Aged Care Diversity Framework action plans launched
The action plans were launched at Parliament House on 14 February 2019 by The Hon. Ken Wyatt, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care.
The action plans are guiding resources that can help providers, peak organisations and governments to ensure their services are inclusive and culturally safe for all consumers.
The plans have been developed by the Aged Care Sector Committee Diversity Sub-Group in consultation with the sector. They cover older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, older people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender diverse, and intersex elders, with the expectation of more plans to come.
The Committee comprises of 10 diverse representatives from organisations including Dementia Australia, The National LGBTI Health Alliance, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (NACCHO), and the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia.
Dementia Australia Acting CEO Leanne Emerson said, “The intent of the action plans is to support government, aged care providers, consumers, families and carers by focusing on solutions to address barriers affecting each group’s ability to access mainstream aged care services along with respectful and inclusive service provision.”
The action plan for older people with diverse characteristics and life experiences presents actions common to all older people.
The action plan for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples presents actions for challenges faced by this group.
The action plan for older people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds presents actions that address specific barriers and challenges faced by this group.
The action plan for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, and intersex elders presents that actions to support this group.
The government action plan compliments these plans and outlines actions the Australian Government is taking to support the aged care sector to ensure it is meeting the needs of diverse groups.
The Aged Care Diversity Framework can be found at https://agedcare.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/04_2018/aged_care_diversity_framework.pdf
15 February 2019.