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If you’re finding it harder to do the things you used to, My Aged Care can help you access aged services to support you.

The My Aged Care website features a range of resources for consumers and service providers.

These resources include new case study videos for:

You can view or download all of these resources from the My Aged Care website.

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Royal Commission and Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry

Two opportunities to have your say about aged care, palliative care and end of life care

Let our politicians and decision makers know what is important to you and your family and loved ones, both now and into the future.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and the Queensland Parliamentary Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life care and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying are seeking your views on both what is not working well in our Read the rest

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State Inquiry into Aged Care, End-of-Life and Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying

Submissions open for the inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying. The committee is considering how aged care, end-of-life and palliative care are delivered for Queenslanders. The committee is also considering, and seeking views on, whether voluntary assisted dying should be allowed in Queensland.

The committee has published an issues paper for the Inquiry that contains a number of questions for consideration.

The closing date for submissions is 15 April 2019 and the committee must … Read the rest

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Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

COTA Australia CEO Ian Yates spoke at length on the first day of the hearings.  Read the transcripts or view the live webcasts or video recordings for any of the hearings at agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au

The Royal Commission continues to invite submissions until at least the end of June 2019.  Interested members of the public and institutions can make a submission at agedcare.royalcommission.gov.au

 

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Aged Care Diversity Framework – Action Plans

The Hon Ken Wyatt, AM, MP, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care, has launched action plans developed under the Aged Care Diversity Framework.

The Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-group developed the action plans to guide the aged care sector to deliver respectful, inclusive and culturally safe care for:

  • Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people
  • Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and gender diverse, and Intersex elders

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Ageing on the Edge

 

Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP) have been funded by The Wicking Trust over 5 years to conduct an Australia-wide project addressing the housing needs of older Australians.

COTA Queensland is supporting The Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project which aims to improve awareness and take action on the increasing prevalence of housing problems facing older people on lower incomes and assets in Australia who have not … Read the rest

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Creating Age-friendly Communities

Age-friendly cities and communities are places where older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay involved. Guiding the development of age-friendly places is a process that actively involves older people in decision-making, implementation and evaluation of a plan of action to bring about sustainable change.

In June 2016, the Queensland Government launched the Queensland: an age-friendly community – Action plan which provides a clear way forward to direct the implementation and delivery of age-friendly communities in Queensland.

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The Actions to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex elders

Everyone in Australia has the right to access quality, inclusive and culturally safe aged care services that cater to their individual needs and respect their background and life experiences.

The Australian Government has published the Aged Care Diversity Framework and a series of action plans to help the aged care sector to better cater for the diverse characteristics and life experiences of older Australians.

The Framework and action plans were developed following extensive community consultations.

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One step closer to a Human Rights Act for Queensland

“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? 

A Human Rights Act is about the relationship between government and people. By introducing a Human Rights Act the Queensland Government is binding itself to a commitment to protect, respect and fulfil human rights.

Protections offered by a Human Rights Act will also … Read the rest

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News on pension work bonuses and superannuation

COTA Australia has welcomed an increase of $50 a fortnight in the amount of money pensioners can earn without affecting the age pension income test, as well as changes to the pension loan scheme and retirement income options.

Click here for more details on changes to pension arrangements.

At the same time, COTA calls on all parties and independents to ratify in the House of Representatives the Bill to strengthen the superannuation system by consolidating inactive super accounts, banning exit … Read the rest

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