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Workshopping age friendliness

Last updated: 25/10/2017 12:50 AM
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‚ÄčOver 100 stakeholders attended an Age-friendly WA Workshop facilitated by world leading expert Dr Jane Barratt this week.

The workshop provided an opportunity for representatives from state and local governments, community services, the corporate and academic sectors to discuss the challenges and opportunities of Western Australia's ageing population.

Dr Jane Barratt Secretary, General of the International Federation on Ageing, facilitated the event. Other speakers included Marlene Krasovitsky, Campaign Director Older Australians at The Benevolent Society and Loretta Baldassar, University of Western Australia Professor.

Topics discussed at this year's event include the social and economic contributions of a society that is age-friendly, how to deal with diversity across all ages, but specifically in the older population, optimising functional ability in a healthy ageing model and the nature of research in age-friendly. Copies of the PowerPoints and videos of the presentations will be available in the coming weeks. Please contact Rebecca Rosher on 08 6552 1592 or

The workshop was delivered by the Department of Communities in partnership with the International Federation on Ageing and is an initiative of the Age-friendly Interagency Group. The Age-friendly Interagency Groups brings together State Government agencies and local government to share information on key issues affecting Western Australian older adults, and develop collaborative strategic responses to population ageing.

The latest recipients of the Age-friendly Communities Grant Program were also announced this week. The program consists of two streams: age-friendly planning and implementation, with up to $10,000 and $20,000 available to local governments respectively. View the list of grant recipients.