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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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Smart Ticketing

COTA Queensland is a member of the Transport and Main Roads (TMR) Accessibility Reference Group. TMR has started the process of replacing the existing go-card system with a new ‘smart ticketing’ solution.

The TransLink Ticketing Project team invited members of the TMR Accessibility Reference Group  to participate in a one-on-one sessions to review and provide feedback on the preliminary designs of one component of the new ticketing infrastructure, i.e., the ticket validators.

Some issues that COTA Queensland emphasised at these … Read the rest

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Your Voice Matters

 

When we create communities with older people at the center, we create liveable communities for everyone. We need to build communities that support people to age well, and the community has to be involved in leading that change. No one knows their community better than the folk who live in it.

Too often we have heard that people feel invisible and they’re not being seen or heard. COTA Queensland staff have been traveling around the state hosting a series of … Read the rest

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