Successful launch of An Agenda for Ageing in Victoria
COTA Victoria and a growing alliance of 17 leading organisations launched An Agenda for Ageing on 27th March 2018 to a packed room of older people, Members of Parliament and leading ageing advocates at Parliament House. The Minister for Disability & Ageing Martin Foley MP welcomed attendees and the Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson AO and former Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Professor Brian Howe AO were keynote speakers. Ronda Held (COTA Victoria CEO) called on all political parties to embrace the opportunities and address the real issues of our longer lives.
By 2031, almost one in every four Victorians will be aged over 60 and in rural and regional communities this figure will be as high as one in three, yet Victoria is one of the few jurisdictions in Australia without a plan for the ageing population. What do you want ageing to look like in Victoria? The Alliance of organisations for An Agenda for Ageing are calling for meaningful action across all government portfolios for our ageing population.
The launch included a panel discussion to hear about the ageing experiences of ageing activist Merle Mitchell AM, ageing activist/carer Laura May and the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria’s Marion Lau.
COTA Victoria CEO Ronda Held said the Victorian Government should embrace the economic and social opportunities modern ageing can bring. A plan for ageing in Victoria will generate creative ideas and solutions so that older people can thrive and continue to contribute to society.
Older Victorians vote in 2018 and this is the beginning of our campaign to take action on ageing. Follow the link to download An Agenda for Ageing in Victoria
If you are interested in joining the Alliance as an organisation or becoming involved as a supporter please email Donna Swan email@example.com for more information. We are looking for volunteers who are able to support our campaign in the lead up to the November Victorian state election. Please sign up to COTA Connects here to keep up to date with our campaign.