Positive Ageing

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"We don't stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing." George Bernard Shaw 

The Mornington Peninsula has the second highest older population in Victoria with over 44% of all residents over the age of 50, compared to the Melbourne metropolitan average of 30.9% (2016 census data). This number is expected to continue to increase. These figures highlight the need for Council to bring positive ageing to the forefront of all decision making processes to ensure the health, participation and security of older people within the community is enhanced. The Shire is committed to creating a community that enables all residents to participate, belong and contribute, regardless of age.

The Shire worked closely with the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE) to research current government policy and international best practice, and to consult with local agencies and community members to determine the needs of the peninsula’s ageing community. 

Positive Ageing Strategy 2020-2025

Vision: to create a community that enables all residents to participate, belong and contribute.

The Positive Ageing Strategy 2020-2025 was developed after extensive community consultation in 2019 and 2020 and is based on the vision of what an age-friendly Mornington Peninsula can look like in five years.

The Strategy ensures people on the Mornington Peninsula are supported to age well and to promote optimal health and wellbeing. An age-friendly community promotes a human rights-based approach where people of all ages and abilities are included and respected. As an age-friendly community, Council values the social and economic contribution older people make, and is committed to enhancing wellbeing for all people as they age.

The Positive Ageing Strategy 2020-2025 is the third Positive Ageing Strategy developed by the Shire since the inaugural Elder Citizens Strategy in 2001 and it is based on the World Health Organisation’s Age-Friendly Cities Framework which highlights eight domains that contribute to creating an age-friendly community: 

  • Transport
  • Social participation
  • Communication and information
  • Respect and social inclusion
  • Housing 
  • Civic participation and employment
  • Community support and health services and
  • Outdoor spaces and buildings

This strategy adds a ninth domain, Quality of Life, which identifies opportunities to address population health challenges such as obesity, dementia, climate change and now the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This strategy builds on the work done over the past 19 years and benefits from input and direction from the Peninsula Advisory Committee for Elders (PACE).


Positive Ageing Strategy 2020-2025(PDF, 2MB)

(PDF, 2MB)Positive Ageing Strategy 2013-2018(PDF, 2MB)

Positive Ageing Strategy 2013-2018 - text only(PDF, 2MB)