Western Australia has today been named an affiliate member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
The prestigious recognition comes after continuous efforts by the State Government since 2006 to work toward becoming age-friendly.
WA is the first Australian State or Territory to join the group and has a significant role in supporting age-friendly communities worldwide.
The global network includes 400 cities and communities in 37 countries, covering over 146 million people worldwide and 13 affiliated programs.
As an affiliate member, the State Government will share and learn from the experiences of agencies across the globe who are committed to creating an age-friendly world.
The World Health Organisation created the Global Network in 2010 to connect cities, communities and organisations worldwide with the common vision of making their community a great place to grow old. The network focusses on action at a local level that encourages the full participation of older people in community life and promotes healthy ageing.
Becoming a member of the network provides cities and communities with an international platform to better connect and share their learnings from age-friendly practices. The City of Melville, Rockingham and Fremantle are currently the only WA members of the Global Network.
The Department of Local Government and Communities continues to work with local governments in the age-friendly space, providing grants and coordinating the Age-friendly Interagency Group and the Age-friendly Communities Network.