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COTA VIC gives Andrews State Budget thumbs up, but says some ‘gaping holes’ need addressing

COTA VIC CEO Tina Hogarth-Clarke says while the Victorian Government's 22/23 State Budget offers much that is likely to improve the health and wellbeing of older Victorians, sh also believes it leaves a number of gaping holes that still need to be addressed, especially public infrastructure.

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

Labor and coalition switch focus to wooing seniors’ vote

Senior Australians are being courted by the major parties as each side commits to extra health care benefits, but Council on the Ageing wants more ambitious policies.

COTA VIC policy objectives highlight glaring gaps in services for older Victorians

COTA Victoria’s six priorities featured in its pre-budget submission highlight the depth and breadth of the gaps in services older Victorians are experiencing relating to social wellbeing, expanding workforce opportunities, elder abuse, transport, digital inclusion and mobility. BIANCA ROBERTS reports

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.

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.

COTA calls for an ‘Essential Visitor’ system in aged care after damaging impacts on residents due to extended lockdowns

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia is calling on all state and territory governments to immediately ensure that their public health orders and directions relating to COVID-19 and nursing homes include a provision that all aged care residents have access to at least one ‘Essential Visitor’ who can see them in person, even during a Covid outbreak.

OPAN and COTA events celebrating International Day of Older Persons and inaugural Ageism Awareness Day on Oct 1

The United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons is a reminder to celebrate the older people in our lives and recognise the significant contribution they make to our communities.

COTA leads consumer support for 25 per cent pay raise for aged care workers

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Australia is backing claims for a 25 per cent pay boost for aged care workers.

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