Latest Research Opportunities And Other Ways To Have Your Say

Here at COTA Australia, it is important to us that we let you know about the opportunities available for your voice to be heard. By helping these organisations conduct their research, you can contribute to the broader conversation about ageing and policy development to create positive outcomes for all older Australians. Three such surveys this month that we would like to share with you, are:

1. Department of Health and Ageing – Evaluating the 5-star rating system.

Are you aware that the Australian government publishes information about the quality of aged care homes using a 5-star rating system on the My Aged Care website? We think the star rating system is a good initiative, but improvements are needed.

The Department of Health and Ageing is currently inviting older people, their families and support networks to have their say on Star Ratings for residential aged care. If you, or someone you care for, is considering moving into aged care then the Department of Health and Ageing is hoping to hear from you.

They are wanting to understand what the key factors are that will influence your choice of aged care home. The survey will take 10-15 minutes to complete and closes on Friday, 10 May 2024.

Your participation in the survey is voluntary. Not participating will not affect you in any way. You can choose to skip any questions you do not want to answer, and you can stop the survey at any time. All information provided will be kept anonymous and confidential.

You can complete the survey here.

2. Monash University – collecting evidence for Government Funded Social Programs.

Monash University are currently looking for people aged 65 and over, to participate in a survey that seeks to provide evidence for government funded social programs in later life.

This survey is conducted by a diverse team of researchers from Monash University who are passionate about finding ways to empower Australians during the ageing process. They understand that isolation and loneliness can cause intense emotional pain and health issues and are appealing for people to engage with their survey and provide their insights.

Participation is voluntary and consists of 3 surveys roughly 25 minutes each – one now, one in late 2024 and one in 2025.

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