Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing; Small Business

    Consultation under way to shape new Seniors Strategy

    29/04/2022 12:30 PM
     
    • Ten-year plan to support older people and the State's ageing population
    • Strategy to be supported by action plans across WA agencies
    • Seniors and pre-seniors encouraged to participate in consultation process, with in-person forums scheduled across the State from Kununurra through to Albany

    Public consultation to shape a Seniors Strategy for Western Australia has now commenced, with forums scheduled at locations across the State throughout May and June.

     

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

     

    The strategy will be supported by two-year action plans that connect and coordinate activity across WA agencies, focused on ensuring systems and services are responsive to older peoples' needs and maximising the benefits provided to seniors.

     

    It will guide 'whole of community' action in making WA a place where older people can age actively, healthily and in the way of their choosing.

     

    The strategy will encompass a number of topics, including inclusion and respect, participation and employment, accessible information and services, rights and advocacy, financial and housing security, communication and digital literacy, and healthy and safe living.

     

    As part of the development of the strategy, the Department of Communities is keen to hear the thoughts and opinions of older Western Australians to help identify emerging themes and issues.

     

    The Department of Communities will conduct a number of State-wide consultations throughout May and June 2022 to inform the strategy. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 55 years and over, or non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 65 years and over and pre-seniors are being encouraged to participate.

     

    Consultation will be done through 'hybrid' focus groups (which will be available for both in-person and online participation), short online surveys, hard copy surveys and phone interviews.

     

    Further information on opportunities to be involved in the consultation process, including how to register for one of the consultation sessions being held across WA, is available here. More detail can also be obtained by calling IPS Management Consultants team members Emma O'Hara (0431 239 075) or Liam Ashworth (0410 910 450) between 8.00am and 3.00pm Monday to Friday. Further consultation sessions may be added to the list.

     

    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Don Punch:

     

    "Research suggests that by 2060-61, 23 per cent of the population will be aged over 65 - a rise of around 7 per cent from 2020-21.

     

    "This ageing population in WA offers many benefits, with older people making a significant contribution to our society and to our economy, as volunteers, paid workers, students, family members, carers and consumers.

     

    "The strategy will look at supporting seniors to live the best life of their choosing, including through ageing with choice and living independently if they wish.

     

    "All Western Australian seniors are strongly encouraged to get involved in the strategy's development, and we want to hear from as many people as possible - so please register now to attend a local consultation forum, complete a survey or request a one-on-one phone interview."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6900

     

    WA Seniors Strategy consultation locations and session times:

    Location Date Time Venue
    Broome Monday May 2nd10:45am - 12:45pm

    The Gimme Club (capacity of 63)
    7 Blackman Street, Broome

    Kununurra Monday May 2nd5.00pm - 7.00pm

    Kununurra Leisure Centre (capacity of 100)
    115 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra

    Broome Tuesday May 3rd3:00pm - 5:00pm

    The Gimme Club (capacity of 63)
    7 Blackman Street, Broome

    Port Hedland Thursday May 5th9.30am - 11:30am

    Lotteries House (capacity of 50)
    Unit 2/6 Byass Street, South Hedland

    Port Hedland Thursday May 5th12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Lotteries House (capacity of 50)
    Unit 2/6 Byass Street, South Hedland

    Karratha

    Friday

    May 6th

    10:00am - 12:00pm

    Karratha Leisureplex (capacity 35)
    Dampier Highway opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

    Karratha

    Friday

    May 6th

    12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Karratha Leisureplex (capacity 35)
    Dampier Highway opposite Broadhurst Road, Karratha

    Mandurah Monday May 9th11.30am - 1:30pm

    Mandurah Seniors Centre (capacity of 300)
    41 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah

    Mandurah Monday May 9th2:000m - 4:00pm

    Mandurah Seniors Centre (capacity of 300)
    41 Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah

    Bunbury

    Friday May 13th

    9:30am - 11:30am

    Maker + Co
    75 Victoria Street, Bunbury

    Busselton

    Friday May 13th

    1:00pm - 3:00pm

    Busselton Community Resource Centre Meeting Room 1 (capacity 45)
    21 Cammilleri Street, Busselton

    Bassendean Monday May 16th10:00am - 12:00pm

    Bassendean Seniors and Community Centre (capacity up to 50)
    50 Old Perth Road, Bassendean

    Bassendean Monday May 16th12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Bassendean Seniors and Community Centre (capacity up to 50)
    50 Old Perth Road, Bassendean

    Nedlands
    Auslan Interpreter present

    Monday May 23rd10:00am - 12:00pm

    Nedlands Golf Club (capacity of 50)
    Note: Access by stairs only
    Melvista Avenue, Nedlands

    Nedlands Monday May 23rd12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Nedlands Golf Club (capacity of 50)
    Note: Access by stairs only
    Melvista Avenue, Nedlands

    Armadale
    Auslan Interpreter present

    Friday May 27th

    10:00am - 12:00pm

    Greendale Senior Centre (capacity of 60)
    12 Coombe Avenue, Armadale

    Armadale

    Friday May 27th

    12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Greendale Senior Centre (capacity of 60)
    12 Coombe Avenue, Armadale

    Geraldton Monday May 30th10:00am - 12:00pm

    Geraldton Multipurpose Centre (capacity of 40)
    31 Foreshore Drive, Geraldton

    Geraldton Monday May 30th12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Geraldton Multipurpose Centre (capacity of 40)
    31 Foreshore Drive, Geraldton

    Carnarvon Tuesday May 31st10:00am - 12:00pm

    Gwoonwardu Mia Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre (capacity 60)
    146 Robinson Street, Carnarvon

    Carnarvon Tuesday May 31st12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Gwoonwardu Mia Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre (capacity 60)
    146 Robinson Street, Carnarvon

    Albany Wednesday June 1st10:45am - 12:45pm

    City of Albany Civic Room (capacity of 50)

    102 North Road, Albany

    Albany Wednesday June 1st1:15pm - 3:15pm

    City of Albany Civic Room (capacity of 50)
    102 North Road, Albany

    Wanneroo Thursday June 2nd10:00am - 12:00pm

    City of Wanneroo Civic Centre, Banksia Rooms (capacity of 80) 
    23 Dunbar Road, Wanneroo

    Wanneroo
    Auslan Interpreter present

    Thursday June 2nd12:30pm - 2:30pm

    City of Wanneroo Civic Centre, Banksia Rooms (capacity of 80)
    23 Dunbar Road, Wanneroo

    Kalgoorlie Tuesday June 7th10:45am - 12:45pm Eastern Goldfields Community Centre 13 Roberts St, Kalgoorlie S WA 6430
    Kalgoorlie Tuesday June 7th1:15pm - 3:15pm Eastern Goldfields Community Centre 13 Roberts St, Kalgoorlie S WA 6430
    Northam Wednesday June 8th10:00am - 12:00pm

    Northam Recreation Centre Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 Peel Terrace, Northam

    Northam Wednesday June 8th12:30pm - 2:30pm

    Northam Recreation Centre Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 Peel Terrace, Northam