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Take some time on June 15 to Stir A Cuppa With Seniors to highlight their role in families

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is coming up on June 15, and will be marked by Seniors Rights Victoria, a key program of COTA Victoria, with a special initiative emphasising the lifelong value of our beloved Nans and Pops.

Elusive Colbeck emerges to chat with COTA Australia’s Ian Yates during webinar

Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator Richard Colbeck has today spoken about the progress made by the Morrison Government after the handing down of the final report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in July 2021, a process of reform he says he is keen to continue after the election. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

Important steps to helping older Australians avoid emergency departments

Improving the care of older Australians in a bid to help them avoid hospital emergency departments will be the focus of a new project that federal health minister Greg Hunt says has been awarded funding from the Medical Research Future Fund.

O’Neil and Ruston speak to COTA about their parties’ key policy objectives for older Aussies

COTA Australia has welcomed Labor’s Clare O’Neil, Shadow Minister for Ageing and Aged Care Services, and Senator Anne Ruston, Minister for Families and Social Services, to discuss their key policy objectives that will impact the wellbeing of older Australians. BIANCA ROBERTS presents an overview of their key points

COTA head says election focus needs to be on older Australians

The peak body for older Australians has urged whoever wins the May 21 election to take a whole of government approach to tackle issues faced by older Australians.

Winter is coming: OPAN CEO opens up on the urgency for getting rights of older people in order

Balancing the human rights of aged care residents with an equally important obligation to protect them in this pandemic is proving a difficult and ongoing quandary. OPAN chief executive officer Craig Gear tells BIANCA ROBERTS it's going to take a combined effort on the part of government, health systems and private residential facilities to find a resolution.

Self-managing in-home care keeps older Australians healthy and happy for longer: new research

New research has found that self-management of aged care packages can be a successful option for older Australians, because they pay lower fees and have more money to spend on services and support.

While in-home care remains preferable for most, approval of home care packages remains a major stumbling block

More older Australians are favouring in-home care as opposed to entering residential aged care facilities, however lengthy waiting times for home care packages are leaving older persons and their carers struggling for months on their own. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.

COTA calls for an end to prolonged aged care lockdowns

Council on the Ageing CEO Ian Yates says while locking down residential aged care facilities at the start of an outbreak is understandable, it can't continue indefinitely.

Reworked aged care visiting code provides better balance between safety and respecting people’s rights

A revised version of the Industry Code for Visiting Aged Care Homes has been released for public consultation, which industry bodies claim provides a better balance between safety measures and respecting the rights of older Australians and their emotional wellbeing.

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