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Socially connected, physically distanced

 

The peak body for older Queenslanders, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland Chief Executive, Mark Tucker-Evans said the outpouring of community support for older and vulnerable Queenslanders in response to the COVID-19 is heartfelt and inspiring.

We all know the saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Well we are enlisting an army, a Care Army, to come together support up to one million older Queenslanders.

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Engaging communities in tough times

 

During this extraordinary period of physical distancing brought on by COVID-19 we need to ensure that we can still connect people, in the safest way possible, with each other and with the outside world.

To effectively slow the spread of the coronavirus, we have all been asked to physically distance ourselves and some will need to self-isolate. But we are also very mindful that during these periods people are at risk of social isolation and can feel overwhelmed, impacting on … Read the rest

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Message from the Premier

I know how worried many of you are about the situation with the Novel Coronavirus known as COVID-19.

As you will have heard, this virus poses particular risks to older Queenslanders but I want you to know that Queensland is well prepared, and we are working hard every single day to reduce the risk to you and every other Queenslander.

It will take some time, but we will get through this by working together, by supporting each other, by keeping … Read the rest

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for older Australians Factsheet

 

Download an information factsheet for older Australians, their family and friends about how to protect older Australians from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-older-australians


Australia is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). This virus has spread quickly across the world. In Australia, we have been able to take steps to slow the rate of infection. To continue this trend, we all need to work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 can cause respiratory infections, ranging from … Read the rest

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Announcement on restrictions and advice from the Australian Government

On 18 March, the Australian Government made some announcements on measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Public gatherings

The Government has banned non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people. This does not apply to essential activities such as public transport, medical and health care, pharmacies, emergency services, correctional facilities, youth justice centres or other places of custody, courts or tribunals, Parliaments, food markets, supermarkets and grocery stores, shopping centres, office buildings, factories, construction sites, and mining sites, where … Read the rest

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Resources for creating your own Business Continuity Plan

If you don’t already have a Business Continuity Plan for your organisation, there are some useful resources on Community Door .

We are committed to supporting you in any way we can, and to helping seniors’ organisations and service providers across the state to support and learn from each other. We would love to hear from you to know how you are staying connected to your clients and to each other, and what you have in place to help you … Read the rest

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Online training on COVID-19 for care workers across all health care settings

 

The Australian Department of Health has a  30-minute online training module is now available – How to protect yourself and the people you are caring for from infection with COVID-19. This training is for care workers across all health care settings. It covers the fundamentals of infection prevention and control for COVID-19 including:
•    COVID-19 – what is it?
•    Signs and symptoms
•    Keeping safe – protecting yourself and others
•    Myth busting

Users must register but registration … Read the rest

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Some changes to how we work

 

One of the most important ways that organisations like ours and yours can prepare for situations like the COVID-19 pandemic is through a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). In line with COTA Queensland’s BCP, we have made some changes to the way we work.

This includes:

  • ·Staff working from home, communicating and collaborating virtually.
  • Minimising travel, including interstate travel.
  • Limiting larger face to face meetings and converting meetings to video where possible.
  • Limiting our involvement in public events and postponing planned
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COTA Queensland’s response to COVID-19

 

COTA Queensland’s Chief Executive continues to be involved in discussions about the COVID-19 pandemic with government officials and staff are informed through various credible sources. We are receiving regular updates from the State government, from the Federal Government through the Department of Health and also through COTA Australia, as well as through the World Health Organisation. We are involved on an ongoing basis in discussions about the pandemic, its impacts on older people and on the aged care sector, and … Read the rest

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Early voting period for local government elections

 

MEDIA RELEASE 

18 March 2020

The peak body for older Queenslanders, Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland Chief Executive, Mark Tucker-Evans said older Queenslanders had expressed concern that they may not have been able to vote in the forthcoming local government elections due to restrictions being put in place to battle COVID-19.

Mark Tucker-Evans commended the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) for initiating special voting times between 9:00am and 11:00am daily for more vulnerable electors including people aged 60 year and … Read the rest

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