Tahhniaa Dhavai (see photo), Peer Educator from Council of the Aging (COTA)

Are you aware of the changes to the Aged Care system?

All people 65 and over need to know and understand the new My Aged Care system and the changes that come into effect in February 2017.

Join Council of the Aging (COTA) volunteer educator, Tahhniaa Dhavai, for an extended presentation, discussion group and question and answer panel focusing on the Aged Care Reforms.

The Australian Government announced significant reforms to home care in the 2015-16 Budget. The reforms will improve the way that home care services are delivered to older Australians. The Aged Care Reforms are well underway. As of 27 February 2017, a new set of changes will be implemented whereby funding for a home care package will follow the consumer. This will allow a consumer to choose a provider that is suited to them and to direct the funding to that provider. The consumer will also be able to change their provider if they wish, including if they move to another area to live. These reforms are designed to ensure a consistent national approach to prioritising access to home care through the My Aged Care gateway. This will be a fairer and more flexible way of distributing packages to consumers based on their individual needs and circumstances, wherever they live.

Tahhniaa Dhavai, gerontologist and Peer Educator for COTA states that, “The aged care service sector is changing for the better. It is vital that older Australians are made aware of the changes, so that they will be able to make informed choices about their care or the care of their loved ones. The Council of the Ageing (COTA) has been pivotal in the design and implementation of these reforms. Now through its Peer Education Program they are working closely with local government, community groups and aged care service providers to inform and guide older Australians on these reforms.

These changes are an important step in moving towards a future aged care system that is more consumer-driven. The seminar will discuss the following:

  • What are the Aged Care reforms?
  • How is it being implemented?
  • How do these reforms benefit older Australians?
  • When is the right time to seek help?
  • What is My Aged Care?
  • What type of Aged Care System can we expect to see in the future?

Join us and learn about the changes. This seminar will help you understand how to access aged care. It will give you the tools to make the right care choice at the right time. It will enable you to make informed decisions for your health and well-being into the future.

Registration for the seminar is required. The seminar is hosted by Sunshine 60 & Better Group Inc., a community development healthy ageing program designed to meet the needs of older people. Please call Sunshine 60 & Better Group Inc. in Buddina on (07) 5444 5833 to register. Transport is available by arrangement. Morning tea provided – gold coin donation. All welcome!

EVENT: My Aged Care Seminar
Monday November 14 2016
Time: 10am to 12:30pm
Location: Kawana Forest Meeting Place, 60 Woodlands Blvd Meridan Plains Q 4551