The Australian population is growing and ageing2. As they age, many Australians will experience chronic illnesses, disability, and/or physical or cognitive decline3.
One in five Healthy North Coast residents are aged 65 years or older. This figure is much higher than state or national averages1 (Our Region: 20.4%, NSW 14.7%, Aust 14.0%).
Current Healthy North Coast programs include support for older people with age-related health issues including chronic disease management, disease screening and prevention, and mental health.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011. Census of Population and Housing: QuickStats, [Online] Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/quickstats?opendocument&navpos=220 [Accessed March 2016].
- 2015 Intergenerational Report Australia in 2055. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2015. 4 Australia’s fastest growing age group is 65 and over, ABS figures show. ABC News Online; Dec 2013.
- 2015 Intergenerational Report Australia in 2055. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2015. 6 ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Aged Care in Australia: Part 1 Policy, Demand and Funding. CEPAR; 2014.
*Allied health professional, Lismore LGA