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COTA NT contributes a weekly column ‘Seniors Voice’ to The Sun. This is a free community newspaper with over 35,000 copies distributed throughout the Northern Territory including Darwin, Palmerston, Litchfield, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and other centres. 

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Read our latest news or view past Seniors Voice articles below.

A place for folks of all ages

5 Apr 2017

COTA attended the last of Economic Summits that the NT Government held down at the Convention Centre.  Housing, the revitalisation of the CBD and age friendly activities were discussed, also… (read more)

Lobbying hard for the Territory

28 Mar 2017

Our members would have been aware that COTA was on the Expert Review Group and have attended a few meetings late last year and early 2017. This consultative group which… (read more)

Review of seniors concession scheme is underway

24 Jan 2017

It was a firm pre-election commitment by the Labor Government upon gaining office to review the NT Pensioners and Carers’ Concession Scheme. At that time COTA NT gave a firm… (read more)

Seniors and pension changes

17 Jan 2017

With Australians living longer than ever before, the number of those aged 65 and over is projected to double by 2055.  It is critical that the social security system can… (read more)

COTA NT members celebrate High Tea

13 Dec 2016

Elegance, sophistication, fine china, tea-pots and fascinators were the order of the day at the COTA NT High Tea event staged at the Spillett House senior’s hub last Wednesday. The… (read more)

COTA NT supports national budget strategies

12 Apr 2016

COTA NT is part of the COTA Australia national policy organisation which is the national consumer peak body of a Federation of more than 1,000 seniors’ organisations and members representing… (read more)

NT seniors outraged over cutbacks

29 Mar 2016

COTA NT has been flooded with calls from seniors supporting demands for the Seniors Concessions Scheme to be reinstated to the pre-May 2014 Budget status. These seniors are angry and… (read more)

COTA NT vows to fight cuts to seniors concessions

22 Mar 2016

COTA NT watches with despair as frustrated and angry seniors are forced to write to the newspapers to vent their frustrations with the inequitable and unfair concession scheme which now… (read more)

COTA urges seniors to get help if their health or well-being jeopardized

16 Mar 2016

Elder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that jeopardizes the health or well-being of any older adult. Any senior can become a victim of elder abuse… (read more)

Centrelink’s duty of care

9 Mar 2016

The Department of Human Services has a charter to help and support seniors through the provision of programs and various services, benefits and payments which includes providing ‘Duty of Care’…. (read more)

Pals cure loneliness

2 Mar 2016

Feeling lonely is a normal human emotion and is simply a sign of wanting contact with people. It can often happen because of external circumstances, such as loss of a… (read more)

Federal legislation gives control of home care packages and services

17 Feb 2016

Leading seniors advocate Council on the Ageing has welcomed the introduction of federal legislation which will give control of aged home care packages and services to older people for the… (read more)

Older Australians are an under-used resource

11 Feb 2016

We are quick to criticize pre-election debates and policy speeches, to analyze the speech-making and insinuations, yet when it comes to discussions on Australia’s future we’re unthinkingly accepting of the… (read more)

Seniors surf space opens at Spillett House

4 Feb 2016

Through the assistance of an AUSPOST Our Neighbourhood Community Grant, COTA NT opened a ‘Surf Space for Seniors’ at Spillett House. Originally dubbed the ‘Surf Shack’, the name had to… (read more)

Seniors EXPO 2015 is a winner

27 Jan 2016

COTA NT was delighted to receive from the Lord Mayor of Darwin, Katrina Fong Lim the Darwin Community Event of the Year Award for SENIORS EXPO 2015 last week. This… (read more)

Electoral legislation amendment bill welcomed

20 Jan 2016

In December 2015 the Government introduced into Parliament a Bill which seeks to amend the Electoral Act. The changes proposed in the Bill aim to increase voter participation and decrease… (read more)

Ensuring quality aged care for all

14 Dec 2015

This week, COTA NT Board members and staff met with Aged Care Commissioner, Rae Lamb, who from 1 January 2016 will be directly responsible for managing complaints about the care… (read more)

Inquiry urges action in remote communities

25 Nov 2015

Active ageing is defined by the World Health Organisation as, “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality life as people age.  Policy,… (read more)

Preventing elder abuse is everyone’s business

18 Nov 2015

Elder abuse is a violation of human rights and a significant cause of injury, illness, lost productivity, isolation and despair. Elder abuse is any act occurring within a relationship where… (read more)

Health a major concern for ageing population

11 Nov 2015

Healthy life expectancy is defined as expected years of remaining life in ‘good’ or ‘very good’ health. Disability life expectancy is defined as expected years of remaining life free from… (read more)

A new COTA NT team to push policies

4 Nov 2015

Jan Jewell is the new vice-chairwoman for COTA NT At the recent Annual General Meeting of COTA NT all positions for the 2013/2015 term of the Board were declared vacant… (read more)

Moving keeps us in the pink

28 Oct 2015

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In order to help promote women’s health and to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the ladies of COTA’s regular ZUMBA GOLD class held a… (read more)

Attitude to age must change

21 Oct 2015

There is a tendency for people, including politicians and policy makers, to frame the debate on ageing within a dependency storyline which sees older people as a ‘burden and a… (read more)