG has received funding from the Department of Health.

Invitation to participate

HAAG has developed … Read the rest

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Supporting Queenslanders in living and dying well

COTA Queensland continues to work closely with Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) to better understand the needs of Queenslanders as they age.

The aim of the collaboration is to utilise the strengths, knowledge and experience of each organisation to promote supports available to Queenslanders to live and to die well.  The number of people aged over 65 in Queensland will increase significantly over the next 20 years and many people experience barriers accessing the appropriate support services when they need them.… Read the rest

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Queensland’s First Walking Strategy

 

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) on behalf of the Queensland Government is developing Queensland’s first walking strategy to look at ways to encourage people to walk more often.  TMR is also including jogging, running and moving with help from a mobility device like a wheelchair or a walking frame.

What would get you walking more?

It’s not too late to step up and have your say on the future of walking in Queensland.

To get involved:

  • Complete
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