Ageing population knocking at door
A NEW program offered at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre will help residents effectively address community needs for an ageing population in the region.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have partnered to offer a short course on strengthening community capacity to support an older population.
Centre manager Ilena Young said the program would help people account and prepare for an ageing population.
“The course aims to support participants to think innovatively to develop a liveable and inclusive community for older people, while fostering partnerships between course participants and colleagues and relevant agencies,” she said.
Arts and gerontology course director, Robin Harvey, said it was important to continue working in the ageing support space as almost one third of people in the Ovens-Murray region are older than 60 years.
“We are really pleased with the uptake of the program,” she said.
“There are 16 people enrolled from a variety of health and community service sectors.
“I’m really looking forward to everyone sharing ex- periences and learning from each other to support healthy ageing across the region.”
Through the course’s four modules, participants will learn how to: various social models of ageing; minants of ageing; tions available to older adults; age friendly communities; structural healthy ageing opportunities; and sary to support this work.
Scholarships put forward by DHHS can reduce the cost of the course by 50 per cent.
The course totals eight days, with the first two-day module commencing at 9am on Thursday, May 24 at the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre.
Successful completion of the course and associated assessments can give participants a credit toward the CSU Graduate Certificate in Gerontology and Master of Gerontology.