PROMOTING DISCUSSION: Yackandandah Health CEO Annette Nuck (second from right), pictured with residents of Yackandandah Health (from left) Judith Brindley, Phyllis Heiner, Pepita Hodgetts, Julie Scott and Hazel Fox, is looking forward to fostering community discussion on ageing at an upcoming event she has organised.
WITH a steadily ageing population, fostering conversations on what that means for society, the planet, and our communities has become more essential than ever.
Discussing and putting the many issues relating to ageing front and centre is the aim of an upcoming community event centred on Yackandandah, which has been instigated and organised by the CEO of Yackandandah Health, Annette Nuck.
The weekend event, being held in November, will feature a presentation on Ageing Well: Innovations From Around The World by international Federation on Ageing in Canada secretary general Dr Jane Barratt (followed by a panel discussion); a Community Celebration featuring Australian identities Jackie French and Costa Georgiadis; and a Yackandandah Theatre Company performance based on the stories of Yackandandah Health aged care residents, Living Memory.
Annette said she is passionate about the event and said has been following the work of Dr Barratt for some time.
She was inspired to get in touch with Dr Barratt when she recently visited Australia and made an appearance on panel discussion show The Drum.
“She has such an overview on how the global community is tackling the ageing population,” Annette said.
“It’s really great to learn about things on a world stage.
“We want to open the conversation we hope will continue.
“You can’t look at one issue without looking at the big issues.”
Annette said that in the wake of the announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, she believed aged care models need to be examined and revised by their communities.
She said the key to improving quality in aged care is funding, as well as finding the appropriate balance with staffing levels and proper staff income, but said that it was a complicated issue, with no one-size-fits-all approach.
“I think the Royal Commission will be a good thing,” Annette said.
She added that the industry needs to shift away from a purely healthbased approach, as there are many facets to providing aged care.
“For too long, the aged care focus has been on illness,” she said.
“Older people are older than the rest of us, not necessarily sick.
“Being old is a stage of life.
“Dr Barratt’s work is heavily focused on a wellness model, where we support older people to enjoy their life and do the things they want to do.
“The older people have contributed to this country, and need the absolute best care that we can give them.”
Annette said she was also looking forward to hearing from author Jackie French during the event. “She shares so many of the values that we talk about in Yack, especially sustainability,” she said.
Just as it takes the proverbial village to raise a child, Annette said that rural towns like Yackandandah can play an integral role in ensuring elderly people remain a vital part of the community.
“Our focus is on continuing to connect to the community and valuing these wonderful people,” she said.
“Ageing has to be individual.”
The events are supported by sponsorship from WAW Credit Union, YCD Co, Joss Group and Indigo Shire Council.
The Yackandandah Health International Speaker and Community Celebration will take place on November 9 and 10.
More information on the various events involved, including booking details, is available on the Yackandandah Health Facebook page.
◆ HIGH PROFILE: Dr Jane Barratt, secretary general of the International Federation on Ageing in Canada, will share her expertise with locals during the event.