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Lobbying on issues relevant to NT seniors

28 May 2019

You can get numerous free health checks from local providers at Seniors Expo

Well, this is Expo week and excitement is running high in the COTA NT camp. The staff and volunteers have worked exceptionally hard to make this year’s Expo – in our 50th birthday year- a memorable one, and that it is. The event is all about voices joining in conversation and celebration and we urge you to come along on the day to meet as many exhibitors as you can, support those performing and enjoy some free refreshments.

We will have nearly 100 exhibitors and performance groups  attending from health, advocacy, finance, retirement, retail, fitness and well-being, education, entertainment, travel and community backgrounds – believe me, there is something for almost everyone. This number shows a keen awareness from service providers, business and suppliers that their products and services are in demand from seniors. Our exhibitors will get to meet you, their market and hear from you, face to face. Remember to come along, enjoy the free morning tea and have a slice of our celebratory 50th birthday cake (while slices last).

On a more sombre note, COTA NT will be in Canberra for its annual National Policy Council meetings, where the agenda for the year’s policy is set, including how we lobby both locally and nationally for seniors. Obviously top of the list is health, which includes aged care, dental, the PBS, affordable housing, universal basic income, ageism and a host of other issues affecting seniors. Before this, we will be in Alice Springs for a forum and panel discussion organised by the Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission providing information on the new Standards to providers (coming into force on the 1st July). The same forum is also in Darwin on 29th and 30th May.  We welcome feedback before we attend these meetings on what you think seniors in the Territory are most concerned about.

~ Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT

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