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1.1 AGE FRIENDLY MONASH 2015-2019

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Council Meeting, 16 December 2014
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Section 1.1 – Page 1
AGE FRIENDLY MONASH 2015-2019
(SM: AGED1)
Responsible Director: Julie Salomon
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
PURPOSE
The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s endorsement to release the draft Age
Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 for final community consultation from 16 December 2014
– 20 March 2015 (Refer Attachment 1). This plan forms part of a suite of strategies
under the Council’s Access and Equity Framework 2013 - 2017.
KEY CONSIDERATIONS/ISSUES
The Age Friendly Monash provides a strategic direction for the development and
coordination of a range of social, educational, health promotion activities and actions
that impact on our older residents aged 60 years and over. The plan has been
developed in line with the World Health Organisation, ‘Age Friendly Cities’ framework
and recognises that if ageing is to be a positive experience, it must be supported by
ongoing opportunities for health, participation and security. The World Health
Organization has adopted the term “active ageing” to express the process for achieving
this vision.
‘The active ageing approach is based on the recognition of the human rights
of older people and the United Nations Principles of independence,
participation, dignity, care and self-fulfilment. It shifts strategic planning
away from a “needs-based” approach (which assumes that older people are
passive targets) to a “rights- based” approach that recognizes the rights of
people to equality of opportunity and treatment in all aspects of life as they
grow older.’ World Health Organisation Active Ageing Policy Framework, pg 13.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Each year budget bid initiatives will be considered by Council for the annual allocation of
funding to implement those actions identified in the Action plan.
CONCLUSION/RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that the Council release the Age Friendly Monash 2015 – 2019 for
final community consultation from 16 December 2014 – 20 March 2015.
Age Friendly Monash 2015-2019
Council Meeting, 16 December 2014
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Section 1.1 – Page 2
AGE FRIENDLY MONASH 2015 - 2019
(SM: AGED1)
Responsible Director: Julie Salomon
RECOMMENDATION
That Council endorses the release of the draft Age Friendly Monash 2015 – 2019 for final
consultation with the community from 16 December 2014 – 20 March 2015.
INTRODUCTION
The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s endorsement to release the draft Age
Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 for final community consultation from 16 December 2014 –
20 March 2015 (Refer Attachment 1).
BACKGROUND
On 30 July 2013, Council endorsed that Monash work towards becoming an Age Friendly
City and join the World Health Organisation, Age Friendly Cities Global Network. Age
Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 replaces the previous Baby Boomer Strategic Action Plan
and Positive Ageing Action Plan that are due to sunset at the end of 2014.
DISCUSSION
The Age Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 outlines Councils commitment to becoming an
age friendly city. The strategic framework will guide Council over the next five years and
the priority actions that will be undertaken through an integrated and collaborative
approach.
Information was drawn from an extensive community consultation process to inform
the development of the Age Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019. The information and the
priorities identified are based on the World Health Organisation’s, eight Age Friendly
Domains.
Table 1 outlines the priority areas identified by older members of the Monash
community under each of the World Health Organisation’s eight domains.
Table 1: World Health Organisations Eight Age Friendly Domains
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Council Meeting, 16 December 2014
Domain
1. Outdoor spaces
and buildings
2. Transportation
3. Housing
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4. Social participation
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5. Respect and social
inclusion
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6. Civic participation
and employment
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7. Communication
and Information
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8. Health and social
support services
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Age friendly priority areas
Confidently using footpaths/pathways
Reducing overhanging trees/obstructions
Increasing access to public toilets
Improving and increasing Seating/shelters
Strengthening and promoting community pride
Increasing access to parking for seniors
Increasing confidence and access to public transport
Advocacy reliable taxi services
Increasing community transport options
Improving home & garden maintenance
Increasing awareness of modifications and design
options
Increasing awareness of sustainable and affordable
housing options
Increasing awareness of community activities and
events
Increasing access to social programs and events
Increasing civic and social participation, reducing
social isolation
Access to affordable activities
Celebrating ageing and older peoples contribution
Increasing opportunities for intergenerational
interaction
Increasing connections and engagement with diverse
ethnic and cultural groups
Promoting and increasing flexibility and interesting
volunteer opportunities
Increasing awareness of post-retirement
training/information services
Working with industry groups
Increasing awareness and information regarding
Council and community programs, services and
activities
Reducing the barriers and increasing understanding
of technology with older people
Promoting, increasing and strengthening the provision
of services and opportunities that enable older
residents to age in place.
Increasing awareness of general health and support
service providers
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Key Themes
Communication and information as themes were consistent throughout the
consultation discussions and across the eight domains. Older adults reported that
finding out what services, activities and opportunities were available was important in
all areas. Improving how Council communicates with older residents and how
information is disseminated is a key issue for Council to address.
Additionally, accessibility, which included the quality of footpaths and physical access to
buildings, access to public toilets, public transport, and suitable parking and taxi’s were
areas of concern for many people across a number of domains.
Finally, community and health services were, overall, important issues for the majority
of older residents followed by transportation, respect and social participation.
POLICY IMPLICATIONS
The development of an Age Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 is consistent with the Council
Plan and Council’s Access and Equity Framework 2013-2017. The policy implications of
an Age Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 are significant. It will impact on how Council
delivers services to and responds to the needs of older residents in Monash. These
impacts are reflected in the actions as per Attachment One.
SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
The social implications of an Age Friendly Monash 2015 – 2019 will be that older
residents will be better able to participate and remain independent in their community.
HUMAN RIGHTS CONSIDERATIONS
Under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 the rights are broadly
grouped into themes. The themes that are promoted by an Age Friendly Monash 2015 –
2019 are respect, equality and dignity.
CONSULTATION
Age Friendly Ambassadors
The key method of engaging and consulting with older residents involved the recruiting
and training of twenty-one Age Friendly Ambassadors. The Ambassadors developed
their engagement approach and identified who and how they would consult the older
adult community.
Over a period of four months, the Ambassadors visited 36 seniors groups where they
engaged in discussions with over 1,200 residents. In addition to the conversations, 738
out of 4000 Age Friendly surveys were returned to Council.
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It is anticipated that the draft Age Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 be placed on final
exhibition for community feedback by 20 March 2015 via the following distribution
methods:
1) A copy distributed to all the Seniors groups and community members who
participated in the extensive consultation process;
2) The Age Friendly Ambassadors wish to return to a selection of the groups
between February and March 2015 that were involved in the original
consultation to discuss the draft;
3) An article in the Monash Bulletin;
4) Copy of the draft Age Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019 on Council’s website;
http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/index.htm; and
5) Copy of the draft plan at all Council’s libraries.
Summary of Recommendations
An ongoing process of consultation and engagement with our Age Friendly Ambassadors
and internal departments will be implemented during the life of the plan. This ongoing
engagement will ensure that the Age Friendly Monash 2015 – 2019 will continue to
evolve and respond to any changing needs, priorities and community feedback.
With the implementation of the Age Friendly Monash 2015 – 2019, Council will be a
leader in responding to and supporting our ageing community members. The Monash
Council approach to an Age Friendly City will be to:
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Support and facilitate a community that ensures older residents are connected
and engaged;
Support and facilitate a community which respects and celebrates older
residents;
Deliver services that are based on feedback and the genuine needs of our older
population; and
Provide an accessible community for our older residents.
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS
Initiatives requiring additional resources and funding will be considered by Council as
part of the annual budget process.
CONCLUSION
Age Friendly Monash 2015 – 2019 reflects Council’s commitment to working toward
becoming an Age Friendly City and joining the World Health Organisation, Age Friendly
Cities Network. The strategic framework will guide Council through the next five years
and highlights the priority actions to be undertaken through an integrated and
collaborative approach.
ATTACHMENTS
Attachment 1: Age Friendly Monash 2015 - 2019
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