Have Your Say

Have Your Say is COTA's program to engage with older people across Victoria. It provides opportunities for older people to have a say on issues important to them, as well as having input into COTA's policy work. It includes an organized program of structured discussion sessions as well as informal interactions, surveys and polls.

Have Your Say provides direct input to COTA’s Policy Council and policy and advocacy work on older people’s aspirations, needs and preferences on key issues.

Participate in one of our structured, interactive sessions that focus on your issues. These sessions are open to all older people. Ring us on 9655 2142 to arrange for your group to host a session for people in your area.

COTA publishes a series of occasional papers The Voice of Older People on . . . based on the results of some of our Have Your Say programs.

Aged Care Reform – what matters to you? 

We have held a number of workshops across Victoria that have contributed to COTA’s thinking, decisions and action on current national issues in Aged Care Reform. Sessions were held in 2011 in the lead up to the release of the Productivity Commission’s report, with further sessions in 2012, to hear what you have to say on aged care, and to discuss how you can influence the government to achieve the best outcomes for the future.

These conversations directly inform COTA’s advocacy to Government about aged care reform. A summary report of these conversations and the issues raised by people we spoke to is now available.

Keep checking this web page for up-to-date information, or sign up as a COTA Agent of Change to be kept informed.

Previous Have Your Say sessions

2008/09 People over 80 years of age and people receiving Home and Community Care services explored ways to maintain what was most important in their lives and their broad service and support requirements. You can read about their views in The Voice of Older People on Independence

2009/10 What makes a decent life for older people? What are the challenges and opportunities older people are currently facing?  You can read about their views in The Voice of Older People on A Decent Life.

Other  opportunities are being planned for the future. Keep checking this web page for up-to-date information about how you can participate.

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