LGBTI people in the aged care sector are being encouraged to have their say in the federal government’s review of the national strategies to support their needs.
Minister for Aged Care Ken Wyatt has asked aged care consumers and carers from LGBTI and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, aged care providers and peak bodies to participate in the review by filling out an online survey.
“The CALD and LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategies were developed in 2012 to set goals and actions to better support aged care services to deliver appropriate and inclusive care to all older people from CALD backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTI,” Minister Wyatt said.
He said the strategies are set to conclude by 30 June 2017 and will be replaced by a broader Aged Care Diversity Framework to “address the systemic barriers to access of aged care services to diverse groups.”
“It will be built on a set of principles to drive change and will be supported by separate action plans to ensure issues specific to CALD, LGBTI, and in turn, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are addressed,” he said.
“Expanding the Framework to other groups such as rural and remote, disability, care leavers, veterans and the homeless will be also be considered during the Framework’s development.”
Minister Wyatt said the Framework must draw on the successes and lessons of the existing strategies and is developed in collaboration with consumers, carers and aged care providers.
“I encourage people to fill out the survey specific to their needs, or to provide a more detailed submission outlining areas where the Strategies have been successful, and where more could be done,” he said.
To participate, visit the website here. The surveys will close at 5pm on April 28 and take around 15 minutes to complete. Organisations and individuals may also lodge lengthier submissions providing more detailed information to the review, with submission forms open until 5pm on May 12.