What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
The start of a new year brings hope of a vaccine to restrict the spread of Coronavirus.
Australia has entered into 4 separate agreements for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, if they are proved to be safe and effective – and the federal government has established a strategy for the roll-out of the vaccine when its available. You can view the strategy online. COTA (WA) will keep you up to date with any developments and we have provided information and links on our website which will be updated as new information is released.
There is much to do in the first quarter of the year at COTA (WA) as we launch some new initiatives and expand our existing programs. As a reminder, our current programs include Strength For life (formerly Living Longer Living Stronger), Mall Walking, Aged Care System Navigator presentations, COTA (WA) presentation to Seniors groups and the Mentoring to Work program.
Our seniors guides have been so popular that we are planning a series of COTA (WA) hard copy guides on a number of topics. You can view an online version of our current guides (At Home Guide and the Goodbye guide) online and we welcome your feedback or suggestions on topics for future guides.
We were delighted that our COTA (WA) Patron, the Governor of Western Australia The Hon. Kim Beazley hosted the 2020 WA Seniors Awards recipients at Government House in December. Despite the restrictions of COVID-19 we worked closely with the Department of Communities and the office of the Minister for Seniors (Mick Murray) to ensure that the 2020 program went ahead. Our Award recipients were outstanding and you can watch them receive their award and hear their stories on our Youtube: https://youtu.be/yTn1lyffMAc
As your peak body, COTA (WA) represents the interest of older and vulnerable Western Australians on many committees and reference groups. An example of some of these is:
- WA Electoral Commission (seniors voting options)
- Voluntary Assisted Dying (review of literature)
- WA Advocates for Consumers of Energy (billing, usage, communication with consumers)
- METRONET (access and inclusion reference group)
This year, we will be out and about more than ever, meeting directly with seniors and seeking your feedback and your views on key issues and matters that affect you and older Western Australians in general.
And, I and the COTA (WA) team, look forward to connecting with you in 2021 – either face to face or through technology. You can keep up to date with all of our activities by following us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COTAWesternAustralia
Christine Allen, CEO