Australian Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Conference
Coming of Age - Challenges and Opportunities for Communities in Australia
Ann Harding Centre, University of Canberra, 9 October 2013
As a member of the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the City of Canberra (ACT Government) organised and hosted this conference as way of establishing links with other Australian municipalities that have joined this Network, and with all governments and community organisations interested in advancing the age-friendliness of Australian communities.
The conference was an opportunity to share initiatives and innovations from around the country, with a focus on work that promoted and supported active ageing through ongoing community participation.
The conference program was chiefly made up of short topic specific sessions based on the key issues reported by local governments. There were also interactive question/discussion panels after sessions to ensure that delegates had an opportunity to ask speakers to expand on, or clarify, issues that were of specific interest.
The conference included two invited international speakers, Dr Alex Kalache and Mr Paul McGarry. Dr Kalache was responsible for launching the WHO Active Ageing Framework and the Global Movement for Age-Friendly Cities as head of the Ageing and Life Course Programme at the World Health Organization from 1995 to 2007. Dr Kalache was an Adelaide Thinker in Residence for the last two years where he was invited to develop ‘strategies that allows a greater number of older South Australians to maintain their independence and participate in life as a connected member of their community’. His final report, The Longevity Revolution: Creating a society for all agess , was released in May 2013. He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor on Global Ageing at the New York Academy of Medicine, and he is the President of the Brazilian International Longevity Centre.
Mr Paul McGarry is the Manager of the Valuing Older People Initiative in Manchester, UK. This is a partnership that works across public, private and community sectors, and with local residents, to improve the quality of life of Mancunians in mid-life and later-life, with a specific focus on reducing social exclusion experienced by disadvantaged communities.
If you would like to know more about the conference, please contact Gerry McKeon at the ACT Office for Ageing at email@example.com or call him on (02) 6205 0749.
Australian Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities
At a meeting of about 30 conference delegates on 10 October 2013 at the ACT Legislative Assembly Building, it was agreed that an Australian Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities be created. The network has started to operate through the following Facebook Group page.
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Age-Friendly Communities - Resource Page
We would like to acknowledge the support for this conference from our major sponsors: IRT, one of Australia's largest community based seniors lifestyle and care providers; the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research; and the ANU Centre for Research on Ageing Health and Wellbeing.