Launch of National Ageing and Aged Care Strategy for People from CALD Backgrounds

Media release – 20 December 2012

The Australian Government Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler, today launched the National Ageing and Aged care Strategy for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Backgrounds.

The Strategy has been created to address the needs of the increasing proportion of ageing culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) people.

The Strategy has been driven by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA), with the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) conducting extensive consultations with community sector representatives, workforce, aged care providers and consumers.

The Strategy will assist in the implementation of the Australian Government’s Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package announced on 20 April 2012.

FECCA Chair, Mr. Pino Migliorio, said ” the strategy will be a significant enabler of CALD empowement in the aged care system. It will greatly assist capacity building among CALD people and community organisations by ensuring that the Living Longer Living Better aged care reform package, as well as all future aged care policy, is cultrally and linguistically inclusive.”

“The strategy addresses the very specific needs of our ageing CALD people, not just in terms of service delivery, but at the level of enhancing the workforce for CALD people and assisting organisations who employ them to build on that.”

“The challenge for all of us is to integrate culturally and linguistically diverse perspectives into the overall aged care and health delivery frameworks so that ageing people from CALD backgrounds have access and equity to a full range of appropriate aged care services and are empowered and confident in accessing it. Our aim is to help develop an aged care system where access and equity is integral to everything.”

Mr. Butler said the growing number of older people from CALD backgrounds have specific needs that must be addressed. “The Strategy is designed to inform the way Government supports the aged care sector to deliver care that is appropriate and sensitive to the needs of older people from CALD backgrounds.”

The Strategy is available on the Department of Health and Ageing website from 4pm on Thursday 20 December 2012 and will subsequently be made available on FECCA’s website.

For further information please contact FECCA Chair, Pino Migliorino, on 0411 137 700. For background information contact Bruce Shaw at the FECCA Secretariat – (02) 6282 5755 or 0438 628 182.