Perth's Ageing Population

By 2050, there could be more than one million people in Perth aged over 65 and more people aged over 65 than there are under 15.

For Perth’s policy and decision makers, how to cater for this ageing population raises a number of important questions.

Where will these people live? What kind of homes will they want to live in? How will they get around Perth? Will the health and social services systems be able to cope? Will they have access to adequate services?

During this Perth in Focus luncheon we will focus on the expected demographic changes in our society and the implications for the future.

Perth faces a future ageing crisis if decisions about how these issues will be handled are not made today.

Please join us for lunch as Eric Lumsden PSM, the Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission, shares with us Perth’s changing demographics and what the land use and planning implications are for an ageing society.

A panel discussion will follow with speakers from the banking, aged care, community and professional services sectors.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Eric Lumsden PSM

Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission

Eric was appointed Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission in November last year, prior to that he was Director General of the Department for Planning.

Eric has more than 30 years’ experience in local government and previously held positions as CEO of the City of Melville and City of Swan, Commissioner of the City of South Perth and Chair of the Council of Swan TAFE and Eastern Metropolitan Regional Councils CEO Group.

Eric has been involved in many major planning initiatives including, master planning for Elizabeth Quay, the implementation of the Perth City Link and is a member of the Steering Committee overseeing the development of the Burswood Stadia and the master planning of the Burswood precinct.

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Richard Gates

Head of ANZ's Healthcare Banking business in Australia

Richard is head of ANZ's Healthcare Banking business in Australia. He leads a team of 20 bankers and over that time, ANZ has continued to be market leader in its financing support of the aged care and retirement living sectors.

Richard also spent five years leading ANZ's Institutional Banking Healthcare proposition which involved large end hospital, diagnostic and pharma businesses.

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Michael Heath

Chief Executive Officer at St Ives Group

Michael has been the Chief Executive Officer at St Ives Group since April 2012. He was the CEO of Perth Racing for two years, and a former Executive General Manager of RAC WA for 16 years.

Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Curtin Business School - School of Marketing Advisory Board, and Chairman of the Sacred Heart College Board.

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Maxine Murray

Chair of PerthALIVE and the Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University

Maxine is the Chair of PerthALIVE and the Deputy Chancellor of Murdoch University. She previously held a number of senior positions in the Western Australian public sector, including the Western Australian Commissioner for Public Sector Standards, the Director of Equal Opportunity in Public Employment and the Director of the Office of Women's Interests.

Maxine has previously been an Adjunct Professor in the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy and was a founding board member of Leadership WA.

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Simon Newberry

Director at Urbis

Simon is a Director at Urbis with 14 years’ experience in the planning and property industries across Europe, Australasia and the Middle East. Simon managed the International Property Economics team in Dubai with an emphasis on socio-demographic analysis of future city development and impacts on the property market.

Simon’s particular areas of expertise include, market demand assessments, retirement village strategy and site assessment and residential market forecasts and need assessment.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.