Minister to launch FECCA’s National CALD Ageing Network (NCAN)

Minister to launch FECCA’s National CALD Ageing Network (NCAN)

Media release: 10 April 2013

The Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Hon. Mark Butler MP will formally launch the National Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Ageing Network in Melbourne on 11 April 2013.

The Australian population is ageing rapidly. We cannot dispute that fact. The 2011 census projections tell us that by 2050, almost a quarter of our country’s population will be over 65.

Between 2011 and 2026, Australia’s population of older persons from CALD backgrounds is expected to increase by over 40%. It is projected that by 2026, one in four Australians aged 80 and over will be from a CALD background.

FECCA Chair Mr. Pino Migliorino said that “Access to information is vital to inform appropriate choices and the best provision for aged care.”

Mr. Migliorino said “With fundamental changes to the aged care system from 1 July this year, access to information for our CALD elders and aged care stakeholders is vitally important. However, communication should not be a one way street. Of equal importance to the access to information is the ability to provide feedback and to contribute to policy – ie. a dialogue.

The naional CALD Ageing Network is a web – based communication network that has been designed for all stakeholders who are involved in the CALD aged sector. NCAN is a resource where any information on CALD Aged care can be sourced, disseminated and shared.”

Mr. Migliorino said that “NCAN has been designed to be an interactive two – way communication vehicle that its members have access to for any issues relating to CALD ageing. We want NCAN to be the voice representing the needs and experiences of the older CALD community and for its members to feel empowered and able to be heard.”

As the NCAN membership grows, we hope that our collective efforts will feed into the National CALD Aged Care Strategy and be seen as a valuable contribution. In other words, we want NCAN members to make good use of NCAN.

“As the Chair of FECCA, I am proud and excited to be involved at the inception of NCAN” said Mr. Migliorino.

“The concept of information sharing is very powerful and fundamental to its intention that NCAN should be an inclusive capacity building mechanism, part of the exciting possibilities offered by the aged care reforms.”

“The National CALD Ageing Network will be an important tool in implementing the CALD Aged Care Strategy which was launched by the Government last December” said Mr. Migliorino.

For further information, please contact FECCA Chair, Pino Migliorino, on 0411 137 700 or the FECCA office on (02) 6282 5755