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Fortis Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICACWA) attended the LASA Care and Ageing Expo on August 4th and 5th 2018. The Care and Ageing Expo provides a comprehensive source of information to the Western Australian consumer to enable them to make an informed choice about all things aged care – whether people are just starting to understand the journey of caring for loved ones or looking at how they can be better prepared for the future. It is the one stop shop for industry to come together to showcase what is on offer to them.

PICAC WA provides support to service providers and consumers to ensure that culturally appropriate care is provided to all who reside in Australia. Australians now come from nearly 200 countries, and represent more than 300 ethnic ancestries. One in four people in Australia (26%) were born overseas, a one percentage point rise from the figure recorded in our 2011 Census. In 2016, nearly half of all Australians were either born overseas or had at least one parent who was born overseas. It is estimated that between 25 – 30% of carers in Australia are from CALD backgrounds. Between 543,404 [1] and 652,600 [2] carers were born outside Australia or migrated to Australia. Informal carers (collectively throughout Australia) provided an estimated 1.9 billion hours of care in 2015. If all hours of informal care provided in 2015 are replaced with services purchased from formal care providers, the replacement value of informal care would be $60.3 billion (equivalent to 3.8% of gross domestic product and 60% of the health and social work industry) off which $18.1 billion of unpaid informal care is provided by CALD carers.

Hon. Minister Ken Wyatt MP provided the opening address to the LASA Care & Ageing Expo at the InnovAGEING chat lounge, announcing $5.3 million for pilot project to improve care for people living with Dementia, with an emphasis on innovative technologies. Paro the Seal robot technology made an appearance and there was a plethora of information shared on the Bethanie Lifestyle Stage and InnovAGEING chat lounge throughout the event.

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A huge thank you to all those who attended and we look forward to taking part in another great Expo next year!

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