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Positive moves afoot in Victoria

State Government congratulated for positive ageing framework and free public transport for seniors.

The Council on the Ageing (COTA) has welcomed the ‘Ageing in Victoria’ framework released last week by the Victorian Government. It has congratulated minister for seniors Lisa Neville on achieving a “whole of government focus”.

“In particular, we welcome the focus on creating an age friendly society, and a framework which seeks to address ageism and systemic age discrimination” Sue Hendy, CEO, COTA Victoria said.

The framework focuses attention on the three outcome areas of good health and wellbeing; age-friendly communities; and economic and social participation, which are important pillars of a society in which all people can age well, and will benefit older people and the broader society, COTA said.

“We look forward to working with the State Government on the implementation of its framework and look forward to a society that enables everyone to age well and lead a fulfilled and meaningful life”, Hendy said.

Elsewhere, aged care providers have welcomed the State Government’s recent announcement of free weekend travel for seniors from 1 January next year.

“There is no doubt older Victorians value the access to public transport so they can be active and involved citizens in their local communities,” said Gerard Mansour, CEO of Aged & Community Care Victoria (ACCV).

“This announcement of free weekend travel will give a greater opportunity for our seniors to travel on public transport and at times when many local and wider community activities such as arts, festivals or sporting events take place.

“Older Victorians value their independence and access to public transport is an important part of building and maintaining strong community connections.”

Mansour said access to transport is a key element of ACCV’s ‘Vision 2019’ goal for positive ageing within communities.

Aged and community care providers deliver substantial in home services to many thousands of Victorians in their own homes every day.

“A cornerstone of our in-home community care service program is to support older Victorians maintain connections to their local community and the world around them. Transport is a vital part of independence, access and social engagement,” said Mansour.

With AAP

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