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As a part of NSW Seniors Festival 2024, Grand Pacific Health’s Healthy Ageing at Home Program in collaboration with South-West Sydney Primary Health Network (SWSPHN), hosted a Healthy Ageing at Home Symposium on Thursday 14th March 2024.

The Symposium brought together NSW Health Services, community-managed organisations, and community groups to encourage discussions surrounding the direction and growth of programs for older people in Liverpool and Fairfield.

The number of older people in South Western Sydney is expected to increase by 74% by 2031.1

“Liverpool has the highest rates for people who are 65+ in New South Wales, and Fairfield is one of the most socioeconomically disadvantaged LGAs”, GPH’s Healthy Ageing at Home Service Manager and Clinician, Leona Doherty said.

“With the number of older people in Liverpool and Fairfield requiring aged care facility placement expected to double in the next 15 years, it’s our objective to reduce the need for aged care beds.”

“Our program’s focus is to support people to live at home for longer by using early intervention strategies that enable people to live safely in their home, and the ability to access help when they need it.”, Doherty continued.

As a part of the Symposium, GPH announced the development of a Healthy Ageing at Home Directory.

“The Healthy Ageing at Home Directory will be available in print and digital formats, and will provide links and contact information for a range of different health and social services in South Western Sydney.” GPH’s Integrated Care Manager, Simon Sadler said.

“The aim is to create more seamless and accessible navigation of the services and programs that are available in the area.”

“The Directory has a long table of contents which enables individuals to jump to the specific problem they are dealing with or interested in today.”, Sadler continued.

“The trouble with most resources is that links, contact details and service providers become outdated very quickly.”

“Our Healthy Ageing at Home Directory has been designed so we are able to update it regularly so we can ensure all information is up-to-date and relevant.”, Sadler said.

GPH’s Healthy Ageing at Home Directory is expected to be released and accessible to the public within the next few months.

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