Wanneroo adopts age-friendly strategy

The City of Wanneroo wants to foster a more age-friendly place to live, work and visit while the federal government has released a website where people can access data about aged care services.

THE City of Wanneroo has voted to adopt an age friendly strategy, which it plans to implement during the next three years.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the aim of the strategy was to help create an age-friendly city and support seniors in line with the World Health Organisation’s framework.

Cr Roberts said the strategy would help the city become a more age-friendly place to live, work and visit.

“It is important that we begin to lay the foundation now that will ensure we are well placed to assist our seniors to access the city’s services, amenities, partners and community groups they need in future,” she said.

“It is vital that we have an inclusive community and that our seniors are healthy, active and engaged.”

Through the strategy, the city will strive to further recognise the diversity among older people, promoting the inclusion and contribution of the elderly in all areas of community life.

“Once implemented, the city will be able to better anticipate and respond to ageing related needs and preferences.’’

The city started developing the strategy last year after consulting with 450 seniors, carers and service providers, as well as government representatives and non-government agencies and stakeholders.

She said the city had more than 18,000 residents aged 65 years and over, and this figure was set to increase to more than 22,500 by 2020.

Adopting the strategy means the city can join the World Health Organisation’s global network for AgeFriendly Cities and Communities and be able to exchange experiences and share mutual learning between communities across the world.

Meanwhile, Pearce families and businesses will benefit from a user-friendly website, which provides interactive access to information and data on aged care services and usage.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the GEN site breaks down details of each of the 73 aged care zones across Australia.

“Whether you’re an individual or a family looking for aged care information, or a company looking to develop care services, GEN is a new-generation internet tool,’’ he said.

“It will also benefit students, researchers and local governments, in fact, anyone or any group needing aged care data.”

Mr Porter said residents would appreciate the clear language and easy to understand infographics, which could be customised to individual needs.

The GEN website was created using extensive databases, including ABS and census data, collected from regional and metropolitan centres.

“This is the first time that the information contained in this innovative tool has been stored in a central location and it will prove immensely useful for everyone.

“If you can’t find the information you need, there is also a simple function to request extra detail.”

For more information visit  www.GEN-agedcaredata.gov.au