Non-english speaking aged care support via Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care

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Fortis Consulting are proud to continue providing support and linkages to CALD communities, workers and service providers through the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program which is federally funded by the Department of Health.

The 2016 Census shows that two thirds (67 per cent) of the Australian population were born in Australia. Nearly half (49%) of Australians had either been born overseas (first generation Australian) or one or both parents had been born overseas (second generation Australian), ensuring culturally appropriate care is provided to all Australian’s is vital. Through the PICAC program Fortis aims to foster collaboration, innovation and a skilled and adept workforce through organisational change management, training, coaching and mentoring and access to resources. Through the PICAC program you are able to receive subsidised training to your organisation.

The Australian government has already funded cultural awareness training to aged care providers, but those commissioned to provide the training say their services often go under the radar.

“That training is fundamentally important, as is an understanding of when to use interpreters and translators,” Ms Gurgone said.

“The Department of Health does provide the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care program … people can get support for training their staff.

“Unfortunately it’s not always known, but in every state and territory around the country there is someone like us who can find support to provide the right care for people from other cultures.”

To find out more about the PICAC program click here