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Make your smart phone a wise phone

If you regularly have trouble with managing your medicines and health info, then the MedicineWise app can help.

With this app you can easily keep track of medicines and access important health info any time and anywhere, especially in emergencies.

Perfect for those with multiple medicines, busy lifestyles, or carer responsibilities, the MedicineWise app allows you to do the following, plus much more:

  • Create a list of medicines by scanning your medicine barcodes or searching our comprehensive Australian medicines database
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Caring for People with Dementia – a caregivers support group

Are you a carer of a person with dementia, or know someone who is? The Caring for Carers of People with Dementia project runs support groups by group videoconference for carers who are geographically or socially isolated.

Watch the video to find out more.

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National Advance Care Planning Week: 1-5 April 2019

National Advance Care Planning Week, initiated by Advance Care Planning Australia is coming soon. Advance Care Planning week is a good time to think about your values and beliefs, talk with your family about your future health care wishes, and make these choices known.

If you were unable to communicate your health care choices to doctors, because of illness or accident, who would speak on your behalf? Would they know and therefore make the same decisions you would make for … Read the rest

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Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy 2019-2024

 

COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans has joined the Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy Committee to guide the successful implementation of the joint Metro South Hospital and Health Service/ Brisbane South PHN Health and Wellness Strategy.

The Strategy’s vision is ‘older people in the Brisbane south region experience a greater quality of life through safe connected and coordinated person-centred care in an age-friendly community.

Key Priorities for the Strategy are:

  1. Facilitate connected person-centred care
  2. Enable evidence based,
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Caring for older people at the end of life: support for health professionals and aged care staff

End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) is funded by the Australian Government to support health professionals and aged care staff to provide end of life care to senior Australians in residential aged care and the community.

In her blog, Dr Jennifer Tieman adds her perspective as the Director and Chief Investigator of the CareSearch project, to the need for Australia to be ready to care for older people as they come to the end … Read the rest

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Creating Age-friendly Communities

Age-friendly cities and communities are places where older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. Guiding the development of age-friendly places is a process that actively involves older people in decision-making, implementation and evaluation of a plan of action to bring about sustainable change.

In June 2016, the Queensland Government launched the Queensland: an age-friendly community – Action plan which provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and delivery of age-friendly communities in Queensland.

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News on pension work bonuses and superannuation

COTA Australia has welcomed an increase of $50 a fortnight in the amount of money pensioners can earn without affecting the age pension income test, as well as changes to the pension loan scheme and retirement income options.

Click here for more details on changes to pension arrangements.

At the same time, COTA calls on all parties and independents to ratify in the House of Representatives the Bill to strengthen the superannuation system by consolidating inactive super accounts, banning exit … Read the rest

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Safer Internet Day 2019

About Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event will be held on Tuesday 5 February 2019 to help encourage a better internet, with this year’s theme—‘Together for a better internet’ encourages individuals to create a better internet by developing four, critical skills. We call these skills the 4Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Reasoning and Resilience.

Past supporters Optus, ANZ, nbn and Brumbies Women’s Rugby have already signed up. Join them with your support.

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My Health Record privacy provisions

The Australian Parliament has recently passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018. These changes are in response to the Australian community’s calls for even stronger privacy and security protections for people using My Health Record.

The measures also allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their life.

Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, a person … Read the rest

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New online resource Life Checks recognises we need to plan well to achieve the best possible ageing

Australia’s leading senior’s advocacy organisation COTA Australia has congratulated the government on the launch of its new Life Checks campaign, website and resources, which may potentially provide life checks and information for more than 9 million mid-life and older Australians.

COTA Australia CEO, Ian Yates, said the Life Checks questionnaire and supporting resources are recognition that we need to plan as a nation for a population that is living longer than ever before.

The new Life Checks website includes an … Read the rest

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