Most older Australians aren’t in aged care. Policy blind spots mean they live in communities that aren’t age-friendly

This article by Senior Research Fellow Mariana Atkins from the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia , Senior Research Fellow Edgar Liu from Healthy Urban Environments Collaboratory, City Futures Research Centre, UNSW Sydney and Professor Bruce Judd, Director of the Australian School of Architecture and Design, UNSW Sydney originally appeared in The Conversation on 31 October, 2022.

In response to the horror stories of abuse and neglect from the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the new federal Labor government has made legislative changes. Prior to this, Australia’s most recent aged-care reforms were enacted a decade ago. The focus, however, is still largely on residential care homes, so what about older Australians in the broader community?

More older Australians are still living in their own homes. How do our policies and cities support them? We have published an analysis comparing 85 policy documents across all three levels of Australian governments against World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on age-friendly cities.

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