More than 20% of the North Coast population are aged over 65 compared to 18.5% for NSW and 15.7% for Australia. Given this over-representation, and the high proportion with chronic conditions, Healthy Living and Ageing was chosen for the second regional strategy of the North Coast Collective. It is expected those over 65 will easily reach 30% of our population in 10 years.
We cannot continue to work in the same way. Health professionals need to partner with older people and their families to manage health and chronic illness. Non-disease-focused approaches are needed to support older people to age well.
Healthy North Coast has supported the North Coast Collective by leading a needs assessment of the aged population and conducting a literature review. Both of these have shown an explicit need to develop a regional Healthy Living and Ageing Strategy.
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