Office for Ageing Well works to fulfil the government’s commitment to supporting South Australians to age well. Through continued consultation with a diverse range of older South Australians and by partnering with government, non-government and community organisations Office for Ageing Well supports older people to remain active and engaged.
Office for Ageing Well, works with and for older South Australians through the:
Seniors Card Program
Retirement Villages Unit
Aged Care Assessment Program
State Ageing Plan
Office for Ageing Wellhas also expanded its existing support function for adult safeguarding through the work of the Adult Safeguarding Unit.
Office for Ageing Well supports and administers two Acts and a range of programs.
As well as undertaking a range of policy, projects and programs Office for Ageing Well:
advises and supports the Minister for Health and Wellbeing
raises awareness of issues affecting older people
works collaboratively across government and the community
contributes to policy, planning and service development.
Further information for South Australian seniors is available on the sa.gov.au website.
Office for Ageing Well is committed to genuine and effective community engagement. Effective engagement with older people involves actively listening and genuinely responding to what matters to them most. It is open, inclusive and supports a dynamic dialogue between government and the community. Engagement is not only about giving older people a voice, it is about ensuring older people are valued and respectfully included in the decisions that ultimately affect them. It is about building genuine partnerships with older people to benefit them, the work that we do and the community we live in.
Statewide Conversations with Older South Australians
In 2018 more than 1,500 older people from around the state participated in the Statewide Conversations with Older South Australians to share their views about ageing well. Some of the key themes to emerge included ensuring that people have better options for staying in their homes and communities as they age, and the importance of making and maintaining meaningful social connections.
The report findings formed the foundation of the 2019 Statewide Conversations with Stakeholders which engaged with 30 South Australian thought leaders and more than 130 representatives of government and non-government partners, community organisations and older people.
The first series of Statewide Conversations with Older South Australians took place in 2016, facilitated by older people trained for the purpose, and many held discussions within their own networks. People also jumped online to get involved through the YourSAy website. Feedback and opinions provided by some attendees were recorded on video. You can view the full video or the short video. These conversations shaped the five key priorities of the Age Friendly SA Strategy.
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