Page 1166 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 4 May 2022

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I present the following paper:

Mental health, alcohol and other drug use disorders—Treatment services—Update to Assembly resolution of 2 December 2021—Ministerial statement, 4 May 2021.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Seniors—Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing

Ministerial statement

MS DAVIDSON (Murrumbidgee—Assistant Minister for Families and Community Services, Minister for Disability, Minister for Justice Health, Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Veterans and Seniors) (11.36): I rise in this Assembly today to provide an update on the priorities and planned work of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing. In June last year I welcomed a new Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, also known as MACA. A quarter of the members are continuing from the previous term of the MACA, with nine members newly appointed. This renewed council will serve a three-year term, until 2024, and I am delighted to be supported in my role as minister with portfolio responsibility for seniors by this connected, passionate and deeply knowledgeable council.

The role of the MACA is central to my responsibilities as the minister for seniors. MACA is made up of 12 community members from a diversity of backgrounds. Each member brings rich individual lived experience and expertise as it relates to the lives of older Canberrans. Collectively, MACA is a finger on the pulse and an ear to the ground on some of the key issues facing older Canberrans, including their experiences of ACT government services, policies and programs. MACA therefore forms a critical part of my ongoing engagement with older Canberrans and issues of ageing in the ACT.

It was my privilege to recently deliver the second progress report on the Age-Friendly City Plan 2020-2024. Focus area 1 of the plan is called Involved, Connected and Valued, and it recognises the experience, wisdom and personal and economic contribution that older Canberrans make to our city. Everyone benefits when the intrinsic value of older Canberrans and their active involvement in the community, and as decision-makers, is valued and fostered.

An age-friendly city is founded on the active participation of older people and their advocates in policy formation and decision-making. We know that older Canberrans are avid community builders, generating immense social and economic value to the life of our city. Almost a third of people aged 55 to 69 have volunteered in the last 12 months, and almost a quarter of those aged 70 and over.

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