Survey open on aged care CALD and LGBTI framework
THE Federal Government is seeking comments on the national strategies that support aged care needs of people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex communities.
Aged Care minister Ken Wyatt is asking aged care consumers and carers from these communities, in addition to aged care providers and peak bodies, to participate in the reviewing process by filling out an online survey.
"The CALD and LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care strategies were developed in 2012 to set goals and actions to better support aged care services to deliver appropriate and inclusive care to all older people from CALD backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTI," Minister Wyatt said.
"The strategies are set to conclude by 30 June 2017 to be replaced by a broader Aged Care Diversity Framework.
"The framework will address the systemic barriers to access of aged care services to diverse groups.
"It will be built on a set of principles to drive change and will be supported by separate action plans to ensure issues specific to CALD, LGBTI, and in turn, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are addressed.
"Expanding the framework to other groups such as rural and remote, disability, care leavers, veterans and the homeless will be also be considered during the framework's development."
The online survey is open on the Department of Health's consultation hub until April 28.
Submission forms are also open until May 12, and will allow for more detailed information to be provided.
Following the closing dates, direct face-to-face consumer consultation will be conducted using the survey products developed for the consultation hub.
For more information visit, go to www.agedcare.health.gov.au/support-services/people-from-diverse-backgrounds/cald-and-lgbti-aged-care-strategies-review