News feed: Age-friendly

Projects to help make Queensland age-friendly receive funding


Eighteen age-friendly projects, ranging from active ageing programs to music and arts projects, will share in $1 million funding under the third round of the Palaszczuk Government’s Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program.

To find out more about the grants, including a full list of recipients, visit:

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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



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



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



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



Age-Friendly Transport and Technology – Have your say!

The University of Queensland is surveying older Queenslanders’ travel behaviours and their use of new and transport-related technologies.

The objective of this research is to better understand the travel behaviour of Queenslanders over 65, including the relationship between older Queenslanders’ travel behaviour and their use of new technologies. The first portion of the survey will investigate how often participants travel to different types of activities, their preferred transport modes, and how they perceive alternatives to driving in private vehicles. The … Read the rest



Queensland an Age-friendly State

Let’s all contribute to making Queensland an Age-friendly State!

In 2016 and estimated 712, 372 Queenslanders were aged 65 and over – this represents 14.7% of Queensland’s total population. By 2036, it is projected one in five Queenslanders will be aged 65 and over.

COTA Queensland has been advocating for an Age-friendly Queensland since the World Health Organisation initiated the concept in 2005.

What does it mean to have an Age-friendly community?

An Age-friendly community is  where older people are … Read the rest



NDIS Update

When a person has been diagnosed with a disability, they may have been placed on the Register of Need through the Department of Communities, Child Safety, and Disability Services (Qld).

If this person is nearing the age of 65, and is on the Register of Need, however, due to funding restraints, has not been receiving supports or services, should they be turning 65 six months prior to the NDIS rolling out in their area, they should contact the NDIS and … Read the rest



Shocking rates of suicide in older Australian men

ABS figures show the number of suicides for men aged 85 and over has increased 15% from 2010 to 2014, with a staggering rate of 2,864 suicides of older Australian men in 2014.

Men over 85 have the highest suicide rate for any age group in Australia – why?  What drives older men to take their own lives?

According to research by the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, suicidal behaviour in older people is often undertaken with ‘greater … Read the rest



International Day of Older Persons – Saturday 1 October 2016

Take a Stand Against Ageism

For older people, ageism exists – everyday, and yes, it’s challenging and heart-breaking.

More often than not, older people (50 years plus) are:

  1. Overlooked for employment
  2. Restricted from social services
  3. Stereotyped in the media
  4. Marginalised and excluded from their communities

Ageism seems to be everywhere – and quite often is socially normalised and accepted.

Ageism is portrayed from every angle – especially in the media, with characters who are older being seen as senile, nosey … Read the rest