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8 May 2017
Addressing the aged care needs of older people with diverse backgrounds is an Australian Government priority, the Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt said today.
Releasing a consultation paper and inviting people to help in the development of a new Aged Care Diversity Framework, Mr Wyatt said that the ongoing reforms to aged care, particularly around increasing choice and control, had to consider all consumers.
“This Diversity Framework will be relevant for all older people and will focus on acknowledging an individual’s diverse needs, circumstances and life experiences,” Minister Wyatt said.
“One size does not fit all, and the new Framework will provide overarching guidance and assist aged care providers, as well as enhance the sector’s capacity, to better meet individual needs.”
Under the Framework, three action plans will be developed initially focusing on the particular needs of:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities;
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities; and
- Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex communities.
“Additionally, new Action Plans may be created, for example, for people with a disability, people who live in rural, remote or very remote areas, people experiencing mental health problems/issues and people who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.
“I look forward to seeing the feedback from stakeholders which will be considered in the development of the Framework.
“People with more complex and unique needs in our community who have helped build this country should have access to an aged care system that understands and respects their individuality.”
Consultation begins today, Monday 8 May 2017, and will be open for six weeks until Monday 19 June 2017 through the Department of Health’s consultation hub.
Media contact: Kay McNiece 0412 132 585