Australia has adopted a ‘Consumer Directed Care’ (CDC) approach to aged care as has been the case for some time in other countries such as England and Sweden. Australia may learn from the various studies emerging from these countries, of how consumer directed care and individual budgets can work for older people. Access to services, may be impacted by a variety of issues such as problems with phone communication (for example, for the hearing impaired or those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds).
Australia is currently home to one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse populations on earth. People from all over the world continue to settle here whether migrating or as refugees. Many of them find it very difficult to navigate the healthcare and Aged-Care system in Australia once they arrive, particularly in expressing their own needs and highlighting their preferences.
Fortis Consulting is the WA State-wide provider of an Australian Government funded program (i.e. PICAC WA) and is passionate about supporting aged care services be appropriate and accessible to migrants and refugees. Fortis Consulting’s Roundtable on the 28th of April provided the CALD Community, CALD carers and Aged Care providers with an opportunity to have their say in shaping aged care strategies in Australia.
The Roundtable included an address from the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP, Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health. You may view the Minister’s speech below.
The Minister provided great insight on the topic being the first Aboriginal Member of the House of Representatives as well as the first Aboriginal member of the Federal Executive. The Hon Ken Wyatt brings his knowledge in the areas of Health and Education to his role as Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Aboriginal Health, as well as a lifetime of experiences in raising a family and being part of the local Perth community.