Christine has over 30 years experience working in both the not for profit and local government sectors. She is Director Community Development at the City of Melville, Western Australia and is passionate about the difference local government can make to their local communities.
Under her leadership, Melville has been recognised for their innovative practices that include membership to the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-Friendly Communities; leading community and neighbourhood planning practice; innovative responses to community health issues, community safety and community engagement including participatory budgeting projects.
She is committed to the promotion and implementation of age friendly communities and is a recognised leader in Australia. Christine regularly speaks at national and international events inspiring audiences with the practical difference the work makes to older people in their local communities.
She is Chairperson of the Local Government Professionals Network Western Australia Age Friendly Communities, and has represented local government on the Western Australian State Government Age Friendly Interagency Group. More recently she has represented local government on a State Government Taskforce for Vulnerable People (Older People) convened to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.
In 2015, she was awarded the Meritorious Award by the Local Government Professionals Western Australia for outstanding achievements and contributions within local government and to the profession of local government management (specifically in regard age friendly communities).
Christine is a current Board Director of the International Federation on Ageing elected in 2020.
Doing business the age-friendly way
Christine Young, City of Melville, Australia
The City of Melville, in Western Australia, has for several years delivered the Melville Age Friendly and Accessible Business (MAFAB) Network. Developed from feedback received from older people about their experiences with retail and other businesses the program was developed to assist businesses to become more age friendly and accessible. Melville has almost 25% of their population over the age of 60 years, with a significantly high number of people living with dementia in the community. The City has also been a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network Age Friendly Communities since 2009.
Today MAFAB businesses lead the way in being age friendly, understanding the needs of their customers and welcoming shoppers or those living with disability, including dementia. As members of the Network, businesses gain a better understanding of their local customer base, share and gain information on how to be more accessible, age friendly and supportive to the local community; and increase their local community profile.
Members are also offered information about the latest government and community initiatives to support age friendly and accessible businesses including technology and applications; training and support through workshops and forums, one on one meetings and support from City staff, and information from other businesses about initiatives and strategies
The presentation will profile various practical age friendly examples from businesses, and successes from the Network. This is a low cost initiative that can demonstrate how business can respond to our ageing communities in practical ways that benefit everyone.