COTA ACT E-NEWS (May 2019)

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May 2019

Need help navigating the Aged Care system?


COTA ACT (along with ADACAS) are conducting an Aged Care Navigation Trial in the ACT and Queanbeyan over the next 18 months. This new national trial is funded by the Australian Government as part of the Better Access to Aged Care program. 


As the title suggests, the trial aims to assist older people who may find it difficult to access or understand the aged care system. They may be accessing aged care for the first time, or transitioning between the Commonwealth Home Support Program, Home Care packages and/or Residential Aged Care.


You can contact COTA ACT for more information on 6282 3777. 


Your rights in aged care - understanding the Charter of Aged Care Rights and how it will empower and protect you
The Australian Government is introducing a new and simpler Charter of Aged Care Rights. The Charter will make it easier for a person receiving aged care services to understand what you can expect from an aged care provider.
The understand what the Charter means for you, why having rights are important, how to claim your rights in a confident manner, your responsibilities, and where to go for help, you can attend a free event run by Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) and ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service (ADACAS). 
When: Friday 14 June, 2-3:30pm
Where: Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom St Hughes
Registration: to OPAN or 1800 237 981.

Aged Care educational Series 2019 - Strategies to pay for residential aged care


There are lots of options to consider when assessing how you will pay for your aged care needs. This seminar will give you a balanced and independent review of several payment options that can be used to help people pay for their residential aged care costs. Financial Planner and accredited aged care professional, Craig Phillips, will take you through the pros and cons of annuities, the pension Loan scheme, reverse mortgages, selling and renting the former home and applying for financial hardship. 


When: Wednesday 19 June 2019, 1-2:30pm

Where: Hughes Community Centre Hall, Wisdom St Hughes

RSVP to or by calling COTA ACT on 6282 3777

Canberra's new public transport network
Just a reminder that the free travel period following the launch of Canberra's new public transport network has wrapped up.
ACT Seniors Card holders are still able to access free off peak travel (between 9am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday, and all day on weekends and public holidays) with a valid Seniors/MyWay Card (you must have a positive balance on this card to access this travel), with ACT Seniors/MyWay Card holders over 70 travelling free at all times. 
Did you know that MyWay Cards can expire? Cards remain valid for two years from the date of the last transaction (a transaction could be tapping on a bus/light rail or putting credit onto the card). Once a card is expired, it cannot be activated and a new card will need to be issued. 
Reminder: if you get a new card and want to transfer funds from your old card you will need to contact MyWay to do so. This is an easy process, done over the phone by calling them on 6207 7711. 
Bring your Bill - free sessions
COTA ACT has partnered with ActewAGL to bring you a free Bring Your Bill session.
Get one on one advice from an ActewAGL expert who can assist you with:
  • Understanding your bill
  • Reading the fine print of your bill
  • Ensuring you are claiming any discounts or concessions you are entitled to
  • Tips to save money on your bill
The sessions are by appointment only.
When: Friday 26 July, 9:30am-2:30pm
Where: Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom St Hughes
Bookings: essential, call COTA ACT on 6282 3777 to book your spot.

COTA ACT Little Library


The COTA ACT Little Library continues to be popular with patrons of the Hughes Community Centre. 


The last month has seen a big demand in books – with our supply dwindling.


If you have any used, good quality books lying around they would be most welcome to replenish our stocks.  You can drop in any book donations to the COTA ACT office (at the end of the hallway at the Hughes Community Centre). 


Welcome to Hughes' newest resident!

COTA ACT were delighted to be in attendance at the reveal of the new statue A Delicate Moment at the Hughes shopping centre on Saturday 25 May. 
The statue was unveiled by Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay in front of hundreds of residents. 
Tuesday Lunchtime Forums are back!
COTA ACT and U3A's Tuesday Lunchtime Forums are back for 2019!
The forums are open to the public with no bookings required (seating is on a first come basis). 
Entrance fee: $2
Free tea and coffee provided - but please bring your own cup
Where: Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom St Hughes
When: Tuesdays, 12:30-1:45pm
Upcoming sessions include:
  • 4 June - Australia Votes - the 2019 election - the results and what does it mean (Mark Kenny, Senior Fellow, Australian Studies Institute and former SMH political editor)
  • 11 June - The Past, Present and Future of the Mt Stromlo Observatory (Brad Tucker, Astrophysicist/Cosmologist, Mt Stromlo Observatory)
  • 18 June - Town Planning in the ACT to the future (Wayne Rutledge, Deputy DG, Department of Sustainability and the Built Environment)
  • 25 June - Immigration - what are the truths behind the trends in Australia's immigration figures (Abul Rizvi, ex-Deputy Secretary, Department of Immigration and commentator/writer on immigration policy)
  • 2 July - A personal perspective on some key aspects of Russian history and culture (Kyle Wilson, former Intelligence Analyst and visiting fellow, Centre of European Studies ANU)
 Winter wellbeing - are you protected?
With winter comes in the inevitable sickness - but there are a number of immunisations you can get to protect yourself.
Flu shot

Having a yearly flu vaccination is your best protection against the flu.

Each year the flu vaccine changes to cover the latest strains to better protect you and your family from the flu.

If you are aged over 65 you can get the flu vaccine for free at a GP or pharmacy (note: your GP may charge a consultation fee). 

Pneumococcal immunisation

Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection. It is especially serious for young children and older people. It can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infection and meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain).

Those aged 65 and older can be immunised for free through your GP under the National Immunisation Program (note: your GP may charge a consultation fee).



News Survey: Do you read, watch or listen to news? What is your opinion?


Researchers at the University of Canberra are conducting a study on older generation’s news preferences and consumption. 


The results will be used to help inform policy about the role of news and information in older people’s wellbeing. The survey is anonymous.


If  you are aged 50 or older and interested in participating, please click on the link


The survey will take about 10-15 minutes of your time.


This survey has been approved by the UC Human Research Ethics Committee.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr Sora Park This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., from the News and Media Research Centre or (02) 6201 5423.


Safer vehicle choices save lives - find out more at Bunnings Tuggeranong Saturday 1 June
Did you know that older drivers (aged 65+) are at greater risk of death or serious injury in a motor vehicle crash?
COTA ACT are pleased to be working with ANCAP and the ACT Government to raise awareness about vehicle safety, fitness to drive, and transitioning to other modes of transport if required. 
This Saturday 1 June, from 12-3 we will be out at Bunnings Tuggeranong raising awareness of vehicle safety. There will be a range of information, a crash display, sausage sizzle and Minister Rattenbury will be in attendance. 
Did you know that older model cars offer very poor protection in a car crash? Older model cars can lack safety features (including airbags - even for the driver).  See more about the safety in different vehicles at:
FREE Financial Information Service (FIS) seminars

The Financial Information Service (FIS) is an education and information service available to help people to make informed decisions about investment and financial issues. 


All are welcome at the free 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.

Upcoming seminars:

  • Aged Care Fees and Charges  -  6pm 5 June 2019 @ Hellenic Club, Phillip (Topics include Home Care and Residential Care, Fees and charges, the family home, pension considerations, case studies, financial planning issues)
  • Home Equity Loans -  6pm 6 June 2019 @ Hellenic Club, Phillip (Topics include Understanding Home Equity Conversion Loans, Benefits, Disadvantages, Estate issues, getting more information)
  • Investing with Safety - 6pm 17 July 2019 @ Hellenic Club, Phillip ( Topics include Fees and Costs and The Financial Planning Process)
  • Reducing your Mortgage -  6pm 18 July 2019 @ Hellenic Club, Phillip (Topics include Mortgage types and structures, Repayment strategies, Using a mortgage broker, Saving for the future)

Take a 5-minute survey on healthcare decisions


ADACAS would like to hear from people who require support to make their healthcare decisions. This could include but is not limited to, people with intellectual impairment, dementia, acquired brain injury or people experiencing mental ill health.


We would also like to know about the needs and experiences of carers and health professionals in supporting healthcare decisions.


We want to ensure the availability of support for people so they are able to actively participate when they make a healthcare decision.



Ever thought about living in beautiful Braidwood?


Stage 2 of Summerfield Estate is currently under construction, due to be completed in October 2019. 


Summerfield has a wonderful north facing aspect and pristine rural views from all sides of the estate – as well as terrific common facilities such as Indoor Heated Pool, Large Clubhouse, Arts/Craft Centre & Gym.  

Summerfield is positioned adjacent to the Braidwood Hospital, 400m to the town centre  1 Hour from Canberra and 45mins from the coast.


If you'd like more information, call Adam on 0432 125 242. 

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Free Author talk - Barry Maitland
Barry Maitland is the author of the acclaimed Brock and Kolla series of crime mystery novels set in London, as well as the Australian mystery thriller Bright Air and the new Belltree Trilogy.  He joins us to talk about his latest in the Brock and Kolla series, The Promised Land.


Newly promoted Detective Chief Inspector Kathy Kolla investigates a series of brutal murders on Hampstead Heath. Under intense pressure to find answers, she arrests the unlikely figure of John Pettigrew, a failing London publisher who lives on the edge of the Heath. Pettigrew’s lawyer involves recently retired David Brock for advice, and soon the old colleagues, Brock and Kolla, are at loggerheads.

At the heart of the gripping mystery of the Hampstead murders lies a manuscript of an unknown novel by one of the greatest literary figures of the twentieth century. Brock believes that its story will unlock the puzzle, but how?


This free author talk takes place at Woden Library on Monday, 3 June from 6:30-7:30pm, and bookings can be made on Eventbrite.  


How can assistive technology help you?
The Deafness Resource Centre is running a free assistive technology workshop to learn about the equipment available to help ease the difficulties of hearing loss. Learn about aids for television, telephones, home safety, alarms and alerts. Plus presentation from ACT Fire and Rescue on fire safety.
When: Monday 17 June, 6:30-8pm
Where: ACT Deafness Resource Centre, Grant Cameron Community Centre (Level 1b, 27 Mulley St, Holder)
RSVP: to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 13. 
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Presented by Legal Aid ACT, ACT Government, Relationships Australia and Northside Community Services.
Come along for morning tea, information and conversations.
When: Thursday 13 June, 10:30am-12pm
Where: Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre, 180 London Circuit, Canberra
RSVP: by 7 June to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call 02 6257 2255.