Election priorities for WA seniors


Health, housing and employment have topped the priority list from National Seniors Australia, ahead of the West Australian election on Saturday 13 March.

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Health


National Seniors has identified oral health as a top priority for older West Australians.

Chief Advocate Ian Henschke says poor oral health is linked to chronic diseases such as strokes and heart disease and is calling for additional funding of the Seniors’ Oral Health Program.

“Improving the oral health of older West Australians should be viewed as an investment, not a cost.”

Housing


This would enable more seniors to move to a smaller property which is easier and less expensive to maintain.

“Downsizing will be especially critical if we are to transform the aged care sector to one that is orientated towards care in the home,” National Seniors says in its WA election priorities document.

Employment


National Seniors says a future WA Government should provide more opportunities for older workers to upskill and retrain to help with their career transition.

Ian Henschke says older workers in WA are part of an emerging cohort in the state’s work force.

“Workers aged 50 – 64 now make up 29.8 per cent of Western Australia’s total working age population.”

National Seniors is calling for more tailor made assistance to create more job opportunities for seniors in WA.

Full details of the policy priorites can be found in the document below.

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