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Welcome from the Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians (ANOA) team!

We’re looking forward to working with you throughout this project and to see how our work will help to encourage over 65’s to enjoy physical activity and improve their overall wellbeing.

Overview of project

Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK) have been successful in securing an Australian government grant through the Sport Australia ‘Move it AUS- Better Ageing’ initiative. Musculoskeletal Australia will be working with the University of Sydney to oversee and implement the Project.

The ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ project will aim to:

  1. enhance older people’s understanding of the benefits of regular physical activity (PA);
  2. improve access to PA amongst older people (especially those who are socially isolated and disadvantaged and currently not engaged in PA) through Neighbourhood Houses providing more age-appropriate PA opportunities;
  3. enable PA to be a regular component of the participants’ lives;
  4. support older people’s engagement in PA at Neighbourhood houses by developing a peer support program; and
  5. improve the knowledge and skills of Neighbourhood House staff and volunteers involved in planning and delivering age-appropriate PA activities to older people.

The ‘Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians’ project will support the expansion of PA programs for older people in all Neighbourhood Houses and Centres across Australia through capacity building, partnership development, awareness raising, and activation of peer support for program participants.

Rationale for the project

Australians are living longer than ever before with the number of Australians aged 65 years and over expected to double in the next 40 years. To make the most of the opportunities a longer life provides, Australians need to prepare early to be healthy, independent, connected and safe. There is substantial evidence that PA, including structured exercise and sport participation, can contribute to improving a person’s physical and mental wellbeing, and facilitate social connectedness.

Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians (ANOA) recently funded 64 Neighbourhood Houses or Centres across Australia.

One of the aims of the ANOA project is to improve access to physical activity amongst older people, enable physical activity to be a regular component of the participants’ lives and support older people’s engagement in physical activity at Neighbourhood Houses (NHs).
This project will allow NHs to continue and expand on current programs as well as introduce new initiatives.

The funding will assist:

  • 64 NHs to provide new PA programs for older people
  • 95 new PA programs will be provided across Australia
  • approximately 5602 new participants will engage in these programs
  • approximately 1959 existing participants will benefit from increase in programs.

MSK will be funding another 30 NHs across Australia to commence programs in 2020, which will mean even more PA programs available.

If you would like more information on programs available or attend a program, please contact your local Neighbourhood House or Centre, or contact MSK ANOA project staff on (03) 8531 8020 or

For further information and to keep updated with ANOA project please follow us on:

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Webinar 1 – Active Neighbourhoods for Older Australians Project: an overview of project, funding requirements, training opportunities, support and resources for staff and volunteers.
Thursday 31 October 2019, 11am to 12pm (AEST)
Watch this recording now.

Webinar 2 – Tools and strategies to engage older people in physical activity
Thursday 21 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm (AEST)
Register now.

Webinar 3 – Engaging inactive older people in physical activity: Some tips and ideas
Thursday 28 November 2019, 11am to 12pm (AEST)
Register now.

Important documents

ANOA Project Team

Emma Cross
Emma Cross – Project Manager

Bec Benini
Bec Benini – Health Promotion Coordinator

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