Programs FAQs

Programs FAQs

Peer Education Program
Strength for Life



Peer Education Program

What do you provide?
The Peer Education Program provides free of charge to seniors groups and organisations a trained peer educator who will facilitate interactive information sessions within a community group or club setting on a variety of health and well-being topics relevant to people aged 50 years and over, their Carers and families

Who presents the material to the public?
The information is provided free of charge by trained volunteer ‘peer educators’ – people aged 50 years and over to their peers in seniors groups, clubs and organisations.

Can COTA SA develop a peer education program for my organisation?
Yes, COTA SA receives funding to create and deliver programs and has successfully delivered the following programs:

  • Quality Use of Medicines - NPS
  • beyondmaturityblues - Beyond Blue
  • Pills & Spills - Medicare Local
  • Controlling My Own Life - Making the Most of CDC - Australian Government
  • Moving Right Along - Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure
For more information, contact Desmond Ford, Head - Programs and Business Development on 08 8232 0422 or dford@cotasa.org.au

Are there opportunities for peer educators to undertake other activities within or on behalf of COTA SA?
Yes, due to the nature of peer education and the regular contact peer educators have with older people in the community through the peer education sessions, some peer educators are COTA SA representatives on Boards and Committees including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Royal; Adelaide Hospital. Within our peer education program peer educators also have the opportunity to assist with administration and promotional tasks associated with the project.

Strength for Life

Will I develop large muscles and look like a weightlifter?
Supervised strength training will safely improve the muscular strength of a participant no matter what their age, but is not likely to make a person look huge.

I have a chronic health condition. Will I still be able to take part in a SFL program?
Strength training can have significant health and lifestyle benefits. There is a focus on exercises that are functional and produce improvements to lifestyle, and everyone has their own individual program. Current research shows that most chronic conditions can be improved or maintained with a progressive resistance program.

Will somebody show me how to perform the exercises?
All new clients have a one-on-one assessment with a qualified SFL instructor or exercise physiologist, a program is developed and the client is taken through the program. At each subsequent session there is a dedicated SFL instructor overseeing the SFL clients.

Do I have to become a member of the Fitness Centre?
The majority of Centres offer single visit prices or 10 visit cards. At some Centres it is more cost effective to become a member.

I have never exercised before. Is SFL safe for me?
Supervised strength training is not a high risk activity for over 50s