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17 Oct 2017

COTA NT believes in equality, diversity and choice for older Territorians

It is interesting watching the debate in the Victorian Parliament regarding the Euthanasia Laws and how volatile and emotive it can become. How many of our seniors remember back to 1995 when the Northern Territory passed our own Euthanasia Laws – and then good old Kevin Andrews scuttled it? COTA NT believes in equality, diversity and choice for older Territorians and I wonder if the present NT government has the courage or tenacity to resurrect the 1995 legislation? 

Aged Care Reviews

COTA NT, along with our national body, COTA A, has been working on various reviews such as the Review of the Aged Care Quality Regulatory Processes and the Aging and Work in Regional Australia. Both of these report have been released and can be found on the COTA A website.

Proposed Aged Care Facility at Bees Creek

I also had a meeting with a lady regarding a proposed aged care facility located at Bees Creek with independent living and will include facilities for seniors with dementia. Apparently there are 120 acres at Bees Creek that fit the bill and would give seniors who live rural another choice. If you would like more information on this proposal, e-mail you.are.important.australia@gmail.com.

Independent Seniors Round Table

We will be having our Independent Seniors Round Table, which is a forum for organisations involved with seniors to meet and discuss concerns, then these concerns are then taken to the Ministerial Advisory Council for Senior’s, which is scheduled for the 15th November. Members of the ISRT include, but are not limited to, the Anti-Discrimination Office, Darwin Community Legal Service, who deliver the Elder Abuse hotline, Anglicare, Top End Mental Health, Australian Regional and Remote Services, National Seniors, AIR and a few more. It is hoped that this group, which encompasses actual service providers as well as organisations that are involved with seniors, will assist COTA NT to provide advice on issues to the Minister on issues that pertain to seniors in the Territory.

Sue Shearer, CEO

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