COTA Tasmania’s Peer Education service provides a range of informative and interactive sessions to groups across Tasmania covering a range of health and wellbeing issues affecting people over 50.
About Peer Education
At COTA Tasmania we have been developing programs which serve to develop important networks, connect people to services, or to gather or convey information. One way we do this is through our peer education programs which are delivered in a relaxed and informal learning environment by volunteer peer educators who promote discussion and group interaction as part of their presentation.
Peer Education programs are highly successful as educators are able to identify with their audience creating an atmosphere where participants feel comfortable and open to exchanging information.
COTA Tas provides volunteer speakers, drawn from people with a similar age and background to the audience, to a variety of community based organisations and social groups. The program supports the belief that “experts” are not the only people who can share knowledge and discuss ideas.
About the Sessions
- Sessions are free of charge
- Sessions are run by fully trained volunteer Peer Educators
- Sessions are available throughout Tasmania
- Sessions have a practical focus including discussion of simple strategies to deal with the issues raised
- Sessions are designed to be interactive – attendees are encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences
Our current modules are:
- Protecting Yourself from Elder Abuse
- Home Fire Safety
- Eat to Cheat Ageing
- Protecting Your Finances from Elder Abuse
Express your interest
Are you interested in becoming a Peer Educator or booking an information session?
If so, please contact Annette Horsler on 03 6231 3265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (Annette works limited part-time hours).
We have publish an A5 Information Sessions Booklet detailing all peer education sessions. It also features information about other key services delivered statewide by qualified COTA staff.