New VIC centre opens for Vietnamese aged care

An innovative residential aged care home will provide tailored, family friendly options for older Vietnamese Australians needing care.


Officially opening the $13.4 million Mekong Cairnlea Vietnamese Aged Care Facility in Keilor East, Victoria, Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said it was an important step forward for multicultural Australia.


Mr Wyatt said, “I congratulate the Indochinese Elderly Refugees Association Victoria for its work over many years to help older Indochinese Australians. These wonderful people have participated strongly in our communities, while keeping their culture alive.”


“The Australian Government allocated a grant of $8 million to help build this facility through the 2012-13 Aged Care Approvals Round. Since then, the Association has harnessed its incredible drive, with additional fundraising [of $5.4 million] to make this project a reality.”


Mr Wyatt said further work on culturally appropriate care was underway through the Aged Care Sector Committee, which is developing an Aged Care Diversity Framework.


“The Framework, which I expect to receive in December, will help identify the common barriers which may prevent people accessing care, and how this can be remedied.


“The opening of the Mekong Cairnlea facility is a new chapter in the lives of residents who will stay connected to their heritage and be cared for by people who understand their background. This is what older people who helped build this nation deserve.”


See also "Connecting older Muslims with tailored aged care"


29 September 2017.