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Sydney’s ageing population

In May 2019, we partnered with the Committee for Sydney and Stockland, releasing a report finding that urgent attention must be given to public investment to support senior citizens in Sydney due to the lack of housing, transport and access to healthcare to meet the needs of a rapidly ageing population.

The report, Dignity and Choice: An inclusive future for our ageing population identifies the key challenges that need to be overcome to ensure Sydney remains inclusive and accessible for our senior population.

The report also contains over 30 different recommendations for federal, state and local governments to help policymakers prepare for a future where one-quarter of the population will be aged 65 or over, and 15% of the population will be aged 75 by 2056.

“There are few things so fundamental in life as feeling secure in your own home; this is true for us all, and especially so for older people. Many older Australians live dangerously close to the poverty line, at risk of losing their home, or in a home that no longer accommodates their changing needs,” said Mike Furner, BaptistCare’s General Manager Housing and Retirement Living.