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13 APRIL 2022



Since 2019 COTA Visitor volunteers have brought conversation, news, new interest, and friendship to people receiving aged care services and at risk of loneliness or isolation.

Bill was seeking companionship and Andrew was looking for ways to get involved in his local community. Through COTA Visitors their common interests and proximity to each other were identified and they were matched. 

Andrew and Bill [pictured] now look forward to their weekly catch-ups and chats about current events, politics, health, their careers and sport. Andrew has loved hearing Bill’s old Vietnam war stories and is glad to have made a new friend.

More volunteers are needed to provide friendship to people who have contacted COTA SA looking for someone to visit them and brighten their day.  Visiting on older person is a simple and effective way to share your interests and make a real difference in someone's life. COTA Visitor Volunteers apply here, or find out more about COTA Visitors here.



The COTA SA Forum will be held on:

DATE:                                  28 April 2022

TIME:                                  10:00 - 11:30am

LOCATION:                        Marion Hotel, Terrace Room

The marginal seat of Boothby is an important one at the federal election on 21 May 2022. Your vote will make a difference to the outcome of the election, and to older South Australians.  

Hear from:

  • Labor candidate Louise Miller-Frost
  • Liberal candidate Rachel Swift
  • Independent candidate Jo Dyer
  • Greens candidate Jeremy Carter
  • United Australia Party candidate Graeme Clark
about their policies and priorities that will impact older South Australians, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

This free event will be hosted by COTA SA and moderated by Deputy President, Anne Burgess AM. Light refreshments will be provided.



You must register to attend by using the button below or calling us on 08 8232 0422.

Please be advised that COTA SA requires all event attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  



“Free public transport all day - every day for Seniors Card holders” was promised by Labor in the election period, making now a great time to prepare yourself to save money and jump on board the Adelaide Metro services.

To teach people how to travel safely and make the most of the services COTA SA is delivering free, interactive Seniors on Board information sessions to community groups of people aged 50+.

The session covers where to access timetables and charge cards, journey planning, accessibility and safety and the opportunity to book a practice trip with a COTA SA volunteer.

To book a one-hour, session delivered by a peer educator for your group or yourself, contact COTA SA phone 8232 0422 or

We are running a session at the COTA SA Office which individuals can still book for (via details above):

COTA SA - Level 1/85 Hutt St, Adelaide

Thursday 19 May, 1-2pm

Sessions will only be available until June 2022.


Do you have a parent or friend who wants to stay living independently in their own home?

Are you an older person wanting to find out about aged care services and supports?.... then these webinars are for you.  

Hear from COTA SA’s Ageing Well Coordinators and Aged Care Navigators online over a series of four lunchtime webinars to hear about ageing well in your own home. They start right at the beginning of an older person's aged care journey, and will share information, tips and tools about entering the aged care system, getting the services and supports that suit your needs, and managing your services.
All sessions are run from 12 noon - 1pm.


4 May            Aged care – where to start 
                       with Ageing Well Coordinator, Trudy

11 May         Finding aged care services that are right for me
                       with Aged Care Navigator, Julie

25 May         Aged care services in country SA 
                       with Country Ageing Well Coordinator, John

1 June           Managing my aged care services 
                       with Ageing Well Coordinator, Trudy


These webinars are best suited to older people or their families who are new to, or have not yet accessed aged care. They are not suitable for aged care or associated workers.  A zoom link will be emailed to registered attendees one day before the session. Contact COTA SA for more information on 8232 0422 or, or book in using the button below.


If you are a carer for an older family member and live in country South Australia you may feel isolated and alone. It can be helpful to register with the Carer Gateway to access information, support and services that include:

  • Peer support groups assist carers in linking with others where you can share your experiences and knowledge

  • Confidential and professional counselling about your particular situation, to help you manage the stresses of being a carer

  • Carer coaching can assist you to manage your caring role, can help you identify priorities and can include tips on how to look after yourself and provide new approaches in being a carer

  • Respite - a service that is provided for the person you care for that is designed to give you time out from your caring role. The Carer Gateway funds respite so that you can have a break. This funding can be used for 'Planned Respite Support' where you might plan to have a night out or go on a short holiday, or for 'Emergency Respite', when there is an unforeseen crisis and you are unavailable to provide your usual care.  

Register with the Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 or  click here.

If you live in country South Australia and have queries about aged care services and the My Aged Care system please contact COTA SA’s Ageing Well Country Coordinator on 1800 182 324 for free independent information and support or click here


Recently, we once again reached out to older Australians to gauge their experiences of 2021 and understand how people are feeling during 2022. We were overwhelmed with the heartfelt responses of the 180 people who completed our survey – thank you!


Compared to our 2021 survey results, we saw very similar outcomes from our respondents. The major differences we noted were:

  • A slight decline in positivity and optimism this year – only 67% felt positive (ratings of 7+ on 10-point scale), down from 76% in 2021
  • More respondents indicated that they had been able to meet up with their friends and family, and continuing this was the thing most looked forward to for 2022 (69%)
  • An increase in missing holidays and travel over the past year (66%, up from 58% in 2021)

Our respondents expressed concerns in recent times about environmental disasters, international conflicts, and social issues. However, there was still a high level of optimism.

Many expressed how they were looking forward to being less restricted in 2022, and once again actively participating in their community, whether through work or volunteering, patronising arts and cultural events, or spending time with family and friends. 

Here at The Plug-in, we look forward to continuing to hear from you this year on what is most important and how you are feeling throughout 2022!



COTA SA was delighted to be invited to The Chinese Welfare Services at the start of Chinese New Year to present the Strength for Life program to approximately 80 people [in four groups]. It was wonderful to meet a host of Chinese community members attached to four separate groups.

Thank you to Kam Chiu, Nikita Kwong and Meihua Lin for organising these sessions, providing interpreters and for your warm hospitality!

COTA SA looks forward to continuing to collaborate with Chinese Welfare Services in the future!



Take part in a focus group of LGBTI people in SA to create greater support across generations in relation to end-of-life planning, care and dying. We still have some places for Burra, Mt Gambier, Christies Downs and Salisbury to inform, collaborate and co-design the work of the Rainbow Horizons project.

Supported by Office for Ageing Well. More information here.


Listen to the podcast from a recent radio interview (available until 20 April) on ABC North and West with Angela Coe, hosting Jackie Wurm and Dr Deb Selway from the group LGBTIQ+ MID-NORTH SA about the Rainbow Hub and the Rainbow Horizons project here.


COTA SA’s Silver Rainbow's Community of Practice is for anyone who is a worker or interested in the aged care sector; we share questions and observations and discuss issues relating to providing services and care to LGBTI elders. There are two sessions coming up:


A trans man perspective: Zac Cannell in conversation — an in-person session or on Zoom

Zac Cannell will be in conversation with Mona Khizam our Silver Rainbow Trainer and Team Leader. Followed by discussion and afternoon tea. Zac is a Sexual Health Counsellor for SHINE SA and has lived experience as a transgender man. He is a prominent advocate and allied health professional and will speak about safer client engagement.

WHEN:         Thursday 5 May,  3.00 - 4.30pm 

WHERE:         In.Studio + Café, 268 Pirie Street, Adelaide

RSVP: for catering and COVID numbers via or ring 08 8232 0422


LGBTI Care perspectives — an in-person session or on Zoom

A chance to hear about three different projects to support LGBTI people ageing better. Followed by discussion and afternoon tea.


  • Palliative care traineeship project 
    Karen Glaetzer, Palliative Nurse Practitioner, Eldercare
  • Rainbow Horizons, inclusive end of life care
    Jackie Wurm, Rainbow Hub, Project Officer, COTA SA
  • Created Communities trial
    Robyn Lierton, Community Engagement and Diversity Manager, ECH 

WHEN:         Tuesday 7 June,  3.00 - 4.30pm 

WHERE:        The Joinery, 111 Franklin St, Adelaide
RSVP: for catering and COVID numbers via or ring 08 8232 0422


You can subscribe here to receive our SA Silver Rainbow Community of Practice e-news.


The Aboriginal Health Council of SA (AHCSA) is a COTA SA Supporter. COTA SA’s Rainbow Hub Project Officer, Jackie Wurm recently presented to AHCSA’s March Board Meeting about COTA SA’s state-wide, Strength for Life program and other services. She also spoke about the Rainbow Hub’s offerings including the Rainbow Horizons project, that is supported by Office for Ageing Well. We look forward to continuing our work together. More information is on our website, including for organisations that would like to join the growing number of COTA SA Supporters.





A jam packed 8 day getaway with many inclusions. Murder Mystery dinner party, wonderland by night, 4WD tour of Norfolk island, island fish fry, sound and light show, breakfast bushwalk, Pitcairn Settlers tour, garden tour and a ghost tour are just some of the inclusions. Prices include flights from your selected city and start from $3,850*pp twin share ex Adelaide. Single supplement available.  Breakfast and dinner daily included. 26th June 2022 departure

                        CALL NOW! 1300 896 282 


Staying safe on the road is important for all road users, however cyclists are more vulnerable because they have less protection than other motorists.

Drivers are required to give a minimum of one metre when passing a cyclist  where the speed limit is 60 km/h or less or 1.5 metres where the speed is over 60 km/h.

If the driver of any vehicle has a clear view of any approaching traffic and can do so safely, they are permitted to:

·      drive to the right of the centre of the road

·      drive to the right of the dividing line

·      drive on a dividing strip that is at the same level as the road

·      drive on or over continuous lines around a painted island

·      straddle lanes

·      move across lanes

·      drive not completely in a single line of traffic.


Drivers must ensure it is safe before indicating and passing a cyclist. If it is not safe they will need to slow down and wait until it is safe to pass.


For more information on SAPOL’s Road Safety Centre programs and resources click here



Connect@The Lights is the newest program at the Lights Community & Sports Centre, supporting individuals improve their physical health and wellbeing. 

This free program is open to individuals looking to reconnect with physical or social activities and wanting support, encouragement and guidance to improved health and wellbeing. Connect@The Lights involves one on one consultations with an experienced health and wellbeing coach, once a week for six weeks. Over the 6 weeks our consultants will work with individuals to set goals, build confidence and motivation and help break down any barriers preventing them from participating in activities.

Connect@The Lights is being run in partnership with Mind Australia and their ‘One Small Step’ Program. For more information click here, call 8405 6670 or email



Foundation SA's Neighbourhood Grants are now open and offer SA based non-profit organisations, up to $2,000 to support acts of community connection that strengthen the bonds of neighbourhoods, led by people in their own communities.

Applications close Thursday 5 May 2022 and funds will be distributed before 30 June 2022. CLICK HERE for more information on eligibility and to apply.


Making the decision to stop using alcohol and/or other drugs can significantly improve your life. It can improve physical and mental wellbeing as well as personal relationships, and help you to reconnect with yourself.

SONDER now offer an In-Home Withdrawal Service that allows you to withdraw from substances in a confidential, safe and familiar home environment with access to essential support from a skilled care team, ensuring a safe and successful detox.

Read more here.




WHERE: The Capri Theatre, Goodwood

WHEN: Sunday 22 May 2:00pm  

Baritone Andrew Crispe will join organist Chris McPhee for a very entertaining afternoon of music featuring music from Broadway. The program will be a salute to stage and screen featuring some of the best loved music which has become so very popular. For further information click here or phone 8272 1177

Win one of two 2 double passes by being the first person to call COTA SA on 8232 0422. Value of $60 per double!!



At COTA SA we always welcome your feedback so we can improve our services to you. 

If there's something you'd like us to know,  please tell us using the button below.


COTA SA acknowledges the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains as the traditional custodians of the land our headquarters occupy. We also acknowledge all Aboriginal nations throughout South Australia. We honour Aboriginal peoples’ continuing connection to Country and recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and extend that respect to all Aboriginal people.


 PO BOX 7024, Hutt Street SA 5000
Kaurna Country Level 1/85 Hutt St, Adelaide SA 5000  
P: 08 8232 0422   |    E:
ABN 28 426 218 58