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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).

Aged Care Navigators

The Aged Care Navigator program tests a broad range of services, activities and measures that support people to learn more about Government supported aged care programs and how to access them. People who use the services will be asked about their experience. (Read more about Aged Care Navigators in the NT).

Fit for Life

COTA NT organise classes specifically catering for a seniors such as Tai Chi, Seated Aerobics and Pilates. Class participants are asked for a small donation to cover instructors’ fee. COTA NT pays all other associated expenses. Sponsorship is sought for these programs which would enable COTA to improve its facilities such as an instructor’s stage, roaming microphone and equipment such as mats and rollers. (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 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 Card

The Seniors Card is a free card providing transport concessions and participating business discounts on a range of goods and services. To be eligible you must be a resident of the Territory, 60 years of age or over, and not working more than a set numbers of hours per week in paid employment. The Seniors Card program has been managed by COTA NT since February 2018 on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. (Visit the NT Seniors Card website for more information).

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).

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 regular social program includes 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).