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February 2019

ACT Seniors Week 18-24 March

Seniors Week is quickly approaching - with a fun filled program of events on offer ranging from Come and Try days/sessions, tours, talks and workshops.

You can see a full copy of the program on our website:


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Don't miss these features events

ACT Chief Minister's Concert

The Chief Minister's Concert has again proven to be extremely popular with more than 500 people already booked in to see the Band of the Royal Military College perform a lively show.

The 11am concert is currently booked out, but space is still available at the 1pm concert.  To book your space go to


ACT Seniors Expo

One big day! Visit more than 145 exhibitors and get information on anything from aged care and retirement, investment and financial management, travel and leisure, social and special interest groups, government and community services, home modifications and help, health and fitness and more!

You can see a list of exhibitors on our website here:


Thanks to our sponsors!

ACT Seniors Week would not be possible without the assistance of our sponsors. Many thanks to the ACT Government, LDK, Transport Canberra, Goodwin, ActewAGL, Capital Chemist, The Labor Club and The Senior Newspaper for their support of ACT Seniors Week. 



Nominations are still open for the Positive Ageing Awards

Nominations close next week for the Positive Ageing Awards.
We know there are many hidden gems out there in the Canberra community who deserve to be nominated.


The nomination process is easy - and simple - fill out the form on our website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety

On 8 October 2019, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety was established to inquire into all aspects of the quality and safety of Commonwealth-funded aged care services provided to Australians, regardless of the setting or environment in which those services are delivered, e.g. a person’s home, residential aged care facilities, hospital.



COTA ACT is working with other COTAs around Australia to ensure that the voices of older Australians are heard at the Royal Commission.


So we are interested to hear about your experiences with the aged care system.  Please share your views on the important issues to be considered at the Royal Commission.  You can let us know about your experiences in the following ways:

  • Visit the COTA ACT booth at the Seniors Expo on Thursday 21 March 2019 at the Budawang Building at EPIC and speak with a member of the COTA ACT Policy Committee
  • Contact COTA ACT by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 6282 3777.

We will be providing regular updates on the Royal Commission in our monthly e-newsletters and will be seeking your input on specific issues as they arise.


How else can you get involved?

  • Public Hearings

The Commission held its first hearings in Adelaide on 18 January and the 11 – 22 February.  Hearings will be held in all capital cities and a number of regional locations.  Dates and locations of future hearings will be announced on the Royal Commission website as arrangements are finalised.  Members of the public are invited to attend the public hearings or view them through the webcast facility on the Commission’s website.  Transcripts of the hearings are made available soon after each hearing.

  • Community Forums

The Commission is holding a series of community forums in a number of locations around the country.  The forums are an opportunity for the local community to hear about the work of the Commission and to offer their ideas on the challenges, strengths and opportunities to improve aged care.  Dates and locations will be announced progressively on the Commission website.  Community Forums announced for March include:

  • Bankstown – Friday 1 March 2019
  • Bendigo – Tuesday 5 March
  • Make a submission

The Commission is accepting submissions about the quality and safety of aged care services, the availability and fit of these services for individuals and groups, and opportunities and innovations for the future. Submissions can be made anonymously. A closing date for submissions will be announced in the second half of 2019.


How to make a submission?

Submissions can be made in the following ways:

  • by using the online form:
  • by writing to: Royal Commission into Aged Care, GPO Box 1151, Adelaide SA 5001 (submissions can be in the form of a letter)
  • by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • by telephoning: 1800 960 711 (between 8:00am - 8:00pm AEDT Monday-Friday except on public holidays). Interpreter services are available.

The Commission advises people who are considering making submissions to seek legal advice if they are concerned that the information they provide may be defamatory. 


The Commission has also made provision for financial assistance for legal representation and associated disbursement costs for people who are called or granted leave to appear as a witness at the Commission and other related activities.


What support is available?

A number of Australian Government funded services are available to anyone who is experiencing concern or distress from their participation in or issues that emerge during the Royal Commission, including:

Trained operators are also available through the Royal Commission information line for callers twho are distressed – phone 1800 960 711 (between 8.00am and 8.00pm AEDT Monday-Friday except on public holidays).  An interpreter service is also available.


The ACT Disability, Aged and Carer Advocacy Service, (ADACAS), as a member of the Older Persons Advocacy Network, is available to support people who have been affected by abuse across the aged care system, in residential and home care, and who are considering making a submission to the Royal Commission or attend a hearing.  ADACAS can:

  • Support people making a submission and preparing for hearings
  • Refer people who are experiencing distress to appropriate counselling services
  • Assist people to obtain legal advice and access funds for reimbursement where appropriate.

For more information, contact ADACAS on 02 6242 5060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Where can I find more information?

You can find all information related to the Royal Commission on their website at

You can subscribe to the Royal Commission mailing list for updates on the Royal Commission website.


How prepared are you for living longer? 


Australians are living longer.  To see how prepared you are to enjoy a longer life, you can undertake the Life Check, a 10 minute quiz developed by the Australian Government.  The online quiz for Australians aged 45-65 years and another for Australians aged 65 years and older focuses on financial planning, health, finance, work and being involved in the community.  Resources and additional information on these issues are also provided on the website.


Health, finance, work and social life are areas where many Australians could use a little help to make improvements.  Making positive changes in these areas is important for:

  • maintaining physical and mental health as we get older
  • having enough money to live the life we want when we stop working
  • having the skills to be able to work as long as we need or want to
  • staying socially connected to avoid loneliness and isolation

You can complete the Life Check quiz and access the resources at the Life Checks website at


Life support equipment – have you correctly registered with your energy provider?


Members of the community relying on life support equipment are particularly vulnerable in the event of a power outage. The Energy Retail Laws and Rules have recently been updated to strengthen protections for energy customers who rely on life support. However for these protections to be effective, customers must be correctly registered with their energy provider. This means providing their energy provider with confirmation from a registered medical practitioner that a person residing at the customer’s premises requires this equipment.  A customer is required to be given a medical confirmation form when they advise their retailer or distributor of a person’s life support protection. These forms need to be completed by the customer and their registered medical practitioner before they are returned to the energy provider.


From 1 February 2019, customers are temporarily registered with their energy provider. This means that if the customer has notified their energy provider of the need for life support protection but hasn’t provided confirmation from a registered medical practitioner, they may be deregistered. These customers are at risk of having their protections removed if they do not supply the necessary confirmation to their energy provider.


The brochure, Energy and Essential Medical Equipment, outlines steps customers must take to ensure their energy provider has them registered as relying on life support, so that they are notified and can plan for power outages. Please read the brochure and contact your energy provider for more information.



Join us for the ACT Deafness Resource Centre Hearing and Health Expo
WHEN: 7th March 2019 10:00am - 3:00pm
WHERE: Hellenic Club, Woden ACT

Once again Hearing Awareness Week gives us the opportunity to
bring together the Hearing Industry under one roof. Australian
Hearing will be in attendance on the day, to provide FREE hearing
screening tests - but you must book first on 6232 3200.
If you can't make it to the Expo, drop in to the DRC at anytime and
talk to us about how to best manage your hearing loss.

We are located in the Grant Cameron Community Centre,
Level 1B, 27 Mulley Street, Holder ACT 2611
Visit our Website: or Phone us on: 02 6287 4393
Advance Care Planning Community Information Session

This information session covers:
  • What is Advance Care Planning (ACP)
  • Why is ACP important
  • Having the ACP conversation
  • How to complete the ACP documents
When: Wednesday 3rd April, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Where: Belconnen Community Centre, 26 Chandler St. Belconnen, meeting room 2, level 2

ACP Program: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone 5124 9274
A light morning tea will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP the ACP Program

How long have you lived in Canberra?



The Chief Minister’s Canberra Gold Awards recognise individuals and groups who have lived in Canberra for 50 years or more, and contributed to our city and community.

Have you or someone you know lived here for 50 years? What about an organisation or community group that you’re involved with?

You can nominate yourself, a friend or family member, a colleague, or a group who has helped to make Canberra a great place to live, work and play.

Nominations can be made online and hardcopy forms are also available.

Nominations close Friday 1 March 2019 with the awards to be presented at an afternoon tea on Wednesday 13 March 2019.

For more information contact Angela Jacobsen, Protocol, Honours and Ceremonial Events Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 6205 3031.