Age Friendly Communities Network

The purpose of the network is to increase awareness and understanding, foster collaboration and alliances of age friendly communities in Western Australia, act as advocate on relevant matters, and provide opportunities for capacity and capability building of Local Government Officers.

Background

Established in 2015 with support from the Department of Communities, the Network aligns with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Age Friendly Communities framework and approach.  

The Western Australian Government is a leader in Australia with the State actively supporting, and collaborating with, local governments to use the approach for strategic planning for their communities.    Since 2007 over 80 local governments have received funding from the State Government to undertake the initial research and engagement to inform their age friendly strategic planning, as well as to implement actions from those strategies.

Since 2015 the Network has delivered regular Forums providing opportunities to understand the WHO Age Friendly methodology, profiling of age friendly projects and programmes, information on dementia friendly practices, and more recently local government age friendly responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation at Network events are open not only to local government, but State Government representatives, Council on the Ageing (COTA) WA, and key sector stakeholders.

The WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) continues to grow with now over 1,000 members in over 40 countries covering 240 million people worldwide (as at January 2021). The Western Australian Government is the only Australian jurisdiction to gain Affiliate membership to the GNAFCC. Communities recognised as members in WA include the Cities of Cockburn, Fremantle, Melville, Rockingham, and Wanneroo.

Age Friendly Communities Network  - online discussion portal and resource library

The Age Friendly Communities Network online resource library provides a valuable source of information such as presentations from network events and other documents that may prove useful to those people involved in the development of Age Friendly Communities. An online discussion portal is also available to encourage collaboration and information sharing and to provide a space for discussions on topics, issues, challenges and successes related to age friendly communities.

Visit the resource library.

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WA Seniors Awards 2020

Valuable contributions seniors and age friendly local governments and business make to WA communities were recently celebrated at the WA Seniors Awards 2020 run by COTA WA in partnership with the Department of Communities.

News - Age Friendly Communities

Network Forum September 2020

Local government proved to be agile and responsive to ensure the needs of vulnerable older people were understood and responded to during the WA COVID-19 lockdown period. Read More

Network Forum March 2020

A planning workshop was facilitated for the Network by Joel Levin Read More

Fourth Australian Age Friendly Communities National Forum - Fremantle November 2019

The Network hosted the National Forum attended by over 120 participants from across Australia and New Zealand. Read More

Life in Pictures short film competition

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 Read More

[email protected] competition for age friendly housing practices

The World Health Organisation have announced a competition, [email protected], which is a call out for age friendly housing practices Read More

The Age Friendly Communities Network Committee:

Chairperson
Christine Young
Director Community Development
City of Melville

Deputy Chairperson
Helen O'Sullivan 
Seniors and Disability Engagement Officer
City of Belmont

Secretary
Rebekka Jarvis
Community Development Officer (Seniors)
City of Rockingham

Committee Members:
Doug Middlemass
Team Leader - Community Development Planning
City of Wanneroo

Jana Sturis
Strategy Officer
Department of Communities

Jill Zumach
Childcare & Seniors Manager
City of Cockburn

Julie McDonald
Co-ordinator Community Capacity Building
City of Cockburn

Kay Raymond
Community Development - Positive Ageing
City of Fremantle

Lisa Gardiner
Coordinator Seniors & Community Centre
City of Mandurah

Pauline Wark
Community Development Officer
City of Joondalup

Rani Param
Senior Community Development Officer
City of Albany

Rebecca Rosher
Principal Strategy Officer
Department of Communities
Network Committee Meetings
Tues 31 August 2021
Tues 26 October 2021
Tues 14 December 2021
2021 Network Events
(Open to everyone)

Further information and 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.

World Health Organization (WHO) - Age Friendly World
https://www.who.int/ageing/age-friendly-world/en/

World Health Organization (WHO) - Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities
https://www.who.int/ageing/projects/age_friendly_cities_network/en/

International Federation on Ageing
https://ifa.ngo/

Council on the Ageing WA
www.cotawa.org.au

Department of Communities
https://dlgc.communities.wa.gov.au/CommunityInitiatives/Pages/Age-Friendly-Communities.aspx

Western Australian Local Government Association
www.walga.asn.au