Aged care - enhancing access to aged care services for culturally and linguistically diverse communities

The Community Partners program will benefit from an extra $13.2 million over five years to help older people and carers from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds to access services.

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Why is this important?

  • 22.5 per cent of older Australians will be from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds by 2011.
  • These people often have difficulty getting access to the full range of aged care services because of language barriers and a lack of awareness about what is available.
  • Failure to obtain appropriate care at an early opportunity can cause health to decline, resulting in a greater need for a higher level of care.
  • This proposal continues the development of information and education strategies, such as the use of ethnic media to provide information on aged care; the development of peer support networks; and the provision of assistance to aged care providers so that they can offer culturally appropriate aged care.

Who will benefit?

  • These strategies will make it easier for older people and their carers from a range of communities to gain access to services and make informed choices.
  • Around 70 projects will be funded under the Community Partners Program to provide activities such as information sessions, community visits to aged care facilities, and translated materials about the availability of appropriate aged care services. These organisations represent a wide range of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
  • This funding doubles the number of projects available for culturally and linguistically diverse communities under the Community Partners Program.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • New funding of $13.2 million will be provided to the Community Partners Program over the five years from 2006-07.

What have we done in the past?

  • This measure is in addition to the $10.2 million the Government has already committed to the Community Partners Program over the next four years.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing measure.

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