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COTA Victoria calls for a Victorian Inclusive Ageing Strategy in 2017 – 2018 Policy Priorities Statement

COTA Victoria’s 2017 – 2018 Policy Priorities Statement calls for a whole of government approach to improve the lives of our diverse and ageing population.

Whilst there are a number of government initiatives across different departments, there is no integrated ageing policy approach to 25% of Victoria’s population. New South Wales and South Australia have strategic plans with targets to support ageing in place, an older workforce and greater participation. Alongside an integrated inclusive ageing strategy, COTA Victoria’s 2017 – 2018 priorities calls for policy action on:

• End of life care and decision-making
• Elder abuse prevention and advocacy
• Transport and access to services
• Affordable, appropriate and secure housing

As the voice of older Victorians, we asked older people what policy areas we should focus on in 2017 and 2018. Older people also nominated the important issues of poverty and access to adequate income security, climate change and social isolation and mental health. We rely on the knowledge, experiences and lived experiences of older people to inform our work, so we thank you for letting us know what matters to you most.

We are working hard on all our policy priorities and will keep you informed. For more details please read COTA Victoria’s 2017 – 2018 Policy Priorities

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