Education & Advocacy
IRT Foundation influences policy relevant to older Australians through informing decision makers. Our regular Speaker Series events advocate for older Australians and shift people’s perceptions of older people and of ageing. We support and drive initiatives to promote debate on the issues and influence decision-makers to take action. We bring decision makers, industry stakeholders and leading thinkers together to promote debate about how ageing and longevity could be redefined in Australian society. Monthly episides of The Good Life, our informative and entertaining YouTube channel to provide relevant news and information to over 55s.
More older Australians want to work into their 60s and 70s. This is beneficial for their wellbeing and the nation's economic growth, but currently, only 1 in 3 Australians over the age of 55 are taking part in the workforce. IRT Foundation and the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC) are working together to reduce barriers to and boost mature workforce participation.
Advocating for change
IRT Foundation facilitates forums to bring together stakeholders to work towards collaborative outcomes to improve the lives and wellbeing of older Australians. We drive grassroots advocacy and development of position statements on relevant policy issues.
IRT Foundation was a driving force in the formation of the Age Friendly Illawarra Alliance, inspired by Dr Alexandre Kalache's visit to the Illawarra Shoalhaven region in 2014. The AFIA Steering Group now includes the Joint Organisation of Councils, Healthy Cities Illawarra, Family and Community Services and the University of Wollongong. The Alliance is working towards a submission to join the World Health Organization’s Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities.