Ageing well is fundamental to our approach to the care of older people in our society. The very first sentence in the overview of the Productivity Commission's 2010 report to the Australian Government titled 'Caring for Older Australians' recognises that "older Australians generally want to remain independent and in control of how and where they live; to stay connected to their families and communities; and be able to exercise some measure of choice over their care".
The Aged Care Planning and Service Development Project seeks to strengthen Aged Care in our community and enable older people the independence they desire. The project will work to achieve this through collaboration and cooperation between aged care providers in the Hume region.
Please find attached here the document that project worker Jenny Ashby tabled & discussed on 11 Jan at the Department Update meeting and then refined based on feedback from the PCP EOs for East Hume.
Over 100 aged care providers in the Hume Region along with the Victorian Department of Health (DoH) and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) participated in the "Shaping the future of aged care…" Forum on the 28 March 2012 in Benalla.
There were nine Central Hume Aged Care Planning Forums held in the CHPCP catchment since the project began. There was a consistently high level of participation over the two years, demonstrating a strong commitment to catchment based collaborative planning in aged care. 21 organisations participated, with each Forum consisting of between15 to 25 attendees.
Forum topics included: