COTA NT’s programs

COTA NT run a number of programs with the assistance of Territory and Commonwealth funding. Some programs are independently run and self-financing. The extend to which COTA can extend its programs to all Territory seniors is dependent on the level of funding received; either through service level agreements, grants or sponsorship. (Find out more about becoming a COTA sponsor).

Consumer Directed Care (CDC)

The introduction of Aged Care Reform resulted in significant changes to  how aged care services are delivered. One of these services is a Home Care Package – a co-ordinated package of services tailored to meet each consumer’s specific needs. A Home Care Package can help people to live at home as long as possible and give choice and flexibility in the way care and support is determined. Since August 2013, all new aged care packages, now known as Home Care Packages have been delivered as Consumer Directed Care (CDC) packages (Read more about Consumer Directed Care (CDC) and workshops run by COTA NT)

Computer and iPad Literacy

COTA NT offers regular computer training sessions facilitated by senior COTA NT Peer Educator. These sessions are completely free and offered as one-to-one learning sessions. This enables participants to learn at their own pace, repeat stages as necessary and ask all the questions they want to. Sessions can include the basics and also help more advanced user. COTA NT is also able to offer a limited number of iPad training courses each year which are led by a COTA NT Peer Educator. These sessions are completely free and offered in a small group learning environment. (Read more about Computer classes and iPad training courses run by COTA NT)

Fit for Life

COTA NT organise classes specifically catering for a seniors including: low-impact cardio sessions of Zumba Gold, strength and balance workouts in Pilates and Yoga. Class participants are asked for a small donation to cover instructors’ fee. COTA NT pay for any tuition shortfall and all other associated expenses. Sponsorship is sought for these programs which would enable COTA to improve its facilities to include a instructor’s stage, roaming microphone and other requirements. (Read more about Fit for Life and scheduled activities)

Knowledge for Life

This is a series of workshops and information sessions designed to give seniors the information they need to make the best decisions in regard to a number of issues including: health, fitness, nutrition, finance, cyber security, safety, retirement planning, advance personal plans (making living will), first aid and more. (Read more about Knowledge for Life and scheduled activities)

Multicultural Affairs Sponsorship Program (MASP)

This program is funded by the Territory government and enables seniors from diverse multicultural backgrounds to stay connected with their communities, engage socially with speakers of their first language and feel valued for their past and ongoing contribution to community life. MASP includes: Italian, Portugese and Timorese seniors’ group outings led by bi-lingual volunteers and supported by COTA volunteer drivers, multicultural luncheons and activities. (Read more about MASP)

Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC)

The Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) initiative was developed in 1997. The PICAC project was developed to improve the capacity of aged care services to respond to the differing needs of older people in residential aged care facilities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. PICAC is funded by Commonwealth Government. (Read more about PICAC and PICAC activities run by COTA NT)

Peer Education

Volunteers can become speakers for peer education programs. They are trained and supported by COTA NT and/or its partners to give talks and provide information to seniors about issues such as health and well-being, basic computer and internet skills, mobile phone usage and internet safety. (Read more about the COTA Peer Education program)

Seniors Month

Seniors Month is held in August each year in the Northern Territory and provides a great opportunity to celebrate the positive aspects of ageing and the contribution that Territory Seniors make to their community. It is managed and supported by the Office of Senior Territorians. (Read more about Seniors Month)

Step Forward Together

‘Your Wellbeing, Your Plan’ sessions are designed to motivate and encourage older Australians be active in their ageing; from accessing support to gaining new knowledge so that YOU can make informed decisions on what being well means to you. (Read more about Step Forward Together)

Strength for Life

This program has been facilited by COTA South Australia, part of the COTA federation. The Strength for life program promotes health and well-being amongst people over 50 through strength training programs run by accredited fitness providers. The program encourages senior Territorians to attend strength training sessions by promoting the benefits of strength training to people over 50. (Read more about Strength for Life)

Staying Connected

This program of social activities run by COTA NT enables seniors to meet in a comfortable, safe and friendly environment; to make new friends; to stay connected and engaged with the wider community. Our ongoing social activities include: weekly bingo and musical jam sessions. (Read more about Staying Connected)

Volunteer Program

COTA NT’s volunteer program enables members to take an active part in COTA NT and assist with the organisation’s continued development. Our program is designed to have a dual role.  It seeks to use the talents, combined experience and skills of our membership base while providing opportunities for volunteers to engage in tasks where they can develop new or existing skills and actively contribute to their organisation. (Read more about COTA volunteering)