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The crushing reality of reform: a consumer perspective


Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland conducted a detailed situation
analysis late 2018, examining consumers’ experiences of the disability
reforms and their perspectives. COTA Queensland’s focus is the impact of
the disability reforms on people navigating their care and support options
as they age. A literature review, interviews, and monitoring of community
platforms and service provider forums informed the work. This position
paper is based on the outcomes of that analysis.

The paper commences with the consumer journey, outlining the … Read the rest



Make your smart phone a wise phone

If you regularly have trouble with managing your medicines and health info, then the MedicineWise app can help.

With this app you can easily keep track of medicines and access important health info any time and anywhere, especially in emergencies.

Perfect for those with multiple medicines, busy lifestyles, or carer responsibilities, the MedicineWise app allows you to do the following, plus much more:

  • Create a list of medicines by scanning your medicine barcodes or searching our comprehensive Australian medicines database
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Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy 2019-2024


COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans has joined the Brisbane South Older People’s Health and Wellness Strategy Committee to guide the successful implementation of the joint Metro South Hospital and Health Service/ Brisbane South PHN Health and Wellness Strategy.

The Strategy’s vision is ‘older people in the Brisbane south region experience a greater quality of life through safe connected and coordinated person-centred care in an age-friendly community.

Key Priorities for the Strategy are:

  1. Facilitate connected person-centred care
  2. Enable evidence based,
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My Health Record privacy provisions

The Australian Parliament has recently passed the My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018. These changes are in response to the Australian community’s calls for even stronger privacy and security protections for people using My Health Record.

The measures also allow Australians to opt in or opt out of having a My Health Record at any time during their life.

Records will be created for every Australian who wants one after 31 January 2019. After this date, a person … Read the rest



New online resource Life Checks recognises we need to plan well to achieve the best possible ageing

Australia’s leading senior’s advocacy organisation COTA Australia has congratulated the government on the launch of its new Life Checks campaign, website and resources, which may potentially provide life checks and information for more than 9 million mid-life and older Australians.

COTA Australia CEO, Ian Yates, said the Life Checks questionnaire and supporting resources are recognition that we need to plan as a nation for a population that is living longer than ever before.

The new Life Checks website includes an … Read the rest



Supporting Queenslanders in living and dying well

COTA Queensland continues to work closely with Palliative Care Queensland (PCQ) to better understand the needs of Queenslanders as they age.

The aim of the collaboration is to utilise the strengths, knowledge and experience of each organisation to promote supports available to Queenslanders to live and to die well.  The number of people aged over 65 in Queensland will increase significantly over the next 20 years and many people experience barriers accessing the appropriate support services when they need them.… Read the rest



Queensland’s First Walking Strategy


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) on behalf of the Queensland Government is developing Queensland’s first walking strategy to look at ways to encourage people to walk more often.  TMR is also including jogging, running and moving with help from a mobility device like a wheelchair or a walking frame.

What would get you walking more?

It’s not too late to step up and have your say on the future of walking in Queensland.

To get involved:

  • Complete
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Walk, snap, win!


The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) on behalf of the Queensland Government is developing Queensland’s first walking strategy to look at ways to encourage people to walk more often.

Share a photo of your walk fo a chance to win a fitness tracker!

TMR are holding a photo competition to celebrate walking in Queensland!

This also mean walking, and also mean jogging, running, and moving with the aid of a mobility device (such as a wheelchair or a … Read the rest



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



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