The Ageing Well Initiative update - December 2018

The Ageing Well Initiative update - December 2018

What’s been happening since the Convergence event? 

The Ageing Well Initiative continues to progress following October’s Convergence event. A summary of key activities is below:

  • A series of ‘do it now’ actions have been reviewed, validated, consolidated and prioritised. The Health Alliance has taken a deeper dive with key stakeholders to determine the feasibility, viability and desirability of the prioritised initiatives and to understand current work progressing across the region that aligns or enables these initiatives to progress further.  
  • The Core Group will meet on 12 December 2018 to decide which initiatives will be progressed immediately in the New Year.  
  • Conversations continue to be held at the highest level regarding changing the financing model in the region to focus on value rather than volume of activity.   
  • Engagement with stakeholders continues as Professor Don Matheson presented an update on the Ageing Well Initiative to 37 GPs at the Care of the Older Person Workshop on 17 November 2018 and to the PHN’s Clinical Advisory Council and Community Advisory Committee on 22 November 2018.

The assets of our people

The Convergence event was a great opportunity to network, learn about the  amazing work going on across the sector and  understand the strengths and diversity of those  who work daily to improve the lives of older people, their families and their carers.  

We have leaders at all levels who have a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience and who are passionate and ready to take on the challenge of building a new system of care. Their skills and expertise are as diverse as those people we care for and their relationships and partnerships mean we have the collective skills to co-design a better care system for older people wherever they are on their health journey from Living Well to Dying Well. 

Thank you 

The Health Alliance process has seen rapid progress during 2018, thanks to the valuable contributions of stakeholders in our region and excellent cross sector engagement, thanks to the work of the health and aged care sectors including hospital specialists, GPs, residential aged care representatives, Indigenous service providers and community aged care providers.  

Older people involved in this process have continued to make an incredible difference in the way we work by sharing their experience and aspirations to improve the system of care for older people.  

We expect this Initiative will continue to grow in leaps and bounds in 2019 and look forward to continuing to work with you to progress the prioritised actions. We will be in touch in early 2019 to action these priorities