A positive partnership for healthy ageing
  • Wednesday 17 May 2017

The Sunshine Coast has one of the highest populations of residents aged 65 years and older in Queensland. By 2031, it is expected that nearly a quarter of the Queensland’s population will be 65 years or older (QLD Treasury statistics). So it makes sense that seniors within our region have access to the best possible resources they require to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

A new website with information about positive ageing resources and upcoming events is now online thanks to a collaboration between  Sunshine Coast Council, The University of the Sunshine Coast, the Primary Health Network (PHN) and local service providers.

Community and Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Healthy Ageing Partnership - Sunshine Coast website had been created through  a coordinated approach by government, organisations and the community to support healthy ageing in our region.

“This website provides an ideal platform for individuals, groups and organisations in our region to access positive ageing resources, information and upcoming events and activities for our ageing community to be involved in,” Cr McKay said.

“The Healthy Ageing Partnership website includes a directory of service providers with information and links to local aged care support, residential aged care facilities and volunteer services. It also contains a calendar of events and a members hub. 

“This fantastic new resource has come about through a collaborative and evidence-based approach. Important trends and gaps have been identified to optimise opportunities, deliver positive outcomes for our senior residents and establish the Sunshine Coast as the leading healthy ageing region in Australia,” Cr McKay said.

“Health and Wellbeing is one of the seven high value industries in the Sunshine Coast’s Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) and it is our region’s largest employer with around 1,700 healthcare businesses that currently employ around 21,000 people. It’s estimated that the recently opened $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital  will offer around 6,000 more jobs by 2021.”

The Health and Wellbeing Industry and Investment Plan (H&W IIP) was developed as an outcome of  REDS and is monitored by the Health and Wellbeing Taskforce. Health and Wellbeing Taskforce Chair Wallace Westbrook said the H&W IIP identifies aged care as an emerging opportunity for the economic development of the Sunshine Coast.

“A critical element of the Industry Investment Plan for the Health and Wellbeing Taskforce is industry innovation and for aged service, enhanced quality of life choices,” Mr Westbrook said.

“Online access to up to date information and resources supporting healthy ageing, enable residents, business and the community to provide leadership and more effectively plan for and meet the needs of the ageing community on the Sunshine Coast.”

Council is also currently updating its Positive Ageing Strategy that aims to build a strong, connected and vibrant senior population on the Sunshine Coast. So our region is very well placed to provide the most relevant resources, information and care for our ageing population now and into the future.

To view the Healthy Ageing Partnership – Sunshine Coast website, visit https://healthyageingpartnership.com/