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Council is developing a Positive Ageing Policy which will guide future decisions about how it can respond to the needs and aspirations of people aged 60 years and older.

There are more than 16,000 people aged 60 years and over living in the City Port Phillip, making up 16% of Port Phillip’s resident population. There are also approximately 75 people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 50 years and older living in the municipality. People who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds continue to have lower life expectancies compared with non-indigenous people. By 2041, older people are forecast to represent almost 21% of the Port Phillip population, and in areas such as Port Melbourne, South Melbourne and Albert Park/Middle Park at least one in four residents will be over 60.

An ageing population and desire for national consistency and improved consumer choice for services is also reforming the national context for delivery of federally funded aged care services of which Council is a service provider.

Promoting an age-friendly living environment creates opportunities to enhance outcomes for older people and has benefits across society.

A Positive Ageing Policy will help Council navigate future decisions around how it can contribute to positive ageing outcomes, as well as inform future decisions about its role in Commonwealth funded aged care services.

Council is using the WHO Age Friendly Communities and Cities Framework to understand what contributes to positive ageing. This research indicates that there are eight inter-related topics that enable cities to become more age-friendly and encourage active ageing: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information and community support and health services. We have prepared a background paper on the key issues and opportunities across each of topics to inform this policy and encourage you to review.

We want to hear about your experience and aspirations for positive ageing to help inform the development of this policy. The survey will take around 10 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous.

Please complete the survey below by midnight Friday 4 March 2022.

Please contact ASSIST for a paper survey with a Reply Paid envelope.

Phone: 03 9209 6777

Email: assist@portphillip.vic.gov.au