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COTA
Forms for Health Practitioners

Forms for Health Practitioners

This page enables medical and physiotherapy practices to directly access referral forms.

Supervised strength training has been shown to improve balance and walking endurance in older people. Strength training can also be effective in alleviating the impact of chronic diseases such as diabetes, osteoarthritis, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, and depression.

COTA SA is part of a national organisation with a COTA in each state and territory
We are the peak seniors' organisation in South Australia, with a number of key roles including

  • policy and advocacy where we have provided input to every major aged related state government policy for the last 20 years 
  • representation in a wide range of state and commonwealth government forums, consumer advisory groups and research bodies ensuring seniors interests are considered 
  • and the development and delivery of services and programs.

COTA SA developed a program called Strength for life (SFL) in 2004, to enable over-50s to access regulated, supervised individualised progressive strength training, and the program now has 72 Partners throughout SA.

In 2013, COTA SA initiated Tier 1 and Tier 2 categories of SFL:

  • Tier 1 is delivered by exercise physiologists or physiotherapists, and there is the potential to involve these programs as part of enhanced primary care packages. 
  • Tier 2 is delivered by fitness instructors, and referrals to these programs for ongoing management of chronic conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, or as preventative action may be appropriate for your practice.

One of the key focuses of the project has been to ensure client safety through an extensive pre-exercise screening process and to facilitate referrals directly from health and medical professionals. This process has been developed in conjunction with the Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing (CPAA), Hampstead Centre, and permits both efficient entry into the program and effective screening of ‘at risk' clients.

The majority of SFL instructors have completed training in the Better Balance falls prevention module, so it is appropriate to also refer clients who are at risk of falling, or have had one or more falls into either category. The SFL partners are included in the Statewide Falls Prevention Directory, as an ongoing option to encourage continuation of exercise following therapy or rehabilitation.

COTA SA is keen to establish networks with health care providers and community stakeholders to encourage a wide range of over-50s to participate in strength training. If you would like to discuss how we can best work together please contact the Strength for life Project Officer at COTA SA on 8232 0422.

Click on the links below to download the medical referral forms:

Click on the links below to download the Health Fund forms