An Age-Friendly Plan for Monash

Consultation closed on 20 March 2015

Council sought community feedback on a draft five-year plan which aims to make Monash an Age-Friendly city.

Feedback closed on Friday 20 March 2015.

The aim is to improve the living conditions and experiences of Monash's older adults.

The draft plan was developed after Council sought the ideas and views of older community members. In this, Council was greatly assisted by 21 Age-Friendly Ambassadors. These ambassadors are local residents who volunteered their time and expertise to visit their fellow residents and seek their views.

In 2014, the ambassadors visited 36 senior groups and engaged in discussions with more than 1200 residents. The matters raised in these discussions have been included in the draft Age-Friendly plan. In addition, more than 700 surveys were completed by local residents. The matters raised in these surveys have also been incorporated into the draft plan.

The final plan was adopted by Council on 30 June 2015.

Age Friendly Monash - A Positive Ageing Plan 2015-2019 (PDF, 2MB)

Key Themes

In developing the draft plan, Monash has followed the framework of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO sets out eight domains which are all components of making a municipality age-friendly: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and health and social support services.

Here are the key actions that Council is proposing to take, under each of the domains:

Outdoor spaces and buildings

  • Confidently using footpaths/pathways
  • Reducing overhanging trees/obstructions
  • Increasing access to public toilets
  • Improving and increasing seating/shelters
  • Strengthening and promoting community pride

Transportation

  • Increasing access to parking for seniors
  • Increasing confidence and access to public transport
  • Advocacy for reliable taxi services
  • Increasing community transport options

Housing

  • Improving home and garden maintenance
  • Increasing awareness of modifications and design options
  • Increasing awareness of sustainable and affordable housing options

Social participation

  • Increasing awareness of community activities and events
  • Increasing access to social programs and events
  • Increasing civic and social participation, reducing social isolation
  • Access to affordable activities

Respect and social inclusion

  • Celebrating ageing and the contribution of older people
  • Increasing opportunities for intergenerational interaction
  • Increasing connections and engagement with diverse ethnic and cultural groups

Civic participation and employment

  • Promoting and increasing flexibility and interesting volunteer opportunities
  • Increasing awareness of post-retirement training/information sessions
  • Working with industry groups

Communication and information

  • Increasing awareness and information regarding Council and community programs, services and activities
  • Reducing the barriers and increasing understanding of technology with older people

Health and social support services

  • Promoting, increasing and strengthening the provision of services and opportunities that enable people to age in place
  • Increasing awareness of general health and support service providers

Community Forums

The community forums were held at:

  • Mount Waverley Community Centre (47 Miller Crescent) on Monday 23 February, from 2pm-3.30pm
  • Clayton Community Centre Theatrette (Cooke Street) on Thursday 26 February, from 6.30pm-8pm.


Key Themes

In developing the draft plan, Monash has followed the framework of the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO sets out eight domains which are all components of making a municipality age-friendly: outdoor spaces and buildings; transportation; housing; social participation; respect and social inclusion; civic participation and employment; communication and information; and health and social support services.

Here are the key actions that Council is proposing to take, under each of the domains:

Outdoor spaces and buildings

  • Confidently using footpaths/pathways
  • Reducing overhanging trees/obstructions
  • Increasing access to public toilets
  • Improving and increasing seating/shelters
  • Strengthening and promoting community pride

Transportation

  • Increasing access to parking for seniors
  • Increasing confidence and access to public transport
  • Advocacy for reliable taxi services
  • Increasing community transport options

Housing

  • Improving home and garden maintenance
  • Increasing awareness of modifications and design options
  • Increasing awareness of sustainable and affordable housing options

Social participation

  • Increasing awareness of community activities and events
  • Increasing access to social programs and events
  • Increasing civic and social participation, reducing social isolation
  • Access to affordable activities

Respect and social inclusion

  • Celebrating ageing and the contribution of older people
  • Increasing opportunities for intergenerational interaction
  • Increasing connections and engagement with diverse ethnic and cultural groups

Civic participation and employment

  • Promoting and increasing flexibility and interesting volunteer opportunities
  • Increasing awareness of post-retirement training/information sessions
  • Working with industry groups

Communication and information

  • Increasing awareness and information regarding Council and community programs, services and activities
  • Reducing the barriers and increasing understanding of technology with older people

Health and social support services

  • Promoting, increasing and strengthening the provision of services and opportunities that enable people to age in place
  • Increasing awareness of general health and support service providers

Community Forums

The community forums were held at:

  • Mount Waverley Community Centre (47 Miller Crescent) on Monday 23 February, from 2pm-3.30pm
  • Clayton Community Centre Theatrette (Cooke Street) on Thursday 26 February, from 6.30pm-8pm.


Location

Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150 View Map

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