Age Friendly Charter Project Update
The Community Panel met for the first time on 31 January 2018 with twenty members of the community attending the first session. The engagement was hosted by Alzheimer’s Australia at Hawthorn House. The community panel was chaired by Susan Kay, Executive Director Community Services, Economic Development, City of Albany. The panel members were provided an overview of the project including background information on WAPHA. The Panel’s Terms of Reference were endorsed following conversation with panel members to clarify the scope of the project and the roles of relevant stakeholders. This was followed by small group workshops around the theme ‘What is important to you when you think about Ageing?’.
Some of the common themes to emerge were; feeling secure and safe in community, empowering the rights of seniors, social inclusion and connection, access to services, urban amenity for walking, public transport/community transport, ageing is broader than health, being valued within the broader community and enabling ageing in place.
The Agency panel met on the 29 November 2018 at the Albany City Library. 13 Agencies were represented by 18 attendees, with apologies from three further agencies. The Panel was chaired by Susan Kay, Executive Director Community Services, Economic Development, City of Albany. Lesley Pearson, WAPHA Regional Manager provided an overview of the project and the role of WAPHA. This included information on the After Hours GP Project, and Comprehensive Primary Care Practice. Vivienne Gardiner, Charter Project Officer provided population profile of seniors and health care in the Great Southern provided by WACHS and an overview of the Kings Fund Paper: Making our Health Care System Fit for an Ageing Population.
This was followed by small group workshops around the theme ‘What an Age Friendly Charter Means’.
Some of the common themes to emerge were; an agreed and concise roadmap or vision between community, service providers and government, underpinned by a person-centred approach, inclusive and reflects the diversity of our community, is empowering and reflects the rights of seniors and older people in our community, challenges age related stereotypes, involves the whole community, is intergenerational and fosters a compassionate community, fosters collaboration not competition among service providers, based on best practice and innovation and is regularly reviewed.
The next agency panel meet is to be hosted by Juniper to on 7 February at the Beryl Grant Community Centre. The meeting will focus upon endorsing the Charter values and developing a vision and roadmap to realise the vison.