SA wellbeing minister outlines core role of ECEC in five-year plan to support over 50s

by Freya Lucas

July 06, 2020

Exploring the benefits of co-locating early childhood education and care (ECEC) services within aged care facilities was “one of many” projects and initiatives outlined by South Australia’s Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade during a recent announcement explaining the Government’s five-year plan to support all South Australians to age well.


With close to 40 per cent of the State’s population aged over 50, the South Australian Plan for Ageing Well 2020–2025 will develop strategies and explore different initiatives to support older South Australians to lead healthy, active and positive lives.


“The Government has made a commitment to providing better services and support for older South Australians and this plan is helping shape and deliver on that vision,” Mr Wade said.


The Office for Ageing Well will partner with ACH Group, City West Child Care Centre, and the University of South Australia to develop and implement a Child Care in Aged Care project aimed at understanding the health and wellbeing benefits for residents and children.


The Plan identifies three key priorities – Home and Community, Meaningful Connections and Navigating Change, with Office for Ageing Well Director Cassie Mason saying the plan was developed in consultation with the community to help identify the changing needs of older South Australians.


To learn more about the plan, please see here.