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Age-Friendly Transport and Technology – Have your say!

The University of Queensland is surveying older Queenslanders’ travel behaviours and their use of new and transport-related technologies.

The objective of this research is to better understand the travel behaviour of Queenslanders over 65, including the relationship between older Queenslanders’ travel behaviour and their use of new technologies. The first portion of the survey will investigate how often participants travel to different types of activities, their preferred transport modes, and how they perceive alternatives to driving in private vehicles. The … Read the rest



Forgotten Australians


Recently Bronwyn Bidstrup, COTA Queensland’s Aged and Community Care Coordinator joined Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans at a Forum organised by Lotus Place, Historical Abuse Network and Micah Projects to meet with older people to discuss aged care.

Up to a half-million Australian-born children in the 20th century, including some of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decent were placed in ‘care’ or became ‘state wards’ for different reasons – illness or death of either parent, family breakdown, abuse and limited … Read the rest



COTA Australia: 5 urgent fixes needed in aged care right now

Australia’s peak advocacy body for older Australians COTA Australia today outlined the five priority fixes that need to occur in the near future to address well documented failures in aged care while the Royal Commission into aged care is conducting further investigation into the sector.

COTA Chief Executive, Ian Yates said Keep fixing Australia’s aged care system sets out urgent actions the Government must implement in tandem with the Royal Commission if it is serious about aged care reform.

“Quite … Read the rest



Hosting a Queensland Mental Health Week event? 


The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health, on behalf of the Queensland Mental Health Commission, invites local government, non-government and community organisations to apply for small grants under the Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) Community Events Grant program.

The program offers grants up to $2500 for successful applicants to host registered Queensland Mental Health Week (QMHW) events and activities.

Queensland Mental Health Week raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing among Queenslanders during the week of 6–14 October 2018.

The … Read the rest



‘Why Do I Care?’ Writing Competition


Each year, as part of National Carers Week, Carers Queensland runs a competition specifically for carers. It’s an opportunity to get creative, have some fun and share your talents with others.

In 150 words they want to know why you care.

The reasons why you care may be very simple or they may be complex. You may care because of love, cultural reasons and obligation or simply because you believe you are best placed to offer the quality of … Read the rest



Be Connected webinar series for older Australians – 10-20 July

The Office of the eSafety Commissioner is hosting free webinar presentations to help older Australians stay safe online.

Running from 10-20 July, through their Be Connected program, these webinars aim to help the four million older Australians that are keen to improve their digital literacy, but want help addressing online safety concerns.

Presentations will be offered on two topics:
1. Safer online shopping, banking and public Wi-Fi access.
2. Can you spot a scam?

During the presentation participants will be … Read the rest



National elder abuse peak established – Elder Abuse Action Australia

The new peak body, Elder Abuse Action Australia, to support the national coordination and advocacy of issues relating to the prevention of elder abuse has been formally launched in Sydney.

The EAAA involves a growing network of organisations and individuals that work in elder abuse prevention and support services.

COTA Australia chief executive Ian Yates said the launch of EAAA was a crucial step to addressing elder abuse.

“Older Australians are among the most vulnerable to physical, emotional and financial … Read the rest



 ACCC resources for consumers accessing aged care

After advocating for greater information on Australian Consumer Law in aged care and working with the  Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the project to develop them, we are excited  to announce the ACCC Home care – know your consumer rights and Home care services – Know your business rights and obligations under the competition and consumer law brochures are set to be released on 16 July.

The ‘Consumer Directed Aged Care’ project materials are modelled on the ACCC’s Read the rest



Protect yourself from scams

NBN Co is alerting the community to be aware of scammers asking for personal information and financial details.

Scammers are increasingly taking the opportunity to impersonate NBN Co and take advantage of consumers, including those living in retirement villages.
NBN Co Chief Security Officer, Darren Kane said:

“It is important to be aware that NBN Co will never make unsolicited calls or door knock to sell broadband services. NBN Co may make calls to individuals registered on our Medical Alarm … Read the rest



Caring for carers of people with dementia

A new way to support isolated carers

Are you the main carer for someone with dementia?

Is it hard to attend things because of your caring duties?

Does isolation or distance make it difficult to meet people?

Would you like to join a free program, from home, and meet others in a similar circumstance?

Carers are invited to join a chat-based six-week group program:

  • To connect with other carers in a similar situation
  • To chat from home in a relaxed,
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