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Age Friendly Shopping Centres

According to the World Health Organisation, ‘making cities more age-friendly is a necessary and logical response to promote wellbeing and contributions of older urban residents and keep cities thriving’. Where cities are age friendly they tend to be friendlier for all age groups as their direct needs are frequently shared with other groups, particularly people with young children and those with disabilities.

Canberra has been accepted as an age-friendly city. Living up to the WHO ideals should result in a friendlier and more relaxing environment. In shopping centres this is good for business and therefore profits.

These needs include:-
•Having appropriate seating at regular intervals. Appropriate seating includes the correct height, and with arms, to enable older shoppers to sit down and get up easily.
•Shopping centre seating needs to be user friendly, with seats facing each other to enable interaction between users.
•Individual stores which involve customer queues, such as banks, should …

Reframing Primary Health Care for Older Australians

HCCA funds places at key events for our members to attend and participate in policy discussions. The most recent event was the COTA annual policy forum. This is a report from three of our members who attended. 
COTA Australia held their annual national policy forum at the National Press Club on 21 July 2016. It was an impressive line up of front line policy drivers in the field of primary health care for older Australians, a scenario that gets little traction in the media apart from the supposed impending “tsunami of silver haired” Australians coming to an already overstretched health care sector. Probably the key point to come from the conference was that the numbers didn’t represent an impending catastrophe, but that should be looked at differently, with the societal response to older people needing reframing and older Australians respected because of their contributions to society and their human rights.  
Ian Yates, the CEO of COTA Australia, noted that in a recent survey of their c…

Seniors Health Roundtable - 11 May 2016, Canberra

The ACT Government has an Active Ageing Framework that sets out the Government’s priorities for active ageing over the next three years. The framework articulates the Government's vision for all senior Canberrans to lead active, healthy and rewarding lives as valued members of our community. One of the guiding principles is the health care is affordable and accessible This means that health services are community based in addition to hospitals. HCCA had been advocating for a focussed discussion with community members on ways to improve access to health services for older people. We were pleased when the Active Ageing Framework was released and they included an action to convene a round table on health of older people. We participated in the Steering Committee for this round table and our members turned out in force at the event on 11 May 2016. The round table was opened by Chris Bourke MLA, Minister for Seniors and Veterans. HCCA President, Dr Sue Andrews, spoke at the round table ab…

Conference Report SYMPOSIUM ON POPULATION AGEING AND AUSTRALIA’S FUTURE Shine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 11 November 2014 by Kay Henderson

SYMPOSIUM ON POPULATION AGEING AND AUSTRALIA’S FUTUREShine Dome, Canberra, Tuesday 11 November 2014
BackgroundThe Symposium was sponsored by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Aging Research (CEPAR).  The Symposium was held in conjunction with an Annual Meeting of FSSA that included a book launch and a lecture on income contingent loans by Prof Bruce Chapman, both held after the Symposium closed and each of which I also attended.
Much of the Symposium ranged well beyond health care, with general policy issues also covering social welfare, social and population change and economic issues.  However, health care consistently came up within the context of general discussion.  The Keynote Speech was given by the Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, who spoke on “The Longevity Revolution – Crisis or Opportunity?”   The other speakers at the Symposium were grouped into four “panels”:
Societal Ageing:  What…