The Australian population is growing and ageing2. As they age, many Australians will experience chronic illnesses, disability, and/or physical or cognitive decline3.
One in five NCPHN residents are aged 65 years or older. This figure is much higher than state or national averages1 (NCPHN: 20.4%, NSW 14.7%, Aust 14.0%).
Current NCPHN programs include support for older people with age-related health issues including chronic disease management, disease screening and prevention, and mental health.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011. Census of Population and Housing: QuickStats, [Online] Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/censushome.nsf/home/quickstats?opendocument&navpos=220 [Accessed March 2016].
- 2015 Intergenerational Report Australia in 2055. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2015. 4 Australia’s fastest growing age group is 65 and over, ABS figures show. ABC News Online; Dec 2013.
- 2015 Intergenerational Report Australia in 2055. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2015. 6 ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Aged Care in Australia: Part 1 Policy, Demand and Funding. CEPAR; 2014.
*Allied health professional, Lismore LGA
NCPHN Primary Health Care Ageing Strategy
NCPHN is developing a Primary Health Care Ageing Strategy to guide future commissioning and collaboration in this area.
Clinicians, community members and service providers are invited to provide feedback on the discussion points raised until 30 June 2018 using the web form below.