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Ageing on the Edge in NSW - A State of Crisis for Older Renters?

Jeff Fiedler

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (AEDT)

Ageing on the Edge in NSW - A State of Crisis for...

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The national Ageing on the Edge – Older Persons Homelessness Prevention Project is holding a half day forum on the renting crisis facing older people in NSW. The forum will include the latest research on older renters in NSW and hear from older people and advocates about the housing challenges faced by older people on low incomes. Attendees are invited to work towards solutions. Morning Tea will be provided.

The Forum is a satellite event of the National Housing Conference

Key presentations

Introductory presentation by Tania Mihailuk, Shadow Minister for Social Housing.

  • Navigating the maze to a safe, secure and accesssible haven

Personal stories and the bigger picture

Presenters: Penny Leemhuis and Jacqueline Marie-Bohm

  • Ageing on the Edge NSW Report

The Ageing on the Edge Project Report Launch analysing the situation for older private renters in NSW based on the latest 2016 Census data. The report will also focus on what services and housing are needed to help older people out of crisis and enable them to successfully age-in-place.

Presenters: Ageing on the Edge Project partners Dr Debbie Faulkner, The University of Adelaide and Jeff Fiedler, Housing for the Aged Action Group

  • Housing, home ownership and the governance of ageing

This report analyses Commonwealth aged care policy and the implied assumption that home ownership is a requirement to ageing well. However, many older Australians are locked out of home ownership and therefore the benefits of the aged care system.

Presenter: Dr. Emma Power, Western Sydney University

  • Council on the Ageing NSW Housing Survey

This presentation will provide the preliminary findings of the Council on the Ageing’s 2017 survey of thousands of older people in NSW that asks the question: “What are your housing issues?”

Presenter: Meagan Lawson CEO Council on the Ageing NSW

  • Towards a National Older Persons Housing Strategy

An audience participation session led by a panel comprising housing advocates and older people affected by the rental housing crisis will discuss the topics “What needs to be done” and “What does an older persons housing strategy look like?”

Chair: Katherine McKernan CEO Homelessness NSW

Panelists: Felicity Reynolds CEO The Mercy Foundation NSW, April Bragg Co-Manager Housing for the Aged Action Group Vic, Vesna Haracic Manager Community Health & Wellbeing City of Salisbury SA, Gail Puckeridge ACHA Co-ordinator IRT NSW.

  • Where to from here?

Presenter: Susan Ryan AO, Commonwealth Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner 2011-2016


  • Older Women Lost in Housing


Video Documentary: Produced by Tashi Choden featuring Penny Leemhuis

The forum is supported by the Ageing on the Edge NSW Reference Group, a coalition of concerned organisations led by the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and Homelessness NSW. The Ageing on the Edge Homelessness Prevention Project is a partnership between Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) and The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP). The Project is funded by The Wicking Trust. Sponsored by the National Australia Bank.

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When & Where

International Convention Centre
14 Darling Drive
Darling Harbor
Sydney, NSW 2000

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (AEDT)

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