During a major address last week, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd spoke about the challenges of an ageing population to the Australian way of life and warned that the nation would have to boost workforce participation and productivity to secure economic growth as the nation ages.

As quoted in Australian Ageing Agenda, Mr Rudd said that “Unless we make big changes, we will either generate large, unsustainable budget deficits ..or need to reduce government services – including health services – as the needs of an ageing population become greater”.

Attention to the issue at this level of government is a welcome sign for IAHSA Australian chapters ACSA and ACAA.    Their job now is to make sure there is some action associated with the words.