Meeting the diverse needs of older Australians

Aged care services need targeted assistance to support older Australians with diverse needs, backgrounds and experiences.

Funding to improve tailored aged care services

Older Australians, their families and carers, deserve an aged care system that delivers high quality, safe care where and when it is needed.

We will improve services for:

  • First Nations Elders
  • older people from diverse communities
  • people living with dementia
  • older people in regional areas.

This support will increase access to culturally safe care.

To direct funding where it is needed most, individual homes and providers will receive one-off project funding to address critical gaps in their infrastructure and services:

  • The Lebanese Maronite Order of Australia will implement its aged care master plan at the Our Lady of Lebanon residential care service precinct in Harris Park, Sydney. Funding will also be provided to upgrade IT and nurse call systems at St. Charbel’s Care Centre in Punchbowl, Sydney.
  • Sri Om Foundation will be funded to build aged care facilities across northwest Sydney to provide care for older Australians from South Asian backgrounds.
  • Community Care Tasmania, which focuses on multicultural and LGBTI clients, will be funded to complete a new respite facility and train staff in culturally safe practices.
  • The Aboriginal Community Elders Service will refurbish and plan an expansion of aged care services to meet growing demand in Victoria’s First Nations community.
  • Fronditha Care, which provides care to older Australians from the Greek community, will create a Centre for Healthy Ageing.
  • The Mayflower Group aged care home in Reservoir, Victoria, provides care to older Australians from the Italian community. The Group will improve infrastructure and equipment, including raised garden beds, solar panels, an emergency generator and musical instruments.
  • The Kalymnian Brotherhood in Darwin will develop a detailed business case for the establishment of a Greek Seniors Retirement Village.
  • A feasibility study into an eight to 10 bed dementia unit in Campbell Town, Tasmania, will determine whether a suitable dementia unit facility can be built.

Funding for Individual Facilities - $26.1 million over 4 years.

Ongoing support for older people with disability

We are extending funding for the Disability Support for Older Australians (DSOA) program for another 12 months.

This program supports about 2,300 older people with disability who were not eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) at the time of the rollout.

The program connects older Australians with disability with support so they can live in their homes and in the community. Services can include assistance in:

  • self-care activities
  • counselling
  • exercise physiology
  • short term respite.

DSOA also supports older Australians with disability to transition to aged care services where appropriate.

Disability Support for Older Australians (DSOA) Program – $53.5 million until December 2023.

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