Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Former Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    Western Australia joins WHO age-friendly affiliate program

    14/06/2017 10:30 AM
    • ​WA's age-friendly communities work recognised through WHO affiliate program membership
    • First jurisdiction in Australia to join the affiliate program

    The State Government's work towards making Western Australia more age-friendly has been recognised with the World Health Organisation (WHO) accepting the State as an affiliate member of its Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.


    Western Australia is the first Australian State or Territory to join this prestigious group and will have a significant role in supporting age-friendly communities worldwide.


    The Global Network focuses on action at a local level that fosters the full participation of older people in community life and promotes healthy ageing.


    Currently, the Global Network includes 450 cities and communities in 37 countries, covering more than 148 million people worldwide and 13 affiliated programs.


    In WA, the cities of Rockingham, Melville and Fremantle are already part of the network.


    As an affiliate member, the State Government will share and learn from the experiences of agencies across the globe who are committed to creating an age-friendly world.


    Western Australia is represented by the Department of Local Government and Communities in the network.


    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:


    "As the first Australian jurisdiction to join the affiliate program, WA joins an esteemed list of international leaders.


    "It is an achievement that acknowledges the work we're doing to listen to the needs of the ageing population, promote healthy ageing and advocate for age-friendly communities.


    "This membership gives us an international platform to better connect and share our learnings from age-friendly practices and at the same time learn from other members.


    "I am pleased that WHO also recognised WA's unique approach of working collaboratively across State Government, local government and the community with the cities of Rockingham, Melville and Fremantle already part of the Global Network.


    "The McGowan Government will continue to support the growth of the Global Network by advocating and supporting local governments to join it."


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