November 2017 Newsletter

What's happening at COTA NSW

November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

Released: 11-Nov-2017

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What's happening at COTA NSW 

November 2017

Photo from: FACS Art of Ageing Exhibition. Photographer: Louise Hawson

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson AO to address COTA NSW AGM

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson AO to address COTA NSW AGM.

Have you booked your spot yet? If ageing and discrimination against older people is important to you - this event is not to be missed.
RSVP now to attend the COTA NSW AGM on Friday 24 November from 10.30am and hear Dr Kay Patterson’s talk (from 11am) at the Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

Dr Patterson is a former senator and academic, and has also served on a number of not-for-profit boards. She has had a long-standing interest in issues affecting older people throughout her professional life, and her role as Age Discrimination Commissioner focuses on the rights of older workers, elder abuse, and the need to encourage innovative solutions to homelessness and risk of homelessness amongst older Australians.

This is a free event, but registrations are essential. Call 9286 3860 or email by Friday 17 November to secure your place.


 Power of Attorney - Free Seminar

Choose who manages

 your finances when you can’t.

COTA NSW is working with Associate Professor Sue Field, a specialist in legal issues for older people to present this important seminar about how a substitute decision-maker can be appointed to make financial decisions 

– when you can’t, or choose not to. Book now for the Sydney seminar on Thursday 23 November please click hereThe seminar will be then rolled out at other locations around New South Wales including Rockdale, Orange and other regional centres to be confirmed. To register your interest, please email your name, phone number and suburb to:

Can we expect to have a good life to the end?

COTA NSW has partnered with Health Consumers NSW to present an important conversation on Thursday 23 November about death, dying, and how we might be able to “do death better” as a community.

Guest speakers will be Professor Ken Hillman, an intensive care specialist, and author of ‘A Good Life to the End, which reveals what’s happening in intensive care units across Australia, and provides key information about taking control of ‘end-of-life care’. Joining him will be Kerrie Noonan, social researcher and clinical psychologist, and cofounder and director of The Groundswell Project – a not-for-profit organisation that aims to create a more death literate society, and one where individuals and communities are able to plan well and respond to dying, death and grief.

This event is free for members of COTA NSW and Health Consumers NSW, and a gold coin donation is requested from others.

Register now


New Energy Advocates!

The COTA Energy Advocacy Project aims to deliver a better deal on energy process for older energy consumers by training and supporting a group of knowledgeable ‘energy advocates’ for older people. A two day training program was held in Sydney this week, and this group will then represent the views, experiences and needs of older Australians in formal consumer forums. With funding assistance from Energy Consumers Australia, COTA Australia hosted the project’s first national workshop in Canberra in July with consumer representatives from around the country.

If you’re interested in volunteering as an Energy Advocate, please contact Sarah Davidson on 9286 3860


Together Making Change - the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference

You can register now for the fifth National Elder Abuse Conference.

Proudly hosted by Seniors’ Rights Service,   the Elder Abuse Conference will be held on  19 – 20 February 2018 at the Sofitel Wentworth  in Sydney. The theme of conference is ‘together making change’ and is focused on the exchange of ideas, developing solutions to elder abuse, and sharing experiences, and will feature expert speakers and delegates working together to develop responses to all forms of elder abuse.

Register here before 19 November to take advantage of early bird rates.


News in brief

Retirement Village Inquiry – Kathryn Greiner has finished her round of consultations, and her report is due to Minister Matt Kean on 15 December. #watchthisspace

Cheaper groceries at woollies – Seniors Card NSW has announced a new partnership with Woolworths, giving members exclusive discounts. Learn more here -

The Art of Ageing exhibition – is currently showing at the Condobolin Library and the Outback Gallery in Coonamble until 30 November 2017. Don’t miss out!


Contact COTA NSW

Regional Free Call
1800 449 102
Metropolitan Sydney
(02) 9286 3860
Level 6 280 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000

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