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25 January

Older Australians congratulate Sister Anne Gardiner, Senior Australian of the Year, all senior nominees, and our Australian of the Year

Leading seniors organisation COTA Australia has welcomed the Turnbull government's changes to the 2016 Federal Budget decision regarding the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and congratulated it for its leadership in listening to the concerns of COTA and the aged care sector.

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24 January

Older Australians launch campaign to reverse mental health discrimination in aged care

Leading seniors peak COTA Australia today launched a petition as part of a campaign calling on new health minister Greg Hunt to reverse the historic anomaly that prevents older Australians in aged care accessing the same mental health services as everyone else in the community.

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23 January

Sign the Petition: Nursing Home Residents Deserve Better Access to Mental Health Care

Our frailest older Australians deserve the best care on offer. Over 170,000 older Australians living in residential aged care are ineligible to access mental health services when they need them. Why? Because they can not access Medicare-funded treatment available to the rest of the community through the Better Access to Mental Health Care program.

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16 January

Submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Standing Committee Inquiry into Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016

COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Inquiry into Superannuation (Objective) Bill 2016 currently under consideration by the Committee. Superannuation law and regulations are of great interest and importance to COTA Australia's constituency of current and future older Australians.

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03 January

Submission to the 2016 Aged Care Legislated Review

COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide comment on the 2016 Aged Care Legislated Review. We note our appreciation to the numerous staff across the COTA Federation who have contributed to this submission. Additionally, throughout our submission we have included quotes from consumers who participated in our Consumer Engagement in Aged Care project in 2016.

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19 December

A draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed new carer support service system

COTA Australia brief submission to the consultation regarding ‘A draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed new carer support service system'.

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12 December

Difficult conversations needed to agree actions to help end abuse of older Australians

Leading seniors organisation COTA Australia has welcomed the Turnbull government's changes to the 2016 Federal Budget decision regarding the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and congratulated it for its leadership in listening to the concerns of COTA and the aged care sector.

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09 December

Consultation on the Review of the Community Visitors Scheme

COTA Australia welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Review of the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS). The CVS has been a successful program that has evolved to the changing needs of aged care clients. In recent years CVS has trialled group visits in homes, introduced visits within the community for socially isolated people eligible for Home Care packages and improved services for diverse populations. While COTA has identified isolated issues with the CVS program in residential care, on the whole it would appear this long standing service continues to operate efficiently and effectively in residential care.

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06 December

Turnbull Government listens and acts on aged care funding

Leading seniors organisation COTA Australia has welcomed the Turnbull government's changes to the 2016 Federal Budget decision regarding the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and congratulated it for its leadership in listening to the concerns of COTA and the aged care sector.

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23 November

Passage of superannuation reform package welcome - but dropping of over 65's measure disappointing

Leading seniors' organisation COTA Australia today welcomed the passage of the superannuation reform package through Parliament, but urged the government to urgently reinstate the reforms measures to lift restrictions on people over 65 years making voluntary contributions for a period after they have stopped working.

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