Submission to the After Hours Primary Healthcare Review

COTA Australia is the peak national policy body of older Australians. Its members are the eight State and Territory COTAs (Councils on the Ageing) in NSW, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, ACT and the Northern Territory. COTA Australia focuses on national policy issues from the perspective of older people as citizens and consumers and seeks to promote, improve and protect the circumstances and wellbeing of all older Australians, promote and protect their interests, and promote effective responses to their needs.

COTA welcomes the opportunity to provide comment to the After Hours Primary Health Care Review. After-hours care is highly valued by older people and access to it is one of the most frequently raised issues when we talk with older people about health concerns. Our comments below respond to the review’s Terms of Reference.