First Regional Meeting of the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians in Alice Springs
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler meet with the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians and local interest groups in Alice Springs to discuss the issues facing older Australians in the Northern Territory.
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8 September 2011
Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler will today meet with the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians and local interest groups in Alice Springs to discuss the issues facing older Australians in the Northern Territory.
The Panel is chaired by Mr Everald Compton and also includes Professor Gill Lewin and Professor Brian Howe. It is examining how our nation can best harness the opportunities presented by a larger and more active community of older Australians.
This meeting is the first regional meeting of the Panel, and it is being held in Alice Springs to enable the Minister and the Panel to meet with local groups, particularly those with interests in Indigenous ageing.
The first report of the Advisory Panel was released by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan and the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler on 26 August 2011. The report highlights that Indigenous Australia has a relatively young population due to higher fertility rates and lower life expectancies and has a distinctive demography as compared to non-Indigenous Australia.
“There are unique ageing challenges facing the Indigenous population, and the purpose of these meetings is to hear from the Indigenous community about these challenges,” Mr Butler said.
“These consultations will also help us understand how we can better support older Australians living in remote and regional areas and build on existing initiatives such as Broadband for Seniors and our national health reforms.”
“Older Australians are an asset to the community and this visit will allow the Panel to explore the specific contribution of Indigenous elders to the life of all Australia. We want to look at how we can support older Australians living in remote or regional locations to stay involved in the community,” Mr Compton said.
The Panel has held public meetings in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane, with further meetings scheduled for Sydney, Armidale, Hobart and Canberra. This is the first of two regional meetings.
The first report of the Panel, Realising the economic potential of senior Australians: changing face of society, can be found at The Treasury website.
For more information please contact Mr Butler’s office (02) 6277 7280
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