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Latest News Update from COTA SA, 21/6/2017

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 - Energy Security and Reliability

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Part 1 - The energy market

On the 23rd of May we held our latest Reframing Ageing Seminar looking at the issue of Energy Security and Reliability, our guest speakers on the day began by giving us an overview of our current energy market by looking at all the different organisations/factors involved in our bill. This was followed by reviewing the issues around energy security and reliability including the factors behind the September 2017 statewide blackout and the measures being taken to protect our energy in the future.

In this blog post we aim to give a broad overview of the first part of the morning, including links for further information.

Read the blog post here

New Media Release

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Having a say and addressing serious issues impacting older people on COTA SA's budget wish list

This week's State Budget should prioritise opportunities for 590,000-plus older South Australians to be influential in positioning SA as a showcase of modern ageing, says peak body COTA SA.

COTA SA CEO Jane Mussared says along with building capacity for older people to contribute directly to design, services and technology including through an ‘ageing well' focused living labs movement, the budget should also contain a strong focus on addressing the serious and recurring barriers growing numbers of older people experience, including elder abuse, workplace discrimination and rising living costs.

To read the full media release go to:

Join us in July to Talk About the NBN

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When: Tuesday 4th July, 2017
Time: 10am - 12noon
Where: COTA SA, 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide SA 5000

If it hasn't already arrived, within the next few years the NBN is coming your way, but what is it, what do you have to do - and what are some of the issues you should be aware of?

We did a blog post on this in April as it's clearly a topic people are interested in - and continue to be interested in so the next Reframing Ageing seminar will introduce the NBN, what it is, how it works and some of the things to bear in mind when the time comes.

For more information including how to register go to:

More Practical Computer Workshops in June

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There's still time to book your spot.

Our practical computer skills workshops are continuing in June. Start with our Introduction to iPad, and then follow this with our Getting more from your iPad.

Sessions are presented by our resident guru, John Travers.

For more information and to book your place go to

Dollars and Sense: The Economics of Ageing

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When: Friday 23rd June 2017
Time: 9am-5pm
Where: Flinders at Tonsley, 1284 South Road, Clovelly Park

Be part of the action on Friday 23 June and join the conversations on Dollars and Sense: The Economics of Ageing

For more information including the registration link go to:

Alzheimer's Australia SA Creative Support Program

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Self-Expression Therapy Activities:

  • Creative support group for people living with dementia
  • Exploration of difficult emotions through creativity
  • Creating Wellbeing through positive emotion
  • Engagement and accomplishment through art
  • Increase self-awareness, with discussion about dementia

When: July - Tuesday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
Time: 10.30 -12.30
Where: Cove Civic Centre, 1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallet Cove
RSVP: Friday 30th June

Registration is essential as numbers are limited; for further information and to register please contact Alzheimer's Australia SA on 08 8372 2100

Reinstatement of the Pensioner Concession Card

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The Federal Budget this year contained a measure to return the Pensioner Concession Card to those who lost their part pension in January this year as a result of changes to the pension asset test.

The national and State and Territory COTAs have recently been receiving calls from members and the general public enquiring about the process for the card return - and, in particular, if they need to apply to Centrelink. COTA Australia has consulted the DSS about this and can confirm that eligible people will automatically receive their replacement card in the post and do not need to apply or register. For those eligible, the cards will begin to be sent out from October 9th.

For more information on the reinstatement visit

For more information on the Pensioner Concession Card visit

Have Your Say: An early-morning bus is just one step away. Vote now!

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Do you live on the South Coast and use the bus service? Now's your chance to have your say on improving the timetable - including the option of getting to Adelaide before 9am on weekdays and leaving after 5pm.

The State Government and Rebekha Sharkie MP are seeking community feedback on proposed changes to the LinkSA Goolwa to Adelaide bus route. Under the new proposal, South Coast residents would be able to more easily take a bus to the city for work, study and medical appointments.

You have the choice to either vote for the changes or to keep the service the same. For more information on what the changes would be and to cast your vote, go to:

SciPubMedImage: What does it take to look inside you?

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Where: Rob Roy Hotel - 106 Haliax Street Adelaide , SA 5000
When: Friday, 7th July 2017
Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Doors are open from 5:30pm

This month in SciPub the question is, how do doctors take pictures of the inner body? Medical imaging is commonly used to make sure that everything in the body is as it should be. It promotes high quality healthcare and can save lives. But how does it work? What are the most common imaging techniques used? How safe is it?

For more information including the link to register your attendance go to

Tenx9 story-telling night, Adelaide-style

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When: Thursday 13th July 2017
Time: 7:30pm, first story at 8pm
Where: The Jade, 142-160 Flinders Street, Adelaide

"9 people, 10 minutes each, true stories"

The topic for this month is It's Never Black and White - tenx9adelaide are excited to present a NAIDOC-inspired evening, rich with Aboriginal storytelling.

Visit for more information

Membership Benefit Update

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From time to time we receive updates concerning participants that are no longer part of the Ambassador Card program - or new additions, we will now be including these in the newsletter to keep you up-to-date. This week we've got one new addition in SA:

Café Brunelli - Adelaide and Felixstow - Save 25% off the total bill up to the value of $35.00
Valid Lunch & Dinner: 7 Days 24 Hours.
Not valid take away or with any other special offer.

And one deletion:

Milano Cucina, Adelaide, no longer in business

To search for benefits throughout Australia, visit the membership website at

What's On: Good Lives on Film #3 Red Carpet Screening

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When: Wednesday 28th June, 6-8pm
Where: Mercury Cinema, 13 Morphett Street, Adelaide
Cost: Free

Head along to celebrate the cultural and migrant stories of older South Australians at the Premiere Screening for Good Lives on Film #3.

Dress up in your cultural dress, walk the red carpet, share in some cultural foods, and enjoy the films produced by a group of amateur film-makers.

For more information and to register go to:

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