The Morrison Government will provide more than $290,000 to the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) so it can continue to represent culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people at a national level in the aged care sector.
Australia’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths and as our population ages the Morrison Government is determined to ensure equal access to high quality, culturally comfortable aged care for people of multicultural heritage.
Staying connected to your culture and being cared for by someone who understands your background can make all the difference to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.
This continued investment in FECCA’s work will help senior Australians from CALD backgrounds to overcome barriers preventing them from connecting with the aged care system.
The barriers may include a lack of awareness and knowledge of the services available, navigating complex systems, language barriers, and lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate aged care providers.
In 2016, there were 3.7 million Australians aged 65 years and over. Of this number, one-third were born in a non-English speaking country.
The Morrison Government wants all senior Australians to be able to access the aged care services when and where they need them, delivered in the way they want.
FECCA led the consultations for the Aged Care Diversity Framework and the Action Plan to Support CALD people.
It’s important for people with diverse characteristics and life experiences to be involved in the design of aged care services and the sector broadly.
The funding for FECCA complements a number of other Government programs and projects that are improving the experience of older CALD people. Other examples include:
· The longstanding Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care Program (PICAC) which supports aged care providers in delivering appropriate care to multicultural communities
· The new system navigator trials will be delivered by CALD-specialist organisations. FECCA is directly involved in this project.
· Australian Healthcare Associates will analyse barriers to accessing quality palliative care, including people from CALD backgrounds.
· The Moving Pictures project to improve the understanding of dementia and access to care for people in Chinese, Indian and Arab communities through a series of short films
· The Speak My Language radio project to broadcast up to date information about aged care in up to 25 languages.
The Aged Care Diversity Framework and the Aged Care Diversity CALD Action Plan is available at: https://agedcare.health.gov.au/older-people-their-families-and-carers/people-from-diverse-backgrounds