Questions for the pollies?
12 Feb 2019
As highlighted previously, COTA NT now has two Aged Care co-ordinators on board to help seniors and their families and carers better access aged care in the Northern Territory. Janet Brown is the co-ordinator in Darwin and Debbie Pepper is the co-ordinator in Alice Springs. This is an exciting time for COTA NT, as we can now offer another service to seniors in the Top End and in the Alice. These two co-ordinators will assist seniors who aren’t registered on the My Aged Care system to navigate the system and to register. Once registered, the Regional Assessment Service and the Aged Care Assessment Team take over. Our co-ordinators obviously can’t control the amount of aged care packages released or the wait times for packages, but can help people with the ‘paperwork’, help them to access the system and to get started.
COTA NT was also successful with a “Living Longer Living Stronger” tender and we will be looking at offering more activities to help seniors keep mobile, active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. One of these activities will be walking netball at the new Marrara Territory Netball Centre, plus the Palmerston Recreation Centre and hopefully down in Alice Springs as well. (Remember that old saying, if don’t use it – you lose it!)
With the federal election around the corner – we are also asking seniors to contact COTA NT if they would like to attend a debate between the sitting member for Solomon, Luke Gosling MLA, or Kathy Ganley, the CLP Candidate for Solomon. If you would like this debate – what topics would you like to see covered? The imputation credits and the new policy proposed by the Labour government? The GST cuts that affect the Territory’s bottom line? The euthanasia debate and how strongly Territorians feel about having the choice to make this decision? We would want to hear from you, so we can give voice to your concerns.
~ Sue Shearer, CEO COTA NT
Tags: Seniors Voice