Research from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that older people are more likely to have multiple chronic health conditions, be less socially connected, less physically active and are more likely to have falls. Of particular concern are those people in our community experiencing social and economic disadvantage, vulnerability and inequality. These older people are more likely to experience poor health, and are less likely to access the services they need.
Both Darebin and Banyule have areas experiencing significant disadvantage.
“With the right policies and services in place, population ageing can be viewed as a rich new opportunity for both individuals and societies.” (WHO)
Meeting the needs of the ageing population presents a complex problem for our catchment. However, this also creates an opportunity to engage the assets in our region and workforce, and move towards community-informed approaches to facilitate healthy ageing.
Our strategy is three-fold: collective impact, place-based approaches and co-design. All of these methods have proven track records in addressing complex issues such as the ones we face, and will bring communities and services together to design and deliver local solutions.
The NEPCP 50+ Data Stories provides locale specific data on our ageing population and the expected increased demand for health services associated with an ageing population. Using this research, we have identified the main issues facing older citizens in each of the three local government areas:
The North East Healthy Communities’ Healthy Ageing project team recently joined with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) to host two full day workshops on innovations in the field of ageing. It was attended by experts in the field and local community members (afternoon sessions only). The event was facilitated by Kelly Ann McKercher, a Principal at TACSI who specialises in participatory design.
A full report outlining the findings of these workshops will be released shortly.
Session One: Introduction to people-driven innovation
This session encouraged attendees to form connections around particular issues or challenges (eg social connection, ageing in place, carers and transport).
Session Two: Practice clinic– our collaborative innovation project
North East Healthy Communities acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the land we work on. We pay our respects to their Elders both past and present and acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first people of this nation.