Thank you to all who lent their voices and contributed to the Aged Care Diversity Framework Consultation on Monday November 6th. FECCA & Fortis Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) WA were delighted to bring together a rich mix of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Aged Care Service providers, consumers and CALD community members to share ideas and experiences to shape future government policy and frameworks for the Aged Care sector throughout Australia.
The high level Framework will focus on diverse older population groups, providing overarching guidance and individual action plans focusing on each group’s particular needs. These action plans will support aged care providers, consumers, families and carers by focusing on solutions addressing specific barriers and challenges affecting each group’s ability to access mainstream and flexible aged care services. In doing this, consideration will be given to ‘diversity within each diversity group’.
Older people display the same diversity as the broader population across one or more attributes including race, religion, language, gender, sexuality, health, economic status and/or geographic location. The Framework will reflect this reality. The Framework and action plans will include a governance structure clearly identifying the role of government, providers, peak organisations, health professionals and consumers in realising the intent of the Framework and action plans. FECCA will be holding consultations throughout Australia until December 31st 2017 with the finalised framework expected to be released in May 2018. Stay tuned for further updates.