The bright ideas of Queenslanders to create age-friendly communities will be brought to life thanks to $1 million from the Palaszczuk Government.
Seventeen organisations, including local councils and community and not-for-profit groups, will benefit from the funding under the second round of the Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program.
Minister for Seniors Coralee O’Rourke today (21 August) congratulated the successful grant recipients and thanked them for their interest in making Queensland communities more age-friendly.
“Creating age-friendly communities in Queensland will take all of us working together – and that includes government, the not-for-profit sector, community organisations, universities and communities themselves,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“These 17 projects fit well with the focus of this year’s grants which are around the priority areas of: civic participation and employment, community support and health services, and respect and social inclusion.”
Among the recipients of the second round of grants is a Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Program, a story-crafting project for LGBTI elders on the Sunshine Coast, an Active Ageing program in Mackay and a Wise Humans of the Downs storytelling project on the Darling Downs.
Mrs O’Rourke highlighted the Dementia-Friendly Pharmacy Program as just one of the many exciting projects that will deliver real outcomes for older Queenslanders.
“This project, developed by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia Queensland Branch, aims to develop a network of at least 30 dementia-friendly pharmacies with specially trained pharmacists and pharmacy staff to support people with dementia and their carers,” Mrs O’Rourke said.
“The project demonstrates a clear community need and supports a dementia-friendly approach for pharmacies across Queensland to better respond to patients and carers.
“A pharmacy specific training resource will be developed, with face-to-face training sessions and online education provided.”
Mrs O’Rourke said creating age-friendly communities was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to thriving communities in Queensland.
“We know that when Queenslanders of all ages and abilities are resilient, able to participate in their community and enjoy social and economic wellbeing, then their communities thrive,” she said.
“The Advancing Queensland: age-friendly community grants program is another example of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to older Queenslanders and their communities.”
To find out more about the grants, including a full list of recipients, visit https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/seniors/queensland-age-friendly-community/advancing-queensland-age-friendly-community-grants-program.
Minister for Communities and Minister for Disability Services and Seniors
The Honourable Coralee O'Rourke