In late 2020 COTA Queensland supported five community members to host kitchen table discussions in regional Queensland.
Kitchen Table Discussions are community engagement sessions led by local people for local people. They allow individuals and small groups to participate in discussions at a time of day, and in a place, that suits them. The discussions enable community members, people currently accessing or considering accessing aged care and support, carers and family members who do not ordinarily participate in healthcare consultation to have their say in a safe and supportive environment.
We heard the stories, experiences and thoughts of 38 people from Pomona, Cairns and the Gold Coast on what it is like to age in their community. Aged between 50 and 99 years of age, some participants identified as living with a disability or chronic health condition, being a carer, Aboriginal, an LGBTIQ+ community member or being from a non-English Speaking Background.
A short summary of the discussions and the answers to questions asked by participants is available for viewing.
We extend our thanks to the hosts and participants for their involvement in these important discussions informing our broader advocacy.
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