THE HON KEN WYATT AM, MP
Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care
Candidate for Stirling
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
The Morrison Government will invest $10 million to create a dedicated network of Aged Care System Navigators to assist senior Australians from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds to understand and make the best choices in aged care.
“We are aiming to make a big difference, to ensure our valued multicultural communities have equal access to aged care and retirement services,” said Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt AM.
“We know that CALD people are less likely to access residential aged care services because of the language barriers they often face.
“The Navigators initiative will help these seniors and their families make the right decisions when it comes to finding appropriate accommodation, securing residential care or Home Care Packages, understanding the financial implications and completing paperwork.”
The new, CALD-specific Navigator program will build on the Morrison Government’s $7.4 million Navigator trial launched earlier this year.
The comprehensive national Navigator system will include dedicated community information hubs for senior Australians and their families, online information hubs, and specially trained advisers offering one-on-one support.
Western Australia’s Chung Wah Association Community and Aged Care is already participating in the Navigator trial and has welcomed the new Navigator announcement.
“Navigators will become the natural ambassadors of our aged care services,” said Theresa Kwok, CEO of Chung Wah Association Community and Aged Care
“The Navigators are local volunteers and family members, so there is a pollinating effect in the broader community, improving the integration and understanding of our aged care services.
“As Confucious said: ‘I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I understand’.”
Visiting the Chung Wah Association Community Centre in Balcatta today with Minister Wyatt, candidate for Stirling, Vince Connelly, said thousands of people across Stirling and the Perth metropolitan area would benefit.
“Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural society and our nation owes much to our diversity,” Mr Connelly said.
“As part of our plan for a stronger economy, we are working hard to ensure we remain prosperous and united and give all senior Australians the respect and choice they deserve.”
A re-elected Morrison Government will also invest $5 million in a dedicated Accelerator Support Program designed to help migrants start their own businesses.
The Program will deliver grants to organisations for practical business education, development and mentoring to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to overcome obstacles preventing them from starting a business.
The Morrison Government’s multicultural plan will:
· Reward the hard work and enterprise of migrant families and businesses.
· Support those of a migrant, culturally and linguistically diverse background to start their own businesses.
· Deliver better government services to people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
· Support migrant communities to understand what options are available to them after retirement and support services available if they choose to enter aged care.
· Build social cohesion with practical measures that help new migrants and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to engage in the workforce and the community.
· Open up new horizons and opportunities for migrants in regional and rural Australia and grow our regional communities.
· Maintain a migration program that is responsible, generous and geared to Australia’s economic and social advancement.