More than 85 people have collaborated to develop strategies to improve Western Australia's age friendliness at a workshop held yesterday in Wembley.
The Age-Friendly Western Australia workshop was developed by the Age-friendly Interagency Group (AFIG) in collaboration with the Department of Local Government and Communities and Dr Jane Barratt, General Secretary of the International Federation on Ageing.
Representatives from state and local governments, community services, businesses and the academic sector heard about recent work in the age-friendly sector in addition to identifying and sharing information on key issues affecting WA seniors.
Participants worked in small groups to develop strategic responses through whole of government approaches, agency initiatives and cross-sector collaboration, which identified priority actions for the coming financial year.
In 2015-16, the State Government has invested more than $1 million through the Age Friendly Communities grants into programs and initiatives to promote seniors' inclusion, participation and security.
To date, half of Western Australia's local governments have received funding to establish age-friendly communities, which means 75 per cent of WA seniors are now living in a local government area that has investigated what policies, services and structures seniors need to age well.