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Streamlined Consumer Assessment for Aged Care

Following on from the Legislated Review of Aged Care 2017 (the Tune Report) the Commonwealth has announced a streamlined consumer assessment process for all aged care services to be delivered by a new national assessment workforce by 2020.

The Department has released a discussion paper to consult on a streamlined assessment model and seek the views of stakeholders and interested parties, including those representing consumers, assessment services, aged care providers and the health and aged care workforce. Submissions are open … Read the rest

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New Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

The new Aged Care Quality and Safety commission began on January 1 2019 and combines the previous responsibilities of  both the Aged Care Quality Agency and Aged Care Complaints Commission into one streamlined organisation.

COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates said the Commission, headed by new Commissioner Janet Anderson PSM, “is another significant step towards stronger monitoring and enforcement of quality in Australia’s aged care system, supported by a regime of unannounced visits by assessors, and new, more consumer-focused aged … Read the rest

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Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) Innovation Fund

The Department of Health is seeking expressions of interest (EOI)  for innovative proposals for the delivery of CHSP services. The aim is to “identify more effective, efficient and user-centric options for the provision of entry level aged care services ”.  The EOI will close at 2pm (ACT Local Time, so 3pm in Queensland) Friday 1 February 2019.

More information can be found via the Grants Connect page www.grants.gov.au.

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PC Super report highlights need for full retirement incomes review

MEDIA RELEASE
10 January 2019

Today’s Productivity Commission inquiry final report into Australia’s superannuation system must trigger a comprehensive and independent inquiry into our whole retirement incomes system at the earliest opportunity, the leading senior’s advocacy organisation, COTA Australia, said today.

The report shows that Australia’s super system is not meeting the needs of a growing pool of retirees, costing someone who is 55 today up $79,000 by retirement, and a new job entrant more than $533,000 if they retire … Read the rest

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Have Your Say on the Future of Grocery Unit Pricing

The future of the regulation that requires large supermarkets to provide the unit price (price per unit of measure – such as per 100g and per litre) on shelf labels, etc. for packaged grocery items is being reviewed by the federal government.

The review will determine whether the regulation should continue, and if so whether it should be changed.

The review includes a short online survey which allows consumers to give their views on the present system and what they … Read the rest

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State of the (Older) Nation

 

This research was commissioned by the Federation of nine Councils on the Ageing (COTA) across Australia – including all eight COTA state and territory organisations and COTA Australia – in order to understand the views, life experiences and needs of Australians aged 50+.

Newgate Research conducted a nationally representative online survey lasting 25 minutes on average, with a robust sample of 2,562 Australians aged 50 and over, with quotas set for state and territory, metropolitan and regional areas, gender … Read the rest

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Emergency Planning for Aged Care Services

 

It is important that all aged care providers are well prepared and able to respond to emergency events.

Maintaining quality care under these circumstances requires effective emergency risk management and planning.

It is important that you are well prepared for any events which may impact your service.

The Australian Department of Health website provides resources that you may wish to consider in your planning.

Volunteering Queensland has released two disaster preparedness tools to help older Queenslanders to start basic disaster … Read the rest

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Smart Energy Savings 

 

It’s sure been a hot one this week.  With the recent heat wave it is important to stay cool without stressing about the electricity bill.

Did you know that a valid concession card could give you access to a $340 electricity rebate?

Phone your electricity retailer to see if you are eligible.

Assistance is also available if you are finding it difficult to pay your energy bills. To check what assistance you may be able to access, contact your energy … Read the rest

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Book your summer session today!

 

For many groups and clubs 2019  activity planning is in full swing.

Book a COTA Queensland Peer Educator today to come along and present to your group to assist you to know more about your rights in a retirement village, a manufactured home in a residential park – or options for retirement living.

Sessions are available in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Wide Bay, and South East Queensland until May 31, 2019.

To find out more and to download a booking … Read the rest

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Human Rights Act for Queensland

 

A Human Rights Act Will help to create a fair, just and equal society for everyone.  When human rights are protected by law they help to ensure that we are all treated fairly, and with dignity, equality and respect.

“Older Queenslanders deserve to have their human rights upheld, be valued and respected in our society. Particularly those who may have declining health and cognitive abilities” said COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans.

So what is it? 

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