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NSW communities to have their say on new Whole of Government Ageing Strategy

13 December 2011

A series of consultation sessions will be held in January to help the NSW Government develop a new Whole of Government Ageing Strategy to enhance the lives of older residents.

Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance said the consultations, which follow the Ageing Roundtable at Parliament House in September, will be held with peak ageing bodies, advocates and the wider community.

A Summary Paper outlining the key findings from the Roundtable has also been released.

“The Paper highlights a number of priority areas including social inclusion, health and well-being, housing, transport, mature workers, volunteering, attitudes to ageing and planning for later life,” Mr Constance said.

“To make the strategy a success, we need to hear from a wide range of communities - that is why sessions will be held in metropolitan areas as well as the west, south and north of the State.”

“The strategy is being implemented as part of a holistic approach to social policy and will be a genuine partnership across government and the community.”

“It will ensure the issues of ageing and older persons are brought into the mainstream of policy making. The strategy will be guided by the principles of independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity in its policies and programs.”

“It will also address the barriers that may prevent people having the most positive experience possible as they age and remain involved in their communities.”

Details of the consultations and how to make a submission are available on the Ageing, Disability and Home Care website at

“There are currently about one million people in NSW who are 65 years or older and this figure is projected to grow rapidly in the coming decades,” Mr Constance said.

“The contribution older people make through volunteering, mentoring, community-based activities and in the workplace is immense – and while many live active and healthy lives, the fact remains we need fresh approaches to meet the challenges ahead.”

The implementation of the Ageing Strategy is an O’Farrell Government election commitment through its Smarter, Stronger, Healthier, Safer social policy framework.

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