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COTA (Council on the Ageing) Queensland is a state-based organisation committed to advancing the rights, needs and interests of people as they age in Queensland. They work to create a more just, equitable and caring community in which older people are actively involved and have access to appropriate support, services and care.

The COTA Queensland Peer Education program trains seniors to deliver free information sessions for their peers within their community. The program is currently offering free sessions on the changes to the aged care system and the introduction of a new Home Care Packages system. The sessions aim to increase the knowledge of older Queenslanders so they can maintain control of their own lives and become active partners in their own health care.

“Volunteering as a Peer Educator for the past six years with COTA Queensland has been a wonderful and worthwhile experience for me”, said Alison Taylor, a resident of Hervey Bay. “I have been trained in three different programs now, each relating to important issues for older Australians.”

“COTA Queensland provides a professional and supportive environment both for training and volunteering in the delivery of each program,” Alison commented. “If you have spare time, consider getting involved, educating your peers to enjoy a better quality of life with knowledge of personal rights and awareness of support programs as we age.”

COTA Queensland is looking to expand the network of volunteer Peer Educators in southeast and northern Queensland. Key focus regions in 2016 will be Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba. If you are interested contact COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348 (toll free) or email [email protected].

To have a COTA Queensland Peer Educator deliver a session with your senior’s group in southeast Queensland and northern Queensland, call COTA Queensland on 1300 738 348 (toll free) or email [email protected].

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