Hasluck residents and senior Australians and their families across Perth and Western Australia will benefit from a new network of aged care navigator programs, information hubs and specialist advisers, to streamline aged care access.
The $7.4 million national Aged Care System Navigator trial now being rolled out by the Morrison Government will include new programs offering assistance and support.
The trials will establish three community information hubs with outreach into Perth’s eastern areas, operated by the Council On The Ageing, the National LGBTI alliance and Umbrella Multicultural Community Care.
Local families and residents will also be able to access locally relevant telephone support.
“Navigators will target senior people in need, especially those facing language or other difficulties, to help ensure they receive support and information,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.
“They will make a big difference, in keeping with our Government’s commitment to person-centred care.
“The Navigator system is critical to ensuring senior Australians have more choices for longer and better lives.”
The trials will be delivered by 30 delivery partners led by COTA Australia, bringing a breadth of experience and strong ties to local communities and services.
COTA CEO Ian Yates AM said the need for such a system had been identified by the National Aged Care Alliance.
“COTA Australia congratulates the Government for funding the trials and for recognising the urgent need to invest in ‘system navigators’ in the aged care system,” Mr Yates said.
“The great thing about these trials is that they steer away from a cookie-cutter approach to accessing aged care and recognise the importance of tailoring support to access aged care services to different situations and contexts.
“A 90-year-old in the top end of Australia is going to have very different access support needs to a 70-year-old city resident – both the trial locations and the groups in the consortium who will be delivering the supports, have been selected to reflect the breadth and diversity of Australia’s ageing population.”
Further information on the information hubs, community hubs and specialist support worker trials, including locations and local delivery partners, is available from www.AgedCareNavigators.org.au