Aged care under scrutiny

22 Jan 2019

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has now commenced and if you are interested, you can view or listen to the web streams on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety website on,

Last week a TV show showed that some nursing homes had used physical restraints on older people and people with dementia and antipsychotic drugs. It was rather harrowing to watch and just highlights once again the need for the Royal Commission. The year-long Commission is expected to scrutinise both these topics and we hope it will also look at staffing levels at aged care facilities. (It has been proven that the use of chemicals and anti-psychotic drugs in facilities has been due to staff shortages). Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned the country to brace for disturbing revelations.

COTA NT 2019 Events & Activities

On an entirely different note, we have numerous information presentations and activities booked at Spillett House starting from the beginning of February which are open to all seniors. If you are unable to visit our online calendar or Facebook page for details, please feel free to drop into the offices to pick up more information (65 Smith Street, Darwin, Mon-Fri, 9am to 3pm).

Weekly Pilates (Mondays), seated aerobics (Wednesdays) and the popular musical group (Tuesdays) are back, plus sessions from the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) on Digital Support & MyGov, Understanding Your Age Pension, Debt Prevention, Travelling Outside Australia, Carers Information, Understanding Retirement Income Streams, Scams Prevention, Aged Care Fees and Accommodation Options. Staff from the Department will be on hand to answer questions and to book private appointments. We also have two free programs in tenpin bowling, movement and nutrition coming up.

Memory Well

We are also compiling people’s experiences of COTA NT over the last 50 years (from 1969 to date) as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations. If you have any stories, photographs, thoughts or memories to share, please get in touch (see more about the Memory Well Project).


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