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Administration Officer Vacancy- We are seeking an experienced administrative officer who is well organised, has excellent communication skills, and high level computer literacy. Continue Reading
New online resource Life Checks recognises we need to plan well to achieve the best possible ageing- OTA 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… Continue Reading
PC Super report highlights need for full retirement incomes review- MEDIA RELEASE 10 January 2019 Today’s Productivity Commission inquiry final report into Australia’s superannuation system must trigger a comprehensive and independent inquiry into our whole retirement incomes system at the… Continue Reading
Consumers welcome new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission- COTA Australia welcomed the launch today of the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, which combines and replaces the former Aged Care Quality Agency and the Aged Care Complaints… Continue Reading
CEO’s Message- As we reach the end of 2018 we would like to thank everyone for their support of COTA Victoria activities throughout the year. At our recent AGM we celebrated the… Continue Reading
New aged care funding welcome but even more home care packages still needed- Australia’s peak older persons advocacy body, COTA Australia, has welcomed the Morrison Government’s announcement of an additional $553 million in aged care funding included in today’s Mid Year Economic and… Continue Reading
CPRC to deliver targeted energy resources for community workers in 2019 – Have your say!- Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC), funded by the Victorian Government, is delivering a much-needed project, developing a comprehensive and targeted package of resources for community workers assisting energy vulnerable households.… Continue Reading
Centrelink hours and pension enquiries over Christmas- All Centrelink service centres – along with the majority of phone lines – will close their doors from December 24 to December 27, before reopening for a couple of days… Continue Reading
Survive the heat- As summer brings some extremely hot weather, be prepared. During extreme heat it is easy to become dehydrated or for your body to overheat. If this happens, you may develop… Continue Reading
Apply for, and manage, your Seniors Card online- The Victorian Seniors card is available to all Victorian residents who are aged 60+ and work less than 35 hours per week. Residents who are eligible by age but still… Continue Reading
From the desk of the COTA Victoria Financial Counsellor – helping protect your rights- Have you, or someone you know, been doing it tough and getting behind with the utility bills? Or perhaps it’s the mortgage or rates? Are you worried that you won’t… Continue Reading
State of the (Older) Nation Survey Report- We were excited to launch the inaugural COTA State of the (Older) Nation report last week in Parliament House in Canberra. The land mark report has found the majority of… Continue Reading
New report shows action needed to help vulnerable older Australians- A report has found the majority of older Australians feel a decade younger than their current age, overwhelmingly support assisted dying legislation, and nearly half feel less valued by society… Continue Reading
Landmark report highlights the impact of the rising cost of living for older people- COTA Victoria asks for more actions to reduce the cost of living pressures for older Victorians in response to a new landmark national report launched today in Canberra. Continue Reading
Manager – Policy and Communications Vacancy- Manager – Policy and Communications Fixed Term for 12 months 0.9 FTE SCHCADS Award – Community Development Worker Level 7 (pay point subject to experience and qualifications) Council on the… Continue Reading
Elder Abuse Trainer vacancy- Seniors Rights Victoria a program of COTA Victoria Elder Abuse Trainer Fixed Term for 12 months 80 FTE SCHCADS Award – Community Development Worker Level 6 (pay point subject to… Continue Reading
Labor’s Fair Energy Plan Gives Consumers Stronger Protection- Media release 21 November, 2018 COTA Victoria (COTA) welcomes Labor’s energy announcement to strengthen protections for Victorian consumers, including banning door-to-door salespeople and telemarketing from selling energy plans. COTA is… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria financial counselling service- At times, people can find themselves struggling to buy food, pay the rent or mortgage and can be juggling numerous debts. If you’re in this situation, a financial counsellor can… Continue Reading
Do you know about Utility Relief Grants URG’s?- URG’s (Utility Relief Grants) are offered by the Victorian Government to assist you to pay overdue energy (electricity and gas) or water bills at times that you do not have… Continue Reading
Elder abuse pilots dementia partnership project- Seniors Rights Victoria, a program of COTA Victoria has received funding the Department of Justice and Regulation to partner with Dementia Australia (DA) to pilot a series of legal information… Continue Reading
2018 Victorian State Election reminder- The Victorian State Election is on Saturday 24 November. All Australia citizens living in Victoria aged 18 and over must enrol and vote. The deadline to enrol in your State… Continue Reading
VCOSS Policy Tracker – make an informed vote- With the Victorian State Election set for Saturday 24 November, now would be a good time to start assessing which party or candidate best represents your views and make a… Continue Reading
Downsize your stuff, refresh your life- We live in a world full of stuff, where consumerism is running rampant. So is it any wonder that downsizing is proving overwhelming for many people? Consider that each year… Continue Reading
Beware fake tradies- As the weather warms up, fake tradies (also known as travelling con men) will be knocking on doors and dropping leaflets, offering home improvement services. Consumer Affairs Victoria is warning… Continue Reading
Who is making a difference in your community?- The Department of Health and Human Services is calling for nominations for the Frances Penington and the Molly Hadfield Awards for 2018. Continue Reading
Do you have a beautiful green space? Do you know a talented gardener?- In appreciation of the talented green thumbs in our communities, the Victoria in Bloom garden competition is open for entries. Continue Reading
Share to win a ticket to ‘With One BIG Voice’ 10th Anniversary Concert- Thanks to the generosity of With One Voice, COTA Victoria is giving away 30 tickets to this special event. Continue Reading
OM:NI men’s discussion group in Berwick- The first OM:NI men’s discussion group in Victoria was established in 2004, under the umbrella of COTA Victoria. Since then, further groups have been established in the state, with participants… Continue Reading
Reminiscing Story Cards the perfect Christmas Gift for your parents and grandparents- A resource that assists older people to tell their stories With time to reminisce and a bit of prompting, we all have stories to tell. Reminiscing in a supportive environment and… Continue Reading
Two and a half million Victorian mouths ignored – Victorian Oral Health Alliance- “Despite a range of good health measures in the ALP’s election platform, there is still a large hole – public dental care for the 2.5 million Victorians who are eligible” Continue Reading
Survey shows ageism alive and well among Australian employers- Government survey findings showing almost a third of Australian employers break the law by setting an age limit for job applicants demonstrates how much effort is still required to fight… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria welcomes election focus on energy consumers- Both the Coalition and Labor are focusing on low income consumers and those experiencing hardship in a range of announced election promises. Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes appointment of first Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner- COTA Australia, welcomes the appointment of Janet Anderson as the first aged care quality and safety commissioner. Continue Reading
CEO message- This month we celebrate our Victorian Seniors Award winners including the winner of the Premiers Award for Senior of the Year, Mr Hamish Russell and our valued colleague, Ms Brenda Appleton. We congratulate… Continue Reading
LGBTI advocate wins COTA Senior Achiever Award- Transgender Victoria volunteer Brenda Appleton, 67, was one of the COTA Senior Achiever Award recipients at the 2018 Victorian Seniors of the Year awards hosted yesterday by the Governor of… Continue Reading
It’s the State Election in November – get involved!- Victoria State Election in November – get involved! As advocates for older people, COTA Victoria encourages and nurtures members to build relationships with standing MPs and the candidates. Members of parliament… Continue Reading
New one-stop carers’ resource from Palliative Care Victoria- Caring can be satisfying… it is also hard work. Carers improve the quality of life of people they care for. They support others to manage activities that are critical to… Continue Reading
Make ladder safety matter- Ladders are associated with more deaths and injuries than any other household product and men over the age of 60 are over-represented in trauma statistics. That's why the Victorian Government… Continue Reading
Get the most out of your smartphone or tablet- Do you feel slightly left behind by the ‘digital revolution’? Want to know how to use more of the features of your smartphone or tablet? Come to our free, five-week… Continue Reading
Friends for Good conference- Friends for Good are a charity. Their vision is simple: to free people from loneliness. Their mission is to increase awareness of this very serious issue for the community. They… Continue Reading
Walking for well-being- Do you ever have those days when things just get you down? We all do! My favoured way of dealing with such day is going for a walk. This walk… Continue Reading
Elder abuse service 10 year celebration- Seniors Rights Victoria, an elder abuse service based on the advocacy social worker/lawyer model hosted its 10 year anniversary celebration recently at Melbourne City Bowling Club. Guest speakers included Victorian… Continue Reading
Shock retirement village costs revealed- Some Retirement Villages are charging fees for a two-bedroom apartment that soon add up to the equivalent of renting a luxury waterfront mansion. Residents who live in a village for… Continue Reading
‘What I Learned About Poverty’- How does a mature well-educated, white middle class woman suddenly find herself facing homelessness and poverty? Jane Gilmore believes she is ‘lucky’. Her education, her mum and her ability to… Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes terms of reference for Royal Commission, but cautions against delays to urgent reforms- Leading seniors advocacy group, COTA Australia, today welcomed the official establishment of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the development of the Letters Patent (Terms of… Continue Reading
Have your say on important issues for Australians aged 50+- Have your say on important issues for Australians aged 50+ by 23 October and win an iPad 4 Wi-Fi + cellular. This annual survey is designed to understand what the… Continue Reading
COTA Australia: 5 urgent fixes needed in aged care right now- Australia’s peak advocacy body for older Australians COTA Australia today outlined the five priority fixes that need to occur in the near future to address well documented failures in aged… Continue Reading
Embolden 2018- Embolden 2018 – Program Details Embolden – A Fashion Parade This fashion parade by older people will explore how perceptions of beauty change as we age, how ageing bodies can… Continue Reading
Royal Commission must review penalties for abuse in aged care, and appropriate methods of monitoring potential abuse- The Aged Care Royal Commission must investigate an appropriate range of penalties for neglect, excessive restraint and abuse in residential aged care and the need for more effective monitoring of… Continue Reading
COTA congratulates Labor on plan to start closing gender gap in superannuation- Australia’s leading seniors advocate today congratulated Labor on its commitment to begin correcting the gender gap in superannuation that is leaving many women disadvantaged and struggling financially when they retire.… Continue Reading
Four Corners highlights unacceptable breaches of aged care standards and professional and medical standards- Appalling incidents of neglect and system failures in aged care catalogued by the ABC highlights the need to continue reforms to protect older Australians in nursing homes, says Australia’s peak… Continue Reading
Public consultation on the draft Charter of Aged Care Rights- Consultation on a draft single Charter of Aged Care Rights (the Charter) has begun. A single Charter helps to create a shared understanding about the rights of people receiving aged care.… Continue Reading
Message from the CEO- Our State Election Platform, is now launched. Get involved! The State Election is on 24th November and COTA Victoria needs your help in the next two months to make ageing count… Continue Reading
Royal Commission welcome but must not delay action on urgently needed reforms already in train and in the wings- Peak older persons advocate, COTA Australia, today welcomed the Royal Commission into aged care for the spotlight it will throw on the challenges facing aged care over the next two… Continue Reading
Protect yourself this pollen season- Grass pollen season brings an increase in asthma and hay fever. It also brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma. For people with asthma or hay fever, especially those who experience… Continue Reading
Kyneton Street Band: Intergenerational music group- Dr Norman Swan (The Health Report, ABC Radio National) states that there are a number of things that can stave off the onset of dementia: give up smoking, eat well,… Continue Reading
New fitness club specifically for the over 50s- Duke’s, a fitness club in Hampton East, is pioneering a new era in the fitness industry – a dedicated health and fitness club for those aged 50 and over. They… Continue Reading
Elder abuse service celebrates 10 year milestone- Seniors Rights Victoria, an elder abuse service based on the social worker/lawyer model, is this year celebrating its 10 year anniversary with a celebration on Thursday 4 October. Guest speakers… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria – WISE Services- COTA Victoria are now offering two helpful free services to older Victorians. These services operate on an appointment only basis from our office in Little Lonsdale Street. Financial Counselling Service… Continue Reading
Helping the Silent generation to tell their stories- If you’re aged 75 and over we would love to see you at the session: Your Story Matters – bring it to life. People belonging to this group can sometimes… Continue Reading
Australian Reading Hour – 20 September 2018- On Thursday 20 September, all Australians are encouraged to put down what they are doing and pick up a book to read for at least one hour. Judy Nunn, writer,… Continue Reading
Victorian Election 2018 – an opportunity to get involved- Do you have issues that you feel passionate about? Do you want to voice your passion? Do you want someone to hear? COTA Victoria are looking for people to be… Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes release of Aged Care Workforce Report- 13th September 2018 Australia’s peak consumer body for older Australians, COTA Australia, welcomes the recommendations outlined in the A Matter of Care – Australia’s aged care workforce strategy released today,… Continue Reading
COTA welcomes landmark protections for older Australians- Australia’s peak consumer body for older Australians welcomed Federal Government announcements this morning to strengthen protections for 1.1 million older Australians receiving aged care services. The Government announced the introduction… Continue Reading
Scrapping pension age increase to 70 welcome- Scrapping pension age increase to 70 welcome – now let’s focus on measures to support mature employment and tackle age discrimination Leading seniors’ advocacy body COTA Australia today welcomed the… Continue Reading
COTA welcomes appointment of key Ministers for older Australians- 7 August 2018 COTA Australia, the peak advocacy body for millions of older Australians, has welcomed the reappointment of Greg Hunt as Minister for Health and the reappointment of Ken… Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes Government’s commitment to introducing “default price” for energy- Australia’s leading advocacy body for older Australians, COTA Australia, welcomes the Turnbull Government’s commitment today to introduce a “default price” for energy in order to provide a consistent and transparent… Continue Reading
COTA Australia calls on Parliament to investigate merits of publishing aged care staffing levels- Australia’s leading advocacy body for older Australians and aged care consumers, COTA Australia, welcomes today’s introduction into Parliament of the Aged Care Amendment (Staffing Ratio Disclosure) Bill 2018 by Centre… Continue Reading
Despite more home care packages too many older Australians still left waiting: COTA- MEDIA RELEASE News today that the number of older Australians supported by home care packages has increased is welcome but COTA Australia, the peak older person’s advocacy group, said the… Continue Reading
Building a stronger COTA for Victorians 50+- Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the interests and rights of people aged 50+ in Victoria. For nearly 70 years in Victoria, we have… Continue Reading
Should we change the rules about cycling on footpaths?- In response to calls to allow teenagers and adults to cycle on footpaths, Victoria Walks commissioned transport consultants MRCagney to review research on footpath cycling. Currently in Victoria only children… Continue Reading
Increase in the Utility Relief Grants Scheme- The Victorian Government has increased the Utility Relief Grant Scheme (URGS) from $500 to $650 for claims assessed from 1 July 2018. The grant provides help to pay a mains… Continue Reading
Everybody has a story to tell. Is it time to tell yours?- Irma Dymke often wanted to record her life story but didn’t know where to start until presented with a set of memory prompting cards created through COTA Victoria’s Inspiring Life… Continue Reading
Women talk money campaign- ASIC’s MoneySmart is encouraging women to have regular money conversations Women face specific challenges when it comes to managing their money. Many women take time out of the paid workforce… Continue Reading
Victorian Election 2018 – an opportunity to get involved- COTA Victoria are seeking volunteers to talk to local MPs and candidates about issues important to Victorians 50+. If you would like to be a COTA Victoria ambassador to help… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria Transport Forum- More than 40 people gathered at Docklands Library on 28 June to discuss the issue of transport, with a particular focus on older people. At the Forum we heard from… Continue Reading
Are you an experienced policy person?- Are you an experienced policy person? Have you worked in government, health or the community sector? Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of older people through… Continue Reading
Harnessing the power of ‘seniorpreneurs’ one key to growing Australia’s silver economy and changing attitudes to ageing- MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                       25 July 2018 Harnessing and expanding the potential of older entrepreneurs to build a growing silver economy on the back of our ageing population is one of a range of… Continue Reading
12 months on from Tune Review Report government needs to finish the job of aged care reform- MEDIA RELEASE On the one year anniversary of the Tune Review Report into aged care being handed to government, COTA Australia, the leading advocacy organisation for older Australian, is calling… Continue Reading
New Groups For Older Men in Rural Communities- On Wednesday June 27, 56 men braved a freezing cold morning in order to attend the inaugural meetings of two new OM:NI Men’s Discussion Groups at locations in rural Victoria.… Continue Reading
Are you a community mover and shaker?- Creativity Australia have Grants of up to $10,000 available now for you! Local community groups, social businesses and not-for-profits wanting to promote social inclusion and tackle loneliness, isolation and disadvantage… Continue Reading
Message from COTA Victoria’s CEO- I was fortunate to attend the COTA Australia National Policy Forum recently which focussed on the theme Older Consumers: Choice, Challenges and Rights in Changing Markets. The stories arising from… Continue Reading
A carer’s winter garden- Are you into gardening? Do you enjoy looking at gardens and sitting in them? TV gurus tell us winter is a wonderful time for the garden. At first glance, this… Continue Reading
Number of homeless older women increase- Low or no savings, low or no super, on the pension and evicted for rent arrears: this is the profile of one of the largest growing segments in homelessness –… Continue Reading
Getting your $50 power saving bonus- Every Victorian household that accesses the State Government’s energy comparison site – where one can find the best electricity and gas deals – will receive a $50 bonus payment from… Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes ACCC recommendations to improve consumer electricity market- COTA Australia is calling on the Federal Government to adopt a number of the recommendations outlined in the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry Report. COTA… Continue Reading
Safeguarding the Silver Economy: COTA National Policy Forum- Policy makers, politicians, industry bodies and service providers are congregating at the National Press Club in Canberra today for the COTA National Policy Forum. The 2018 COTA National Policy Forum… Continue Reading
COTA Commends Victorian Opposition’s support for Retirement Housing Ombudsman- Media release 26 June 2018 Mathew Guy (Opposition Leader) and Heidi Victoria (Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs) announce they will establish a Retirement Housing Ombudsman if elected in November. According… Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes decisive action on elder abuse- MEDIA RELEASE COTA Australia welcomes the official launch of the Elder Abuse Action Australia initiative by Commonwealth Attorney-General Hon Christian Porter MP at Seniors Rights Service in Sydney this morning.… Continue Reading
Message from the CEO- COTA believes that ageing is a time of possibility, opportunity and influence. The Australian Government is beginning to align with with this vision, recognising that Australians are living longer and… Continue Reading
Free Information Sessions at COTA- Seniors Information (COTA) Victoria provides information sessions to groups throughout Victoria and also in our beautiful office located in the heart of CBD! These sessions are open to public, are… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria National Volunteer Week celebration- As a part of celebrating National Volunteers Week, COTA volunteers gathered with staff and guests to celebrate and reflect on the work and achievements of our valued Volunteers who have… Continue Reading
Electricity embedded network customers gain access to free Ombudsman- As of 1 July 2018, Victorian electricity embedded networks customers will have access to the free dispute resolution services offered by the Energy and Water Ombudsman Victoria (EWOV). What are… Continue Reading
Volunteer Voices: A focus on living- Palliative Care South East has shared the following volunteer story with COTA: ‘As a volunteer (name withheld) with Palliative Care South East, I am always a little anxious when I… Continue Reading
Tax avoidance by for-profit aged care companies- A new report presents preliminary analysis demonstrating how for-profit aged care providers use known loopholes in the system and cleverly disguised corporate structures and tactics to maximise operating income and… Continue Reading
Earn $50 to visit a website: a reminder- The Government is offering a $50 bonus to each household that uses the Victorian Energy Compare website between 1 July and 31 December, 2018. You are not even required to… Continue Reading
Aboriginal Victorians answer your questions – What will you ask?- Aboriginal Victoria has recently launched the Deadly Questions campaign, which has been developed as part of the Government’s commitment to self-determination and treaty. The campaign was designed following consultation with… Continue Reading
Supported gyms allow older people to work at their own pace- (Photo: Adobe Stock images) The Living Longer Living Stronger™ progressive strength training program operates at 100 sites across Victoria. Some programs are large and some are small, some operate from multiple… Continue Reading
Improving support for older Victorian’s dental health- The Victorian Oral Health Alliance (VOHA) is an alliance of health, professional and consumer bodies, urging the Government to reverse the decline in access to public dental care. COTA is… Continue Reading
How to make a complaint in retirement housing- On Monday 14 May 2018, Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG), Consumer Action Law Centre, Residents of Retirement Villages Victoria (RRVV) and Council on the Ageing (COTA) held a… Continue Reading
What transport systems do we want as we age?- Many older people, especially in rural and regional areas, have problems getting to medical appointments, doing their shopping, or visiting friends and groups that they belong to. Transport came at… Continue Reading
COTA resources support post-death red tape nightmare- Media release 15 May 2018 Council on the Ageing Victoria (COTA) has worked with its retired financial counsellor volunteers and service providers to develop a booklet to help guide people… Continue Reading
Message from the CEO- On 1 May the Andrews Government brought down their 2018–19 Budget. COTA Victoria was pleased to see the investment in the health system to enable it to better meet the… Continue Reading
Help older people to get the information and support they desperately need- You can help older people like Joan* get the information and support they desperately need. Thank you for your interest in our work with older Victorians. You are so important… Continue Reading
Free Information Sessions at COTA- Seniors Information (COTA) Victoria provides information sessions to groups throughout Victoria and also in our beautiful office located in the heart of CBD! These sessions are open to the public,… Continue Reading
Get paid $50 to save money- The Victoria Government has introduced two initiatives aimed at getting Victorian families a better deal from power companies – the Victorian Energy Compare tool and a $50 bonus for households… Continue Reading
Mandatory flu vaccinations for staff at government aged care facilities- The National Immunisation Program regards persons aged 65 years of age and above as vulnerable groups at increased risk of severe disease from influenza, and therefore eligible for the free seasonal influenza… Continue Reading
Ask Izzy provides insights into homelessness data- In March 2016 Prime Minister Turnbull launched Ask Izzy, a mobile phone based directory to connect homeless people with essential services. Ask Izzy is free; it is a location-based online… Continue Reading
Aged care wait lists an “unacceptable problem”- The volume of people waiting for a Home Care Package in Australia is “an unacceptable problem” according to Ian Yates, CEO COTA Australia. “There are a lot of people who… Continue Reading
Fay’s fitness milestone of 1000 visits- Fay Barnes, who has been a member of Tatura Absolute Training (TAT) Studio/Gym since 2009, is a regular participant of the Living Longer Living Stronger™ strength training program. Fay reached… Continue Reading
Your Choice, Your Life- COTA has received funding from the State Trustee Australia Foundation to help gain a better understanding of your needs and what you do to have a ‘good life’. This is… Continue Reading
Families in Later Life Study- The Families in Later Life Study (FILLS) is a project funded by the Australian Government and led by Deakin University focusing on how family bonds impact on the emotional and… Continue Reading
Avoid paying extra fees for bills you receive in the mail- Companies may be charging to send your bills by mail – but there are ways to avoid paying extra. Businesses may charge fees to cover the cost of printing and… Continue Reading
If in doubt, don’t- That’s the message Consumer Affairs Victoria – the state’s fair trading regulator – is giving older Victorians when it comes to staying safe online. If in doubt, don’t. Many older Victorians… Continue Reading
Extra home care packages and other welcome aged care measures will provide relief for older Australians- MEDIA RELEASE 9 May 2018 Australia’s leading seniors’ advocacy organisation, COTA Australia, has welcomed 20,000 new high-level home care packages for older Australians over the next four years and measures… Continue Reading
Federal Budget recognises role of older Australians- MEDIA RELEASE 8 May 2018 The 2018 Budget includes important measures to fight ageism in the workforce, tap into the experience of older Australians and provide financial flexibility in retirement,… Continue Reading
Social Media and Extreme Weather Events- Do you use social media? A research team at RMIT University is interested to learn how you use social media to monitor and share information about extreme weather events-  floods,… Continue Reading
Federal Budget 2018 – welcome commitment to better planning for an ageing population and aged care- Image courtesy of https://www.pmc.gov.au Australia’s leading seniors’ advocacy organisation, COTA Australia has welcomed the Federal Budget as a positive step towards preparing for and supporting an older population and capitalising… Continue Reading
It’s an election year so let’s make some noise!- COTA Victoria is keen to hear from all older people as to what are the important concerns and changes they seek from the Victorian State Government in this election year. Continue Reading
VICTORIA’s 2018-19 STATE BUDGET- Older Victorians still waiting for ‘Getting Things Done’ Media release 1/5/2018 The 2018-2019 State Budget is a missed opportunity to invest in policy and programs to create a community inclusive… Continue Reading
COTA welcomes energy bills busting incentive- Media release 23 April 2018 COTA welcomes energy bills busting incentive COTA Victoria has welcomed the Victorian Government’s $50 energy bills busting bonus announced on the weekend, aimed at getting… Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes compulsory influenza vaccination program to protect nursing home residents- Leading seniors’ advocacy group, COTA Australia, today welcomed the Federal government’s announcement that the provision of influenza vaccination programs by aged care providers to all staff in residential aged care… Continue Reading
Older Australians welcome stronger, streamlined aged care quality and safety agency- Australia’s leading advocacy body for older Australians and aged care consumers, COTA Australia, has welcomed the Government’s announcement, reported in media overnight, that a new streamlined Aged Care Safety and… Continue Reading
Victorian Senior of the Year nominations open- Do you know an older Victorian who contributes to their community you wish to nominate for Victorian Senior of the Year? Last year Barry Witmitz received the Healthy and Active… Continue Reading
Ombudsman releases energy affordability report- The Energy and Water Ombudsman (EWOV) recently released its final 2017 quarterly affordability report, highlighting the challenging work they do when people cannot pay their electricity or gas bills. From… Continue Reading
Treaty - Victorian Government website Victoria leads Aboriginal treaty legislation- According to the Victorian Government, the Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 will be a roadmap for other treaty negotiations. Continue Reading
COTA seeks Agenda for Ageing in Victoria- COTA Victoria recently led an alliance of 17 organisations at State Parliament, calling on the Victorian Government to develop a state-wide, bi-partisan strategy for ageing that includes all spheres of… Continue Reading
New resource for older LGBTI people- Victoria’s older LGBTI community now has resources to help with end-of-life planning following the recent launch of Safeguarding the End of the Rainbow: A guide to help LGBTI people in… Continue Reading
Call for volunteers to support aged care advisory services- COTA Victoria is seeking more volunteers for an advisory service it has been piloting to assist older people and their families or carers to understand the aged and community care… Continue Reading
Death of a partner booklet launch in Law Week- COTA Victoria will launch its Death of a Partner resource booklet during this year’s Law Week events in May. During the past two years COTA worked with the Energy and… Continue Reading
Victoria joins This Girl Can fitness campaign- VicHealth is supporting This Girl Can campaign to inspire more Victorian women to become more active. The Victorian campaign is based on Sport England’s highly successful This Girl Can campaign… Continue Reading
Retirement village disputes gain central support- Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) will refer relationship disputes between retirement village residents or management to the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria (DSCV) from the end of April. DSCV provides a… Continue Reading
Diverse radio program talks about ageing well in CALD- Speak My Language is an exciting new ethnic and community radio program, providing CALD seniors, their carers and families with the latest information in-language about healthy ageing options. Fourteen priority… Continue Reading
Finance Information Service hosts retirement seminars- The Australian Government has a Financial Information Service offering financial information seminars on a number of subject areas - including retirement, getting ready for retirement and living in retirement seminars… Continue Reading
Bowel Cancer Australia seeks more action- Bowel Cancer Australia is calling on all levels of government to commit to a national minimum Colonoscopy Wait-time and Performance Guarantee to address delays in diagnosing Australia’s second biggest cancer… Continue Reading
Media Release: COTA demands Victorian Agenda for Ageing- Staunch community activist Merle Mitchell AM refers to her current state of ageing as waiting to die, with the lucky ones being the ageing people who die quickly. Continue Reading
An Agenda for Ageing Calls for Whole of Government Action- COTA Victoria and a growing alliance of 17 organisations will today launch a campaign demanding that the Victorian Government develop a plan for our ageing population. Continue Reading
Respecting Victorians’ End-Of-Life Wishes- Victorians now have greater powers to set legally-binding plans about future medical treatment preferences... Continue Reading
Resources to safeguard life choices at the End of the Rainbow- Victoria’s older LGBTI community will have resources to help with end-of-life planning... Continue Reading
Taking action: Strengthening aged care homes quality compliance- From today, unannounced quality and safety audits will come into force across all Australian residential aged care homes... Continue Reading
Dividend imputation proposal needs revision but deserves considered and reasoned discussion- The Federal Opposition’s new policy on dividend imputation deserves more considered discussion than it has had over the last few days, says Australia’s leading advocacy body for older Australians Continue Reading
Call to action for elder abuse to be addressed head-on- Advocacy bodies, seniors’ groups and community legal services have joined forces to commit unanimously to tackling elder abuse and are calling for immediate action on a national scale. Continue Reading
Safeguarding end-of-life for older LGBTI Victorians- COTA Victoria and Transgender Victoria (TGV) have produced a resource tailored to the needs and concerns of LGBTI community members in relation to planning for future care and medical needs,… Continue Reading
What makes an effective legal service for older people?- Do you have experience with the legal system? Are you interested in identifying what a legal service for older people should look like? COTA Victoria in partnership with Maurice Blackburn… Continue Reading
‘I know your partner is dead, but I still need to speak to him about the account.’- ‘Closing a life’ it can be complicated and traumatic, so COTA Victoria has developed a series of resources to help people navigate the bureaucracy involved. Continue Reading
I have Type 2 Diabetes – what can I eat?- People diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes can often feel daunted by more medical appointments, new medication and the requirement to stop smoking, be active and eat a healthy diet – but what… Continue Reading
One in two aged care residents are malnourished- Malnutrition affects at least one in two residents in Australian residential aged care facilities (RACF) according to a recent health services evaluation, What does it cost to feed aged care… Continue Reading
Breaking the loneliness cycle in aged care- Residential aged care facilities should be well placed to tackle issues of loneliness and isolation due to communal living, availability of caregivers to support health needs, unrestricted timeframes for visitors… Continue Reading
Flu Vaccine free of charge for older Australians- The Australian Government will provide two ground-breaking flu vaccines free of charge to more three million older Australians from April this year as a direct response to last year’s horrific… Continue Reading
Knock knock- Do you know your rights when a salesperson knocks on your door? It might feel awkward to say no when you can't walk away. Salespeople may take advantage of this… Continue Reading
Message from the CEO- The National Elder Abuse Conference, held in Sydney in February, gathered more than 500 people from across Australia who share the view that ‘there is no excuse for elder abuse’.… Continue Reading
Fervent fan finds fitness fabulous- Frank Cahill says that since he was dragged to his first Living Longer Living Stronger (LLLS) fitness program five years ago, he has never looked back. Frank has been inspired… Continue Reading
Fight elder abuse: National Elder Abuse conference- Politicians, aged care providers, industry stakeholders and advocacy groups are congregating in Sydney today and tomorrow for the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference – Together Making Change. The last 18… Continue Reading
Reminiscing Story Cards- Reminiscing Story Cards encourage older people to reminisce, highlighting their resilience, persistence and creativity Continue Reading
NARI: Victoria’s first community action plan to tackle elder abuse launch- First action plan developed specifically to assist the community to tackle elder abuse in Victoria was launched today. Continue Reading
Making the stories last: social enterprise project shares a yarn- COTA Victoria is developing a social enterprise project where people will listen to older people in the community and create short stories about their lives. Continue Reading
CEO Message- We are excited to begin 2018 in our new premises in Little Lonsdale Street. We are heading into an election year in Victoria... Continue Reading
Our new president- We congratulate Mike Lescai on his election as the COTA Victoria President following the 2017 Annual General Meeting. Continue Reading
New board member honoured for community service- COTA Victoria extends its congratulations to its new board member Ian Dunn on his well-deserved honour of becoming a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia Continue Reading
COTA Victoria seeks new external advocates- COTA Victoria is seeking new representatives for a number of external committees Continue Reading
Older people feeling the heat- If you are feeling hotter than usual there is a legitimate reason. Continue Reading
Developing an action plan for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander- Action Plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as part of the Commonwealth Government’s development of an Aged Care Diversity Strategy Framework. Continue Reading
Colleen Furlanetto New Taxi Services Commissioner- The Taxi Services Commission has continued its drive to make taxi and hire car services more accessible with the appointment of Colleen Furlanetto as a commissioner. Continue Reading
Out of pocket health care an additional pain- Australians who have faced high out of pocket medical bills now have a chance to make a difference by sharing their story. Continue Reading
Ken honoured in 2018 Jagajaga Australia Day Awards- COTA Victoria’s fantastic volunteer Ken Ramplin was a recent recipient of the Jagajaga Community’s Australia Day Awards. Continue Reading
Are friends better for us than family?- Friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, according to research by a Michigan State University scholar. Continue Reading
Congratulations 2018 Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Graham Farquhar- 2018 Senior Australian of the Year, Dr Graham Farquhar Continue Reading
Message from the CEO- I am delighted to be writing this message in our new office, having just moved COTA Victoria to Level 4, 533 Little Lonsdale Street. While we will miss the Block… Continue Reading
Living Longer Living Stronger Master of his Game- Alan Wood has proven the champion aspects of the fitness program for older people by winning nine gold medals in the recent Australian Masters Games hosted in Tasmania. Continue Reading
Calling aged care advocates and consumers- Older people are being encouraged to consider applying for the Change Leaders Co-Lab Continue Reading
Including LGBTI older people in Aged Care Reforms- COTA Australia welcomed the Federal Government’s Aged Care Diversity Framework, aimed at recognising the diverse characteristics and life experiences of older Australians. Continue Reading
Parliamentary Forum on Retirement Housing Success- The Retirement Villages Parliamentary Forum was inundated with older people demanding the protection of residents’ rights and a regulator as part of the State Government’s pending reforms into retirement housing. Continue Reading
Victoria passes Voluntary Assisted Dying laws- Victoria is now Australia’s first state to pass Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation through both houses of parliament. Continue Reading
New hay fever guidelines- Latest research comparing antihistamine tablets and nasal steroid sprays. Continue Reading
COTA Australia welcomes Aged Care Diversity Framework- COTA, commends the government for recognising the diverse characteristics and life experiences of older Australians and their efforts to build an inclusive, respectful and person centred aged care system. Continue Reading
Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Information Kit- Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Information Kit for Local Government Councillors and Senior Management’ was launched. Continue Reading
New guide for short term restorative care- The Australian Government has produced a new guide booklet to help older Australians, their families and carers through the process of accessing short-term restorative care. Continue Reading
Labor commitment to tackling dementia welcomed- Labor commitment to tackling dementia welcomed – supply of more home care packages an urgent and major challenge Continue Reading
Victoria Goes Orange For A Future Free Of Violence- Victoria Against Violence campaign begins today Continue Reading
5th National Elder Abuse Conference- 5th National Elder Abuse Conference - 19-20 February 2018, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth - view draft Program available now! Continue Reading
Challenging Ageing Bilingual Program- COTA Victoria conducted a pilot program in Challenging Ageing for older Chinese living in the Melbourne area. Continue Reading
New Retirement Housing Advice Service- Choosing, maintaining and leaving retirement housing can be complex and difficult. Continue Reading
COTA office champion retires- Jill Bodnar retired last month after notching up more than 23 years of work. Continue Reading
Improving Residential Aged Care Services- What you consider an ‘excellent’ aged care service to be Continue Reading
Jane Halton COTA Australia Appoints Jane Halton AO As Independent Chair- COTA Australia, has appointed one of Australia's most experienced public sector administrators and policy thinkers, Jane Halton AO PSM, as its next Independent Chair. Continue Reading
Exploring stronger links between superannuation and aged care- roundtable on superannuation fund investment in Melbourne today. Continue Reading
Retirement housing reform – Parliament House Event- Join us for morning tea at parliament house to hear from your MP and their plans for retirement housing. Continue Reading
COTA VIC pilots aged care advice line- COTA VIC is piloting a free Aged Care Advisory Service from today until December 22. Continue Reading
Community Information Sessions – Victorian Energy Compare November- Community Information Sessions – Victorian Energy Compare Continue Reading
COTA welcomes proposed better protection of the wellbeing of older Australians in residential care- COTA Australia, welcomes the key recommendations of the Review of National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes by Kate Carnell AO and Professor Ron Paterson ONZM, released today by the Turnbull… Continue Reading
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews embraced Health Minister Jill Hennessy after the vote. AAP: Julian Smith Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passes Victoria’s Lower House after 24-hour debate- The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed 47 votes to 37, after a conscience vote. Continue Reading
COTA Victoria Annual General Meeting- The COTA Victoria Annual General Meeting will be held on 22 November, 2017 Continue Reading
Telechat Launched in Alpine Region- On Monday 25th September, Gerard Mansour, the Commissioner for Senior Victorians and the Ambassador for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, launched the Alpine Telechat Program in Bright. Continue Reading
Sargeant Delys Vale Delys Sargeant- We were sad to hear of the passing of our Life Member Delys Sargeant in late September. Continue Reading
COTA Victoria Celebrates National Carers Week – 15th to 21st October- Give a thought and a special thank you to the 700,000 Victorians in a caring role this week. Continue Reading
More assistance for people struggling with energy bills- More assistance for people struggling with energy bills Continue Reading
Debate Of Historic Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill Starts- This week the Victorian Parliament is expected to hold one of its most emotional debates, with all Labor Members given a conscience vote on the legislation. Continue Reading
Voluntary Assisted Dying- There has been a lot of community and media discussion on The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 currently before Parliament. Continue Reading
Renting will become fairer for tenants in Victoria- The Andrews Government has just announced its plan to give tenants more rights and longer term security under proposed reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act Continue Reading
When Something is Wrong – Preventing Elder Abuse- Carers Victoria is the state-wide voice for family and friend carers, representing and providing support to carers across Victoria. Carers provide care and support to family members and friends who… Continue Reading
The HeART of Ageing – Conversation event last 4th October- If you missed the event you can watch it on our YouTube Channel. We are keen to hear your views so join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Continue Reading
2017 Victorian Senior of the Year award winners- The 2017 Victorian Senior of the Year award winner has been announced. Continue Reading
Australia’s economic and social development being held back…- Australia’s economic and social development being held back by failure to tap the talents, contributions and participation of Older Australians Continue Reading
COTA Victoria urges informed discussion on Voluntary Assisted Dying- COTA Victoria urged informed discussion on the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) legislation introduced into the Victorian Parliament today.  Continue Reading
Morning Tea With the Ombudsman- Morning Tea With the Ombudsman Victoria Continue Reading
Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, says Yes to Marriage Equality- COTA Australia has officially announced its support for marriage equality and reiterated its commitment to ensuring LGBTI older Australians are afforded equal rights in all aspects of Australian society. Continue Reading
Community Information Sessions – Victorian Energy Compare- Information sessions in local community venues to promote awareness of energy affordability and bill literacy Continue Reading
Government action on 50,000+ home care waiting list very welcome but longer term solution needed soon- COTA Australia has welcomed the Turnbull government’s action to transparently report on and address the significant number of older people on home care waiting lists... Continue Reading
Finishing aged care reform must be a top priority for government as Tune Review report released- MEDIA RELEASE Finishing aged care reform must be a top priority for government as Tune Review report released Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today welcomed the release of the Aged… Continue Reading
Helping Brimbank become an Age Friendly City- COTA Victoria has been working in consultation with Brimbank City Council to help update and further develop their Age Friendly City Plan. Continue Reading
COTA Victoria statement on Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey- COTA Victoria statement on Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey Continue Reading
New voice for consumers- New research centre was launched dedicated to improving access, fairness and protections for Victorian consumers – the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) Continue Reading
Peer Educator presents at the Victorian Active Ageing Alliance’s Research and Practice Forum- Peer Educator presents at the Victorian Active Ageing Alliance’s Research and Practice Forum Continue Reading
Government fails to take decisive action on Retirement Housing- The government has chosen to opt out of any meaningful action on unfair contracts, high exit fees, poor complaints processes and treatment by village managers and operators. Continue Reading
Did you know that Victoria has a Ministerial Council for Volunteers?- The Ministerial Council for Volunteers was established to acknowledge the voice of volunteers and their vital contribution to the health and happiness of Victoria. Continue Reading
Nominations open for COTA Victoria Board- Nominations will open at 9.00 a.m. on 11 September, 2017 for positions on the Board of Council on the Ageing Victoria (COTA) that fall vacant at the Annual General Meeting… Continue Reading
COTA Welcomes Swift Government Action Toward Compulsory Flu Vaccinations For Aged Care Staff- COTA Welcomes Swift Government Action Toward Compulsory Flu Vaccinations For Aged Care Staff Continue Reading
The HeART of Ageing – Conversation Event- What does being an ‘older person’ mean in work, the media, politics, community and home? Continue Reading
Over 50’s employment pilots – a good step forward but more needed- Over 50’s employment pilots – a good step forward but more needed Continue Reading
Make Rent Fair update petition update- COTA Vic welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement today on new long-term tenancy agreements Continue Reading
New retirement village fees calculator enhances consumer information and decision-­‐making- New retirement village fees calculator enhances consumer information and decision making  Continue Reading
Get a $50 WISH Gift Card- Get a $50 WISH Gift Card for each selected COTA Insurance policy you take out over the phone by 30 June 2018. Continue Reading
Retirement Housing Residents want reform action now- Victoria has the opportunity to lead the rest of the nation on retirement housing reform. Continue Reading
Bridging the Digital Divide- The national network will bring together partners across Australia who are supporting older Australians to improve their digital literacy. Continue Reading
Declining digital inclusion as Australians age- The latest results on Australia’s Digital Inclusion Index looks at three key areas of digital inclusion: Access, Affordability and Digital Ability. Continue Reading
Respect Public Dentistry So Everyone Can Smile- Respect Public Dentistry So Everyone Can Smile Do you, or do you know someone who would be willing to share their experiences (both good and bad) with the public dental… Continue Reading
Older people excercising in park Volunteers Wanted for Activity Study- Researchers at the Institute of Health and Ageing at the Australian Catholic University are currently looking for participants for their Dynamic Activity Spaces Pilot (DASP) study. While an active lifestyle… Continue Reading
Final Report on Voluntary Assisted Dying- The Expert Panel’s final report details how voluntary assisted dying would work in Victoria. Continue Reading
Understanding Dementia – Free Online Course- The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania is offering a free, 9-week long, massive open online course (MOOC), ‘Understanding Dementia’. The course is a great… Continue Reading
Experiences of Carers of LGBTIQ People Diagnosed with a Mental illness - Carers Victoria are working in partnership with RMIT to undertake research to investigate the experiences of Victorian carers of LGBTIQ people living with mental illness or who have experienced a… Continue Reading
Easing The Burden Of Chronic Disease- The Pharmacist Chronic Disease Management Pilot will give eligiblepatients the freedom to visit their local pharmacy when monitoring and managing their chronic illnesses. Continue Reading
Development of Heart Failure in Older People- Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, is currently undertaking a study called the “Victorian study of Echocardiographic detection of Left ventricular dysfunction” Continue Reading
New Committee Members Required- Are you interested in improving the lives of older people in our community? Continue Reading
Retirement villages under federal scrutiny- COTA Victoria supports the resulting investigation initiated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and wants to see the issue on COAG’s agenda so that all states commit retirement housing… Continue Reading
COTA welcomes next steps in aged care reform but government must not falter in achieving greater choice and control- COTA welcomes next steps in aged care reform but government must not falter in achieving greater choice and control Continue Reading
Self-managing your home care package delivers more hours of support from people you choose- Self-managing your home care package delivers more hours of support from people you choose. Continue Reading
Design partners sought to improve the aged care system- Would you like to influence the design and quality of aged and community care services in Victoria and Australia? Continue Reading
COTA Policy Forum- On the 10th June the COTA National Policy Forum discussed the issues relating to Affordable, Accessible and Appropriate Housing for Older Australians. Continue Reading
New Retirement Housing Advice Service- Victoria’s first service dedicated to supporting people in Retirement Housing will be up and running from the 3rd of July 2017. Continue Reading
Return of Pension Concession Card- Legislation to reinstate the Pension Concession Card has passed! This measure restores access to concessions for older people who lost their pension after the 1 January 2017 reforms. Continue Reading
Community rallies to stop elder abuse- On June 15, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we stood together as a community in saying “we can stop elder abuse”. Continue Reading
End of Financial Year … it’s scam time!- Scam activity tends to build up around the end of the financial year, as people sometimes hurriedly and anxiously, gather documentation and prepare their tax returns. Continue Reading
New rules on how to give injections of Epipen and Epipen Jr- There has been a guideline change to how to administer Epipen and Epipen Jr: Hold the needle in place for only 3 seconds Do not massage the area after administration Continue Reading
Calls for action at federal and state level on retirement housing- Alan Fels, Bill Shorten and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt all agree, something must be done to address the treatment of older people in Retirement Villages. Continue Reading
Retirement village residents often left in the dark over complex contracts- COTA Australia, is calling on the federal government to consider implementing a national regulatory system for retirement providers. Continue Reading
Retirement Village Residents Have a Voice – Finally- Thanks to the investigative work of Four Corners and Fairfax Media, the plight of older people in Retirement Villages is receiving widespread coverage. Continue Reading
The Forgotten Faces of the looming Housing Crisis: older Australians- Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, will today host a housing policy summit, with experts warning of a looming crisis as older Australians face mounting pressure from rising rental prices and… Continue Reading
Are you feeling the heat of rising energy bills?- Are you feeling the impact of rising energy bills? Gas and electricity prices are expected to rise rapidly this year. Difficulties in paying energy bills are becoming more common. Increasing … Continue Reading
National Plan to combat elder abuse must be a top priority- MEDIA RELEASE: National Plan to combat elder abuse must be a top priority. Continue Reading
Peer Educator Mary turns 70 last May- Mary has been a devoted COTA Victoria volunteer for 13 years. Continue Reading
With One Voice choir programs- Creativity Australia’s With One Voice inclusive community choirs unite over 700 people aged 9 to 90, from all faiths and all walks of life. Continue Reading
Minimum housing standards for health and safety urgently needed- COTA Victoria is campaigning for the introduction of minimum health, safety and efficiency standards in rental properties. Too many Victorian renters are exposed to health and safety risks in sub-standard… Continue Reading
Online scammers target older Victorians- Minister for Consumer Affairs Marlene Kairouz today launched a new awareness campaign to give older Victorians the tools to avoid scams while surfing the net. Continue Reading
COTA Victoria 50+ Survey Report- In the survey more than 4000 Victorians were asked to share their opinion on how they find the information they need and how they get around their communities, and any… Continue Reading
A New Resource for Aged Care – palliAGED- palliAGED provides trustworthy, evidence based information and resources to support all those involved in caring for older Australians approaching the end of their life. Continue Reading
Help inform Brimbank’s Age Friendly City Plan- Brimbank City Council wants to hear from you to inform the draft Age Friendly City Plan 2017-2021 Continue Reading
If in doubt, don’t- Consumer Affairs Victoria is working to reduce the harm caused by scammers by building greater awareness and understanding of online scams among older Victorians. Continue Reading
Image an older couple looking at one another. Text: You matter, your care matters. National Palliative Care Week- You matter. Your Care matters. Find out about events and resources on palliative care and talking to those close to you about end of life and what matters to you Continue Reading
Pensioners squeezed out of Australian cities due to skyrocketing rents- A new report released today confirms that Australian pensioners have to leave the city to find affordable rent or pay more than 60 per cent of their income just to… Continue Reading
Residents call for better laws for retirement housing- Over a hundred residents of retirement villages and key organisations called for changes to retirement housing laws at a recent forum. COTA Victoria, Housing for the Aged Action Group, Residents… Continue Reading
Older Renters need Affordable Appropriate and Secure Housing- Each year COTA Victoria conducts a survey asking older people what issues concern them the most. In 2016 - 44.25% of respondents  (the majority) said that access to affordable, secure… Continue Reading
Can you spot a scam on social media?- Can you spot a scam on social media? National Consumer Fraud Week 15–19 May 2017 An Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce initiative In 2016 Scamwatch received more reports than ever of… Continue Reading
Go Purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day- Go Purple for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day! Seniors Rights Victoria is calling on all Victorians to “go purple” to celebrate the rights of older people and help raise awareness… Continue Reading
FEDERAL BUDGET 2017 Aged Care measures welcome -­‐ except one- Budget Aged Care measures welcome -­‐ except one Leading peak seniors’ advocacy organisation COTA Australia welcomed several additional commitments to the continuing aged care reform process in tonight’s Federal Budget… Continue Reading
Budget 2017: government delivers some good news for older Australians but…- Budget 2017: government delivers some good news for older Australians but misses some key challenges of an ageing Australia The 2017 Federal Budget has some good measures for older Australians… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria Media Release Victorian 2017-18 Budget Highlights- Victorian 2017-18 Budget Highlights Need for  Whole-of-Government Strategy on Ageing Council on the Ageing Victoria today urged the Victorian Government to begin work on Victoria’s first and much needed whole-of-government… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria Media Release Transport Investment Welcome- Budget boost to regional rail good news but co-ordination and communication must improve The Andrew’s government’s $1.45 billion investment in the state’s rural rail network is good news but must… Continue Reading
Show your support for fair rental laws in Victoria- People aged over 55 are the fastest growing group in the rental market. The issue of affordability, stability and appropriateness of housing is a significant issue for older people on… Continue Reading
Top five questions on moving to a Residential Park answered- If you’rethinking about moving into a residential park, you need to get up to speed on what you’re signing up for, before making this important financial and lifestyle commitment. We’ve… Continue Reading
A long Time Coming. New book of Melanie Joosten- With improved health care and higher standards of living, each generation is living longer than the last. Governments see our ageing population as an imminent disaster, and old age as… Continue Reading
2017 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards- Nominate your organisation, or your colleagues, friends or family members, for the 2017 Victorian Senior of the Year Awards and help recognise the enormous, valuable contributions that older Victorians make… Continue Reading
Paper bills and statements exemptions update- While Keep Me Posted fights for every Australian's right to choose paper communications free of charge, some providers have implemented exemptions programs. Here are some examples, do not hesitate to… Continue Reading
Social Networking for Older Migrants- When older migrants move to a new country there are often many opportunities as well as challenges. These challenges can be worse as they deal with major social and cultural… Continue Reading
Victorian Seniors Festival 2017- Victorian Seniors Festival 2017, 8 –13 October “You’re Welcome”. Regardless of background, experience or mobility, everyone is encouraged to take part to learn new skills and make new friends in… Continue Reading
Victorian Carer Statement Survey- Are you a Carer? Carers Victoria are working on the first Victorian Carer Statement and want your involvement. The Victorian Government has engaged Carers Victoria to work in partnership to… Continue Reading
Communication and Swallowing in Healthy Ageing- Our voice, how we speak and understand language can change as we age. The prevalence of brain disorders like dementia also increases as we get older. To accurately identify the… Continue Reading
Review of Rent Laws – will it deliver fairer, safer housing for tenants- The issue of affordability, security and appropriateness of housing is a significant issue for older people on fixed lower incomes. The review of the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (RTA) has… Continue Reading
Congratulations to Retirement Housing Campaigners- COTA Victoria acknowledges the long and tireless campaign for reform by retirement living residents. Our warmest congratulations to YOU the RESIDENTS on the significant report handed down by the Victorian… Continue Reading
How Will Artificial Intelligence Support Care in The Home- The emergence of more powerful computers, near-ubiquitous mobile broadband and cloud computing has created exponential change across every industry and society. Increasingly, we are seeing the convergence of physical and… Continue Reading
COTA Victoria welcomes retirement house sector recommendations- COTA Victoria welcomes retirement house sector recommendations The state’s peak body for older Victorian today congratulated the Legal and Social Issues Committee on its report and recommendations for reform in… Continue Reading
Call for action on Retirement Housing Report- CALL FOR ACTION ON RETIREMENT HOUSING REPORT: Tuesday 7th March 1.15pm, steps of Parliament House If you live in a retirement village, residential park or independent living unit and want… Continue Reading
A Morning at Melbourne Museum- Melbourne Museum is exploring the experiences that older people have when visiting museums and galleries with the longer-term aim of encouraging cultural institutions to better cater to all generations and… Continue Reading
Ageing Innovation Challenge- Equity Trustees wants to fund great ideas that will build the capability of Victorian aged care organisations to implement innovative, sustainable changes, and is providing a granting pool of $150,000… Continue Reading
From left to right (Mabel, Vicki, Pam and Dee) Volunteers inspiring each other to live longer and stronger- Almost two decades ago, in 2000, Pam Meddings started a seniors exercise group in East Doncaster, Living Longer, Living Stronger (LLLS). Today, the East Doncaster LLLS is one of the… Continue Reading
Enhancing the community’s knowledge and engagement with law at the end of life- Little is known about whether individuals know the law, or are able to exercise their legal rights to be involved in the process of making decisions about treatment. The Australian… Continue Reading
Do you want to improve accessibility on trams?- Yarra Trams is conducting a trial which will improve boarding for people who use mobility aids. A bridging plate has been developed which should eliminate the gap between the boarding… Continue Reading
Sign the petition: Nursing Home Residents Deserve Better Access to Mental Health Care- Sign the petition: Nursing Home Residents Deserve Better Access to Mental Health Care Our frailest older Australians deserve the best care on offer Over 170,000 older Australians living in residential… Continue Reading
Government Update on Assisted Dying Legislation- The Andrews Labor Government will introduce legislation later this year to legalise voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill people in Victoria. The Bill will be consistent with the assisted dying… Continue Reading
LGBTI. The future is now: a survey on future planning for older LGBTI Victorians-   YOUR CHANCE TO TELL US WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR FUTURE END OF LIFE PLANNING COTA Victoria and Transgender Victoria in conjunction with the National Ageing Research Institute would… Continue Reading
Assisted dying laws will be introduced to the Victorian parliament next year- Assisted dying laws will be introduced to the Victorian parliament next year COTA Victoria CEO calls for calm and informed discussion on the Government’s response to the End of Life… Continue Reading
New Ambassador for Elder Abuse Announced- New Ambassador for Elder Abuse Announced. On Friday December 2nd, Fiona Richardson, the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, re-announced the Victorian Government’s $1m investment in initiatives to prevent… Continue Reading
Online Survey on personal experiences with hearing aids and music- It is widely acknowledged that hearing aids that make efforts to improve music transmission are also good for speech and that the reverse in NOT the case. While hearing issues… Continue Reading
Launching COTA’s Prison Diary 2017- Hearing a live blues band, doing the Hokey Cokey and listening to poetry usually aren’t usually part of COTA’s outreach, but we enjoyed them all on 11 November at HMP… Continue Reading
A Home for Life: towards an older persons housing strategy- COTA Victoria attended HAAG AGM for the launch of a Home for Life: towards an older persons’ housing strategy. The report was launched by Gerard Mansour, Commissioner for Senior Victorians.… Continue Reading
CHALLENGING AGEISM- On 1st October 2016, International Day of the Older Person, Seniors Rights Victoria and COTA Victoria launched the Challenging Ageism booklet that provides an overview of ageism in Australia and what… Continue Reading
Online Social Housing Register- The Victorian Government has launched an online social housing register, bringing together all of the state’s 40 plus social housing waiting lists in one integrated system. People will only fill… Continue Reading
The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) invites you to complete a survey exploring people’s thoughts and plans in relation to pre-planning their funeral, memorial and/or cremation/burial.- This survey is being conducted on behalf of the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust to assist them in providing appropriate and innovative products and services to the community. The survey will… Continue Reading
2016 Census- Don’t miss the count on August 9 On August 9, everyone in Australia has the opportunity to pause and make a difference to the nation’s future. More than 15 million… Continue Reading
SPOTLIGHT ON HEALTH CONCERNS OF OLDER AUSTRALIANS- Rising health insurance costs are hitting older people hard. In today’s The Age newspaper, Rania Spooner reports on the Melbourne University’s Household, Income and Labour Dynamics survey which shows that… Continue Reading
Sisters Visit Basil IT Trainer- Jeanette Mullins (left) and Norma Mullins (right) are sisters-in-law. Norma visits Basil Theophilos (in the middle) regularly in the COTA office on Tuesdays for his advice on using her smart phone. “Basil is patient… Continue Reading
Victorian Cremations- Victorian Cremations is a brand new online initiative by the Government administered Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT). It is a website allowing you the opportunity to pre-purchase a Cremation Certificate… Continue Reading
Election Commitments Multicultural Seniors- What are politicians saying at this Federal election in relation to seniors from multicultural backgrounds? As part of The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria’s (ECCV) policy advocacy on behalf of… Continue Reading
COTA Australia Media Release Greens Ageing Policy- Greens ageing policy will improve lives of older Australians Leading seniors advocate COTA Australia today welcomed the first major party’s policy on ageing Equality and Compassion: Supporting older Australians by… Continue Reading
COTA Australia Media Release Dementia- Leading seniors’ advocacy organisation COTA Australia has welcomed Aged Care Minister Sussan Ley’s announcement today of dedicated funds for specialist dementia care units and dementia friendly communities. COTA Australia Chief… Continue Reading
Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices Report- The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices handed down its Final Report today. Significant recommendations have been made covering the provision and funding of palliative care services, improving… Continue Reading
Willing Older Workers- An Australian Story: How an unemployed older couple started up Willing Older Workers (WOW) to do something about older unemployed workers. The Seniors Conference held last week focussed on an… Continue Reading
MOOC on Death and Dying-   CareSearch, a palliative care website, are developing and running a ‘Massive Open Online Course’ (MOOC) on death, dying and palliative care in Australia (Dying2Learn). MOOCs are accessible, short, web-based courses.… Continue Reading
Superannuation Media Release 4th June 2016- Seniors And Community Sector Urge PM To Hold Firm On Superannuation Media Release 4th June 2016 Australia's peak seniors and community sector organisations today urged the Prime Minister to stand… Continue Reading
Salvation Army Out of Reach Report-   The Salvation Army is calling on both sides of politics to make poverty a key Federal Election issue after releasing disturbing new statistics on the level of poverty in… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
New COTA Victoria CEO Announced-   Above: New COTA VICTORIA CEO Ronda Held Cathy Mead, President of COTA Victoria announced the appointment of our new CEO: “The Board is delighted to announce that we have appointed… Continue Reading
Successful Webinar by Seniors Information- What to do when it all goes wrong? Supporting Senior Citizens Groups in Conflict Webinar As our aging population steadily increases, Seniors Information COTA Victoria and the Dispute Settlement Centre… Continue Reading
The State Apologises-   Today the Victorian Government and Premier Daniel Andrews have apologised to countless men convicted of offences while homosexuality was criminalised in the state.  Until 1980, homosexuality was an offence… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Older Adults Well-being Research Study- University of Adelaide Older Adults Well-being Research Study. Are you aged 60 or over? Your experiences are valuable to us. This research study is investigating the relationship between older adults’ ability… Continue Reading
National Consumer Fraud Week 2016- Scamwatch is urging older Australians to 'Wise up to Scams' during this year's National Consumer Fraud Week, which runs from 16-22 May 2016. Think you have received a scam call? Seniors Information COTA… Continue Reading
Camp COTA-    COTA Victoria is working with the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) to come up with an outstanding outdoor education program in a residential camp setting that will be attractive… Continue Reading
New Age Discrimination Commissioner- COTA Welcomes New Age Discrimination Commissioner  COTA has welcomed Dr Kay Patterson to her role as Australia’s new Age Discrimination Commissioner and the reinstatement of full time commissioners to the… Continue Reading
Media Release Seniors Conference 2016- Media Release            Age discrimination in the workforce: action needed Tuesday May 10 A major conference on the impact of age discrimination in the work force will be held in Melbourne… Continue Reading
Law Week Event – Senior Citizens Clubs- What to do when it all goes wrong – senior citizen clubs 12pm Thursday 19th May 2016  Disputes within seniors citizens' clubs and associations can be intractable and create difficulties… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Sexually transmitted infections on the rise in over-50s-   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… Continue Reading
Understanding Those Who Have Experienced War- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Meet Cota Victoria Volunteer Basil- 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… Continue Reading
First Global Report on Diabetes- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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 &… Continue Reading
Walking Into Danger- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Dealing With Death Sharing Your Experiences- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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.… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Banyule Age in Focus Photo Exhibition- 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… Continue Reading
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,… Continue Reading
Welcome Acting CEO Jack Sach- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Medical Use of Cannabis- 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… Continue Reading
Heat Alert for Wimmera and North Central Districts- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Housing Rally 1pm Wednesday March 9- 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… Continue Reading
Farewell to COTA Victoria CEO Sue Hendy- 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… Continue Reading
National Elder Abuse Conference Gets Results- 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… Continue Reading
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,… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Heat Alert Wednesday 24th February 2016- 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… Continue Reading
SMCT Share your views with us- 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… Continue Reading
Heat Alert Tuesday 23rd February 2016- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Win Double Pass To Australian Premiere- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Bunurong Memorial Park- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Win Double Pass To Two Raging Grannies Film- 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… Continue Reading
Seniors Forum 23 February 2016- 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… Continue Reading
2016 Census Job Opportunities – Apply Today!- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
2016 Musica Viva Melbourne Coffee Concert- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Australian Senior of the Year- 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… Continue Reading
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.… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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 –… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
#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… Continue Reading
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.… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Become a Volunteer- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Seniors Supplement Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Inquiry into End of Life Choices- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Free Breast Screening for Victorian Women over 70- 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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      … Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
Father Bob Maguire joins COTA at Fair Go for Pensioners 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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading
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… Continue Reading

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