Italian Republic Day

On Sunday June 2 over 400 people gathered at Holy Spirit Church, New Farm to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Italian Republic.

The event was organised by the Italian Consulate in conjunction with Com.It.Es Queensland and NT and Co.As.It. was represented by its CEO Dina Ranieri and its Community Services Officer Alex Favali.

The Archbishop of Brisbane celebrated the Mass in Italian, attended by representatives of several Associations and other distinguished guests, among whom The Hon Grace Grace MP, the Italian Consul for Queensland and NT Dottor Salvatore Napolitano and Cr Vicky Howard.

It was a wonderful opportunity to meet old friends, create new acquaintances and promote our activities to potential new clients.

“Healthy@Home” Launches New Website

Co.As.It. Community Services is a key member of the PHN Brisbane North Consortium

PHN Brisbane North launched the Healthy@Home website on Wednesday 22 May at the PHN’s Lutwyche office, at a function hosted for board members and executive managers of the consortium, of which Co.As.It. is a member.

Representing Co.As.It. Community Services was the President Cav. Nereo Brezzi, Vice President Cav. Antonio Palella and Antony Brown accompanying CEO Dina Ranieri.

Healthy@home is a consortium of 19 leading organisations committed to providing high quality community aged care services in Brisbane North and Caboolture to help older people maximise their independence and remain living at home.

The consortium includes community aged care service providers, government and non-government agencies, peak bodies and advocacy groups. Our workforce exceeds 1000 clinical and non-clinical support staff across all member organisations.

Each of the 13 service provider members has over 20 years’ experience and is fully accredited under the aged care quality standards.  Healthy@home delivers Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) services. This is a government-funded program that supports older people who are still managing well at home, but could benefit from some extra help to continue living independently in the community. The goals for service delivery is re-ablement, giving consumers the supports to return to wellness.

Healthy@Home is delivering a national rollout of the Active at Home Program which is a care-worker led home exercise program to help older people regain mobility for independence.

For more information about Co.As.It. Community Services or Healthy@Home please call 07 3624 6100 or visit our Facebook Page @coasitbrisbane

Simon Brooks from PHN North Brisbane
Dina Ranieri Co.As.It. CEO with Shana Day

Excellence in Age Services Award

Co.As.It. Community Services was proud to be acknowledged as one of only four State Finalists in the Organisation Award on Thursday 14 March 2019 by Leading Age Services Australia (LASA). The award ceremony took place at The Star, Gold Coast and was proudly supported by HESTA & McCullough Robertson Lawyers. The ‘Excellence in Age Services Awards’ recognise the outstanding achievements of the age services industry and many rising stars from the age care industry in Queensland participated in the event.


The awards celebrate the passion and achievements of organisations, teams, and individuals in the service of older Australians. Co.As.It. Community Services was nominated on the strength of their initiative and innovation of recent programs. The most notable has been the ‘Adopt a Nonna or Nonno’ Volunteer Program that connects the wider community and alleviates the isolation and alienation of older people. People without grandparents have made inter-generational connections and older, isolated clients now have an injection of new friendships, companionship and social contact. The improvement made on the lives of older people is identical to the benefits derived from volunteer visits under the CVS (Community Visitors Scheme) program.


Co.As.It.’s Allied Health team members innovated the LASER Program (Library of Assistive Specialised Equipment Register), a free service where clients can trial medical aids, specialised equipment and other technology before purchasing. Medical aids and equipment are expensive and the team were very concerned about the number of gadgets and devices regularly abandoned by clients. Disadvantaged, they could not return the devices nor afford to re-purchase something else. The equipment is also available for short-term needs obviating an outright purchase. Clients have continually valued the initiative, making more informed decisions, empowering their right to choose well without risk and expense. The equipment is also available for short-term rehabilitation, obviating an outright purchase.


The award night was attended by Co.As.It.’s CEO Dina Ranieri, Tony Brown and Nella Alba. A framed certificate was awarded to Co.As.It. Community Services in recognition of their excellent achievements.

Get Into Harmony Day 2019

This year more than ever, we can #standtogether in support of Cultural Diversity. Enjoy a morning exploring different foods from different cultures at The Community Place Kalinga at the old Kalinga Bowls Club on Thursday March 21st for Harmony Day.   Together with Co.As.It. Community Services, the morning is open to diverse communities and includes a sausage sizzle to kick things off. Our heritage of migration has provided us with a rich blend of cultures and the event provides an occasion to enjoy different nationalities, languages and food – all on offer to members of the public between 10am and 12pm.  Please bring one of your favourite traditional dishes to share.  As places are limited, reserve your spot by calling the Community Place on 07 3857 1152 or Co.As.It. Community Services on 07 3624 6100 by Wednesday 20/03/19. Address: 20 Clark Street, Woolowin. Fully Air Conditioned.

Guest Speaker Announced for #IWD2019

Co.As.It. Community Services announces its 7th Annual International Women’s Day event “Harmony & Delights” set for Saturday, March 9th, with its #BalanceForBetter “Morning Tea” gathering. This elegant event, honouring the tireless work of women in the social support and aged care industry, will be held from 10.30am to 2.30pm at the Marquee Room at Victoria Park Golf Complex in Herston, and will include an informational segment with very special guest speaker Marcus Pearce, Thought Leader on Exceptional Living, Leadership & Longevity Expert and  CEO at The Wellness Couch.

The event aims to offer guests an approachable gathering to spend with friends, and learn some tips on resilience and well-being, while enjoying sumptuous food in a stunning event space surrounded by lush gardens and crowned with chandeliers. The menu includes a selection of GF options and delicious scones, quiches and eclairs, amongst many other delicacies.

Co.As.It. has chosen the day after the International Women’s Day as its yearly celebration of  the tireless work of women do in the aged care segment. “We want to acknowledge the contribution of our care workers, the majority of whom are women, and the difference they make in so many people’s lives” says Dina Ranieri the CEO of Co.As.It. Community Services.

For the guests in attendance there is a swag of raffle prizes including jewellery pieces valued over $2K, on offer. Proceeds from the event go toward the Co.As.It. Dementia and Carer Support Program, a fully self-funded service developed for those in dire need of support.

The cost is $65/person. Guests must be 18 years or older, and reserve a spot before March 5th. Given the expertise of the speakers, the event is perfect for anyone seeking inspiration on health and wellbeing, and also welcomes those wanting an informal way to meet new friends during the first part of the event entitled “The Mingling Hour” when Prosecco, Bellini cocktails will be served.

Along with contacting the Marketing Officer ( for more details and to reserve a ticket to the event, Co.As.It. is providing online purchasing of tickets which can be accessed from the Co.As.It. website.


Computer Classes Now Available on the Coast

Brisbane, QLD. February 12, 2019 –  Co.As.It. Community Services announces its Computer and Technology Classes for over 65’s set to roll out on the Gold Coast commencing Friday 22 February. These FREE weekly lessons cover learning how to Skype, how to use FaceBook and how to set up a Smartphone among many other tips, will be held at the South Coast Office at 34 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island.  The classes run between 3.00pm and 4.30pm every Friday and bookings are essential due to limited availability.

“The classes are a great way to learn and they are very social” says Alex Favali the Co.As.It. Community Support Officer who delivers the weekly lessons. For further information and bookings, email or by call 07 5617 9500, yet another great initiative by Co.As.It. Community Services.

About Co.As.It. Community Services, headquartered in Brisbane, is a peak body within the Aged Care and Community Services industry. It has won a number of industry awards for high quality service delivery and excellence in care.

Stunning Trip to Stanthorpe

Our industrious facilitator Emanuela Febo took our “social outings” group to Stanthorpe on the 14th December for a 2 day trip. Our clients had been up early that morning as they had been instructed to do and had placed their baggage on the bus by 6.30 am so that the bus could start the trip on time.

Along the way everyone was so happy thinking of picking their own cherries with memories of fruit picking being shared amongst the group. After a pit stop for morning tea they proceeded for the final destination – Stanthorpe!

About 11.30 they arrived at the International Club at Stanthorpe where they met up with Fortunato and Frank the two musicians that were playing traditional Italian music and also met some Italian migrants.  Bottles of red and white wine were soon placed on the tables as well as some antipasto followed by a large buffet of food.  Most clients’ appetite had increased dramatically through the pure and fresh air of the country side.  Typical Italian sweets were then served with fresh brewed coffee while Father Christmas came to each table giving everyone a Christmas present.

Then it was time to dance! The band played crowd favourites such as the tarantella, cha-cha-cha and other traditional Italian dances.  To finish the day everyone headed off to the local pizzeria at night.

Next morning after breakfast they were off to the cherry farm.  What a surprise to see the fruit trees full of cherries followed by free cherry picking and eating at the same time at no charge.

This was followed by a visit to the winery for wine tasting.  Soon it was midday and once again time to eat.  This time at another restaurant – there were cannelloni, arancini  hot ham and chicken, vegetables and salads. Finally came the sweets,  gelato cassata and coffee.

Glasses were charged and good wishes were exchanged  for a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

With sunset approaching it was time to start the return to Brisbane .  Their big smiles said it all!  Yes  they were two wonderful days in Stanthorpe.



Co.As.It. Community Services reached a 40 year milestone in 2018, providing aged care and community services in Queensland since 1978.  Celebrating this anniversary, a Christmas themed luncheon was shared with over 400 clients at the Kedron-Wavell Services Club in Chermside. The event was held on Saturday 1st December in the Blue Room and the free event was a huge success.

Dina Ranieri, Co.As.It. CEO says: “I am honoured to witness this amazing milestone and be a testament to the positive impact our organisation has made on the South East Queensland community.”

The lunch was attended by clients, staff and committee members who were treated to a three course luncheon, live music and a documentary video on the history of Co.As.It. that included an interview with the founder, Fiorenza Jones. The event featured a lucky table prize of the delicious Italian Christmas cake “panettone” for one guest from each table.

One of Co.As.It. Clients John Lind wrote of the event:

“We were amazed by your love and care shown to us yesterday. Obviously Saturday was but a sample of all that has happened over the last 40 years and certainly shown to us in the last few months for Joe, and the last 13-14 months for myself. Your staff have always been kind considerate, willing to help and thorough in all their help towards us.”

Co.As.It. reaches its 40 year milestone

40th Gala Evening COASIT Queensland

40th Gala Evening COASIT Queensland


Co.As.It. Community Services celebrated its 40th year of delivering services to the South East Queensland community with a Gala Dinner at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 27th October 2018.

The services go beyond delivering aged care and social support to include the teaching of the Italian language and culture at the Italian Language Centre in Newmarket.

Over 340 guests attended the memorable event including team members and committee members past and present, sponsors, volunteers and VIP guests.

Dina Ranieri, Co.As.It. CEO says: “I am honoured to witness this amazing milestone and be a testament to the positive impact our organisation has made on the South East Queensland community.”

To commemorate the occasion an historical booklet was created capturing the progression over the years, and a documentary was launched on the night featuring an interview with the founder,  Fiorenza Jones. Members of the committee past and present also contributed to the documentary telling the story of the past 40 years.

During the event a slideshow looped hunderds of images that showcased client social outings, forums, classes, celebrations and festivals, past and present.

The president of the committee, Nereo Brezzi hosted VIP’s the Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe, Italian Consul for Queensland and Northern Territory, Dott. Ludovico Carlo Camussi, Jacinta Webb representing Hon. Grace Grace (Minister for Industrial Relations), Councillor Krista Adams, Councillor Vicki Howard, Councillor Norm Wyndham, the Italian Ambassador Hon. Francesco Giacobbe, and President of the Com.It.Es for Queensland and Northern Territory, Mariangela Stagnitti.

Guests were hosted by the charismatic Damien Anthony Rossi and the lovely Naomi Price. They enjoyed a sumptuous 4 course meal, wines and liqueur. The live music was provided by the talented De Bellis Band from Sydney, the lead singer Claudia Migliaccio was a finalist on The Voice the same year as Naomi Price.

Co.As.It. Community Services Inc. is a peak body within the aged care and community services industry which has won recognition for high quality services delivery and excellence in care.  Constant research, planning and improvement ensures that Co.As.It. programs and services are relevant, responsive and meet the diverse needs of its clients, especially those from CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) backgrounds.  The net proceeds from this event go towards the Dementia Carer Support Program for the CALD community. For more information please contact 07 3262 5755.

Gala Dinner to Celebrate 40 Years of Community Services

Co.As.It. Community Services is Celebrating 40 Years of operation from 1978 – 2018. Join

us at our prestigious Gala Dinner to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Entertainment

Centre using the stunning Southbank Parklands as the backdrop. Here we acknowledge our

passion to care for the Italian and wider community in South East Queensland.

Reflecting on our extensive history …. 40 years is truly something to celebrate.