Six community services in Victoria have joined the Aged Care Systems Navigator, a 15-month national trial led by Council of the Ageing (COTA) Australia and funded by the Australian Government, that will develop and test different models to support people to understand and engage with the aged care system. The national trial is a timely announcement with the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety hearing evidence around the challenges older people experiencing in trying to find their way around a complex aged care system.

We are pleased to announce that we are joining the Aged Care Systems Navigator trial, a 18 month national trial led by COTA Australia that will develop and test different models to support people to understand and engage with the aged care system. The project will consist of 62 trials delivered across the country to a range of different people, including vulnerable older Australians and those facing barriers accessing aged care.

The Ageing on the Edge NSW Forum calls on all parties in the upcoming NSW State Election to urgently introduce three key initiatives that will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of older people suffering significant rental hardship across the state of New South Wales

LGBTIQ organisations are disappointed to hear news this week that Switchboard Victoria’s ‘Out and About’ program is under threat due to Federal funding cuts. 'Out and About’ is a vital peer service connecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) people across Victoria and aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness experienced by older members of LGBTIQ communities via a community visitors program.

For month of January, Streetsmart is raising funds for our LGBTI housing project!  This will assist us to support older LGBTI people in housing stress. 

You can donate here and support Streetsmart to support us!

A Federation of state COTAs has produced a report called State of the (Older) Nation Report. COTA, with Newgate Research, conducted a nationally-representative online survey lasting 25 minutes on average, completed by 2,562 Australians aged 50 and over, with quotas set for state and territory, metropolitan and regional areas, gender and age. The report is a summary of the information gathered. There seems to be a significant poverty gap – with people renting and experiencing financial hardship doing poorly on a range of indicators.  The whole report is available at the link below, but HAAG has created a summary of the responses for older renters.