Hunter Ageing Alliance (HAA) is a citizen-formed group that is asking Government, businesses and organisations to join them to better focus on the needs of older people.  

Strategic Direction

Our ultimate goal is to register Newcastle and Lake Macquarie within the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

To this end, the coalition of stakeholders and community representatives that are the membership of the HAA will work with all levels of government, statutory authorities, and NGOs on:

The environment – including public spaces, transport, and access for people with disabilities

Appropriate housing – Including social housing, communal housing, and emergency housing

Elder abuse – awareness, assessment, and prevention

Health services – particularly the assessment and management of dementia and chronic diseases

Social isolation – securely identify isolated older people and provide for their physical and psychological well-being

Ageing and aged care services information – ensuring accessibility

End-of-life legal planning and health care – ensuring availability to all.

We will ensure that all programs have measurable outcomes.

We believe that the above programs would make Newcastle and Lake Macquarie into communities that older people would be attracted to live or visit as tourists. Creating significant economic and social opportunities for the Hunter, as well as benefiting our older population.

Founding Members
  • Dr John Ward, Geriatrician
  • Viv Allanson, CEO Maroba Aged Care Facility
  • Professor Julie Byles, Global Innovation Chair in Responsive Transitions in Health and Ageing, University of Newcastle
  • Catherine Henry, Health & Aged Care Lawyer and aged care advocate
Show your commitment

We urge you to sign this commitment to better plan to support older people. You can join us as an individual and as an organisation.