COTA ACT E-NEWS (April 2019)

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April 2019


Upcoming COTA ACT workshops and seminars


Actsmart Energy Workshop - Reducing your energy usage and preparing for winter

Winter is coming! Learn how to make your home warm and comfortable during Canberra’s long winters while minimising your energy bills.

In this free workshop, Actsmart will explain how to:

  • Keep cold draughts out
  • Keep the heat in
  • Choose the most efficient and cheapest heating for your needs
  • Make sure you are on the best energy plan and receiving any discounts and concessions you are eligible for.

When: Wed 10 April, 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Hughes Community Centre, 2 Wisdom St Hughes

Bookings: required to or to COTA ACT on 6282 3777. 




EDUCATIONAL SERIES 2019: Transitioning from a retirement village arrangement into residential aged care

Being prepared for care needs later in life or in case of an emergency will take away any surprises, ensuring you get the best possible outcome should you require 24-hour care and accommodation in residential care.

The extent to which the government subsidises aged care services and the mix between public funding and consumer payments differs. For residential aged care, funding arrangements are complex.

This educational seminar will take you through the contractual and financial considerations of transitioning from a retirement village arrangement into permanent residential aged care.

Guest speaker:
• Nicole Lawder MLA, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Member for Brindabella

Expert Panel:
• Alistair Christie, ACT Retirement Village Association
• Trish Low, COTA ACT
• Craig Phillips, Phillips Wealth Partners
• Paul Salinas, Campbell and Co Lawyers
• Luisa Capezio, Independent Care Solutions

When: Tue 16 April, 12:30–4:30pm

Where: Hughes Community Centre, 2 Wisdom St Hughes

Bookings: required to





ACT Seniors Week - THANK YOU!

ACT Seniors Week was held from 18-24 March - with a jam packed program of events to encourage people to get out into the community and love later life. 

Thank you to all of the businesses and organisations who got involved, as well as the thousands of people who attended events across the ACT. 


Positive Ageing Awards

One of the highlights of the week is hearing about and recognising the inspirational people in the community through the Positive Ageing Awards. 

You can read about the winners on our website here:  

We'd like to extend our thanks to our amazing Seniors Week sponsors - without whom we would not have been able to deliver such a successful week.


Thank you to:

  • ACT Government
  • LDK Healthcare
  • ActewAGL
  • Capital Chemist
  • Goodwin Aged Care
  • Transport Canberra
  • Canberra Labor Club
  • The Senior




The Legacy ANZAC Concert

Canberra Legacy is pleased to advise that this years Annual Legacy Concert will feature some new and returning performers.

The Duntroon Band will be our main feature for the first half of the program under the direction of their new Commander Major Darren Cole. We will see the usual presentation of songs by the Sing Australia Choir, with some numbers to sing along with to get those pulses racing. 

Our new Conductor is well know as a performer in his own right around Canberra, Tim Bevitt. Tim will also have the benefit of the support of Canberra Pipes and Drums who will perform with the Choir and present a couple of their own arrangements.

When: Sunday 7 April, 2pm

Where: Royal Theatre, Canberra Convention Centre

Tickets: General public tickets $10 and available at the door 




We Shall Overcome - concert by the Alchemy Chorus

The Alchemy Chorus is an inclusive choir for those living with dementia and their carers.

Join them for a concert of inspiration and hope - We Shall Overcome

When: Saturday 13 April, 10am

Where: Weston Creek Uniting Church, 16 Parkinson St, Weston

Morning tea provided

Your support and donation would be appreciated - all proceeds to Dementia Australia



Women's Social DIY Group

Come along and join in this comfortable, relaxed and friendly women's group.  Meet some new friends and have a laugh.  The group generally takes on some form of art/craft, with the focus on self-discovery rather than artistic talent. Meetings are normally on Thursday evenings. 

For more information, or to register your interest in coming along, send your name and contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll give you a call back.  



Which GP clinic you would prefer?

The current way GPs are funded encourages short consultations. However, taking a person-centred approach takes time. Researchers from Monash University would like to understand what is important to consumers and what trade-offs they are willing to make.

An online, anonymous survey will ask you to choose which GP clinic you would prefer to attend. In each case you will be given three options

  • A bulkbilling practice
  • A private general practice
  • A practice where you get to choose how much you pay (known as the “patient chosen gap”)

The options will vary in terms of:

  • the time spent waiting to see a GP,
  • the time spent with the GP,
  • the average patient satisfaction,
  • getting your choice of doctor, and
  • out of pocket costs.

The survey will take 10-15 minutes. You can participate in the survey or find out more information by following this link

 This survey is being conducted by Monash University.



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 a month of free travel. This will transform the way we move around our city and make Canberra better connected.


Routes and timetables will change with the introduction of light rail and more buses, more often, 7 days a week.


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.  



All About Aged Care - free seminar

Carers ACT is running a half day seminar providing information about Aged Care Assessments, Centrelink payments and system changes, home care fees and charges, subsidised equipment available for independent living, how to access aged care facilities and how Carers ACT can support you.

When: Sat 6 April, 10:30am-1:30pm

Where: National Portrait Gallery, Parkes

Registration essential by phoning 6296 9982.

 For those wanting one on one assistance, COTA ACT's Housing Options Advisory Service can provide you with free guidance on your housing options. Call 6282 3777 to make an appointment to speak to our housing advisor. 



What’s dementia really like? – Experience it with virtual reality Technology

Experience the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia by using the virtual reality technology ‘EDIE’. Guided by a facilitator, the workshop will enable you to broaden your insight and knowledge of the impact of dementia on the person you care for. 

To attend this session, you must be caring for someone with dementia, but you don't need to be a registered carer - it is open to family members. 

When: Mon 15 April, 10am-2pm

Where: Carers ACT, 80 Beaurepaire Cres, Holt. 

Cost: $10

Registration essential by phoning 6296 9982.