Professional and other organisations in ageing

Aged and Community Services, Australia (ACSA)
Represents 1400 church and charitable organizations providing accommodation and care services to older Australians.

Alzheimer's Australia
Alzheimer's Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for the 250,000 Australians living with dementia. 

State and Territory organisations provide:

  • Information
  • Support
  • Advocacy
  • Education services

Access the regular newsletter, Dementia News HERE  

Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG)
The AAG is Australia's largest multidisciplinary professional association of people who work in, or have an interest in, ageing. Our diverse membership includes health professionals, academics, government representatives, providers and staff of aged care services, policy analysts, support workers, researchers from the social and medical sciences, administrators, voluntary agencies, students, and older people themselves.

Carers Australia
Carers Australia is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of carers, providing a national voice and focus for carers and carers' issues.

Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW
Improving the living standards, community services and lifestyle choices of superannuants, pensioners and older people, as well as promoting their rights and dignity.

Council on the Ageing (COTA)
COTA is Australia's leading seniors' organisation, with individual members and seniors organisation members in all States and Territories. COTA protects and promotes the well-being of all seniors. COTA is an independent consumer organisation run by and for senior Australians. COTA has been serving the interests of Australian seniors since 1951.

National Seniors Australia - The independent voice of the over 50s
National Seniors is a not-for-profit membership based community organisation which has as its major objectives: To provide economic and social benefits for people 50 years and over; Represent its members views to Government at all levels; To make donations and provide service and advice to charitable institutions assisting people 50 years and over. With a membership of 280,000 and growing National Seniors is Australia's largest organisation representing those aged 50 years and over. Our membership is divided between those in the workforce, those on social security pensions and self funded retirees

Older Women's Network
The Older Women's Network first formed in Australia in 1987 when a group of older women in the Combined Pensioners Association saw the need for a network which would focus on the interests and concerns of older women.  By July 2001, the Older Women's Network (OWN) New South Wales was established as the peak body for OWN Groups across NSW. The aim of all OWN Groups is to promote the rights, dignity and wellbeing of older women. Groups organise a wide range of activities and advocate on issues of concern to older women. For information about joining an OWN group or subscribing to OWN Matters, the monthly newsletter of OWN NSW, please contact the OWN NSW Coordinator.

Seniors Rights Victoria
Seniors Rights Victoria provides information, support, advice and education to help prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights, dignity and independence of older people.

Seniors Rights Victoria also have two online resources that might be of interest:

Assets for Care website
A guide for lawyers to assist older clients at risk of financial abuse 

Online Elder Abuse Tool Kit
The Online Elder Abuse Tool Kit is an easily accessible website containing simple, plain language elder abuse information for anyone who works with older people.

Updated: 02 Aug 2014