Aged care strategy for a multicultural Australia

Minister for Ageing Mark Butler, joined local Federal MP Tony Burke at Burwood RSL today to discuss the government’s aged care reforms and aged care strategy.

 

The recently announced Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) strategy will help inform the delivery of Living Longer Living Better – the Federal Government’s aged care reform package.

Tony Burke said that he is passionately committed to a better deal for all seniors.

“People who have adapted to a new life in Australia often find as they age that life becomes less and less familiar.” Mr Burke said.

“This reform is about making sure that, for as many people as possible, the dignity they have shown us as hard working and decent migrant Australians is returned to them for the final years of their lives.”

Mr Butler said the strategy is designed to inform the way Government supports the aged care sector to deliver care and services.

“Around 20 per cent of people aged over 65 years were born outside Australia and by 2021 that number will rise to 30 per cent.”

“It’s important that services can be delivered in an appropriate and sensitive way that meets the needs of older people from different backgrounds,” Mr Butler said.

Initiatives outlined in the Strategy include:

- Develop structured pathways to facilitate the employment of appropriate bilingual staff in the aged care system.

- A ‘rolling review’ of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program (NACAP) to include an emphasis on promoting, supporting and maximising access to advocacy for older people from CALD backgrounds, their families and carers.

- Ensure that the Aged Care Complaints Scheme is promoted to CALD communities, including by use of interpreting and translating services.

- Work with the CALD sector to provide cultural competency training for promotion and incorporation into all aged care services.

The Strategy is available at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/ageing- cald-national-aged-care-strategy

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mark Butler’s office: Brooke Wylie 0408 833 967

Tony Burke’s office: Sarah Michael 9750 9088