OLDER AUSTRALIANS

The Greens (WA) vision is of a Western Australia where seniors are healthier, feel secure, and are valued active participants in all aspects of community life.

The Greens (WA) believe that:

  • a positive approach to the ageing of our population is needed
  • the participation of older Australians in our community life should be maximised and the contribution of their knowledge and experience should be valued
  • supporting older Australians to maintain their mobility and their participation in our economic and community life improves their health, well-being and quality of life and benefits the whole community
  • older Australians have the right to live with dignity
  • the skills, experiences, wisdom and memories of older Australians are assets which benefit the whole community
  • older Australians have equal rights to participate in the social, economic and political aspects of life
  • there should be no discrimination against older Australians entering or remaining in the workforce
  • older Australians have the right to maintain their independence to the extent and for as long as they are able to do so
  • older Australians are entitled to an adequate income
  • the State government must play a central role in the provision, regulation and support of services for older Australians, such as transport and care services
  • a focus on preventative health and early intervention can help older Australians maintain their mobility, well-being and participation and reduce the demand for chronic health services. (see also The Greens (WA) Health policy)

Aims
The Greens (WA) want:

  • to promote interdependence and consciousness across generations
  • to protect and extend services and programs that are used and valued by older Australians
  • a senior cabinet position to manage the portfolio for older Australians
  • the establishment of a Policy Unit for Ageing to develop and implement policies for older Australians across the whole of government
  • an examination of the nexus between disability and ageing and the needs of carers, and a review of the WA Dementia Action Plan 2003-2006  (see also The Greens (WA) Disability and Mental Health policy)
  • “age-friendly” towns and cities in Western Australia to facilitate older Australians’ mobility and access to exercise, social activities and emotional support (see also The Greens (WA) Sustainable Settlements policy)
  • all older Australians to have adequate means
  • to promote the financial independence of older Australian by providing assistance in understanding their financial needs and managing money
  • older Australians to be consulted on legislative and procedural changes that affect them
  • funded programs that meet the mobility needs of older Australians, including local and regional public transport and community bus services (see also The Greens (WA) Transport policy)
  • suitable accommodation including affordable, quality public and social housing for older Australians, including those in regional and rural Western Australia (see also The Greens (WA) Housing policy)
  • quality and affordable early intervention, health, community and pharmaceutical services for older Australians including dental treatment and preventative health services (see also The Greens (WA) Health policy)
  • older Australians to be protected from crime, elder abuse and discrimination
  • excellent support services for older Australians who choose to remain in their own homes (see also The Greens (WA) Housing policy)
  • increased funding for community organisations representing and servicing older Australians and their carers to provide free information, advice and advocacy services
  • continued improvement of remuneration, conditions of employment and career pathways for people who work in the aged care sector
  • to provide more age friendly workplaces that give older Australians the choice to stay engaged with work in line with their capacity to do so (see also The Greens (WA) Workplace Relations policy)

Measures
The Greens (WA) will initiate and support legislation and actions that:

  • work with the building industry to adopt the standards of universal design for accessibility, adaptability and environmental sustainability for all residential construction by 2015 (see also The Greens (WA) Housing policy)
  • allocate Royalties for Regions funding to increase the availability of housing for older Australians in the regions
  • increase the number of rehabilitation facilities linked to hospitals to reduce the pressure on acute care beds
  • fund positive ageing centres to cater to the physical, social and mental well-being of older Australians and their carers
  • work in partnership with all levels of government and seniors' organisations, service providers and academia, to develop research, policy and programs that enhance the health, participation and community engagement of older Australians
  • increase the awareness of grandparents as carers and encourage support services for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren
  • celebrate achievement of older Australians through events and awards
  • enhance the benefits of the Seniors Card targeted to older Australians on low incomes

(See also the Australian Greens Older Peoples policy)

Authorised by Lynn MacLaren © 2017

Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia