Human rights and discrimination

COTA NSW places the rights of older people at the centre of all the policies we pursue

The human rights of older people are often marginalised

We believe that the human rights of older people are often marginalised and that age-based discrimination in our community is rife. We believe that older people have the right to continue to work and participate in their communities as they age. They also have the right to accessible services and support such as health and dental care, transport, housing and aged care.

To promote awareness of these issues, COTA NSW has drafted a policy paper titled Towards a Rights Based Framework. This document explores the way that the rights of older people tend to be minimised and – at the other end of the spectrum – stripped by individuals and organisations lacking an appreciation of older people’s expectation that their right to self-determination continue until they die. This document also considers the ways that organisations that deal with older people can take steps to ensure their interactions with them are premised on an appreciation of their human rights.

COTA NSW is currently working with state and territory COTAs to further develop the concepts originally set out in Towards a Rights Based Framework.

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