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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:

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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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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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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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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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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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