The Well Ageing Vision and Engagement (WAVE) project was a partnership between Northeast Health Wangaratta and the John Richards Centre (La Trobe University Wodonga), which explored how older people could be better supported to achieve optimal health and wellbeing outcomes in rural and regional communities. This project was also supported by Gateway Health, the Rural City of Wangaratta, Department of Health and Human Services (East Division), Central Hume Primary Care Partnership and Murray Primary Health Network.
Over a twelve-month period, over 400 older people and their families were consulted about what was important to them as they got older, and what community services and supports would support them to age well. One of the key findings was the need for increased information and communication about local ageing-specific services and supports, with many participants suggesting that a central location to access information would be valued. In August 2017, 60 older people and service providers participated in a series of workshops to determine what the Well Ageing Info Hub might look like.
From these plans, a number of organisations have collaborated to make the Well Ageing Info Hub a reality. The Department of Health and Human Services (East Division), Northeast Health Wangaratta, the Rural City of Wangaratta and the John Richards Centre have contributed resources to establish the hub, with valuable guidance and support from Gateway Health, Murray PHN, Central Hume PCP, and the WAVE participants.