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COTA Australia Budget 2016 Media Release

  Media Release 3rd May 2016 BUDGET 2016: Some Great News, Some Missed Opportunities, Some Concerns Australia’s leading seniors’ advocacy organisation, COTA Australia, today labeled the overall effect of the ... ...

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Age-Friendly Victoria Award 2016

  The new Age-Friendly Victoria Award The Age-Friendly Victoria Award is open to any organisation or business working with an age-friendly approach. The award recognises excellence and innovation in creating ... ...

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COTA Australia Employment Media Release

       Media Release May 2 2016 Removing barriers to mature age employment good for economy and society The significant economic, social and health benefits of older people and ... ...

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COTA Australia Superannuation Media Release

Cota Welcomes Senate Report on Superannuation Gender Gap Australia’s leading seniors advocate has welcomed the recommendations of the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Economics’ Inquiry into Women’s Economic ... ...

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2016 Victorian Senior of the Year Award

Who do you think should be our Senior of the Year 2016? The Victorian Senior of the Year 2016 awards are seeking nominations. Last year, the top honour went to Peter Hopper ... ...

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Victoria State Budget 2016

State Budget 2016  The State Government budget delivered this week contains some excellent funding programs in areas of great relevance to Victorian seniors, the most outstanding being in family violence ... ...

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Sexually transmitted infections on the rise in over-50s

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  AAP reported last week that Australia’s baby boomers could well be having more sex than their children, and that they have the sexually transmitted infections to prove it. Sexually ... ...

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Understanding Those Who Have Experienced War

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Anzac Day 2016 Anzac Day promotes a sense of unity, perhaps more effectively than any other day on the national calendar.  Even though, Victorians originate from 200 countries, and 46.8 ... ...

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Premier’s Sustainability Awards 2016

Media release Entries open for the Premier’s Sustainability Awards Friday 15 April, 2016 Victorians who have shown leadership in sustainability and a commitment to improving the environment are encouraged to ... ...

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Join COTA’s Federal Election Panel

  A note from COTA Australia on the Federal Election. It happened! Last night the Senate handed the Government the trigger it needs for a double dissolution election. And this ... ...

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Courts, Media, and Public Opinion Session

Courts, Media, and Public Opinion: who’s leading who? The Sentencing Council will hold its major, annual community education event on Monday 16 May as part of Law Week 2016. In ... ...

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Age Friendly Victoria Declaration

  We commit to an age-friendly Victoria! On the 14 April 2016 we joined Martin Foley MP, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, the Municipal Association of Victoria and other ... ...

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Big Divide Among Older Australians

Big Divide Among Older Australians A landmark analysis of census data shows that a ‘wellbeing divide’ is emerging among older Australians, with housing the key issue. With low incomes and ... ...

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Meet Cota Victoria Volunteer Basil

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Meet Cota Victoria Volunteer Basil Above: Basil Theophilos and 3AW’s Dr Sally Cockburn (3AW’s Dr Feelgood) Having difficulty with your mobile phone?  Basil is back on Tuesdays in the COTA ... ...

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First Global Report on Diabetes

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First Global Report on Diabetes 422 million adults live with diabetes, mainly in developing countries Last week on World Health Day the first WHO Global report on diabetes reported that ... ...

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Get Involved Federal Election 2016

Get involved and make your voice heard this election! The federal election is coming soon and COTA is developing its election priorities.  Given that your priorities are our priorities, we ... ...

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Caulfield – Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project

Caulfield – Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project Metro Trains information on short-term changes to car parking as part of works to remove nine level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong. These investigation ... ...

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Victorian Parliament Interim Report into Death and Dying

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Parliamentary Inquiry Into End of Life Decision Making The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry has handed down its interim report (download report here). The final report will be handed down on May ... ...

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ATSA Independent Living Expo 18-19 May 2016

ATSA Independent Living Expo 18-19 May 2016 Melbourne Showgrounds Epsom Road Ascot Vale, Victoria Your Choice, Your Control Supporting inclusion and independence with Australia’s foremost exhibition of aids, equipment & ... ...

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Forum A Home to Age Well

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OLDER PEOPLE’S HOUSING NEEDS Affordable housing for older people is a key consideration for ageing well in society. COTA Victoria in partnership with Housing for the Aged Action Group is ... ...

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Walking Into Danger

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Walking Into Danger The Age newspaper’s Adam Carey last week wrote a story about a new study commissioned by Victoria Walks that analysed five years of falls injury data in ... ...

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Younger Adults Can Protect Older People From Flu Infection

Younger Adults Can Protect Older People From Flu Infection Healthy adults who get the annual flu vaccine reduce their own risk of catching flu. But a new study suggests they ... ...

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Dealing With Death Sharing Your Experiences

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Dealing With Death: Sharing Your Experiences COTA Victoria is aware that many people struggle with legal, financial and administrative requirements when their partner dies – a time when they are ... ...

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A State Budget Responding To The Needs Of Older Victorians

A State Budget Responding To The Needs Of Older Victorians Council on the Ageing (COTA) advocates for older Victorians and has been consulting widely on their issues of concern. Jack ... ...

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Seniors Photo Shoot – Victoria Police

As a part of ensuring their publications reflect the diversity of the community we serve, Victoria Police is undertaking a photo shoot to better reflect senior community members interacting with police. ... ...

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ALP Policy on Older Australians

COTA Australia welcomes Labor’s commitment to planning for a positive and inclusive ageing Australia COTA Australia has backed Labor’s proposal for a new Minister for Ageing and Longevity to oversee ... ...

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Banyule Age in Focus Photo Exhibition

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City of Banyule Age in Focus Photo Exhibition 22-31 March 2016 Tues, Wed, Thurs, 10am-2pm An exciting FREE exhibition featuring older Banyule residents fulfilling amazing lives. Come and enjoy the exhibition and join ... ...

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Age Pension Indexation Increase March 20

Changes to the Age Pension take effect from March 20th 2016. Please note that the full increase amount will not apply until your first full payment after the increase date, ... ...

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Welcome Acting CEO Jack Sach

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We are pleased to welcome Jack Sach to the Acting CEO position at COTA Victoria.  Jack has extensive experience and is well known in the aged care sector and brings ... ...

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One In Three Older Women In Poverty

From left: Catherine Brown, CEO of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Dr Susan Feldman, Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University, Sue Hendy, CEO of COTA Victoria at the launch of The ... ...

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Medical Use of Cannabis

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Medical Use of Cannabis In the wake of new legislation surrounding the use of medicinal cannabis, Palliative Care Australia has called for public awareness campaigns on its proper use. The ... ...

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Heat Alert for Wimmera and North Central Districts

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Wimmera and North Central Districts Sunday 6th March North Central District Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th March The Chief Health Officer has issued a heat health alert to notify you of ... ...

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Gender Equality Strategy Submission

March 8 is International Women’s Day which aligns well with COTA’s current submission to the Victorian Government’s consultation on a Gender Equality Strategy for Victoria. COTA’s submission will focus on ... ...

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Housing Rally 1pm Wednesday March 9

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HOUSING RALLY 1pm, Wednesday March 9 Steps of Victorian Parliament House Victoria’s public housing is in crisis. Too many people are facing years-long waiting lists for public housing.  Inaction is ... ...

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Farewell to COTA Victoria CEO Sue Hendy

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Sue Hendy will be leaving COTA Victoria on March 16 after almost 20 years to take up a position with the YMCA. For her colleagues at the state, national and ... ...

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National Elder Abuse Conference Gets Results

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A very successful National Elder Abuse Conference concluded last week in Melbourne with the Commonwealth Government establishing a National Inquiry into Elder Abuse. The conference attended by over 300 people received ... ...

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Planning for the future: Understanding advance care planning

Members of the public are invited to join the Office of the Public Advocate for an information session on understanding the issues and legal frameworks when planning for future legal, ... ...

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Media Release: New Inquiry in Elder Abuse

    MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 24 February 2016 www.seniorsrights.org.au Seniors Rights Victoria welcomes new inquiry into elder abuse Seniors Rights Victoria welcomes this morning’s announcement by Federal Attorney General George ... ...

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Heat Alert Wednesday 24th February 2016

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Wednesday 24th February 2016 North East District The Chief Health Officer has issued a heat health alert to notify you of forecast extreme heat conditions at or above heat health ... ...

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SMCT Share your views with us

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SMCT Survey Understanding our Customers and Communities Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust is a not-for-profit organisation that administers 8 of Melbourne’s major cemeteries, including, Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne General Cemetery and ... ...

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Heat Alert Tuesday 23rd February 2016

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Tuesday 23rd February 2016  Heat Alert for the Central, East Gippsland,West and South Gippsland Districts. The Chief Health Officer has issued a heat health alert to notify you of forecast ... ...

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Expert Witnesses at End of Life Choices Hearing

Medical and legal specialists will present their views on end of life choices when public hearings on the inquiry continue on Wednesday 24 February. The Legal and Social Issues Committee will ... ...

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Win Double Pass To Australian Premiere

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Return of the River Transitions Film Festival is returning to Cinema Nova on Thursday February 18 with an inspirational line up of world-changing films. This year’s program covers an enormous ... ...

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Age Pension to Become a Loan Against the Family Home

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) is warning there is a real risk that Australia could become an eocnomic basket case like Greece or Spain. ACCI chief executive ... ...

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Changes To Age Pension Portability Discriminatory

Changes To Age Pension Portability Discriminatory Says COTA From January 2017, pensioners will have their pension reduced if they’re abroad for six weeks or more. Last week legislation to change ... ...

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Bunurong Memorial Park

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Bunurong Memorial Park – a memorial park for the future, a destination for the community On 11 January 2016, the doors of the Southern Aurora Centre at Bunurong Memorial Park ... ...

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Support Parliamentary Inquiry Into Retirement Villages

Support Parliamentary Inquiry Into Retirement Villages – Tuesday 24th February 2016 There is a motion before the Victorian Legislative Council introduced by the Greens calling for an inquiry into the ... ...

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Win Double Pass To Two Raging Grannies Film

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Transitions Film Festival is returning to Cinema Nova on Thursday February 18 with an inspirational line up of world-changing films. To celebrate, they have a double pass to give away ... ...

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Seniors Forum 23 February 2016

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Seniors Rights Victoria and COTA Victoria are hosting a free Seniors Forum on Tuesday 23 February 2016, 10am to 12pm.  A number of key speakers from the 4th National Elder Abuse Conference will ... ...

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2016 Census Job Opportunities – Apply Today!

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2016 Census job opportunities – apply today! Do you want to make a difference in your community and help shape its future? The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is looking ... ...

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2016 Victorian Seniors Festival Dates

The 34th Victorian Seniors Festival will take place throughout October in 2016. Free and low-cost events and activities will be presented across Victoria, including concerts, dances, theatre shows, celebratory morning ... ...

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2016 Musica Viva Melbourne Coffee Concert

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The 2016 Musica Viva Melbourne Coffee Concert season opens with a dazzling display of piano power from two of Australia’s mightiest players, Michael Kieran Harvey and Timothy Young (above). The subtle ... ...

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Digital Inclusion – do you feel excluded?

Digital Inclusion – do you feel excluded?  This project aims to develop an index on digital inclusion, as a part of social inclusion. With the growth in the digital economy ... ...

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Elder Abuse Conference 23-25 Feb in Melbourne

Elder abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. The ... ...

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New Website for Carers

If you are a carer this new website can assist you to find services to support your role as carer. Carer Gateway is a national online and phone service that ... ...

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Australian Senior of the Year

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The Australian Senior of the Year for 2016 is Professor Gordian Fulda  who for more than 30 years has worked from midnight to dawn presiding over Australia’s busiest emergency departments ... ...

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NSW Opal Card Available to Interstate Seniors

NSW Gold Opal public transport card for is now available seniors living in other states. The card allows them unlimited travel on any public transport network for $2.50 a day. ... ...

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Palliative Care Tweet Chat

Palliverse a group  of palliative care doctors, researchers and nurses from all over Australia and New Zealand with Palliative Care Australia are hosting a tweet chat on Thursday Jan 28th at 19:00 ... ...

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Scam Alert – AFP Traffic Alert

This is a scam alert.                     The Australian Federal Police have received numerous reports about a scam email which appears to be ... ...

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Heat Alert Tuesday 19th January

The Chief Health Officer has issued a heat health alert to notify you of forecast extreme heat conditions at or above heat health temperature thresholds for: North Central & Northern ... ...

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Changes to Seniors Information Victoria

Seniors Information Victoria is changing its opening hours starting the 4th January 2016. The new times are as follows: Monday               9:30am – 1pm Tuesday               9:30am – 1pm Wednesday         1:00pm – ... ...

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Heat Alert Saturday December 19th 2015

The Chief Health Officer has issued a heat health alert to notify you of forecast extreme heat conditions at or above heat health temperature thresholds (based on the Bureau of ... ...

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Centrelink Subsidy Benefit Scam

A fake email is circulating claiming to be from the ‘Australian Government Department of Human Services’ and states that the recipient has qualified for a ‘2015 subsidy benefit’.The email asks the ... ...

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COTA Needs Your Input And Advice

COTA needs your input and advice.  Would you like to volunteer to be part of a national group that will work with COTA staff to help produce something new for ... ...

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Media Release – UN Human Rights Day

PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF OLDER VICTORIANS UN HUMAN RIGHTS DAY DECEMBER 10, 2015. “Age discrimination is rife in Australia despite the fact our population is ageing,” Sue Hendy, CEO of ... ...

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New Website for People with Dementia

Alzheimers Australia has launched a new website for people living with dementia. It is possible to live a good quality life with dementia. Explore to learn more. It is surprising how ... ...

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#YearsAhead and Valued

Participate in WHO’s Instagram Campaign – #YearsAhead and Valued Photos can help break down the stereotypes that we often associate with ageing.  World Health Organization’s Department of Ageing and Life-course ... ...

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World Aids Day Australia 2015

Today is International World Aids day when we focus on this disease that is particularly severe in many parts of the world and in particular Africa where many are affected. ... ...

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Victoria Against Violence

COTA Victoria Supports Victoria Against Violence Victoria Against Violence – 16 Days of Activism Victoria Against Violence www.vic.gov.au/victoriaagainstviolence is a 16 Day, community based, government supported education and awareness initiative ... ...

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Peoples Climate March

COTA Victoria and Green Sages have endorsed the People’s Climate March 5:30PM Friday 27th November 2015 at the State Library As world leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations ... ...

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Funeral & Burial Instruction Review

Who should decide what happens to a person’s body when they die? Currently in Victoria, the funeral and burial instructions of a deceased person are not legally binding on the ... ...

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Australia@2015 Survey

  Australia@2015 is an important initiative to reach out and hear from individuals from all backgounds about their experiences in Australia. Australia@2015 is a national survey created by Monash University ... ...

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Not to Late: Age Friendly Communities Bendigo

Not too late to influence the age friendliness of your community if you live in Bendigo Drop in at a listening post Drop by at your convenience to see the ... ...

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Rights Of Older People Under The Microscope At The UN

 COTA Australia Media Release  The United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva this week was not only critical of Australia’s record of mandatory and off shore detention of asylum ... ...

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Fairfax Media Accused Of Ageist Reporting

  A story in the Fairfax media – The Age and Sydney Morning Herald – last Monday with the headline Older Homeowners Staying Put Making Houses Scarcer for Young Families ... ...

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Call for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People – Open Letter

The call for a UN Convention on the Rights of older people is being heard loud and clear. Organisations around the world are being asked to sign on to a ... ...

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Victorians To Have Their Say On End Of Life Care

  Victorians are being urged to have their say about the services they want to support them at the end of their and their loved ones’ lives. A new Discussion ... ...

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Become a Volunteer

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COTA Victoria has an active volunteer program with many interesting and diverse roles available to volunteers. Our program is designed to have a dual role.  It seeks to use the ... ...

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Scammers Don’t Discriminate

Scammers could be targeting you Scammers don’t discriminate. Anyone can fall for a scam, especially as scams become increasingly sophisticated. Consumer Affairs Victoria is working with Good Shepherd Australia New ... ...

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Multipurpose Taxi Program Review – Public Consultation

  The Victorian State Government is conducting a review of the Multipurpose Taxi Program, an important part of the State’s transport system for those less able bodied.If you are interested ... ...

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Higher Temperatures Can Be Deadly

  Already this October we have experienced unprecedented high temperatures for this time of the year. The weather bureau warns us that we are in for a very long and ... ...

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Seniors Supplement Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card

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Seniors Information COTA Victoria has been receiving calls regarding the Seniors Supplement for Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card holders. The Seniors Supplement is no longer available and the last payment ... ...

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International Day of Older Persons Media Release

OCTOBER 1:  INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS CALL FOR GOVERNMENTS TO STRENGTHEN ANTI DISCRIMINATION LAWS MAKE EMPLOYMENT OF OLDER WORKERS CENTRAL TO THE ECONOMY Tomorrow, Thursday October 1 is The ... ...

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New Plan For A Healthier Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government has released its vision to create a healthier Victoria. The Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2015-2019 outlines the Government’s key priorities over the next four ... ...

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Consumer Forum Quality Indicators Aged Care

Invitation to participate in a Consumer and Carer Forum regarding the implementation of quality indicators in aged care KPMG invites you to attend one of five Consumer and Carer Forums to ... ...

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Women’s Health Goulburn North East – No Interest Loans

Women’s Health Goulburn North East (WHGNE) is an accredited NILS provider with Good Shepherd Microfinance.  NILS is committed to upholding individual dignity and respect and operates on the idea of ... ...

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Golden Days Radio Tours – Victorian Senior Festival

Victorian Seniors Festival is coming up, and Golden Days Radio will be holding “gold-coin-donation” tours of their Glen Huntly studios in October from Monday 5 through Friday 9 at 10:30am ... ...

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Complaints Against Energy and Water Companies

COTA Victoria’s Policy Council is interested to find out how disputes/complaints from older people are handled by energy and water companies or authorities. In particular, we would like to know ... ...

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Inquiry into End of Life Choices

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The Victorian Inquiry into End of Life Choices is inviting individuals, groups and organisations to make a submission on End of Life Choices. The closing date has been extended until August ... ...

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Victorian laws on powers of attorney are changing

Victorian laws on powers of attorney are changing Powers of attorney (POAs) are legal documents that enable you to choose someone to make decisions for you. They are designed to ... ...

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Epilepsy National Research Survey

Tacking Epilepsy in Older Adults COTA Victoria is calling for your participation in a National Epilepsy Research Survey.   International research shows that people 65 years and older are becoming ... ...

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National Survey Sex Age and Me

SexAgeMe Survey The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society (ARCSHS), La Trobe University, in conjunction with the National Ageing Research Institute and the University of Sheffield have just ... ...

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Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with a Disability

Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with a Disability Invitation to Older Australians and Community Organisations The Hon. Susan Ryan AO, Age and ... ...

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Free Breast Screening for Victorian Women over 70

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Victorian women aged 70 to 74 are now invited and reminded to have a free breast screen every two years. This means that women aged between 50-74 will be receiving a ... ...

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Engaging Older People in Sport & Recreation

Project on how to engage older people in sport and physical activity was developed by COTA Victoria. The aim is to fill the gap on supporting sporting clubs and organisations ... ...

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Scam Alert – ATO Tax Scam

If you receive a call from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) demanding money, firstly, it’s important not to panic and secondly, don’t pay the caller a cent. The Australian Tax ... ...

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Green Sages Meeting 31st July

Who are COTA Green Sages? COTA Green Sages are Older Victorians who are or would like to become involved in group actions to increase the environmental sustainability of our community and ... ...

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Changes to the Power of Attorney Laws

  Changes to the law The powers of attorney law in Victoria are changing on 1 September 2015. For more information about the changes, see the Department of Justice and ... ...

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Moving into a retirement village? Know what’s right for you.

Moving into a retirement village? Know what’s right for you. Older Victorians are being urged to shop around and do their research before buying into a retirement village. Buying into ... ...

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Road Safety Victoria – Towards Zero Community Consultation

Road Safety Victoria – Towards Zero Community Consultation Every two hours, road trauma happens somewhere in Victoria, robbing families and friends of their loved ones and stealing healthy years of ... ...

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COTA Victoria State Budget Survey – we need your views!

COTA Victoria State Budget Survey – we need your views! Each year COTA Victoria delivers a submission to the Victorian Government outlining what we see as the key priorities for ... ...

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Inequality and Older Victorians

  By Myfan Jordan COTA Victoria Policy Officer in the Autumn 2015 Newsletter of the Community Information and Support Victoria. Populations across the globe are ageing. Commonly, reports describing this ... ...

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COTA Australia Media Release Budget 2015

BUDGET 2015: Aged Care Excitement But Otherwise Not Much For Older Australians MEDIA RELEASE – TUESDAY 12TH MAY 2015 Older Australians will welcome confirmation that the Federal government has dropped ... ...

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COTA Australia Media Release 2015 – Older Australians Need National Plan To Address Chronic Housing Stress

Older Australians Need National Plan To Address Chronic Housing Stress MEDIA RELEASE -THURSDAY 30TH APRIL 2015 Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today joined Anglicare in calling for a national plan ... ...

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COTA Media Release – Response to 2015 – 2016 Victoria State Budget

NOT MUCH IN BUDGET FOR OLDER PEOPLE COTA (Council on the Ageing) the main advocacy group for older Victorians congratulated the Government on a budget that will improve health services ... ...

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Position Paper on Retirement Incomes – Creating A Secure, Livable Income For All Older Australians Media Release

COTA Australia Media Release – 23rd April 2015 The changing demographics of the Australian population requires urgent attention in the coming Federal budget including a major review of the entire ... ...

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Media Release 2015 International Womens Day

MEDIA RELEASE MARCH 6 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH 8 TOO MANY OLDER WOMEN IN POVERTY   “Whilst we celebrate the positive advancements made by women over recent times, International Women’s ... ...

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COTA Australia Media Release: 2015 Intergenerational Report

Intergenerational Report Heralds The ‘Age Of The Senior’ MEDIA RELEASE – THURSDAY 5TH MARCH 2015 The release of the Intergenerational Report today confirms the government’s continued intention to cut the ... ...

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Retirement Housing Toolkit

COTA Victoria has been campaigning to improve protections for older residents of retirement and other housing in our state.  COTA Victoria believes current housing legislation contains gaps and inconsistencies that ... ...

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Changes to Deeming Rates – COTA Australia Media Release

Older Australians Welcome Lower Deeming Rates – But It’s Not A Pension Increase MEDIA RELEASE – MONDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2015 Leading seniors’ advocacy body COTA Australia today welcomed the Federal ... ...

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Older Men:New Ideas (OM:NI)

Too good to be a secret! OM:NI Men’s Discussion Groups provide a place where men can meet and listen to other men and share their knowledge and experiences. OM:NI is ... ...

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Consumer Directed Care

The introduction of Aged Care Reform has resulted in significant changes to how aged care services are delivered, including Home Care Packages. All new and existing packages are known as ... ...

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Living Longer Living Stronger ™

Ask yourself the following questions. Would you like to enjoy a more independent and active lifestyle, now and into the future? Do you want to improve your golf, tennis or ... ...

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COTA Victoria Volunteer Information Session

COTA volunteer information session will be held in February. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with COTA contact Karen Ivanka on 9655 2107 or email kivanka@cotavic.org.au. 9:30am       ... ...

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Age Friendly Victoria Survey

Tell us your ideas on how to make our community more age-friendly. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/agefriendlyvic How age-friendly is your community?People across Victoria are living longer and leading healthier lives than any other ... ...

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Staying Safe in the Heat

  The heat is here, it is time to refresh how to cope well with the scorching Australian summer. COTA Victoria is participating with the Victorian Department of Health in a ... ...

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COTA State Election Platform 2014

Participation and connection are the heart of inclusive and healthy age friendly communities, yet many older people face barriers to these. The vital contribution older people make to our communities ... ...

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Hands off our Pension

MEDIA RELEASE – COTA Australia Hands off our pension For more information got to www.cota.org.au/hotp Older Australians launch campaign to protect the pension Leading seniors advocate COTA Australia today launched a ... ...

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COTA and Author Tony Birch invite you to his next writing workshop

The People’s Weather Report has begun – but it’s not too late for you to get involved in this arts project responding to the global threat of climate change.  WRITING ... ...

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Norma’s Project: A report into the sexual assault of older women in Australia

Australia’s most comprehensive research study into the sexual assault of older women has recommended the mandatory licensing of care workers and a review of aged care standards to include a ... ...

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Response to Federal Budget 2014

COTA Australia has published its response to the Federal Budget 2014. The 2014-15 Budget contains a wide range of expenditure cuts and changes across many Government programs with the stated aim ... ...

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CHURCHILL FORUM Healthy and Active Living for Older People

 Who should attend? Anyone over 50 and anyone interested in the health and well-being of those over 50 years Booking online here – Bookings are essential and close Friday 13th June 2014 Please note ... ...

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Need To Know : Pathways to Information

Information Literacy Session at COTA on A well informed person is a profitable and safe consumer, parent, employee, patient, traveler etc. To find out how to navigate the many sources ... ...

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Commission of Audit: Seniors left in the lurch by badly advised business leaders

Older Australians will be shocked by many of the recommendations contained in the Commission of Audit in the areas of health care, pensions and aged care, says leading seniors advocate ... ...

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COTA Victoria launches State Election survey for older people

COTA (Council on the Ageing) Victoria, the leading voice for older people in Victoria for over 60 years, has today launched an online survey of older Victorians to establish their ... ...

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Connecting rural communities: Overcoming health barriers

COTA is acutely aware of the health barriers faced by older people living in rural areas – it is a key area in which we advocate. As part of our ... ...

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Discrimination faced by older people living with HIV

COTA VIC and the Victorian Aids Council this week ran a well attended seminar on HIV and Ageing at the Alfred Hospital. This was the first time a cross section ... ...

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Joint Submission on Reforms to Retail Legislation 2014 and Planned Outages re utilities

COTA’s Policy Council has contributed to the Joint Submission on Reforms to Retail Legislation 2014 and Planned Outages re utilities. You can download and read the submission here: Joint Submission ... ...

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COTA Vic submission to Inquiry into Social Inclusion for Victorians with a Disability

COTA Victoria recently made a Submission to the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry into Social Inclusion for Victorians with a Disability. You can download and read a copy of ... ...

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COTA Victoria launches Working Paper on Social Isolation, mental health and wellbeing of older Victorians

DO CURRENT POLICIES RISK SOCIAL ISOLATION OF OLDER PEOPLE? COTA Victoria has launched its latest working paper: Working Paper_Social Isolation. The paper can be downloaded here: Working Paper_Social Isolation On ... ...

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COTA brings social media to the Whittlesea Seniors Virtual Village

In February, COTA presented a social media information session as part of the City of Whittlesea’s Seniors Virtual Village project.  It was a fantastic opportunity for locals to learn more ... ...

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Unlock the mysteries of your mobile phone

Do you have a mobile phone or smart phone that you’re not 100% confident about using? Come along to a one-on-one session with Basil, an IT trainer, who will help ... ...

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COTA at the UN working group on elders’ rights, New York

Rights and Older people – Why is ageism not as abhorrent as sex or race discrimination? A report by Sue Hendy, COTA Victoria CEO Why should we care about older ... ...

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Upcoming event: Getting Better with Age

COTA Victoria is pleased to announce that CEO Sue Hendy will join a panel including Father Bob Maguire AM at Melbourne Town Hall on 28 August to discuss the facts ... ...

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Father Bob Maguire joins COTA at Fair Go for Pensioners Rally

Father bob macguire at rally  

Melbourne’s “larrikin priest” Father Bob Maguire joined COTA and other groups at the Fair Go For Pensioners rally yesterday to remind the Victorian government that it is getting increasingly difficult ... ...

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Join the Justice for Pensioners Rally, 10 July

Pensioners, people on Newstart and supporters of all ages are invited to join a Justice for Pensioners rally at 11am on Wednesday 10 July on the steps of State Parliament ... ...

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Older People playing sport in Flemington

Sports, Games and Activities will continue at Flemington Community Centre (25 Mt Alexander Road) every Wednesday at 11.00am – 12noon.  There is a gold coin donation to participate.  It’s target ... ...

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Having a go at badminton!

COTA Vic, has formed a partnership with Badminton Victoria, City of Glen Eira and Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre to promote Badminton for older adults. The badminton sessions will ... ...

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