Through the delivery of the Royalties for Regions (RfR) Country Local Government Fund Regional process, Wheatbelt local governments identified aged care as a key priority for the region. In 2012 the North East Wheatbelt Regional Organisation of Councils and Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils formed the Central East Aged Care Alliance (CEACA) to undertake a study through Verso Consulting to determine aged care needs in the Central East Wheatbelt (across 11 local governments) and a process of implementation.
The Wheatbelt Aged Support and Care Solutions (WASCS) Project was instigated to widen the scope of the CEACA process with additional support from the RfR Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI), Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt and South West WA Medicare Local. The WASCS project research included 31 community forums, with over 560 community members attending the community engagement sessions. Specific aged care service provider forums were also held in Moora, Northam and Narrogin.
In all, 42 Wheatbelt Local Governments (and one Great Southern local government) have participated in this planning. The Wheatbelt Development Commission is now working with local governments and other stakeholders to implement the recommendations of the reports.
Meet Mary - WASCS Executive Summary Video
Wheatbelt Aged Care Reports
Wheatbelt Aged Support and Care Solutions
Wheatbelt Aboriginal Aged Care Framework
Central East Aged Care Regional Solutions Report
Creating Age Friendly Communities in Small Towns Project
The Creating Age-Friendly Communities in Small Towns Project forms part of a holistic solution to address aged care issues across the region. Read more about the Project here.
Facilitating the Development of Well-Aged Housing
Findings from the development of the Central East Aged Care Alliance (CEACA) Aged Care Solution/s and the Wheatbelt Aged Support and Care Solutions (WASCS) Report found that housing plays a crucial role in decisions to remain living independently.
The WDC supports Local Governments in planning for aged housing solutions through a number is ways, including;
- Facilitating Local Government partnerships and collaborations;
- Bringing together key stakeholders including health, aged care service providers, government and non-government organisations;
- Sharing information on new technologies and design principles that enable homes to be built in a way that facilitates ageing in place; and
- Advocating for investment in aged housing that facilitates a modern and comprehensive aged care solution, particularly in small regional towns.
For more information about this Project please email Lauren Clarke, Research and Project Officer, Wheatbelt Development Commission E: email@example.com or P: (08) 9881 5888.
Ageing in the Bush Report
The Commission has co-ordinated the Ageing in the Bush project on behalf of the Regional Development Council (RDCo).
The Ageing in the Bush Report identifies aged care solution/s to allow people in regional Western Australia to better access the care they require and to remain in their communities as they age.