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Macarthur Regional Organisation of Councils

Camden, Campbelltown, Wollondilly


MEDIA RELEASE - How our Ageing Population will Change the Face of Health Care Provision

14 August 2009

More than 160 business leaders converged on the quiet village of Menangle for the MACROC hosted CEO Breakfast Forum on Tuesday 11 August.

Held at Durham Green Village, the forum focused on addressing the challenges that our ageing population present to business, as well as industry and governmental responses to ageing.

Guest speakers included The Hon. Craig Knowles, former NSW Government Minister (including the Health portfolio), and Steven Gal, a senior officer from the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care. Both have extensive experience in the area of public policy. 

MACROC President, Cr Anoulack Chanthivong, said the forum provided an insight into the issues associated with an ageing population.

“Our speakers painted a clear picture of the challenges presented by the increasing cost of health care services, coupled with a society that is ageing,” Cr Chanthivong said.

“Health services of the future will be provided at a local level, and the focus will shift to preventative primary health care. This change in focus presents a great opportunity for new business models to emerge, with facilities for older people providing a range of services in one place: retirement accommodation, health clinics, medical centres, gyms, swimming pools and health and counselling services.”

“With the University of Western Sydney’s Medical School in our region, Macarthur is well placed to look at these opportunities and to ensure that we can provide the best facilities for our residents,” Cr Chanthivong said.

MACROC hosts three CEO Breakfast Forums a year. The next forum with be held on Tuesday 17 November at Wests Leagues Club.

Media Contact:

Cr Anoulack Chanthivong
MACROC President
Mobile: 0412 413 377


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