Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Innovation and ICT; Seniors and Ageing

    WA Seniors Strategy will put older Western Australians at front of mind

    10/11/2021 10:30 AM
     
    • Development of Western Australia's first Seniors Strategy underway
    • Voices of seniors across WA critical to the strategy's development
    • Strategy is an opportunity to support and promote seniors, activate community action and drive change

    Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch has today announced the development of Western Australia's first Seniors Strategy at WA Seniors Week's premier event, 'Have a Go Day'.

     

    The WA Seniors Strategy 2022-2032 will set out the WA Government's 10-year plan to support older people, and harness the opportunities and address the challenges of WA's ageing population.

     

    The Department of Communities will lead the development of the 10-year strategy which will include State-wide consultation to ensure the views of as many seniors as possible are captured.

     

    Central to the strategy's development will be the voices of seniors and what is important to them. Carers, families, community services providers, peak bodies, and WA State and local government agencies are all encouraged to participate in the consultation process. 

     

    The whole-of-government strategy, which is expected to launch in late 2022, will include a series of two-year action plans that will connect, co-ordinate and evaluate activities across State Government agencies.

     

    While many existing whole-of-government initiatives support older people through the provision of a range of services in a range of areas, WA does not yet have a cohesive single vision and plan to support and promote seniors, activate community action and drive change.

     

    The strategy will aim to support older Western Australians of all backgrounds to live their best life as they age.

     

    People can register their interest to be part of the consultation process at the Department of Communities website at https://www.communities.wa.gov.au/SeniorsStrategy, where they can also keep up with news and information on the strategy's development.

     

    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch:

     

    "The State Government is committed to supporting Western Australians to feel safe, respected and valued in the community as they age.

     

    "There is a growing imperative for 'whole of community' commitment and action to ensure that older people remain active and participate in their community.

     

    "This is why we are developing a 10-year whole-of-government Seniors Strategy for WA to support older Western Australians of all backgrounds to live their best life as they age.

     

    "The voice of seniors will be central to the strategy's development and we will consult with key stakeholders including community services providers, peak bodies, State and local government agencies and older Western Australians right across WA."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6900