Council On The Ageing – COTA Victoria has been the voice of older Victorians for more than 60 years.
While individual issues may have changed over that time, the determination and commitment of the organisation to ensure that the voices of older Victorians are heard has not.
You can download a free book about the history and achievements of COTA in our anniversary publication: A Senior Organisation: COTA Vic at 60 (PDF).
COTA Victoria is governed by an elected Board of Management, dedicated staff and volunteers who continually strive to ensure that the contributions of older people are proudly recognised and acknowledged within our community.
COTA’s Peer Education Team
WINNNERS: Outstanding achievement by a volunteer team (Primary Health) in the Minister for Health Awards, 2011.
For over 10 years COTA’s Peer Educators, working individually and as a team, have supported a range of programs and projects. They have delivered over 2500 information sessions throughout Victoria to a range of audiences, including CALD communities and rural and remote areas, presented at national forums and conferences and assisted with events such as the International Federation on Ageing Conference 2010 in Melbourne.
Programs have included Challenging Ageing; Creative Transitions to Retirement; Community Champions; OMNI: Men’s Discussion Groups. Topics have included Medicines and You; beyond maturityblues; Moving More; Myths and Stereotypes of Ageing; Memory – Remembering Well; Older Men’s Health; Positive Ageing.
Our peers’ ‘lived experience’ of ageing means there is a special connection between them and the groups they speak to. Importantly, programs have not been an end in themselves, but a stepping stone for peers back to their own communities. Our team learns and contributes through monthly meetings, participation in design and development of training programs, materials and resources.
COTA and funding bodies such a NPS Better Choices, Better Health and beyondblue understand the value of peer educators and the contribution that they make. Now their contribution has been recognised by the Victorian Minister for Health!