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Queensland Government hits the road!  

Seniors will be able to apply for a Seniors Card and link with Queensland Government concessions, services and supports as part of a roadshow hitting shopping centres across the state over the next nine months. The roadshow launched at the Ekka and will also visit North Lakes Westfield, Morayfield Shopping Centre and Sunshine Plaza in November and the Hyperdome (Loganholme) and Mt Ommaney Shopping Centres in December. Centres in Toowoomba, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Cairns and Mount Isa … Read the rest

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Telling your story to the Royal Commission 

A new toolkit has been launched to help culturally and linguistically diverse aged care consumers tell their stories in any language to the aged care royal commission. The toolkit has been developed by the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Council of Australia (FECCA) with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health. It has been written in plain English and includes an information booklet, conversation cards and an additional form to submit to the royal commission. Read more here.

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Regional Delivery Partners for the Carers Gateway 

COTA Queensland welcomes the announcement of funding to ten not-for-profit organisations who will receive about $493 million over five years to establish a new network of 16 Carer Gateway service to support the important work of the nation’s unpaid carers.

COTA Queensland, in partnership with Health Consumers Queensland, Palliative Care Queensland and Carers Queensland, have listened to almost 400 older people living in different parts of the state and with different life experiences over the last six months.  Some key … Read the rest

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Age and Work 

 

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) released a new fact sheet on legal protections for mature workers in Australia, outlining the national and state laws that protect mature workers from discrimination and uphold their right to seek flexible work arrangements. It also addresses the way workplace health and safety laws can be uniquely relevant to older Australians. Read more here.

In July the Australian Human Rights Commission released a report on Multigenerational … Read the rest

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Queensland Seniors Week 2019 – that’s a wrap!

 

This year’s Seniors Week (August 17-25) was the biggest ever!  Seniors Week is the state’s premier event for older Queenslanders, bringing together people of all ages for a week-long celebration of the achievements and contributions of seniors. This year there were close to 900 events registered, including over 100 events and activities that received Queensland Government subsidies totaling $100,000. In addition to these events, landmarks across Queensland were lit up including Brisbane City Hall, Reddacliff Place sculptures, Sandgate Town Hall, … Read the rest

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Congratulations John

 

Our Policy Coordinator John Stalker has been awarded the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service medal. The QFES Medal provides recognition of demonstrated commitment to ethical standards, personal integrity and diligent service over a long period. Only those nominees whose work performance and conduct is compatible with QFES’ values and the standards prescribed in the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service are recognized with this award. John has been a member of the rural fire service for 15 years … Read the rest

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Planning for Wellbeing – opportunity for consumers and carers

COTA Queensland is offering consumers and carers with a lived experience of mental illness the opportunity to participate in an action group to improve health outcomes for older people in Brisbane North.

Brisbane North PHN has engaged COTA Queensland to work with people across the Brisbane North region, with an interest and expertise in mental health. A range of stakeholders will be brought together in an action group to progress Planning for Wellbeing — the regional plan for Brisbane North … Read the rest

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Enhancing Consumer Engagement

The new Aged Care Quality Standards, which came into effect on 1 July 2019, place a much greater focus on the individual consumer, their family and support network. This means that how aged care service providers engage with consumers is under the microscope, and providers will need to find new ways of creating partnerships with consumers, their families, and communities.

In 2018, COTA Queensland was commissioned by The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (which have now become part of the … Read the rest

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Energy efficiency – a major win for consumers

 

At the Building Minister’s Forum, held 18 July in Sydney, to discuss a range of issues facing the building and construction sector.

Ministers agreed to the development of enhanced energy efficiency provisions for residential buildings in the National Construction Code, informed by the COAG Energy Council’s trajectory for low energy buildings. The Australian Building Codes Board will shortly release a paper for public consultation on options for implementing these provisions in the NCC.

Read the communique here www.industry.gov.au/sites/default/files/2019-07/bmf-communique-18-july-2019.pdf

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Beware home care scammers

 

There are reports of a scam involving home care, in which home care recipients are contacted by people trying to lure them into upfront payment for “vouchers”, with the con artists promising this will get them a better home care package deal.

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