Barriers Removed For Aged Care Access

17:56' 07-03-2019
Last month the Federal Government released Australia’s first Aged Care Diversity Action Plan, to support older Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians to overcome barriers they may face in accessing aged care services.

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    In a media release, Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt said Australia’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and the Government is determined to ensure equal access to high-quality, culturally comfortable aged care for people of multicultural heritage.

    In 2016, there were 3.7 million Australians aged 65 years and over. One third were born in a non-English speaking country.

    Minister Wyatt said a lack of awareness and knowledge of services available, concerns over the complexity of the aged care system, language barriers or lack of CALD appropriate aged care providers may prevent senior people from easily accessing the right aged care services.

    The new Action Plan will address these issues to guide aged care recipients and their families, while assisting providers to ensure their services are inclusive and culturally safe for all in their care.

    Mr Wyatt also thanked the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), which held extensive consultations Australia wide with older people from CALD backgrounds, their families, advocates and representatives, carers, aged care providers, health professionals and other peak agencies.

    Around 700 individuals provided extensive feedback which has further strengthened this plan.

    The Aged Care Diversity Framework and the Aged Care Diversity CALD Action Plan is available at

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