Premier Area for Ageing Well
Latrobe City Council has identified what it described as an Aged Care Hub of Excellence as one of the desirable outcomes of a ‘Strength-led Transition’ program, which was developed following community consultation in late 2016. The document notes: “As the home of Australia’s first Health Innovation Zone, the Latrobe Valley is set to become a hub of health innovation, health prevention (activities) and innovative health services.”
In a further round of community consultation in March 2018 on the ‘Strength-led Transition’ program, the concept of an aged care area of excellence ranked second on the community’s desired outcomes.
The concept of developing Latrobe Valley as a Premier Area for Ageing Well has been discussed for some time by Latrobe Health Assembly members and a follow up action team.
The big picture concept is to develop a whole-of-community system that supports and promotes Latrobe City as a place where people can age well, from transition to retirement through to end of life.
After a number of meetings with the Aging Well Working (Action) Group, it was decided that the project needed to be conducted in a number of phases. The first phase has seen engagement of a consultant to define the broad scope of work required and construct a plan required for Latrobe City to be recognised as the premier area for ageing well.
Mach2 has been appointed to undertake the project in March 2019 and is currently progressing sector engagement activities, recruitment of the citizen panel members and gathering of data to inform the project.
5,000 households were invited to participate in a citizen’s panel approach with the intent to support decision-making in which citizens consider relevant facts from multiple points of view. This approach has been abandoned due to the recruitment failing to reach the minimum required numbers.
Sector stakeholder engagement has concluded except for additional follow up required on draft directions and initiatives.
A comprehensive reference dataset has been developed by project partner AURIN and this has been complemented with data sourced from the Gippsland Primary Health Network and Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Service system data has been sourced from Infoxchange Australia.
A framework service model to support older people has been developed and this will be incorporated into the final report.
The final report is currently due to be submitted to the Latrobe Health Assembly at the end of February 2020.