Between the Lines gives an up-to-date snapshot of the issues surrounding older Tasmanians in the community 

Intergenerational Report released

The Federal Government’s much anticipated 2015 Intergenerational Report was released on Thursday 5 March.  The report confirmed the government’s continued intention to cut the age pension and highlighted the need for more focus on combating age discrimination and also having a more dynamic workforce participation policy.  It also re-affirmed the need for a comprehensive retirement incomes review, which COTA Australia first called for last year.

COTA Australia has provided a detailed response to the Report in a comprehensive Media Release that’s accessible on a dedicated COTA webpage which also contains other relevant information about the issues highlighted in the Intergenerational Report.


International Federation on Ageing - 13th Global Conference to be held in Brisbane

The International Federation on Ageing (IFA) are pleased to announce that their next conference will be held in Brisbane, Australia from June 21-23, 2016.  The theme of the conference will be Disasters in an Ageing World: Readiness, Resilience and Recovery. The program will primarily focus on Disasters in an Ageing World, reflecting on both natural and man-made disasters. It will explore approaches to risk reduction, readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish and design more age friendly, disaster prepared communities.  The Conference will incorporate international keynote speakers, oral presentations, posters, exhibition and social events.

For more information see the IFA website.


Sausages for morning tea!

We could probably sell ice to Eskimos, given a chance.  And we practiced over the Royal Hobart Regatta long weekend with a Bunnings Fundraiser BBQ.  It was a great success.  Held at Bunnings Moonah, we raised a whopping $1000 in profit. That meant we had to sell a lot of sausages – 500 in all.

We are most thankful to our volunteers, friends and family members who assisted us on the day.  It was a good opportunity to talk to people about the work COTA is doing on issues affecting older people.  It was very encouraging to see so many people who are genuinely interested in our cause, and who are ready to support our work….even if it means having sausages for morning tea! 

Submissions, submissions, submissions

2015 has started with a bang with submissions being made to the State Government Budget Process; the Health Green Paper and the Joint Parliamentary Committee Inquiry into Preventative Health.  Copies of the first two submissions can be found on the COTA Tasmania website.  Our submission to the Preventative Health Inquiry will be available as soon as the inquiry process is complete.


Fitness To Drive

Can I still drive? It’s a curly question that crops up as we age, and can unleash unexpected  torrents of emotion.   The question might come from the driver, or it might come from concerned family or friends.  No matter which, it’s often really difficult for everyone to deal with.  

A couple of recently published brochures from the Department of State Growth may help to make that task easier:

1. Fitness To Drive: Having the conversation about life beyond driving.  This gives some useful ways to think about a range of issues that can arise.  Importantly, it talks about how to have that difficult conversation, and offers ideas for how to limit the need to drive.
2. Fitness to Drive: what you need to know to drive safely. This offers information on driving when you have a medical condition.
It’s never going to be easy to manage, but this information will help to smooth the path for all concerned.

You can download a copy of the brochures from the Department of State Growth website or contact Ashlea Carr on 6166 4872 for more information.

Seniors Week 2015 dates

Seems as though Seniors week only just finished, and already we’re talking about the next one. The year is already galloping past.

Mon 12th October – Sun 18th October

are the confirmed dates. Put it in your diary now.
There’ll be more information in the coming weeks, so make sure you’ve subscribed to this eNewsletter so you can stay up-to-date. Or contact the COTA office or 6231 3265 and ask to be added to our contact list.


Older Australians at Work Summit

Working into older age is a reality for many Australians, both now and in the future.  However, in many cases systems, legislation and workplace culture need to change to make the most of the great contribution older workers make in the workplace.

“The demographic shift which will see fewer people entering the workforce than leaving as our population ages is already upon us and has profound implications for sectors such as superannuation, tax and health, as well as long term productivity.”
Susan Ryan, Age Discrimination Commissioner.

It was encouraging to see that the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) held the Older Australians at Work Summit on 24 February. Click here if you would like to check out the Summit papers and outcomes.


Latest Inclusive Ageing Fact Sheets

As part of the State Government’s Inclusive Ageing Strategy, COTA Tas is undertaking a series of five significant research projects. The first, Facing the Future – A Baseline Profile for Older Tasmanians is a comprehensive, contemporary and credible baseline profile of Tasmanians aged 60+ from diverse regional and cultural backgrounds.
The fact sheets – numbers 3 and 4 - use information from this report, and are ready for release.

  • Fact sheet 3 - uses data from Life’s Basics: chap. 2 of the Profile
  • Fact sheet 4 - uses data from Accessibility: chap. 3 of the Profile

They are designed to provide organisations with a quick guide to the data in the 203 page main document that also has an Executive Summary and Recommendations.  Click here for the full report.

Palliative Care forum

Sadly for most of us the only time we will discuss or even think about Palliative Care will be when we are asked to make important decisions regarding the care of a loved one, often in emotional and highly inflamed times.  Many of our members and friends have expressed confusion over what exactly Palliative Care is, seeing it only as ‘the end’.

For this reason we have decided to hold a forum jointly hosted by COTA Tas and the Tasmanian Association for Hospice and Palliative Care for anyone interested in learning more about Palliative Care.  You will hear from speakers, find out what resources and services are available and how best to access them.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with experts in the field. 

We encourage you and your family members to attend and start discussions sooner rather than later.  It’s a free event, and we’ll provide you with a light dinner. Drinks are at your own cost.

When:            Wed 22nd April, 5.30pm-7.30pm
Where:            Elizabeth St Food & Wine Co. 285 Elizabeth St, Nth Hobart

Places are limited, so contact Natalie on 6231 3265 or email to register your interest.


Congratulations Jackie French:  2015 Senior Australian of the Year

Well done Jackie. What a worthy recipient.  Legions of our children and grandkids have grown up reading Jackie’s stories. Her writing career spans 25 years, and during that time, she’s produced an astonishing 140 books. And she shows no sign that ageing is going to stop her any time soon.

She’s been a tireless advocate for kids with learning disabilities, being herself dyslexic. But it’s not only children who’ve benefited from her writing; she’s written fiction, non-fiction and gardening titles as well, and her articles regularly appear in popular magazines.

Jackie’s website (which is very entertaining) tells us - “Some of her books have won awards or sold millions of copies. Others were eaten by the wombats”. Vintage Jackie!
What an inspiration she is to all of us as we age. Long may you continue to write, Jackie.


Searching For a Perfect Boardroom?

Are you searching for a special space suitable for your board meeting or small group event?  Discover the perfect location at COTA Tasmania’s Hobart headquarters.  On the ground floor of Westella, the historic Georgian townhouse in Elizabeth St, we have an elegant boardroom available for short-term hire.  You’ll be able to host 15 people comfortably, with facilities that include electronic whiteboard, data projector and tea/coffee making facilities.  And, we offer 10% discount to Organisational members .

Full day            $150
Half day           $  80
Per hour          $  20

Book this lovely space now.  Phone 6231 3265 or email

Become a COTA Organisational Member

Would you like to play a more active part in COTA’s efforts to represent and uphold the rights of older Tasmanians? Why not become an Organisational member.  COTA Tasmania consults directly with its members, letting them know about any emerging issues likely to affect seniors. Members also have direct access to the extended COTA National network.  So, when we’re invited to sit on any of the wide range of committees, advisory groups and research bodies, both Government and non-Government, you’re directly represented.  You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to our advocacy and lobbying work, service and policy development and information exchange. 

Membership benefits include:

  • Invitations to COTA events
  • Discounted rates for Board room hire
  • 6 issues of ONECOTA, our national magazine
  • Bi-monthly e-newsletter Between The Lines
  • Discounted advertising rates in our Seniors Week program

For us to continue to be a sustainable organisation, it’s vital that we have your support.  As partners, we can form a powerful voice to influence State & Federal Government, and bring about change for all older Tasmanians.

Half yearly fees:
$15      Seniors Clubs  
$35      Consumer/Peak Organisations
$65      Service Providers/Government Agencies

Contact us now to find out how you can help.  Phone 6231 3265 or email


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