Consultation opens on the Aged Care Diversity Framework
The Aged Care Diversity Framework will be relevant for all older people and will focus on acknowledging an individual’s diverse needs including ATSI, CALD or LGBTI.
Releasing a consultation paper and inviting people to help in the development of a new Aged Care Diversity Framework, Minister for Aged Care, Ken 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
Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex communities.
“The Framework and action plans are envisaged to be living documents and may be adjusted as the need arises over time,” Minister Wyatt said.
“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.
It is very important that older Australians and those who support them have their say and make their views known to the Government.
The consultation began 8 May 2017, and will be open for six weeks until Monday 19 June 2017 through the Department of Health’s consultation hub https://consultations.health.gov.au/
9 May 2017.