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1 MAV State-wide Positive Ageing Forum March 2013 Creating Local Age Friendly Outcomes – the Western Australian experience

2 City of Melville 102,000 residents; 18 suburbs/neighbourhoods 22% population over 60 yrs ; Lone persons households – 27% by 2021; 32% population born overseas (18% non-English speaking) Period of urban refit

3 2006 – 2007 - City of Melville, participating City partnered with Department for Communities, Office of Seniors and Volunteering in WHO pilot. 2007-2010 Age-Friendly Melville – Directions from Seniors 2009 Membership to WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Communities 2010-2012 Age-Friendly Melville – Directions from Seniors (reviewed) Melvilles Journey

4 Domains Outdoor spaces and Buildings Transport Housing Social Participation Respect and Inclusion Civic Participation and Employment Communication and Information Community Support and Health Services

5 Age- Friendly Melville Rising cost of living Ability to maintain current property including gardens Accessible and affordable aged care facilities Car parking near service provision/shopping centres Community Safety Pedestrian difficulties Appropriate seniors housing Reduction in income Main Issues 2012

6 Important Learnings Engagement of older people throughout planning, implementation and evaluation processes (age-friendly champions). Consideration of baby boomers in research process. Engagement of external stakeholders – government departments, private business and retail. Early and ongoing engagement with organisational stakeholders (cross-organisational working group).

7 Into the organisation….. Early information workshops for Elected Members Presentation of evidence based research to Elected Members Initial findings as an input to Community Planning process (2007)

8 Into the organisation….. Age-Friendly Melville – Directions from Seniors (Strategies and Actions) 2007-2010; 2010-2012 Incorporated into Business Plans (implemented, monitored) Strategic Community Plan 2012-2022 –identifies age- friendly as objective of an accessible and inclusive community

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12 Into the organisation - Being smarter Identifying what is happening already - Libraries, Waste, NBN Use Council funding programs Marketing and branding Collection of data – ongoing evaluation

13 Into the organisation – being smarter Focus groups where appropriate Staff resource - static Community Champions (Neighbourhood Development) Finger on the pulse – database Internal champions




17 Into the organisation – use the overlap Community Safety and Crime Prevention Plan Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Health and Wellbeing Plan Emergency Management Plan Access Advisory Panel

18 Government of Western Australia Department for Communities Seniors and Volunteering

19 Western Australia History of involvement with World Health Organisation (WHO) Partnership with City of Melville 2006/2007 WHO pilot Support to WHO re Age Friendly Cities indicator development Funding of rural trial – Shire of Augusta- Margaret River 2007/2008

20 Western Australia Promotion with Melville of approach to south west region and metropolitan area (workshops) Promotion across government (Director Generals forum) Funding for 27 lgas to undertake research Collective examination of findings Release of Age-Friendly Strategy 2012 Facilitation of State AFC working group

21 Current status An Age-Friendly WA Seniors Strategic Planning Framework Department for Communities – Age Friendly Homes Checklist Kit – 2012 Seniors Wellbeing Indicators - 2012

22 Current status 27 local governments (communities) funded by WA Department for Communities to use age-friendly approach. 33% of the total seniors population in Western Australian are living in communities that have adopted age-friendly approach to strategic planning. Of total number seniors in metropolitan Perth 42% live in age-friendly communities but of total living in rural/regional communities only 8% live in age-friendly communities. Western Australia

23 Non-metropolitan local governments City of Mandurah Shire of Augusta/Margaret River Shire of Busselton Shire of Capel Shire of Carnarvon Shire of Denmark Shire of Dumbleyung Shire of Lake Grace Shire of Moora Shire of Nannup Shire of Wagin Shire of West Arthur Shire of Woodanilling Shire of Williams (14)

24 City of Bayswater City of Cockburn City of Fremantle City of Melville City of Perth City of Rockingham City of Subiaco City of Swan Town of Kwinana Town of Mosman Park Town of Claremont Shire of Peppermint Grove Town of Cottesloe Metropolitan local governments (13)

25 Engagement participants recruited from: Public housing tenants. Hearing impaired community. Different cultural Groups. Indigenous people. Different income levels Caravan Park residents (trailer homes) Grey Nomads Service providers / Carers Single gender groups. Socially isolated groups – Meals on Wheels recipients.

26 Indigenous engagement Collecting information via culturally aware processes. Art workshops facilitated by Aboriginal people to gather information over 16 week period. Informal story telling sessions to gather information.

27 Collective Examination Indigenous Breakdown of traditional culture (breakdown of respect for elders in decision making processes); Lack of appropriate accommodation – sense of loss to their country if forced to move for health support; Lack of health support (dialysis service support in rural/remote communities); and Impact of racism

28 Collective Examination Rural communities: -Need for further consultation; -Footpath upgrades; -Lack of community transport; -Access issues highlighted; -Lack of appropriate aged housing options; and -Lack of forward planning by seniors for future options – wait and see.


30 Collective Examination - Initial findings Urban Communities: -Challenges of integration of actions to City planning; -Desire for focus on intergenerational projects; -Sustainability of actions; -Shared concerns relating to housing, transport, and health services; and -Lack of forward planning by seniors for future options.

31 Initial findings - overall Positive feedback regarding current senior initiatives (free public transport, fuel cards for those living in the remote/rural areas, dependable public transport). Sense of connection to current local neighbourhoods. Highest domain rating for Respect and Inclusion. Importance of volunteering to feeling valued. Importance of local libraries for places of information.

32 Limitations Low representation of carers, indigenous people, and those from non-English speaking backgrounds. Over-representation of women. Lack of visitor and / or worker profile. Low representation of service providers. Low representation of marginalised people. Methodology favours those connected in communities.

33 How is information used? State - analysis of significant trends; advocacy role across government. Local - incorporated into strategic plans for ageing populations - development of specific local actions to respond to areas of priorities (further specific plans).

34 Benefits of Age-Friendly Cities Approach Participants have heightened sense of being valued. Shared research model. Credible and evidence-based input to strategic planning for older people. Development of co-ordinated approach with State and Local governments for planning for demographic change. Engages seniors for next phases of consultations. Benefits all community. Benefits

35 What next? State support for strategic working party -Initial meeting held March 2013 with Department Local Government, LGA representation, WALGA, COTA WA, Department for Communities -Planned forum facilitated by COTA WA (funded by Dept Communities) May 2013 with lgas to determine establishment of State AFC Network

36 What next? -WALGA investigating forums Local Govt Week (August 2013) aimed at Elected Members and Officers Limited funding for future

37 Urgency for new business models Sustainability. Collaborative approaches, co-creation of solutions (shared outcomes). Top down, bottom up. Coordinated government

38 WHO Global Network Age Friendly Communities The Global Network now connects 135 cities and communities in 21 countries, with ten affiliated country programs reaching out to over a thousand more cities and communities working on age-friendly programs. This truly is a global movement March 2013


40 WHO Global Network March 2013 update Examples of AFC projects: -Walkways, over canals, roads, rivers (County Cavan, New York) Fashion is Ageless –collaboration between seniors and young people (Alfândega da Fé Portugal) -Hiking grandparents and grandchildren (Alfândega da Fé Portugal) -Educational seminars – Californian Highway Patrol & Dept of Motor Vehicles Age Well, Drive Well: – City of Los Altos, CA

41 Examples of AFC projects Transportation services, including difficult to reach places like the cemetery (Alpiarça, Portugal, New York); fixed-rate bus passes for older residents, regardless of distance (Akita, Japan); taxi vouchers for those eligible for the paratransit system (New York); transportation services (Flexibus – County Meath, Ireland)

42 Examples of AFC projects Increasing size of street signage (Welland, Canada) GIS-integrated emergency response for elderly people at risk (Akita, Japan) Age-friendly cell-phone plans (New York) Specific new building standards that are age-friendly (Kingston, Canada)

43 Opportunities WA State network of LGA's Age-Friendly Communities. Australian network. Global network. Investigation of next level of integration - Pilot of integrated approach for age-friendly communities (metropolitan and rural example) using input from Universities, Seniors peak bodies, service providers, government.

44 Learnings Build on your strengths and what you have in place Every plan looks different, every community has its differences If you plan; implement ; report back and review Collaborate, Collaborate, Collaborate Brand / market your strategy From little things, big things grow

45 Everyone benefits in societies where older people thrive

46 -Age-Friendly Melville – Directions from Seniors - Western Australian Seniors Well-Being Indicators - Age-Friendly Communities: Collective Examination (June 2012)

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