Country Listening Posts

Ageing in Country South Australia

Representing and responding to the changing - and growing - older population in regional and rural South Australia is a key focus for COTA SA. In 2019 we ran a series of listening posts which allowed us to reach out and connect with older people living in our regions. The generosity of people taking time to talk about their lives and experiences helped us develop a better understanding of the unique set of challenges that ageing in the country presents to many older South Australians.

Our Ageing in Country Australia report includes a snapshot of country South Australia, what we're doing in the regions, the recurring themes which emerged from these discussions, and a look at the implications and next steps calling for a strategy for ageing in country SA.

You can read the full report here.

You can also read our media release calling on government to improve regional ageing - including responding to concerns reported around financial uncertainty, housing issues, limited mobility and
transport and healthcare.

Key Themes

Several key recurring themes emerged from our Listening Post discussions:

  • Loving where you live
  • Volunteers and community spirit
  • Cost of living
  • Employment
  • Mobility and transport
  • Health
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Aged care
  • The digital divide

The Regions

Between July and October 2019 we spoke to 400 people in community hubs, libraries and shopping centres across the following regions:

  • Mallee
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Riverland & Barossa
  • Mid North
  • Yorke Peninsula
  • Fleurieu Peninsula
A full schedule and map can be found at the end of the report.

We acknowledge the support of Resthaven Inc,whose generous financial contribution assisted us in undertaking this project.