Older Australians demand better aged care this election
23/5/2016 - An alliance of 48 aged care groups will today launch a national campaign to put aged care on the election agenda after silence from the major parties on how they will address the aged care needs of older Australians. Media release by the National Aged Care Alliance.
BUDGET 2016: some great news, some missed opportunities, some concerns
3/5/2016 - Australia’s leading seniors’ advocacy organisation, COTA Australia, today labeled the overall effect of the 2016 Federal budget a mixed bag for older people with some great measures around superannuation but missed opportunities in aged care, housing and mature age employment.
BUDGET 2016: Superannuation Reform Package Welcomed
3/5/2016 - Australia's leading seniors advocacy organisation, COTA Australia, welcomed the package of initiatives in the Federal budget which better target superannuation tax concessions, lift age restrictions on contributions, provide opportunities for women and people on low incomes to better save for retirement, and make the system more flexible and responsive to retirement needs.
COTA welcomes Senate report on superannuation gender gap
29/4/2016 - Australia's leading seniors advocate has welcomed the recommendations of the report of the Senate Standing Committee on Economics' Inquiry into Women's Economic Security in Retirement, designed to correct the gender gap in superannuation levels that is "shamefully" leaving too many women struggling financially when they retire.
Co-Ordinated Health Care For Chronic Illness Is Good News
31/3/2016 - Leading senior's advocate COTA Australia today welcomed changes to the health care system that will better co-ordinate health care for older Australians suffering from chronic conditions and poor health, keeping them out of hospital and in their own homes.
Congratulations 2016 Senior Australian of the Year, Gordian Fulde
25/1/2016 - Leading seniors advocate, COTA Australia, today congratulated the 2016 Senior Australian of the Year, Gordian Fulde, following a distinguished career as the Director of Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital and Sydney Hospital for more than three decades.
Make housing options viable and flexible for older Australians
1/2/2015 - Productivity Commission research into housing and older Australians should be considered as a part of a comprehensive retirement incomes package which considers the impacts on the quality of life of older people, not just as a Federal Budget quick fix, leading seniors advocate COTA Australia said today. COTA Chief Executive Ian Yates said COTA had called repeatedly for a full and independent retirement incomes review that would consider all policy options and their interrelationships, using evidence-based modelling.
Mental Health Reforms Welcome but Fail to Address the Needs of Older People
26/11/2015 - The release of wide ranging reforms in mental health by the federal government today provide a welcome shift to a more person-centered, streamlined and localized approach but unfortunately still fail to address to quite systemic neglect of the unique issues faced by older Australians, including depression and the
high prevalence of suicide.
National plan needed to address national housing stress
24/11/2015 - The release of the Rental Affordability Index today again highlights the high levels of housing stress being felt across the nation and the need for all levels of government to act to firstly prevent it from worsening, and preferably to turn it around.