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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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2016 State Budget Survey

Each year COTA Victoria delivers a submission to the Victorian Government outlining what we see as the key priorities for older people for the following financial year’s budget. In order ... ...

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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

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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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Board Nominations

  Nominations are now invited for positions on the COTA Victoria Board for positions following the AGM on Wednesday 25 November, 2015. Nomination form to be completed and forwarded to: ... ...

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Book launch – Renate Singer’s new book for older women living audaciously!

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For women over 60, used to participating in a full and rich life, the prospects of living another 30 years can throw up new challenges. Renate Singer’s latest book looks ... ...

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