Productive Ageing for Older Australians

Productive Ageing for Older Australians

02 May 2013

The Australian Government is committed to helping older people enjoy active, healthy and independent lives by encouraging positive approaches to ageing, Minister Mark Butler said today.

Launching the new Melbourne premises of the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC), Mr Butler said there were economic and social opportunities associated with longer living.

The NSPAC is extremely important in supporting older Australians and improving their quality of life.

Australia has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. With a growing population, over 65 year olds will represent one in four Australians by 2047.

There are great opportunities for our community and economy if we encourage healthy ageing, the lifelong development of skills and capitalise on the extensive experience of older Australians, he said.

Jointly funded by the Australian Government and National Seniors Australia since 2002, the NSPCA plays a pivotal role in bridging the gap between academic research, the community and decision makers.

Mr Butler said more research into active ageing as well as optimal aged care was essential to allow the nation to take up this challenge.

To date, the NSPAC has provided some excellent research to advance knowledge and understanding of productive ageing to improve the quality of life for older Australians.

As part of the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, the Government would provide $39.8 million over five years to improve research and consumer information on ageing and aged care.

In addition, the Government has expanded the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing to ensure that economic participation by older Australians remained central to the governments policy agenda.

For more information contact the Ministers Office on 02 6277 7280