Positive Ageing Projects Funded

Positive Ageing Projects Funded

26 June 2013

The Federal Labor Government will provide funding to support a range of projects focused on promoting a positive message about ageing and supporting older Australians to live well in old age.

A number of projects will receive funding through the $60 million second round of the Governments Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund, which will deliver $378 million over four years.

Projects focused on positive ageing include:

  • The National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Awards recognising builders who are developing properties that are adaptable to the needs of older Australians.
  • The Older People Speak Out Media Awards, which recognise journalists and members of the media who promote a positive message about ageing.
  • The Council on the Ageing (COTA) will support older Australians and service providers to make use of the Federal Governments new model of Consumer Directed Care (CDC) in aged care settings.
Minister for Ageing Mark Butler said this built on the Governments record on positive ageing, including work conducted through the Advisory Panel on the Economic Potential of Senior Australians.

Labor is committed to helping older people enjoy active, healthy and independent lives by encouraging positive approaches to ageing, Mr Butler said.

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 positive ageing and support people to have healthy and productive lives as they get older.

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.

A full list of shortlisted applicants can be found at the Department of Health and Ageing website.