Ageing-experts to tackle the big urban challenges

Ageing is one of the most problematic issues facing Australia. At 60, many Australians have retired from paid work, yet most can expect to live another 25 to 30 years.

Raising questions about health, welfare, lifestyle and the implications for urban planning, these and other issues associated with our ageing population will be debated in the second of a series of public seminars on ageing in Melbourne on Thursday, August 28.

The seminar - titled 'Urban renewal: the impact on older people' - will examine how planning systems deal with population growth in an ageing society, and the implications for community health and welfare over the next few decades.

Other issues on the agenda include climate change and its impact on planning (presentation by Professor Anthony Capon, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University), indicators of community need (by Dr Kathleen Brasher, McCaughey Centre, VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne), and neighbourhood renewal that is inclusive of older residents (by James McIsaac, Director People and Community Advocacy Division, Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development.)

The seminar is the second in the series Preparing for Change in an Ageing Society, a collaborative project between the Council of the Ageing Victoria, the State Government's Ministerial Advisory Council for Seniors, the Ageing Well Research Network Victoria, La Trobe and Monash Universities, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Like the first seminar in June (Accessing affordable and nutritious food: influences on healthy ageing), the urban renewal seminar aims to bring a wide representation of specialised research on ageing into the public domain, and to encourage wider public debate.

La Trobe University Associate Professor Gerry Naughtin represents the University's Faculty of Health Sciences on the series' planning committee and is facilitating an audience discussion session at noon.

"The seminar will consider the impact of urban and rural renewal on ageing as an integral aspect of community development, and what can be done to improve the form of physical housing and transport systems to allow older people to remain in their homes," Associate Professor Naughtin said.

La Trobe University's key role in planning and supporting this initiative reflected a wider commitment by the University's Faculty of Health Sciences to leading and invigorating public debate on ageing issues, he said.

The seminar will be opened by Janet Wood, President of the Council on the Ageing Victoria, at 10.00 am. It is free of charge and open to all.

Mercure Hotel, Spring Street Melbourne
Thursday August 28
10.00 am

Further information

Associate Professor Gerry Naughtin

School of Health Sciences and Brotherhood of St Laurence