COTA ACT E-NEWS (June 2019)

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June 2019

Need assistance navigating the aged care system?


COTA ACT can provide you with free advice on:

  • exploring the options available to help you stay in your home
  • Accessing aged care for the first time
  • Navigating MyAgedCare
  • Transitioning between the Commonwealth Home Support Program, Home Care Packages and/or Residential Aged Care
  • Your rights and responsibilities around aged care
You can book an appointment by visiting: or contacting the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777. 

This service is being delivered as part of the Aged Care Navigation Trial (part of the Better Access to Aged Care program) 
For those looking for options on their housing options, including downsizing or looking at retirement villages, our free Housing Options Advisory Service can provide you with free one on one advice. Contact the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777 for more information or to book an appointment. 

Get assistance to understand your energy bills


COTA ACT has partnered with ActewAGL to have a Bring Your Bill day. 

  • Confused about the fine print on your bill?
  • Check you're getting any discounts or concessions you're entitled to
  • Get tips about ways you can save on your electricity and gas bills
Bring your bill along for a one on one session with an ActewAGL expert.
Bookings are essential.

When: Friday 26 July (appointments available from 9:30am-2pm)
Where: Hughes Community Centre (Wisdom St, Hughes)
Cost: Free
Bookings: essential to COTA ACT on 6282 3777


ACT Seniors Card eligibility is changing


On 1 July 2019, the eligibility age for ACT Seniors Cards will rise to 62 years. 
This is as a result of a decision in the 2016-17 ACT Budget - - where the age of eligibility will gradually rise to 65 years by 2025.  
This change will not affect current ACT Seniors Card holders.  The following indicates the age applicants must be to apply:
  • DOB before 1 July 1957 - 60 years
  • DOB between 1 July 1957 and 30 June 1958 - 61 years
  • DOB between 1 July 1958 and 30 June 1959 - 62 years
  • DOB between 1 July 1959 and 30 June 1960 - 63 years
  • DOB between 1 July 1960 and 30 June 1961 - 64 years
  • DOB after 30 June 1961 - 65 years
Save the date! nbn information session

~ Wednesday 11 September, 1-3pm ~
This information session will look at:
  • what you should consider before connecting to the nbn
  • whether you have to get connected to the nbn
  • how to get connected to the nbn
  • where you can get help with nbn
More information about this session will be provided in future COTA ACT e-newsletters.
HAVE YOUR SAY: nbn issues
We want to hear about your questions on nbn or any issues you have been experienced connecting to the nbn. This information will be used to develop the content of the nbn information session.

You can email your questions and issues to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call COTA ACT on 6282 3777.
Tax help is back for 2019
If you need help lodging your tax return, you may be eligible for the Tax Help program. 
Tax Help is a network of ATO-trained and accredited community volunteers who provide a free and confidential service to help people complete their tax returns online using myTax.

COTA ACT is hosting a Tax help volunteer on Wednesday afternoons from 17 July. 

You must:
  • earn $60,000 or less per annum
You must not: 
  • own/run own business
  • operate under a labour hire agreement
  • receive any royalties
  • Receive income from public unit trust/public trading trust
  • Own or share ownership in a rental property
  • Make a capital gain or capital loss by selling shares/other assets
Book an appointment by contacting the COTA ACT office on 6282 3777. 
Barefooting for better balance: Can it help prevent falls?  
Ten years after she became a barefoot runner, University of Canberra PhD researcher Susan Antcliff is recruiting participants for a study to investigate if going barefoot can help prevent falls in the older people.
Ms Antcliff, a researcher with the Faculty of Health’s Research Institute for Sport and Exercise (HRI), says that as we age, we become more susceptible to falling in part because of a diminished sense of proprioception, or the awareness of where the body is in space.
The study will span 12 months.

During the initial nine months, falls will be monitored and participants’ performance on a number of proprioception-related tasks will be tested at three monthly intervals. 
The latter three months will be a randomised controlled trial where the effects of barefoot walking on these metrics can be assessed.  The barefoot program will involve walking barefoot on a range of different surfaces, such as grass and concrete.
“Every location we use will be thoroughly checked to ensure participants’ safety and comfort,” Ms Antcliff said.
Ms Antcliff is looking for participants aged 65 or more, particularly those who have had a fall in the last five years, so that she can assess whether the program is likely to be beneficial in reducing falls.
To sign up for the study, contact Ms Antcliff at 0460 402 184 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Important changes to in-kind funding of National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) supports
Public rehabilitation, aged and community services in the ACT - funded through the National Disability Insurance Agency - will change from being an ‘in-kind’ to ‘fee for service’ from 1 July 2019.
Previously these services were pre-paid for ACT residents under the NDIS. From 1 July 2019 consumers can access the same supports from Canberra Health Services but they will need to have funds allocated in their NDIS plans to pay for these supports. 
How consumers access services will now be the same as for other NDIS service providers in the community. Consumers can also choose if they want to continue to receive these supports from Canberra Health Services or a different provider.
Canberra Health Services will work with current clients who receive these services and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure this change occurs smoothly and clients continue to receive the supports they need throughout the transition process.
For more information, visit
Are you a woman aged between 50 – 74 years?
Did you know?
  • Screening mammograms (x-rays) are recommended every two years for women aged between 50 – 74 years
  • Breast screening can find small cancers before they can be felt or noticed
  • 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
  • Early detection saves lives
What you can do
Women aged between 50 – 74 years are invited to have a FREE screening mammogram every two years (Women aged 40 – 49 and 75+ years are also welcome).
Your health is important – Don’t Delay – Give us a call today - 13 20 50 The appointment will only take 20 minutes. This is a FREE service for all eligible women.

Clinics are located at:
  • Phillip Health Centre
  • City Health Centre and;
  • Belconnen Health Centre
For further information, please refer to the website: 

Azure Village Information Session

Azure Village is a new retirement community in Narrubundah.

There are two and three bedroom townhomes allowing for independent living exclusively for over 55's. 


Join them for an information session:

  • Learn about the Capital Guarantee (limited time only)
  • Learn about the legal and financial model and how the Village will operate
  • Meet the Village Operations Manager
  • Get a personal tour of the Display Village's 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes


When: Saturday 20 July, 10-11am

Where: Function Room, 255 Goyder Street Narrabundah

RSVP’s essential. Please RSVP by Monday, 15 July This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the Azure Village, Operations Manager, Jeff Griffiths on 0407 271 209 for more information

See me. Know me campaign
The See me. Know me. campaign is designed to help seniors feel more valued, and ultimately to empower them to find aged care services that will truly tune in to them as a whole person.
Inspired by the strong positive reaction to the See me. Know me. poster series, they have published conversation starters for seniors to use with families and friends, to share a bit about your story, your values and interests.
They have also published some thought-starters about ‘purpose’ and ten questions you can ask aged care providers if you know someone who is looking for aged care.
This is all part of work to ensure aged care understands and responds to each person in a highly relational way, incorporating their spirituality in the broadest sense – meeting the human needs for meaning, purpose and connectedness with self, others, creativity, nature and something bigger (for some people this may be through religion). 
Find out more by visiting the website:
Music at Midday - 13 August
The Band of the Royal Military College is back for another Music at Midday at the Canberra Theatre.
When: Tuesday 13 August, 11am and 12:30pm
Where: Canberra Theatre
Cost: Entry by gold coin donation

Marymead Card and Games Day


Marymead invites our members and friends to their annual Card and Games Day at the Royal Canberra Golf Club on Monday 29 July 2019.  
Gather a group of friends to play Bridge, Mahjong, Poker or any game of your choice!
There will be quality craft and preserves for sale, as well as a raffle with all proceeds from the event going to Marymead.
When: Monday 29 July 2019
Time: Starting at 9:30am
Where: Royal Canberra Golf Club, 71 Bentham Street Yarralumla
Cost: $45 per person which is includes lunch, a glass of wine, tea, coffee and petit fours
For bookings please contact Lorraine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 0402 113 331
Please RSVP by Wednesday 22 July 2019