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Latest News Update from COTA SA, 16/8/2017

Welcome to our latest newsletter, If you have any suggestions for what you'd like us to feature in future newsletters send us an email.

New Blog Post - Put Yourself First - Women's Health Week Event

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It's coming up for that time of year again, the week of the 4th to the 8th of September marks Women's Health Week 2017. The two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle are ‘lack of time’ and ‘health not being a priority’. Women’s Health Week is the time to put ourselves first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.

To read the blog post go to

Living Labs and Ageing Well: Designing our future

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When: Thursday 7th September. 2017
Time: 10am - 12.30pm
Where: Level 5, Flinders New Venture Institute, Tonsley Innovation Precint, 1284 South Road, TONSLEY SA 5042

Come along to this interactive session that will highlight the opportunities for Living Labs for Ageing Well, and how you can be involved in designing our future in South Australia.

Presented by COTA SA & City of Marion

Tea & coffee provided.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL on or email or call 8375 6750

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Current Job Vacancy: Head of Programs and Business Development

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As a result of internal movement, we are pleased to invite applications for our Head of Programs and Business Development role. The position is part of our leadership group, and will be responsible for leading and developing flagship programs for older South Australians.

For more information including the position description and to apply go to

iPad and iPhone training courses return from September

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Our practical computer skills workshops are returning with additional sessions from September to November.

Whether you are new to your device or would like to know how to use some of the more advanced features we have you covered.

Sessions are presented by our resident guru, John Travers

For more information and how to book go to

You are invited to SNAPSHOT - Modern Ageing

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ZestFest is a proud participant in this year's
SALA (South Australian Living Artist) Festival.

SNAPSHOT - Modern Ageing features Artists, Rebecca Cambrell, Elizabeth Fotiadis, Teresa Jane Robinson along with contributions from Hope's Café creatives.

Turning ageing on its head - bold new perspectives in creativity that older South Australians contribute to our rich arts scene - a mixed media exhibition.

When: August 2 - August 30
Days & Times:
Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 4.40 pm
COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 500016 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Planning Ahead, Taking Control of Your Future

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When: Wednesday 20th September, 2017
Time: 10am - 2pm
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Cost: Free to members, $10 non-members or join on the day

Have you taken control of your future? September is planning ahead month and planning ahead is all about taking control of your future, making arrangements and ensuring that your choices will be known and acted on. In honour of Planning Ahead month we're delighted to offer this month's Reframing Ageing seminar on the topic of Planning Ahead.

For more information and to register go to

Tell Us What Matters To You - Reminder

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South Australia has a state election on Saturday March 17 - 2018.

COTA SA is holding a series of conversations around the state with older people in the pre election period.

The conversations will contribute to the development of the COTA SA state election platform.

We want to:

- hear the views of older South Australians
- aim to understand the issues that affect older people
- find out the goals, priorities and needs of older south Australians

Click here to find out when and where the nearest conversation will be held near you.

If you can't make it to one of our conversations we invite you to complete our online survey

New TV Ad For COTA Travel Insurance

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COTA Travel Insurance has a new TV Ad.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

Retirement Village Legislation Information Sessions

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The Department for Health and Ageing through the Office for the Ageing (OFTA) is responsible for the administration of the Retirement Villages Act 1987 (the Act) and the Retirement Villages Regulations 2006 (the Regulations).

OFTA will be conducting a series of information sessions in late August 2017. These sessions aim to provide attendees with a broad overview of the incoming legislation and any changes that may affect prospective residents, residents and operators of retirement villages.

For more information and to register go to

Please note the dates for some of the information sessions have passed. Our apologies for this but we only received the information after the previous newsletter.

Survey: Evaluating Universal Design in the Built Environment

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Deakin University Australia is seeking input from individuals with an interest in or experience of applying &/or evaluating Universal Design (UD) in built environments.

This research aims to identify approaches currently used to evaluate how Universal Design is applied to the built environment. Findings have the potential to increase uptake of Universal Design by industry professionals, governments and community members, and to enhance social participation for everyone, particularly people with disabilities.

The survey typically takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

If you would like to take part in the survey, please click here.

The survey closes 31st August, 2017. If you have any questions contact Valerie Watchorn, Principal Researcher at, or call +61 3 5227 8069.

Call for Participants: Chronic Pain Survey

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Survey Invitation: What effect fear of pain and coping strategies have on chronic pain patients' well being?

The University of Adelaide researchers (Dr Manasi Mittinty and Prof Lisa Jamieson) would like to invite individuals who experience persistent pain (more than 6 months) to participate in an online survey study. This study aims at understanding the affect fear of pain and coping strategies have on patients' overall well-being. If you have persistent pain, and aged 18 years and above please participate.

For more information and to take the survey go to

What's On: SALA Parlour

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When: Open now until the 31st of August
Time: Tue-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11:30am-4pm
Where: South Australian Museum lawn, North Terrace, Adelaide

Promoting participation in the arts. Meet a range of artists each day working on site offering demonstrations and come'n'try sessions. A wonderful opportunity to rediscover the joys of participating in visual arts. Reconnect with your creative side. Plus you'll be part of SALA Festival 2017.

Each week explores a different SALA theme.

Presented by the Office for the Ageing.

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