About Pets and Positive Ageing Inc.

Pets and Positive Ageing Inc was formerly the Pets and Aged Care Steering Group. This Group, chaired by Jan Phillips formed as a direct outcome of a Canberra community conversation in 2012 on pets and aged care, hosted by its Patron, Mary Porter AM MLA.

Pets and Positive Ageing Inc promotes the significant benefits for older Australians of being able to continue living with their pets in various forms of aged accommodation - retirement villages, hostels, independent living units and low care areas of nursing homes - and when ageing at home. It encourages local community discussions on this issue.

A priority is encouraging aged care guides and websites, and other relevant information sources for older Australians, to provide information about aged accommodation that allows people to live alongside their pets, although recognizing pets won’t be appropriate in all circumstances.

Pets and Positive Ageing Inc offers practical support for change. A workshop was held on designing pet-friendly aged accommodation (see: more-like-home-workshop.com) and guidance is being developed about how to implement pet-friendly policies including managing health, veterinary and animal welfare issues. Other initiatives and events are planned.

For those ageing at home, a proposal is being developed to deliver pet support to low income ACT residents, 65 years and over who are frail, ill and/or incapacitated and unable to readily access care for their pets; and to assist these pet owners when transitioning to higher care. An information session was held on 27 March 2014 and considered the issues involved and ways forward. The outcomes statement can be found at link here.

Pets and Positive Ageing Inc is campaigning for pet support to become one of the standard services offered to Home and Community Care (HACC) clients in “consumer directed” home care packages.

Pets and Positive Ageing Inc has produced a flyer for ACT residents about options in pet-friendly aged accommodation. A copy of the flyer is here.

For more information contact President Jan Phillips on 0412 411 424 or email secretary@petsandpositiveageing.com

Our Committee

Mary Porter AM
Tara Cheyne MLA

PresidentJan Phillips Scottie Rescue, Volunteer, Pet Assistance and Wellbeing Service (PAWS), , Interview with Jan Phillips
Vice-President Kathryn McQuarrie AMVolunteer, St Andrew's Village, Pets as Therapy and Canberra Schnauzer Rescue
Secretary/TreasurerDi Johnstone AMVolunteer, Domestic Animal Services, Editor Doglovers@DAS, Pet Assistance and Wellbeing Service (PAWS)
Committee Member Karen DaviesShelter Operations Manager, Animal Welfare League NSW
Committee MemberJane GregorDirector of Animal Welfare, RSPCA ACT
Committee Member Debbie PerrinVolunteer, Pets as Therapy
Committee Member and Assistant TreasurerJohn VilskerstsGeneral Manager, Retirement Villages, Anglicare