Strategy to guide North West age-friendly communities and job creation

A new strategy has been released aiming to create age-friendly communities across the Pilbara and the Kimberley, while encouraging more seniors support services and greater local employment in aged care.

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7 November 2017

A new strategy released today aims to create age-friendly communities across the Pilbara and the Kimberley, while encouraging more seniors support services and greater local employment in aged care.

Aged Care Minister, Ken Wyatt AM, launched the North West Ageing and Aged Care Strategy and applauded its vision of the region as an area where older people can confidently choose to age well, safely and in place.

“Its number one guiding principle is respect, and it encourages the design and development of community initiatives that prevent loneliness, isolation, boredom, helplessness and vulnerability among ageing residents,” Minister Wyatt said.

“As more and more families join the thousands of people who already call the dynamic North West region home, it is incumbent on us to ensure our seniors can continue their essential contribution to our changing communities.

“I am pleased the Strategy also recommends creating task teams to facilitate aged care employment, with a special focus on encouraging young people and Aboriginal people into this growing career market.”

More than 350 older residents, carers, aged care service providers and local organisations were consulted for the Strategy, which was prepared by Regional Development Australia’s Kimberley and Pilbara committees.

Minister Wyatt welcomed the Strategy’s short, medium and long-term goals, from the engagement and inclusion of seniors in local communities, through to tailored home and residential care support.

“Without services available locally, many residents may be left with the difficult choice of having to leave their community or ‘country’, in order to receive adequate aged care,” the Minister said.

“This Strategy embraces the potential of technology to improve active and connected ageing and it looks to interstate and international models, to see how they could be adapted, to make ageing in the North West the best it can be.”

After launching the Strategy, Minister Wyatt met with community and aged care support groups and service providers in Cheeditha and Roebourne.

“I look forward to joining with local authorities, residents and communities, to further empower senior Pilbara and the Kimberley residents, by working to provide them with safe, quality aged care services and the respect they deserve,” Minister Wyatt said.

The Strategy is available on the Regional Development Australia Pilbara's website.

Media contact: Nick Way, Media Adviser 0419 835 449

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