COTA ACT E-NEWS (April #2 2019)

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April #2 2019

Have your say on issues for older Australians this election

With less than one month until Australia votes in the 2019 Federal Election, COTA Australia is undertaking a survey to better understand what older Australians want to see prioritised by the incoming Federal Government.

By taking part in this survey, you will be helping COTA refine asks for all political parties and inform the discussions with politicians on the issues that matter to older Australians the most.

You can complete the survey here.

The survey covers a whole range of issues, including access to good quality aged care, access to affordable oral and dental care and changes to the retirement income system.

The survey will be open until midnight on the 30th of April.

All responses are confidential and will be de-identified.

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Bring Your Bill - energy workshop


You’re invited to ActewAGL’s Bring Your Bill Workshop, where you can learn about how to save money on your gas, electricity and water bills.


Bring in your most recent bill and you will receive personalised support from local contact centre representatives, who will assess your bill to identify potential savings.


The ACT Government’s Actsmart team will be on hand to provide advice on other discounts and concessions that may be available to you. You can also learn about how easy it is to manage your account online.


Tea/coffee and light refreshments will be served.


Date:  Wed 8 May, 1-3pm

Location: Hughes Community Centre, Whittle St, Hughes ACT

Please note you do not have to be an ActewAGL customer to attend.




Canberra’s new public transport network starts Monday 29 April 2019


Transport Canberra’s new public transport network starts on Monday 29 April 2019

with four weeks of free travel. 


To find out how Canberra’s network is changing or to plan your future trip using the TC Journey Planner visit the Transport Canberra website.  


Need help understanding the new network? Transport Canberra has put together a fact sheet with key information and changes - see it here



Get to Know your ACT Legislative Assembly


Ever wondered how your local members are elected? Curious about the ins and outs of the assembly?


The ACT Legislative Assembly are running a free seminar with all the information about the Assembly. 


When:  Wednesday, 15 May, 9:30am-3pm

Where: Reception room, ACT Legislative Assembly, 196 London Circuit (public entrance is off Civic Square)


To register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 62053025. No cost involved. For Information phone Manager, Education and Engagement on 6205 3016


Find out more information on this flyer


Free art workshops for seniors


Tuggeranong Arts Centre is offering free art workshops in Collage, Ceramics and Textiles as part of our Reclaimed Vintage project.


Reclaimed Vintage is a participatory arts project for senior Canberrans. Through a series of workshops with professional artists, participants will create new artworks to be shown in a public exhibition which reclaim ageist language and challenge stereotypes. The artworks will also be used in a social media awareness campaign with skills training provided by Instagrammers Canberra (@igerscanberra).


Places are available for the following workshops:

o   Collage with Blaide Lallemand

Using vintage picture frames, 'fill the frame' with your unique artistic expression drawing inspiration from your personal journey and the challenges of getting older.

Mondays 10am - 12pm (29th April to 1st July)

Uniting Amala - 200 Woodcock Drive, Gordon


o   Ceramics with Tony Steel

Create your own glazed clay tile celebrating the positives of ageing as part of a large ceramic wall installation.

Thursdays 10am-12pm (2nd May - 4th July)

Tuggeranong Arts Centre - 137 Reed Street, Greenway


o   Textiles with Carol Cooke

Explore the language of ageing and ageism in textiles using various forms of stitching, crochet and embroidery.

Fridays 10am-12pm (3rd May - 12th July, exc. 14th June)

Marigal Gardens - 21 Snodgrass Crescent, Kambah


To register call 02 6293 1443 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information, head to:




Living with Dementia and Driving Study


  • Are you or your loved one living with dementia?
  • Retired from driving or considering retiring in the future?
  • Needing support?

We invite you to participate in our research. We can come to you.



Stopping driving can be one of the most challenging issues for people living with dementia, their families and health professionals.


Participants (of any age) and their care partner are able to participate in the community-based CarFreeMe program. The program offers emotional and practical support for people making the transition to life without driving. The program includes:

  • Collecting information about your needs related to getting around the community.
  • Getting education, help and support from a health professional.
  • Being part of a small group OR getting the help 1:1 at your home.
  • Trying out different transport options and finding solutions to problems with getting around.


To participate or find out more please contact:

Email Amy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Telephone: 0457 779 766

Amy is based in Canberra





Mindful Self-Compassion - 8-week course


  • Mindful Self-Compassion to help reduce stress
  • Enhance feelings of wellbeing, acceptance, kindness and love
  • Increase resilience to pain, stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Transform with inner calmness, develop inner strength and vitality
  • Be able to deal more effectively with life’s challenges
  • Bring balance to your life and make the most of what is around you


Combine the Self-Compassion component with your daily Mindfulness practice and feel more relaxed, more able to deal with the challenges in your life and improve relationships with yourself and others.


Starts Tuesday evening 28 May.


Join Kathryn and Judith (trained in Mindful Self-Compassion as per Dr Kristin Neff and Dr Christopher Germer’s Mindful Self-Compassion program).



Enquiries: 0411 440 997 (Kathryn) and 0418 765 612 (Judith)or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



ActewAGL heating and cooling appliance upgrades

Actew's ducted gas heating program ends this June, with limited spots available. Don't let your current heating system cause an unnecessary bill spike. 

Take advantage of ActewAGL's Energy Saving Solutions which provide rebates to upgrade appliances and implement energy efficient solutions (that can help you save more money).


Don't forget ActewAGL's Bring Your Bill workshop (details above) on 8 May to find out how you can save money on your bills. 


CHN Phone Clinic for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their carers


To coincide with Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Capital Health Network (CHN) has launched a dedicated phone advice service for people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their Carers in the ACT.  The CHN Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist, Naomi Edison, is available each Wednesday morning between 9am – noon on 0400 206 793. 


What the phone clinic can offer:

  • assistance in navigating the health system
  • basic education and information regarding symptom management
  • advice on available services in the ACT and assistance in making referrals
  • identification of short term concerns and appropriate pathways for management.


What the clinic cannot do:

  • offer advice regarding medications, medication adjustments and prescribing options.  


Naomi is also available to attend general practices to meet with Practice Nurses and/or patients alike to speak with them about a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.  



Upcoming FIS seminars

The Financial Information Service (FIS) is an education and information service available to everyone in the community. We help people to make informed decisions about investment and financial issues. We are independent, free and confidential and provide services through seminars, and by phone and appointment. To speak to a FIS Officer via phone service please phone 132 300.


Details of some upcoming seminars can be found at


Families, friends and groups are welcome at all seminars, but booking is essential and can be made by calling 136 357 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Estate Planning: 8 May, 6pm @ Hellenic Club, Phillip  ( Topics include Insurance, Powers of Attorney, Wills, Assets not covered by Wills, Reducing the impact of tax and fees)

Managing your Money: 9 May @ Hellenic Club, Phillip (Topics include personal financial planning, reviewing your financial position, dealing with financial stress, planning for the future, protecting your assets)



Save the date - COTA Australia's National Policy Forum

Challenging Ageism: What is it and what would Australia look like without it?

Thursday 13 June 2019, National Press Club



Advance Care Planning information session


An important part of healthy ageing is being prepared for future events. If something happened to you - would your loved ones know your health preferences to be able to speak for you?


An Advance Care Plan consists of two main documents - an Enduring Power of Attorney and a Statement of Choices.


The Advance Care Planning Team is running a free information session on Wednesday 1 May at the Hughes Community Centre (10-11:30am).  Spaces are extremely limited and RSVP is essential to 02 5124 9274.


In addition, COTA ACT hosts the Advance Care Planning Team to help you to complete your Advance Care Plan or get information one on one - best of all the appointments are free!


If you would like to book a session, or find out more information - contact us on 6282 3777.




ACT Seniors Card age eligibility is changing


As part of an ACT Budget decision in 2016, the eligibility age for the ACT Seniors Card will be gradually increased to 65 years by 1 July 2025. 


On 1 July 2017, the eligibility age increased to 61 years and will increase by one year every two years until 2025.


This means from 1 July, 2019 the eligibility age for an ACT Seniors Card will be 62. 


The change in eligibility age does not impact existing card holders.