Since 2007 the Department of Local Government and Communities has worked collaboratively with the local government sector and others to support the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Age Friendly Communities framework. Western Australia is a leader in Australia in this regard of the State having a clearly defined Age Friendly Strategy and actively supporting local government to use the approach for strategic planning for their communities. Fifty seven local governments have now received funding from the Department to undertake the initial research and engagement to inform their age friendly strategic planning.
In late 2013 an age friendly communities forum first determined the sector was eager for a Network to promote and support the approach in Western Australia. A further age friendly forum and workshop followed in late 2014 and also reiterated this desire and the Age Friendly Communities Network was established in March 2015.
The Age Friendly Communities Network aligns with the WHO framework and approach. Membership of the LG Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network is open not only to local government, but State Government representatives, COTA WA, and the general aged care sector.
The initial March 2015 Network meeting saw over 70 participant’s workshop and plan what they wanted from the Network. Forums were planned for July and November 2015, and March and July 2016. Forums will cover the WHO age friendly methodology more fully, profiling of age friendly projects and programmes; opportunities for a more cross government approach to ageing concerns; and information on dementia friendly practices and how to align these with an age friendly approach.
Details of forums are promoted closer to their dates.
The World Health Organization (WHO) have announced a competition, Innovation@Home, which is a call out for age-friendly housing practices which are underway or completed.
Winners will receive free travel to the October 2018 International Technical Meeting on Ageing at Home in Quebec, Canada, where they will receive a formal award. Winning programs will also be publicised broadly through GIA and WHO networks and publications.
The Entry deadline has been extended to 15 May 2018
for further information
In collaboration with the Department of Communities and ScreenWest, Revelation Perth International Film Festival have announced details of their 'Life in Pictures Short Film' Competition to promote the positives of ageing and challenge ageism. This initiative seeks to bring discussions of ageing in the community front and centre in the most creative and collaborative way possible. There are three categories (17 and under, 18-59 and 60+) each with a prize pool ranging from $5,500 to $7,000.
Entries close 18 May 2018
Competition guidelines, entry form and further information can be found here
WHO and IFA have launched the Age-Friendly Environments Mentoring program aimed at strengthening age-friendly city and community leaders. Applications for both mentees and mentors are now open.
Applications close 30 May 2018
for further information
WHO has completed its upgrade of the Age Friendly World website which has included the launch of a new Global Database of Age-Friendly practices and a more streamlined process for applying to the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.
to visit the website
Previous news items
30 September 2015 – WHO World Report on Ageing and Health
The the World Health Organization has now launched the World Report on Ageing and Health
, a publication outlining evidence on a global basis that has been comprehensively and carefully analysed to inform a new paradigm on healthy ageing built around the new concept of functional ability.
The WHO has responded to a gap in the current model of age-friendly cities and communities (Chapter 6) through exploring five interconnected domains of functional ability including building and maintain relationships, being mobile and the ability to contribute which are essential for older people to do the things that they value.
For further information, visit the WHO website
The International Federation on Ageing 13th Global Conference will be held in Brisbane 21 – 23 June 2016. This bi-annual conference brings together several hundred attendees from across the world. This is a great opportunity to attend this global conference in our own country. There is a strong focus on age friendly communities.
Age Friendly Communities Network Meeting - 13 March 2015 - Agenda
Age Friendly Communities Network Meeting - 13 March 2015 - Minutes
LG Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network - PD Day - 6 May 2016
Age Friendly PD Day - 6 May 2016 - Program
LG Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network - Regional PD Day - 29 April 2016
Age Friendly PD Day - 29 April 2016 - Program
AFC - Making it work in LG - Christine Young
Alzheimer's Australia WA
Great Southern Development Commission
Shire of Denmark
Wheatbelt Development Commission
WHO intro - Christine Young
LG Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network - PD Day - 20 November 2015
Age Friendly PD Day - 20 November 2015 - Program
City of Melville
City of Fremantle
City of Rockingham
LG Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network - PD Day - 24 July 2015
Age Friendly PD Day - 24 July 2015 - Program
Session 1 Christine Young, City of Melville
Session 2 Paul Gabbert, City of Cockburn
Session 3 Naomi Davey, City of Busselton
Session 4 Rebekka Jarvis, City of Rockingham
Session 5 Karen Quigley, City of Subiaco
Session 6 Q&A Panel Session
City of Busselton - Maxine Palmer
City of Rockingham - Rebekka Jarvis
City of Subiaco - Karen Quigley
City of Melville - Christine Young
LG Professionals WA Age Friendly Communities Network Forum - 20/21 November 2014
Age Friendly Forum - 20/21 November 2014 - Program
Age Friendly Communities Forum - Opportunities for getting started - Workshop 1 Notes
Age Friendly Communities Forum - Opportunities for Maintaining Momentum - Workshop 2 Notes
Christine Young - Age Friendly Communities - making it work in local government
Christine Young - Age Friendly Communities - Beyond WA
Debra Summers - Baby Boomers and Beyond can't get no satisfaction
Greg Mahney - Age Friendly Communities - The impact on Elder Abuse
Jason Burton - Creating a dementia friendly WA
Lauren Clarke - Age Friendly Communities in small towns project
Robyn Teede - Age Friendly Communities
LG Professionals WA Statewide Magazine Articles
Age Friendly in the Wheatbelt
A wheelchair view of the world
Making communities friendlier for people with dementia
Documents and Resources
World Health Organisation (WHO)
WHO Global Age-friendly cities: a guide
Department of Local Government & Communities
Age Friendly WA
An Age Friendly WA: The Seniors Strategic Planning Framework 2012-2017
Links to Representative and Peak Bodies
These organisations play an active role in promoting and assisting the development of Age Friendly Communities. You can find more information on their work by visiting their websites.
Western Australian Local Government Association
Council on the Ageing WA
Department of Local Government & Communities