Office for Ageing Well
Office for the Ageing is now known as Office for Ageing Well, to better reflect the focus of its work and fulfil the government’s commitment to supporting South Australians to age well.
Office for Ageing Well will continue to seek the views of a diverse range of older South Australians and partner with government, non-government and community organisations to support older people to remain active and engaged.
The name may be different but it is business as usual with the Office for Ageing Well, working with and for older South Australians through the Seniors Card Program, Retirement Villages Unit, Aged Care Assessment Program, State Ageing Plan and Community Grants. Office for Ageing Well is also expanding 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.
- Office for the Ageing Act 1995
- Retirement Villages Act 2016
- State Ageing Plan 2014-2019
- Aged Care Assessment Program
- Grants for Seniors, Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants and
Age FriendlySA Grants
- South Australian Seniors Card.
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.
Better Together: A Practical Guide to Effective Engagement with Older People (PDF 4.2MB) is informed by older South Australians and will be used to grow awareness across other areas of government of how to actively include the voice of the older person in what they do.
State-wide conversation 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 next part of this work will be Statewide Conversations with Stakeholders to be conducted during 2019 to engage organisations from across government and non-government sectors around potential actions, collaborations and partnerships aligned to these key themes.
The culmination of this work will inform South Australia’s ageing agenda for the next five years.
The first Statewide Conversations with Older South Australians took place in 2016.
A series of conversations across the state was 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.
Outcomes from those conversations informed and helped shape the vision for an age friendly future for South Australia.